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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: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
It's wonderful to have a large circle of friends, but the best friends are those who stand by you – the ones who've "got your back." Pianist Jean-...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2009
  • Length: :18
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: Gerard Schwarz
Alan Hovhaness is an American composer of Armenian heritage with a fascination for the Far East. He's best known for his symphony, "Mysterious Mou...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :21
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: Gerard Schwarz
American composer David Diamond wrote in what can comfortably be called the "romantic" tradition. He enjoyed getting rich, full-bodied sounds from...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :24
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: Gerard Schwarz
How does one interpret music? How do performers and conductors decide how to shape and craft the music they play? Conductor Gerard Schwarz likes ...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :20
Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
When Beethoven wrote his last piano sonata, we can say with near certainty he was completely deaf. The Sonata is filled with surprises. Pianist S...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :24
Caption: Gerard Schwarz
How do performers and conductors choose the way they shape the music they play? It's different for each performer. Some look to history or academ...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :19
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
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: Simone Dinnerstein
Beethoven's last piano sonata contains one of classical music's all-time most shocking moments. Right in the middle of the sonata, without warning...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :25
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Caption: Simone Dinnerstein
There really is no such thing as an overnight success. It's a myth, or a misunderstanding at best. Or...is it? On one August day in 2007, pianis...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2009
  • Length: :29
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
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: Rolf Smedvig
The frequent trumpet solos are literally the high point of the Bach Brandenburg Concerto Number 2. Those sky piercing notes may be exciting and gl...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Length: :22
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
There are a few things you might want to know about Russian composer Alexander Glazunov: he was a child prodigy, and like Mozart, could compose an...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2009
  • Length: :23
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