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The spoken language of classical music is filled with foreign names and phrases, and even conductors like Marin Alsop find it challenging to be mul...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2008
  • Length: :22
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Use any of these Funder Spot choices during your Classical Music Fundraising programming, and especially before or after playing any performance co...

Bought by KVNO, WMNR, New Hampshire Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, KUFM - Montana Public Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 31, 2010
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 9
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...

Bought by WXXI, KVLU, KUHF, and KBYU/BYU Radio


  • Added: Oct 29, 2009
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 4
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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...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Oct 28, 2006
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 2
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Percussionist Evelyn Glennie plays shoeless, but she says it's not to make a fashion or social statement. Use this 30 second clip to introduce any...

Bought by WITF, WEKU, and WFCR


  • Added: Aug 31, 2006
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Kim Kashkashian, Credit: courtesy of WGBH
In addition to being the butt of musical instrument jokes, the viola suffers from “lack of solo music syndrome.” Violist Kim Kashkashian says that...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :14
Caption: Yuja Wang
The technical and musical challenges for the pianist who plays Brahms are immense, and when it comes to his “Paganini Variations,” pianist Yuja Wan...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :24
Caption: Bryn Terfel, Credit: Catherine Ashmore
The new production of Tosca at the Met caused an enormous uproar of epic proportions. While the new production pleased some, it inspired near riot...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :22
Caption: Piotr Anderszewski
Piotr Anderszewski’s association with Beethoven’s music goes back a long way. It’s a connection he cherishes, but like all relationships, they’ve ...

  • Added: May 25, 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: 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: Piotr Anderszewski
Like most of his countrymen and women, Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski is proud of Chopin's Polish connection, but he says Chopin has other conne...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2010
  • Length: 01:13
Caption: Robert Spano
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra operates under a management approach known as “collective leadership.” Conductor Robert Spano is clearly in charge,...

Bought by KBYU/BYU Radio and WETS


  • Added: Dec 31, 2009
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Thomas Stacy, Credit: Chris Lee
The English horn is a specialty instrument -- a longer, deeper version of the oboe. One of the English horn's best known moments comes with the lo...

Bought by KBYU/BYU Radio


  • Added: Jul 27, 2009
  • Length: :23
  • Purchases: 1
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Without question, the beauty and craftsmanship within Brahms "Variations on a Theme by Paganini" are substantial. 2005 Van Cliburn Piano Competiti...

Bought by WITF, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, and WFCR


  • Added: Oct 02, 2006
  • Length: :25
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
Beethoven's last piano sonata contains one of classical music's all-time most shocking moments. Right in the middle of the sonata, without warning...

Bought by MPR News Stations


  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :25
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
It's not uncommon for performers to study the historical and theoretical aspects of the music they play. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein knows her hist...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :25
Caption: José Serebrier
You may have heard that the future of the recording industry is somewhat up in the air as new technologies make it possible to access music in new ...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Length: :22
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
Caption: Vadim Repin
Beethoven's music is not always about the DRAMA. You can hear sweetness and joy, emotion and humor, fire and passion, and in the case of the third...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2008
  • Length: :19
Caption: Helene Grimaud
Although the practice is as old as music itself, taking a piece of music for one instrument and adapting it to another still causes scowls and glar...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2008
  • Length: :19
Caption: The Canadian Brass
For the Canadian Brass, their dream to play in Carnegie Hall came true in part because the players happily did something most musicians avoid, or d...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2008
  • Length: :22
Caption: Sir James Galway
It is, or was at one time, classical music’s forbidden word – or act: "Crossover"... playing music that's not 100% classical. Flutist, Sir James ...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2008
  • Length: :26
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Performers, their teachers and their audience demand perfection. Since perfection really can't be achieved, that puts musicians in a compromising ...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2008
  • Length: :26
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If you've ever seen the pianist Lang Lang play, you know he performs with great animation and enormous, physical gusto. Here's a little background...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2008
  • Length: :24