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Caption: Semyon Bychkov
Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff suffered the musical equivalent of writer’s block for three agonizing years. When he finally emerged from his creativ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :22
Caption: Rafal Blechacz, Credit: Felix Broede-DG
When pianist Rafal Blechacz was making his recording of piano sonatas by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, the piano was the farthest thing from his min...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Rafal Blechacz, Credit: Felix Broede-DG
Pianist Rafal Blechacz is from Poland, so it’s perhaps natural he would play a lot of Chopin, Poland’s most famous composer. But there are other r...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
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Caption: Rafal Blechacz, Credit: Felix Broede-DG
Who owns the music – the performer or the composer? When it comes to interpretation, pianist Rafal Blechacz has his priorities and knows who come...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
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Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
On a warm New York night in August, 2007, an unknown pianist went to bed not knowing that she was about to become an overnight sensation. Her name...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
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Caption: Danielle de Niese, Credit: hansspeekenbrink-nl
Opera singers today are being asked to do more, and are expected to do more on the operatic stage – especially when it comes to showing their actin...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Lynn Harrell, Credit: Christian Steiner
The impressionist movement in music began in France during the late nineteenth century. Composers like Debussy rebelled against what they consider...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
  • Length: :22
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Caption: Lynn Harrell, Credit: Christian Steiner
In music, and music schools worldwide, the teacher - student relationship can be a somewhat complicated matter. The traditional view is that the s...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
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Caption: Lynn Harrell, Credit: Christian Steiner
Cellist Lynn Harrell has played the Dvorak Cello Concerto throughout his career, and it's a work he continues to study. Before the cello's first e...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
  • Length: :24
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Caption: Mark Elder, Credit: Shelia Rock
Claude Debussy's music helped define the impressionist movement in music. The fuzzy borders and pastel swashes of color that Monet and Cezanne bro...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
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Caption: Mark Elder, Credit: Shelia Rock
One thing you might notice in conductor Mark Elder’s recordings of British music is his choice of tempo. By British and recording standards, they ...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
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Caption: Mark Elder, Credit: Shelia Rock
Where will we find the next generation of classical music listeners and classical music fans? Conductor Mark Elder says they're in school right no...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Mark Elder, Credit: Shelia Rock
To clap or not to clap – that's the concert hall debate that continues to rage in various circles. In Beethoven and Mozart's day, applauding was w...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Menahem Pressler
Playing chamber music is like any relationship. You give, you take, you listen and you compromise. As one of the preeminent chamber musicians of ...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
  • Length: :25
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Caption: Menahem Pressler
Pianist Menahem Pressler spent 53 years as the pianist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio. He could easily have taken the soloist route, giving reci...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
  • Length: :23
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Caption: Menahem Pressler
The Beaux Arts Trio was widely recognized for consistently reaching and upholding the highest musical standards. But there were times when they di...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
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Caption: Lynn Harrell, Credit: Christian Steiner
Beethoven was one of the first composers to demonstrate the cello's wide range of expressive capabilities. But there was one characteristic Beetho...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
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Caption: Mark Elder, Credit: Shelia Rock
When British conductor Mark Elder wants to give his orchestra some directions for tempo and inflection, his native language falls short... especial...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
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Caption: Menahem Pressler
How do you keep the music you’ve played hundreds of times fresh for the next audience? That's the age old question for all musicians. Pianist Men...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2010
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Caption: Yuja Wang
The Piano Sonata No 2 by Chopin is best known for the funeral march in the third movement. That march has been immortalized from its appearances i...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Zuill Bailey, Credit: Lisa Marie Mazzucco
The Bach Suites for Solo Cello are revered by cellists. Many call them their "Bible." One of those Bach Bible-toting cellists is Zuill Bailey. He...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :21
Caption: Yuja Wang
Pianist Yuja Wang plays the monumental – some might even call it “larger than life" – Piano Sonata by Liszt on her debut CD. Historically, the Son...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Till Fellner
Small or "soft" are not concepts we normally associate with Beethoven's music, and especially the Beethoven Piano Concertos. Pianist Till Fellner ...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Till Fellner
If you ever played piano, chances are you played at least one of the Two or Three-Part Inventions by Bach. Pianist Till Fellner says part of their...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Till Fellner
It's not unusual for performers to devote themselves to a short list of composers. Some have even taken a year off to only study and play one comp...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
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