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At the heart of Brahms' first two symphonies, conductor Marin Alsop hears great joy, especially at the end, where both symphonies finish with a tri...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2008
  • Length: :21
Caption: James Ehnes
Some musicians emote and move around on stage more than others. There’s nothing wrong with classical music performers putting on a show, but violi...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2010
  • Length: :26
Caption: Mark Elder, Credit: Shelia Rock
The price of concert tickets can be daunting, but conductor Mark Elder says there’s an even bigger obstacle to the concert going experience. It’s ...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2010
  • Length: :26
Caption: Mark Elder, Credit: Shelia Rock
One of the things you might notice in recordings conducted by Mark Elder – especially with English music – is tempo. He plays British music faster...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2010
  • Length: :24
Caption: Evelyn Glennie
"Everybody's a critic," as the saying goes – and that's true now more than ever, according to percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Use this 24 second cli...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2009
  • Length: :24
Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
Bach’s music often incorporated steps and rhythms from the dance music of his day. And often he was writing actual dance music, like a gavotte or ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :20
Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
Do you remember the Sam Cooke song from the 50s about not knowing music much about history, biology and trigonometry? Like many performers, pianis...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :26
Caption: Zuill Bailey, Credit: Lisa Marie Mazzucco
(March 21st is Bach's birthday.) There are many ways to celebrate Bach musically. If you're a cellist, you probably thank your lucky stars every ...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :27
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: Charles Dutoit
When Gustav Holst wrote what would become his most famous work, "The Planets," he did not include Pluto in the seven movement suite. Coincidently,...

Bought by KBYU/BYU Radio


  • Added: Jul 27, 2009
  • Length: :23
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Anne Akiko Meyers
The name of the piece is "Mirror in Mirror." It's a seven minute work by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers describes it as...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :26
Caption: Manuel Barrueco
Cuban guitarist Manuel Barrueco has been playing guitar and making music for more than 40 years. His love affair with the guitar began almost inno...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :22
Caption: Ivan Fischer
Every orchestra has a trademark - it can be their overall sound, an instrumental section within the orchestra like the Chicago Symphony Brass, or i...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :29
Caption: José Serebrier
Conductor Arturo Toscanini was known as the poster child for bad behavior on the podium. Fortunately, the days of the yelling, screaming, raging t...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Length: :25
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The political difficulties that ruled the life of Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich were more than just minor aggravations. His refusal to fol...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2008
  • Length: :27
Caption: Emmanuel Pahud, Credit: Photo by Shelia Rock
When the soloist and orchestra are playing a concerto, who's in charge? Is it the soloist, the conductor - the orchestra? Someone has to make sur...

  • Added: May 31, 2008
  • Length: :20
Caption: Orli Shaham, Credit: Christian Steiner
Pianist Orli Shaham dreams of playing in front of the enthusiastic and traditionally very responsive audiences that attend the figure skating compe...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Apr 30, 2008
  • Length: 01:31
  • Purchases: 1
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Listening to brass music by Giovanni Gabrieli is a lesson in rich harmonies and inventive melodies. Gabrieli's music is also a lesson in sound, as...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Apr 30, 2008
  • Length: :23
  • Purchases: 1
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Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet has recorded nearly every piano work by Erik Satie. His music could be melancholy and mysterious. Thibaudet says Sati...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2008
  • Length: :23
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If you're a well established performer, writer or artist of any kind, you're likely to have your fans tell you they like your early work the best. ...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2007
  • Length: :20
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As talented and exceptionally skilled as today's orchestra musicians may be, there are plenty of living composers whose music still presents a chal...

Bought by WETS


  • Added: Sep 30, 2007
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1
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What really motivated Sibelius to write his Violin Concerto? Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg says he wrote this "ridiculously, unnecessarily aw...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Oct 30, 2006
  • Length: :27
  • Purchases: 2
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If you've ever lived next door to a musician, or lived under the same roof, you're more than familiar with the musician's practicing routine. That...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2008
  • Length: :25
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The Piano Concerto No. 5 by Saint-Saens is known as the "Egyptian" Concerto, because it includes a melody from a song Saint-Saens heard while vacat...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2008
  • Length: :25
Caption: John Corigliano
While some composers are inspired by nature and walks in the countryside, others approach it as a job where they show up and put pencil to music pa...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :22