Classical Music

The latest in Classical music from Interlochen Public Radio. You'll find concert recordings, live performances from our very own Studio A, Classical music for kids and so much more. 

There's a musical asterisk on French president-elect Emmanuel Macron's bio: He is an avid amateur pianist. It's a facet of his life occasionally noted in passing, as in this piece from the French radio network Europe 1 titled "The Things You Don't Yet Know About Emmanuel Macron." Along with mentioning his abiding fondness for karaoke, Europe 1 reported that he studied piano for 10 years at the music conservatory in Amiens, where he won third prize.

Another day, another study undercutting the myth surrounding the 18th-century Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari.

Since the early 20th century, musicians and instrument experts have been trying to figure out what, if anything, makes the violins he made sound better.

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Soprano Renée Fleming sings her final performance of one of her signature roles, the Marschallin, in the Met’s new production of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Sebastian Weigle conducts a starry cast that includes mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča in her final performance as the Marschallin’s young lover, Octavian, opposite soprano Erin Morley as Sophie, the innocent young woman with whom he falls in love, and bass Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, the Marschallin’s oafish cousin.

  Pentatone offers a new recording of three of Franz Joseph Haydn’s symphonies, numbers 53, 64 and 96.

 

For professional musicians, the instrument on which they play is more than just a tool of the trade. It can also be a muse, a partner and a voice.

Min Kym started playing the violin at age 6 and won her first competition at 11. Now, the former child prodigy is the author of a new book: Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung, in which she shares her story of finding her perfect partner — only to have it stolen away.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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1. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 8, fourth movement; Seiji Ozawa/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Larghetto and Allegro for two pianos; Joshua Pierce and Dorothy Jonas

3. Carl Scheindienst, Variations on “Gestern Abend war Vetter Michel da”; Lars Hannibal/Michala Petri

4. Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man; Gerard Schwarz/Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Although more women have been winning Pulitzer Prizes for music lately, it's still next to impossible to hear works by female composers performed by America's symphony orchestras.

This year's Pulitzer winner, Du Yun, has a lot to say about the situation.

  On Friday, May 5 at 7:30 PM, the Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble will present “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.” Ella Fitzgerald, also known as “The First Lady of Song,” would have turned 100 last month.

 

The concert features two guest artists, jazz pianist and composer Gary Motley and singer Carmen Bradford. Motley and Bradford visited IPR’s Studio A to perform some music and to talk about the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald.

 

 

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel — one of the most famous Venezuelans in the world today and one of the world's most prominent classical musicians — issued an open letter today to the president and government in his native country.

Long reticent to address politics directly, he has published his comments in a letter titled "Levanto Mi Voz / I Raise My Voice," in both Spanish and English. (The full text is below, in both languages.)

http://www.matthewmcallister.com/

 Classical guitarist Matthew McAllister will present a recital tonight at 7 PM in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. McAllister is Classical Guitar Tutor and Lecturer in Music at the University of St. Andrews and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Franco Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, starring tenor Roberto Alagna, who adds the opera’s gallant title character to his extensive Met repertory. Marco Armiliato conducts the revival of this rarely performed work. American soprano Jennifer Rowley makes her role debut as Roxane, Cyrano’s secret love, and the cast also features tenor Atalla Ayan as Christian and baritone Juan Jesús Rodríguez as de Guiche.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, May 6 at 1pm ET.

As a composer, I entered a profession in which I knew I could actively alter our fractious present using the incomparable tools of art. After all, the intellectually curious and essentially progressive landscapes of our concert halls and opera houses seem like the perfect arenas in which to harness momentum for change and, through the aspirational craft of music, feel the resurrection of hope in the midst of despair and apathy.

  Pianist Mark Bebbington and the Somm label present The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, a complete collection of Vaughan Williams’s compositions for solo and duo piano. Romanian-Nigerian pianist Rebeca Omordia joins Bebbington for the album’s two duo-piano selections.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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1. Arvo Pärt, Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten; Angèle Dubeau/La pieta

2. Traditional, Aura Lee; Mormon Tabernacle Choir

3. John Rutter, “Pie Jesu” from the Requiem mass; composer conducting Aurora Orchestra and Cambridge Singers; Alice Halstead

4. PDQ Bach (a/k/a Peter Schickele), “The Abduction of Figaro,” opening scene; unidentified opera company

For this week's show, Bob Boilen and I throw open the studio door to welcome a parade of guests from the NPR Music team, each sharing their favorite April releases. This includes Jake Witz, one of our fabulous Spring interns, who has some relatively restrained music from U.K. grime artist Mr. Mitch.

Richard Termine/Metropolitan Opera

Der Fliegende HolländerThe Flying Dutchman – the first Wagner opera that future Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is conducting with the company. The opera, which has not been heard on a live Saturday broadcast since 2000, features baritone Michael Volle as the Dutchman, the ghostly sailor damned to sail the seas in search of the love that will set him free. Soprano Amber Wagner sings the role of Senta, who offers him redemption, and American tenor AJ Glueckert makes his Met debut this season as the huntsman Erik.

Sir Arthur Sullivan is best-known for his full-length operettas composed with W.S. Gilbert, including “H.M.S. Pinafore” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” Sullivan’s prolific output also includes oratorios, ballets, incidental music and dozens of songs and hymns.

This year, Chandos released a new record celebrating Sullivan’s vast songbook. “Arthur Sullivan - Songs” brings together four of England’s rising classical music artists for an album of these rarely-performed pieces.

Sarah Jarosz in Concert on Classical IPR

Apr 23, 2017

Singer songwriter Sarah Jarosz has performed for sold out audiences in the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland, and she’s been featured on A Prairie Home Companion. Her contemporary folk and American roots music just won two Grammy Awards.

Music By Request Playlist for April 22, 2017

Apr 22, 2017
Fine Art America

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1 Franz Schubert, Trout Quintet Final Movement; James Levine & Members of the Berlin Philharmonic

2 Radio Head, Karma Police; Vitamin String Quartet

3 Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin-Polonaise; Valery Gergiev/Kirov Orchestra

4 Chopin, Heroic Polonaise; Cyprien Katsaris

5 Dvorak, Romance in f minor; Gil Shaham/Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

6 Holst, Mooreside Suite; Eugene Corporon North Texas Wind Symphony

What will Bill Murray do next?

The beloved actor's curiosity seems boundless. It should be no surprise, then, to learn that his new project finds him paired with a classical cellist.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra LIVE this Friday

Apr 19, 2017

Leonard Slatkin conducts orchestral transcriptions of J.S. Bach, followed by two jazz-inspired DSO firsts!

Hear the orchestra's premiere performance of Shostakovich's Jazz Suite No. 1 and the debut of an all-new concerto by Grammy Award winning composer and pianist Michel Camilo. That's this Friday at 10:45 a.m. on Classical IPR.

A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist named Artem Kolesov is capturing international attention after posting a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay.

Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Anna Netrebko returns to the Met in her acclaimed interpretation of the heroine Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s romantic tragedy Eugene Onegin, opposite Peter Mattei in the title role, which he has also sung with the company to great praise. Robin Ticciati conducts the performance of Deborah Warner’s production, which also features Alexey Dolgov as Onegin’s friend Lenski, Elena Maximova as Tatiana’s sister Olga, and Štefan Kocán as Prince Gremin.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, April 22 at 1pm ET.

Violinist Daniel Hope’s new album, “For Seasons,” is inspired by the perennial Vivaldi concerto cycle known as The Four Seasons. Hope began learning the Vivaldi concertos at age seven, performing them live for the first time only six years later.

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