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The Violin Concerto by Aram Khachaturian was once very popular and championed by several violin super heroes of the past, including Jascha Heifetz....

  • Added: Dec 31, 2007
  • Length: :20
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You may have heard the story of the young clarinetist who brought Brahms out of retirement to write for the instrument. Fittingly, Brahms' clarine...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2007
  • Length: :28
Caption: Anna Netrebko, Credit: Annie Leibovitz
Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has a recording of songs by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. It’s not just a Russian themed disc – it’s more about m...

  • Added: May 25, 2010
  • Length: :18
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Blue Cathedral is composer Jennifer Higdon's most popular work, receiving more than 200 performances each year. Originally, she had no intention o...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :34
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Anne Akiko Meyers
Actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin was also a composer. His song, "Smile," is a standard and a favorite of balladeers…and violinists. The lyrics...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :25
Caption: Richard Stoltzman
You'll hear some of the most brilliant virtuosic flourishes about midway through Debussy's First Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra. They're almo...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :24
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It's hard to describe the magical dialogue that takes place between the strings and the winds at the beginning of the Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius. ...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2008
  • Length: :25
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"Blue Cathedral," written by Jennifer Higdon is one of the most performed contemporary orchestral works in the U-S. She composed it with her broth...

Bought by KBYU/BYU Radio


  • Added: Sep 30, 2008
  • Length: :25
  • Purchases: 1
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Dvorak's formal musical education included the standard lessons and training, and his skills are clearly evident. But Conductor Myung-Whun Chung s...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2008
  • Length: :23
Caption: Orli Shaham, Credit: Photo by Christian Steiner
There's often a story behind a story behind the music we love, but not always. Mozart never really tells us how he came to write his Violin Sonata...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2008
  • Length: :28
Caption: Orli Shaham, Credit: Christian Steiner
Pianist Orli Shaham says Dvorak's music is like a beautiful onion - every time you peel off a layer, or look beyond the surface of the music, you a...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2008
  • Length: :25
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The word "spiritual" continues to have a wide range of applications when discussing religion and the 21st century lifestyle. Conductor Herbert Blo...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2007
  • Length: :23
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Each instrument, whether it's the oboe or the triangle, has its own distinctive quality or quirk -- the one element that makes it different from an...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Oct 31, 2006
  • Length: :34
  • Purchases: 2
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Everyone has their favorite piece of music. For Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, it has always been the Brahms Violin Concerto. Her challenge ...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2006
  • Length: :33
  • Purchases: 2
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With her constant jet setting from state to state, and continent to continent, violinist Sarah Chang says she's become a "frequent flyer mileage qu...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2008
  • Length: :24
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The "Nocturne" in Classical Music refers to music for night time. Pianist Alexander Kobrin says that Chopin's Nocturnes explore and illustrate man...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2006
  • Length: :21
  • Purchases: 2
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How do you get your day started? A strong cup of coffee, maybe a good jog? A perfect, sugary doughnut? Morning Edition? Pianist Anne-Marie McDe...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2008
  • Length: :20