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Caption: Orli Shaham, Credit: Christian Steiner
The trouble with cliches is that they tend to lose meaning after the 15th hearing. So instead of saying Mozart brilliantly practiced the art of "l...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2008
  • Length: :25
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The Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 begins quite dramatically with a thick, almost foggy texture. But, in the second movement, pianist Jean-Yves ...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2008
  • Length: :19
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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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The Canadian Brass has dozens of holiday music recordings – in their most recent holiday CD, they continue their tradition of giving some familiar ...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2007
  • Length: :21
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Holiday music recordings are a dime a dozen, with a few exceptions. Some really stand out, but all holiday recordings, with or without creative me...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2007
  • Length: :24
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The Canadian Brass knows their way around holiday music – they've made numerous holiday recordings in their 30 plus years. They're the first to ad...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2007
  • Length: :21
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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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Composer Carl Maria von Weber is a favorite of clarinetists - including David Shifrin. Weber's Grand Duo concertante is, basically, 19th century s...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2007
  • Length: :20
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Choosing a title for a new piece of music can be as tough as writing the very first note. Composer Michael Torke tries to avoid titles that push l...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2007
  • Length: :27
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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...

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  • Added: Sep 30, 2007
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1
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Somebody always falls asleep at a concert. It's been a long day; the concert is at the end of the day. Maybe the performance is a real "yawner." ...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2007
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 1
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We often hear about the healing qualities of music. Percussionist Evelyn Glennie recommends we take it in regular doses. Use this 31 second clip ...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
  • Length: :31
  • Purchases: 2
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In the event you may be undergoing surgery in the near future, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis suggests you check to see if your health insurance cover...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
  • Length: :28
  • Purchases: 2
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Certain pieces of classical music are known to be soothing and even healing for the listener, but it can have similar effects on the composer who a...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :32
  • Purchases: 2
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Gershwin's "An American In Paris" captures both the American spirit and the bustling, jazzy sounds of Paris in the 1920's. Conductor Andrew Litton...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2006
  • Length: :36
  • Purchases: 2
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The teenage violinist Gil Shaham was well on his way to a promising career, when one day he received a surprise opportunity that immediately change...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Sep 25, 2006
  • Length: :31
  • Purchases: 2
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Gil Shaham's violin has enjoyed a noteworthy history, including time spent in the company of a famous Baroque composer and a forward thinking count...

Bought by WITF, WFCR, PRX Administrator, and KBYU/BYU Radio


  • Added: Aug 31, 2006
  • Length: :37
  • Purchases: 4
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Star gazing, and our occasional infatuation with celebrities, dates back long before movies and television. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (ZHhahn-Ev...

  • Added: Mar 31, 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
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The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra goes conductor-less; they determine their musical interpretations amongst themselves. While that approach is somethi...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2008
  • Length: :21
Caption: Joshua Bell
Violinist Joshua Bell's CD "At Home with Friends" includes an appearance by composer and pianist, Sergei Rachmaninoff. Rachmaninoff actually died ...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2009
  • Length: :24
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Composer Jennifer Higdon's career path does not line up with that old saying, "those who can't do... teach." She's one of the busiest, most perfor...

Bought by KBYU/BYU Radio


  • Added: Sep 30, 2008
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 1
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Among his many talents, Charlie Chaplin was also a composer. He wrote the sweet and melancholy song, "Smile." Violinist Leila Josefowicz loves th...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Sep 02, 2006
  • Length: :22
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: John Corigliano
The middle of the 20th century saw both enormous growth and struggle for new classical music. Part of the struggle, according to composer John Cor...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :24
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By all accounts, composer Francis Poulenc was just a normal, average guy. No crazier than the next person. But his music could not be more schizop...

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