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There are trends and fads even in classical music. One of the trends conductor Marin Alsop finds a bit disturbing involves Brahms. Use this 27 se...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2008
  • Length: :27
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Conductor Marin Alsop has recorded most of Brahms' orchestral works during the last few years. Although Brahms' symphonies are epic in both sound ...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2008
  • Length: :19
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You may have heard of Brahms' several attempts to write his first symphony as he struggled to come out from behind Beethoven's shadow. Conductor Ma...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2008
  • Length: :22
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Today's movie stars and star athletes have it rough, between the paparazzi, critics, reporters and all the others who sit and judge. It's not a ne...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2008
  • Length: :26
Caption: Hilary Hahn
Violinist Hilary Hahn is one of many musicians who consider Bach’s music to be timeless. She says Bach’s music “doesn’t necessarily belong in one ...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :27
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Yuja Wang
Pianist Yuja Wang has a CD that includes a Theme and Variations and two orchestral works that have been transcribed for piano. But that’s not the ...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :21
Caption: Semyon Bychkov
The “Symphonic Dances for Orchestra” is one of the best known works Rachmaninoff wrote after a long and punishing creative drought. The Dances rep...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
When Bach asks the keyboard player to play fast, pianist Simone Dinnerstein responds with bright, even snappy tempos. She also remembers to come u...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :26
Caption: Lorin Maazel
There's musical fluff that lasts a moment and then quickly disappears into the air, and then there's music that is mistaken for fluff. In that las...

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2009
  • Length: :20
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lorin Maazel
Some obsessions and compulsions are better than others, and conductor Lorin Maazel admits that at one point in his career, he spent too much time a...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2009
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Catrin Finch
One of the beauties of classical music is that some things never go out of style. Use this 24 second clip to introduce harpist Catrin Finch playin...

  • Added: Sep 27, 2009
  • Length: :24
Caption: Paavo Järvi, Credit: Photo by Lang Photography
"Authenticity" became the buzz word for playing Baroque music in the 80's and 90's and the "Authentic Instrument" movement changed the way we now p...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2009
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sharon Isbin
Guitarist Sharon Isbin jokes that in a former life, she must have lived during the Renaissance era. Music from the 16th century clearly awakens bo...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2009
  • Length: :21
  • Purchases: 1
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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
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: Zuill Bailey, Credit: Lisa Marie Mazzucco
Cellist Zuill Bailey recorded a CD containing the six Suites for Solo Cello by Bach - and recorded them over an eight-day period. That's two CDs, s...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :22
  • Purchases: 1
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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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
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
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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
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