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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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
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Caption: Angela Cheng, Credit: Lisa Kohler
Pianist Angela Cheng, like many people, has a thing for Mozart -- his symphonies, his piano concertos and his uncanny ability with first drafts. S...

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2009
  • Length: :22
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Richard Stoltzman
Among the many colors, sounds or inflections a clarinetist can draw from their instrument is a sense of nostalgia. That makes the Autumn Song by T...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2008
  • Length: :32
Caption: John Corigliano
Before a new piece of music is played for the first time – before it is judged either a masterpiece or a disaster, it exists in a state of musical ...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :19
Caption: Anne Akiko Meyers
Actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin was also a composer. His song, "Smile," is a standard and a favorite of balladeers…and violinists. The lyrics...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :25
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: 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: 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: Vadim Repin
Some concertos contain multiple technical and virtuosic challenges. Playing through them all can be an exhausting physical experience, similar to ...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2008
  • Length: :26
Caption: Helene Grimaud
Pianist Helene Grimaud took a somewhat uncommon approach to Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5. She decided to play one side against the other. Use...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2008
  • Length: :25
Caption: Richard Stoltzman
Carl Maria von Weber wrote quite a bit of solo music for the clarinet, and much of it is highly dramatic and virtuosic. Weber tended to think of i...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2008
  • Length: :22
Caption: Richard Stoltzman
"Who were your influences?" That's one of the questions artists and performers from all fields hate to be asked. It may have to do with how many ...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2008
  • Length: :26
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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To get an orchestra of 60 or 100 players to play like one is the eternal challenge for a conductor. Every orchestra is different but conductor JoA...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2008
  • Length: :29
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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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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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When conductor Myung-Whun Chung teaches conducting students how to approach and interpret French music, his lesson consists of three words: "live i...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2008
  • Length: :27
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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
Caption: Ivan Fischer, Credit: Courtesy of the Budapest Festival Orchestra
Who knows where inspiration truly comes from? It's different for anyone, but inspiration can strike anytime. Conductor Ivan Fischer says Mahler o...

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