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Like many composers Michael Torke worries about coming up with the right titles for his music. When he wrote "Javelin," he wondered if the title m...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2007
  • Length: :21
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What makes a composer's music resonate with the audience? Composer John Adams offers a starting point to this ultimately unanswerable question. U...

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  • Added: Sep 30, 2007
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 2
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Breaking down the barrier between classical music and its audience is a priority for many classical music performers, including the charismatic per...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 02, 2007
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Misha Dichter, Credit: Stefan Cohen
The term “virtuoso” has come to mean many things over the years. These days, it seems to describe someone who can play very, very fast, but not ne...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2010
  • Length: :28
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More than a dozen composers have written music based on an engaging melody by Nicolo Paganini. Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini is th...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet has a new recording of the Gershwin Piano Concerto. It features the evocative, but rarely heard orchestration by Ferde...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :24
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If you've ever seen violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg play, you know she works hard for the music. And it's that same work ethic that helps her c...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2008
  • Length: :25
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Clarice Assad is a composer, singer, arranger, and her musical arena includes classical music, Jazz and Brazilian Pop. When she was asked to write...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :34
  • Purchases: 2
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One person's trash is another person's treasure. Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg readily admits the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is mostly fluff...

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  • Added: Oct 28, 2006
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 2
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Chopin is one of pianist Lang Lang's favorite composers - not just for how the music makes him feel, but for how Chopin makes him a better pianist....

  • Added: Nov 01, 2008
  • Length: :23
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There's an old saying that says it's not the destination, but the journey that counts. In the case of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, pianist Ema...

  • Added: Feb 29, 2008
  • Length: :26
Caption: Andrew Litton, Credit: Steve J. Sherman
The challenge to successfully bringing off a virtuoso concerto is as challenging to the conductor as it is to the soloist... well almost as challen...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2009
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 1
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Composer Franz Liszt is best known as a composer, virtuoso performer and ladies' man. Pianist Stephen Hough says you could also call him an innova...

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  • Added: Jul 31, 2007
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Joshua Bell
No one's perfect – even virtuosos like violinist Joshua Bell make mistakes on stage. Throughout his career, he's learned to prioritize his flubs a...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2009
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Richard Stoltzman
Debussy's First Rhapsody for Clarinet began as a contest piece for students at the Paris Conservatory. That explains the presence of the virtuoso ...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2008
  • Length: :26
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Every performer has their calling card or label for their style of playing. Some are known for raising the roof with virtuoso flash and fireworks;...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2008
  • Length: :24
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Pianist Andre Watts is well-known for playing the most popular and more challenging piano concertos. When he plays these virtuoso showpieces, he t...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2008
  • Length: :28
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This 10 second clip is intended to be used as a "Top of the Hour" Billboard or as an Enhanced Forward Promo. In pianist Orion Weiss' first recordi...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2007
  • Length: :10
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Canadian Brass
When brass players audition for a rare opening in the Canadian Brass, playing the notes is only one part of the process. You've got to show them y...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2008
  • Length: :19
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Before Madonna, Brittany and Paris, there was Godowsky. Leopold Godowsky was a piano virtuoso who dazzled audiences around the world in the early ...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :35
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Hilary Hahn
Violinist Hilary Hahn's "Voices and Violin" CD offers mostly sacred arias by Bach that include a prominent role for the violin. At times, she conv...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lynn Harrell, Credit: Christian Steiner
While most musicians genuinely believe their instrument is the closest sounding to the human voice, cellist Lynn Harrell makes a pretty convincing ...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
  • Length: :23
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Zuill Bailey, Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Cellists thank their lucky stars for the wide range of music written for their instrument. The cello is often the composer’s voice for a variety o...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2010
  • Length: :24
Caption: Hilary Hahn
Although we primarily think of Bach as a composer and the ultimate keyboard player, he also played the violin. Hilary Hahn has been playing Bach t...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :27
Caption: The King's Singers, Credit: Marco Borgreve
Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah,” despite its title, does not necessarily offer a religious point of view. The song includes one section with a s...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2010
  • Length: :25