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. 

  Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire bring us a new performance of J. S. Bach’s classic oratorio, St. John Passion. Apollo’s Fire performed the oratorio in March as a live theatrical performance in both Apollo’s Fire’s native Cleveland and New York City; now, the ensemble offers the performance as a two-disc album with accompanying photos and online resources.

 

The opera firmament was shaken yesterday when a New York Times article, headlined "The Diva Departs: Renée Fleming's Farewell to Opera," landed online.

Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera

Wagner’s epic tragedy Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme leads the cast in her first Met performances of her signature role, Isolde, which she has sung to acclaim with major opera companies around the world. Australian tenor Stuart Skelton sings the role of her doomed lover, Tristan, with René Pape as King Marke, his heartbroken uncle, who comes between the two lovers; Ekaterina Gubanova as Isolde’s maid, Brangäne; and Evgeny Nikitin as Tristan’s companion, Kurwenal.

  Legendary pianist Menahem Pressler joins forces with the Pacifica Quartet on the new album Brahms Piano Quintet/ Schumann String Quartet No. 1.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Traverse City, Pentwater, Guelph (Ontario), Whitehall, Harbor Springs, and many other places for your requests on this April Fool’s Day.

April Fool’s Day Music by Request program theme: Denes Agay and Nelson Cogan, Clarinet Polka Yodel (arr.); Mary and Melinda Schneider

1. Franz Reizenstein, Concerto Popolare; Norman Del Mar/Hoffnung Symphony Orchestra/Yvonne Arnaud

2. George Frederic Handel, Flute sonata op. 1, no. 1 in E minor; Frans Brüggen/Anner Bylsma/Bob van Asperen

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  Join Classical IPR on Monday, April 3 at 6 PM to celebrate Opening Day with "Play Ball!" This program salutes warmer weather and the beginning of the baseball season with a tribute to America’s national pastime.

Stepping up to the plate are Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelley, Les Brown, and Sarah Vaughan, with Count Basie, Vince Guaraldi, and Dave Frishberg on deck as well.

Although it closed 60 years ago, Black Mountain College keeps on giving. In its heyday, the liberal arts institution near Asheville, N.C., counted many of the mid-century's great artistic thinkers, including John Cage, Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Buckminster Fuller, Francine du Plessy Gray and Robert Rauschenberg, among its faculty and students.

The first opera hit the stage over 400 years ago. More recently, the art form has been adapted to modern media: In the 1920s and '30s, operas were written to be performed on the radio, and in 1951, NBC commissioned Gian Carlo Menotti to compose Amahl And The Night Visitors for television.

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Get a head start on your April Fool's Day pranks this Friday at 6 PM when Classical IPR presents Igudesman and Joo: You Just Have to Laugh!

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Sebastian Weigle returns to the Met to conduct his second Saturday broadcast with the company, Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, starring Adrianne Pieczonka as Leonore and Klaus Florian Vogt as Florestan. Fidelio, which was last seen at the Met in 2006, tells the story of Leonore, who disguises herself as a young man named Fidelio in order to free her husband Florestan, a political prisoner.

The Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is best known by classical music listeners for his orchestral works, including several symphonies and the famous tone poem “Finlandia.” But Sibelius’s vast output also includes nearly 100 songs.

 

Music By Request Playlist for March 25, 2017

Mar 25, 2017
Museum of Modern Art

Thanks to listeners in Cadillac, Oklahoma City, Honor, Farmington Hills, Petoskey, Traverse City, Ludington, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Georges Bizet, Carmen, March of the Toreadors; Myng Whun Chung/Bastille Orchestra

2. Arvo Part, Tribute to Benjamin Britten; Neeme Jarvi/Scottish National Orchestra

3. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar, Overture; Soundtrack recording

4. William Bolcom, Graceful Ghost; Spencer Myer, piano

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.


The great Beethoven specialist András Schiff says, "Whatever we do on the piano is a collection of illusions." If that's true, then Volker Bertelmann, the German pianist who goes by the single name Hauschka, is a master illusionist.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Libor Ondras has served as the music director of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra since 2013. He also is a gifted violist, and he will present a recital on Sunday, March 26 as part of the GLCO’s Sunday Series.

 

Here is our live March 17, 207 broadcast from Corson Auditorium on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performed with the 2016-17 Interlochen Arts Academy concerto competition winners: Andrew Mazanko, Chea Young "Joyce" Kang, and Ailun Zheng.  

Proceeds from this concert benefited the Friends of the Interlochen Public Library.

Piotr Anderszewski might be one of the most revered pianists of his generation, but he's also one of the most impulsive.

In 1990, at age 21, the young Pole entered the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition. He was nearly finished with his semi-final performance when he quit playing — just walked off the stage. He felt he wasn't good enough to continue. It was a gutsy move that actually helped launch his career.

There is metal between those strings. In a video for "Limonium," Brooklyn-based composer Kelly Moran interrupts the stretched piano wire with corkscrews, forking the paths of sound.

Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts his third broadcast of the 2016-17 Metropolitan Radio Broadcast season, Mozart’s early masterpiece Idomeneo. The opera, which Levine first conducted at the Met in 1982, stars tenor Matthew Polenzani in his Met role debut as the king Idomeneo, with soprano Nadine Sierra in her role debut as Ilia, soprano Elza van den Heever as Elettra, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Idomeneo’s son Idamante, and baritone Alan Opie as Idomeneo’s confidant Arbace.

Buxton Orr (1924-1997) studied medicine until he changed careers in the 1950s and began studying music composition with Benjamin Frankel. Some of his earliest compositions were film scores, and he also wrote songs, chamber music, operas, and musical theater pieces. Recently, Orr’s widow gave tenor Nicky Spence access to several of her husband’s songs that had never before been recorded.

WFIU

Join Classical IPR on the first day of spring (Monday, March 20) at 6 PM for A Springtime Celebration with Early Music Song and Dance. The program features songs and dance music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and early Baroque, as well as settings of Palestrina's madrigal Vestiva i colli and French baroque composer Nicolas Chedeville's arrangement of "Spring" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Prudenville, Marshall, Buckley, Cedar, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 5, fourth movement; Claudio Abbado/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Tielman Susato, Basse danse and Pavane; Jerry Junkin/University of Texas Wind Ensemble

3. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian Easter Overture; Neeme Järvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

4. John Rutter, Beatles Concerto, first movement; John Rutter/London Philharmonic Orchestra

5. Leroy Anderson, Blue Tango; Catherine Wilson/Ensemble Vivant

Live from Studio A – pianist Spencer Myer

Mar 17, 2017
Andrew Le

Piano soloist, Spencer Myer travels the world performing with orchestras, in solo recital and as a chamber musician. He says keeping and open mind and being versatile are keys to having a fulfilling life in music. Myer is in Northern Michigan this week and will be featured on Sunday with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. He stopped by IPR’s Studio A to share  music and insights into his artistic experiences. 

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