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Caption: The King's Singers, Credit: Marco Borgreve
Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is becoming one of the more frequently performed songs of our generation. You may have heard it recently at the Olymp...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: James Ehnes
Playing music on stage requires a certain art, craft, musical vision and an equally high level of skill. An attractive stage presence is also impo...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2010
  • Length: :22
Caption: Jaime Laredo
Twenty-eight* years after his death, pianist Glenn Gould remains one of the most highly revered performers the classical music world has ever known...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2010
  • Length: :24
Caption: Jaime Laredo
Viola jokes were once all the rage, but Jaime Laredo is one viola player who never took offense. Use this clip to introduce violist, violinist and...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2010
  • Length: :21
Caption: Jaime Laredo
Twenty-eight* years after his death, pianist Glenn Gould remains one of the most highly respected performers the classical music world has ever kno...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Misha Dichter, Credit: Stefan Cohen
How do musicians choose their repertoire? It’s not just about personal preferences. Pianist Misha Dichter says, sometimes, it’s about anatomy. U...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2010
  • Length: :27
Caption: Frank Peter Zimmermann
The organic food market has a musical equivalent: according to violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, it’s called “Mozart.” Use this 22 second clip to ...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2010
  • Length: :22
Caption: Frank Peter Zimmermann
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “opposites attract.” That’s the case for violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann when he’s asked to name his two favorit...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2010
  • Length: :28
Caption: Pascal Rogé
Ask 20 musicians why they make music, and you’re likely to get 20 different answers, from the profound, to the mysterious to the matter-of-fact. F...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2010
  • Length: :28
Caption: Yuja Wang
Two of the works on pianist Yuja Wang’s recent CD are orchestral works, transcribed for piano. For her performance of (La Valse by Ravel) ... (Thr...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :24
Caption: Jean-Yves Thibaudet
There’s been some discussion lately about the future of the symphony orchestra and classical music in general. Although there are some legitimate ...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :21
Caption: Yuja Wang
Some say Ravel’s “La Valse” is a tribute to the famous Viennese dance form – while others say Ravel creates something quite dark, especially when t...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2010
  • Length: :18
Caption: Piotr Anderszewski
Chopin is considered Poland’s greatest composer, and he’s also a national hero. Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski feels that Polish connection and...

  • Added: May 30, 2010
  • Length: :33
Caption: Janine Jansen
Violinist Janine Jansen has played the Beethoven Violin Concerto but learned something new when she recorded it. Use this 27 second clip to intro...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :27
Caption: Rafal Blechacz, Credit: Felix Broede-DG
Pianist Rafal Blechacz is from Poland, so it’s perhaps natural he would play a lot of Chopin, Poland’s most famous composer. But there are other r...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2010
  • Length: :27
Caption: Till Fellner
Bach's short keyboard works are just that: short. You have to find the musical character quickly, otherwise the piece is over. When pianist Till...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :19
Caption: Manuel Barrueco, Credit: Photo by EMI-David Thompson
When guitarist Manuel Barrueco teamed up with conductor and tenor Placido Domingo to record the famous guitar concertos by Rodrigo, along with some...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2009
  • Length: :25
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Robert Spano
Perspective – that magical line between the head and the heart. It’s something conductor Robert Spano tries to maintain whenever he conducts his f...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2009
  • Length: :24
  • Purchases: 1
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French pianist Pascal Roge enjoys a personal connection with French composers – not just because they come from French soil, but because they're so...

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2009
  • Length: :27
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jonathan Biss
As a young man, and a young composer, Beethoven used the piano as a laboratory, where he could experiment and try out new sounds and musical ideas....

  • Added: Jun 27, 2009
  • Length: :26
Caption: Jonathan Biss
We tend to forget that composing requires advanced skills, in addition to its purely creative inspiration. That fusion of skill, craft and creativ...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2009
  • Length: :23
Caption: Jonathan Biss
There are hundreds of lists that designate the Top Ten or Top 100 of anything, from movies to books to restaurants. Classical music has its "best ...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2009
  • Length: :26
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
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Stephanie Kaza links buddhism and sustainability in her new book, MINDFULLY GREEN: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking. Sea Cha...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2009
  • Length: 29:03
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Although musicians, critics and academics set high benchmarks for performing, most have come to terms with the fact that no performance will ever b...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2008
  • Length: :26