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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
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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...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 2
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...

Bought by KBYU/BYU Radio


  • Added: Jul 25, 2009
  • Length: :29
  • 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: Robert Spano
When asked to write music for the first anniversary of 9-11, composer John Adams wrote a work for orchestra and chorus - and included everyday soun...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Mark O'Connor, Credit: Jim McGuire
Composer Mark O’Connor says there’s a “stir fry” element that defines American music. People from different lands stirred their own musical experi...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :28
Caption: Mark O'Connor, Credit: Jim McGuire
What makes American music American? Composer and violinist Mark O’Connor tries to tell that story – or history – in his “Appalachia Waltz.” Use th...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :33
Caption: Carol Wincenc, Credit: Cori Wells Braun
The “Poem” by Charles Tomlinson Griffes is, in a way, one of the quintessential American works for flute and orchestra. But flutist Carol Wincenc ...

  • Added: May 30, 2010
  • Length: :14
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: Thomas Stacy, Credit: Chris Lee
As the English horn player for the New York Philharmonic, Thomas Stacy says he's been privileged to work with some of the finest conductors from se...

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2009
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Vadim Repin
Rachmaninoff is known for writing expressive and engaging melodies. That's certainly the case with his Elegiac Trio No. 1. Violinist Vadim Repin ...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2009
  • Length: :20
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
The Piano Concerto No. 2 by Liszt basically consists of one short theme that the composer recycles multiple times. While the melody is continually...

Bought by Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :20
  • Purchases: 1
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Spanish composer Fernando Sor wrote a ton of music for the guitar. On the surface, they're mostly short, sweet and delightful little pieces. Guit...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :28
  • Purchases: 2
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Some composers go unnoticed, or become forgotten for a variety of reasons. Mauro Giuliani composed in Beethoven's shadow, but guitarist David Star...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :32
  • Purchases: 2
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New music can be complex and difficult to process at first, second and even third hearings. Guitarist David Starobin has spent much of his career ...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2007
  • Length: :28
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein's most recent CD begins with the French Suite No. 5 by Bach. Here's her brief translation of the French in the French S...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :21
Caption: Yefim Bronfman
There are a couple of myths about Russian piano players – one of them is that they only play Russian music. Yefim Bronfman was born in Tashkent, U...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Length: :17
Caption: The Canadian Brass
When the Canadian Brass was looking to add a new trumpet player to the group in 2007, they knew exactly who they wanted for the job. Use this 22 s...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2008
  • Length: :22
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Is there an "American sound" when it comes to classical music? Conductor JoAnn Falletta makes this case for Aaron Copland. Use this 25 second cli...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2008
  • Length: :25
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Alexander Zemlinsky is one of several early 20th century German composers whose music was suppressed by the Nazis prior to World War Two. Conducto...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2008
  • Length: :23
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Composer Alexander Zemlinsky was one of several German composers who ran afoul of the German government in the early 20th century. Conductor James...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2008
  • Length: :24
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One of the most frequently asked questions of musicians is, what does "interpretation" mean: how do you "interpret" music? For pianist Andre Watts,...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2008
  • Length: :29
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There's often a story to the music you hear on your station. Conductor Riccardo Muti says you don't have to know the story to hear and feel what t...

  • Added: May 31, 2008
  • Length: :24
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Arnold Schoenberg pioneered a composition method and style known as "12-tone music". Melodies and harmonies were created from a predetermined sequ...

  • Added: May 31, 2008
  • Length: :23
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From a bone chilling graveyard scene, to the sound of a heart beat that slows down and finally stops beating, Prokofiev's First Violin Sonata has j...

  • Added: May 31, 2008
  • Length: :23