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Caption: Leif Ove Andsnes, Credit: Simon Fowler
In almost every profession, some of the best work gets done away from the office. It's true for pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. He likes to work from h...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :23
Caption: John Corigliano
Composer John Corigliano grew up surrounded by music. His father was the concertmaster (1st violinist) with the New York Philharmonic for 23 years...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :24
Caption: Leif Ove Andsnes, Credit: Simon Fowler
Grieg's Piano Concerto has long held its place as an audience favorite and as the calling card for several generations of pianists, including Leif ...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :25
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: John Corigliano
If you ever enter into a friendly competition over which art form is the most powerful, or holds the greatest potential, you might want to consider...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :27
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 music by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla is often charged with romantic and melodramatic urges. When it comes to playing Piazzolla, violi...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :24
Caption: Anne Akiko Meyers
"Sea in Spring" was written by a blind Japanese composer, Michio Miyagi . Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers says this music calls on her to use some spe...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :18
Caption: Anne Akiko Meyers
It was voted the Number One Song on the American Film Institute's list of the "100 Best Songs" used in film. The beauty and autobiographical senti...

  • Added: May 29, 2009
  • Length: :21
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
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We all makes mistakes -- some just get noticed more than most, like when you're playing your violin on stage before an audience of thousands. Viol...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
  • Length: :24
  • Purchases: 2
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The piano part has the most notes -- thousands -- but it's a cello sonata. Pianist Orion Weiss talks about his need to play second fiddle to the ce...

Bought by WITF, WFCR, and WFSU


  • Added: Jan 01, 2007
  • Length: :20
  • Purchases: 3
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The French Horn is hard enough to play in its modern-day set up of valves, extra tubing and other gadgetry. But the original French Horn, the Natu...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Nov 02, 2006
  • Length: :34
  • Purchases: 2
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Ask any musician what makes their instrument special, and maybe better than any other instrument, and they almost always point to the same characte...

  • Added: Feb 29, 2008
  • Length: :23
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When it comes to interpreting the Goldberg Variations, many view the 1955 Glenn Gould recording as the gold standard. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein h...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2008
  • Length: :21
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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
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While Nicolo Paganini's violin playing brought him enormous prestige and adoration from his many female admirers, he also got around on the guitar....

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Sep 25, 2006
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 2
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: Richard Stoltzman
It's not a "given" that the instrument a famous musician plays today was the very first instrument they played. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma's first instrumen...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :20
Caption: Richard Stoltzman
You'll hear some of the most brilliant virtuosic flourishes about midway through Debussy's First Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra. They're almo...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :24
Caption: Richard Stoltzman
The Duetto for String Bass, Clarinet and Orchestra was written by Giovanni Bottesini, one of the greatest bass players of the 19th century. Since ...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :26
Caption: Sarah Chang
Practice, attention to detail, thinking, trying out new ideas… more practicing – that's what violinist Sarah Chang does to prepare for a concert. ...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :23
Caption: Richard Stoltzman
After a stormy and almost raucous orchestral introduction, the clarinet makes a quiet, almost innocent entrance in the Concertino for Clarinet by C...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :31
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: Sarah Chang
In the middle of her busy international career, and a somewhat hectic concert season, violinist Sarah Chang took a moment along the way to stop, sm...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :24