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Caption: Zuill Bailey, Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
There’s plenty of room for passion and emotion in Tchaikovsky’s music. But the key is knowing how far to take the drama. That’s an especially rel...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2010
  • Length: :28
Caption: Zuill Bailey, Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Cellists lament the fact that Mozart did not write a solo sonata or concerto for their instrument. Zuill Bailey says cellists got the next best th...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2010
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Caption: Zuill Bailey, Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
It’s part of a musician’s job to guide us through the music. It’s a task cellist Zuill Bailey relishes when he plays the Bach Cello Suites, especi...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2010
  • Length: :19
Caption: Gil Shaham
On his new CD, violinist Gil Shaham is joined by members of the Sejong Soloists. They’re a mini-chamber orchestra that got started when the player...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Gil Shaham
There’s been some conversation and concern recently about the future of classical music and the future of the symphony orchestra. From the classic...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Gil Shaham
Sarasate’s Ziguenerweisen – or “Gypsy Airs” – is a work that is often played with an extroverted romantic passion. On his most recent recording of...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :24
Caption: Gil Shaham
Some music sounds and looks easy, but that’s often not the case. Violinist Gil Shaham says the Violin Concertos by Haydn are not for beginners. Us...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :27
Caption: Kim Kashkashian, Credit: courtesy of WGBH
In addition to being the butt of musical instrument jokes, the viola suffers from “lack of solo music syndrome.” Violist Kim Kashkashian says that...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
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Caption: Kim Kashkashian, Credit: courtesy of WGBH
How does one make a sound on an instrument? Violist Kim Kashkashian says it actually has little to do with the instrument itself. Ultimately, she...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :22
Caption: Robert Spano
Even before the recent economic challenges, there have been ongoing discussions and blogs about the future of the American symphony orchestra. Wha...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Robert Spano
It’s the same music, but in a different setting and with a very different sound. Samuel Barber arranged his well-known “Adagio for Strings” for ch...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Robert Spano
Performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have been called “vivid” and “rhapsodic” by the New York Times, and it’s clear that Atlanta hosts on...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :28
Caption: Robert Spano
Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra share a commitment to the creation of new music, and it enjoys a regular presence in the orchestra’...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :30
Caption: Robert Spano
When asked to write music for the first anniversary of 9-11, composer John Adams wrote a work for orchestra and chorus - and included everyday soun...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Gil Shaham
Violinist Gil Shaham calls the Octet for Strings by Mendelssohn “a mind blowing achievement.” What makes it so great? He says it’s a case, at lea...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2010
  • Length: :28
Caption: Gil Shaham
We know Haydn, the wonderful composer of symphonies and string quartets, but did you know he also wrote some terrific Violin Concertos? Violinist ...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Yuja Wang
In music, and music schools worldwide, the teacher - student relationship can be a somewhat complicated matter. The tradition and traditional view...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :19
Caption: Bryn Terfel, Credit: Catherine Ashmore
Bass-Baritone Bryn Terfel has been a very bad boy. Actually “Bad Boys” is the title of his CD, where he performs arias by opera’s most despicable v...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Bryn Terfel, Credit: Catherine Ashmore
Three of the main figures are brought together in the final scene of Mozart’s Don Giovanni – they are the notorious, lustful and unsympathetic Don,...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
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Caption: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
There’s an undeniably American element running through much of George Gershwin’s music. There’s also something almost street-smart about his music...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :22
Caption: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
With all the wonderful music Gershwin wrote in a short period of time, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet wonders why many people still ask if his music i...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
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Caption: Mark O'Connor, Credit: Jim McGuire
Composer Mark O’Connor says there’s a “stir fry” element that defines American music. People from different lands stirred their own musical experi...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :28
Caption: Mark O'Connor, Credit: Jim McGuire
What makes American music American? Composer and violinist Mark O’Connor tries to tell that story – or history – in his “Appalachia Waltz.” Use th...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :33
Caption: Mark O'Connor, Credit: Jim McGuire
Musicians, conductors and orchestras receive both criticism and compliments for their work – it’s all part of the musician’s life. While each is b...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :32
Caption: Yuja Wang
The title of Yuja Wang’s new recording is “Transformation.” It’s a fitting title – especially for one of the Scarlatti keyboard sonatas, which she...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
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