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Caption: Richard Stoltzman
Reality checks are healthy and provide valuable perspective. But they can also be shocking, surprising and really knock us off our feet. Violinis...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :26
Caption: Manuel Barrueco
The benefit of working with a living composer is you can get instruction and clarification directly from the source. On the other hand, it might b...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :25
Caption: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
How does a performer choose the music they'll play? First and foremost, performers play the music they love – the music that resonates for them. ...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :15
Caption: Ivan Fischer
Dvorak's "New World" Symphony is at the top of nearly everyone's "Hit Parade" - and his other big symphonies and the Cello Concerto are not far beh...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :26
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: Ivan Fischer
Mahler's Symphony No. 2 is known as the "Resurrection" Symphony. It's a religious work of sorts, but conductor Ivan Fischer says Mahler wasn't rea...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :25
Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
On a few occasions, pianist Simone Dinnerstein gets herself into trouble on the concert stage. Nothing too serious, but the difficulty usually beg...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :25
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: Yefim Bronfman
One of Brahms best known orchestral works is his "Variations on a Theme by Haydn." Although it's best known in its orchestral version, Brahms firs...

  • Added: Mar 02, 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: Yefim Bronfman
Pianist Yefim Bronfman performs the solo and concerto repertoire around the world, and he plays music written for two pianos with his Manhattan nei...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Length: :23
Caption: Yefim Bronfman
The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 is a part of nearly every pianist's concert repertoire, and for many Russian pianists, it's often the first ma...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Length: :26
Caption: José Serebrier
It's surprising, if not shocking, to learn that Bach's music became pretty much unknown after his death. It was Mendelssohn who resurrected his mu...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Length: :23
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: 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: Julia Fischer
When violinist Julia Fischer performs with other musicians, she likes that opportunity to make personal connections on stage. When she plays the S...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Length: :26
Caption: Matt Haimovitz, Credit: Copley
About ten years ago, cellist Matt Haimovitz took the Bach Cello Suites out of the concert hall and started playing them in bars and night clubs. T...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Length: :26
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When composer Jennifer Higdon accepts a commission from a performer to write a new piece, she takes a few steps before writing the very first note....

  • Added: Sep 30, 2008
  • Length: :29
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When describing Beethoven's astonishing accomplishments as a composer, it's hard to know where to start. Pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy ...

Bought by WETS


  • Added: Sep 30, 2008
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 1
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(Stephen Hough Received a 2008 Gramophone Award.) The pianist as composer and arranger is a tradition that goes back to Franz Liszt. They often s...

  • Added: Sep 26, 2008
  • Length: :23
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Actor and Director Charlie Chaplin wrote all the music for his films, and "Modern Times" (1936) contains his most enduring music, specifically the ...

Bought by WITF, WFCR, and KISU


  • Added: Sep 28, 2006
  • Length: :27
  • Purchases: 3
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Some orchestras stake their reputation and trademark on a certain sound. Others rely on their celebrity conductor. (The Chicago Symphony Orchestr...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2008
  • Length: :34
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At one time, Hungary was one of the leading cultural centers in the world, much like Paris, Vienna and New York. Hungary was occupied by many diff...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2008
  • Length: :25
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The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs without a conductor. We know they make it work, but how do they make it work? Long time Orpheus violinist ...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2008
  • Length: :23
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Working without a conductor creates both creative and practical challenges for an orchestra: how do you get the music started? For the conductor-...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2008
  • Length: :32