Listen to the Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Ludwig van Beethoven composed 32 piano sonatas between 1795 and 1822. Conductor Hans Guido von Bülow once described these sonatas as “The New Testament” of music. From the moody “Moonlight,” to the notoriously challenging “Hammerklavier,” to the Shakespeare-inspired “Tempest,” Beethoven’s sonata cycle encompasses a wide range of styles. Each sonata in Beethoven’s monumental collection not only reflect the composer’s compositional ...

The one classical album that almost caused Cuban musician Roberto Fonseca to quit playing the piano

Pianist and bandleader Roberto Fonseca has been nominated for Latin Grammys in the Best Jazz Album and Best Tropical Album categories. Though he said, “I don’t want people to call me just a jazz musician or a traditional Cuban musician,” in a recent interview at the WFMT studios. Fonseca has a diverse musical background and comes from a musical family. ...

Stream Music by the Best Composers of Central America and the Caribbean

Explore music of Central America and the Caribbean, past and present, as KAIA String Quartet takes you on a musical journey throughout Latin America. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, will share music from Central America and the Caribbean weekdays from July 3 – 7 through daily segments that air at 9:05 am and 6:00 pm on WFMT. Find each segment below after it ...

Chiara String Quartet Plays Complete Bartók Quartets Completely By Heart

The Chiara String Quartet has dedicated itself to finding ways of making the musical experience exciting and engaging. In a recent project, the quartet recorded all of Béla Bartók’s quartets from memory and performed the complete cycle over two nights on September 7 and 8 at the 2016 Ravinia Festival. I spoke with three members of the quartet – Hyeyung Julie Yoon (violin), ...

The best classical music to serve at your next cookout

The summer cookout is as American as apple pie and Appalachian Spring. As you fire up the grill to cook up hot dogs, hamburgers, and all of your other favorite summer foods, we have the perfect soundtrack for you. Below find some of our favorite American works, from classics like Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to modern masterpieces like John Adams’s City Noir. “Hoe-down” from Rodeo ...

VIDEO: This dog wanted to hear Mendelssohn better, so it took a seat next to the first violinist

This cute Labrador may be the biggest Mendelssohn fan you’ve seen. A dog joined the Vienna Chamber Orchestra during a recent performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 at the 31st International İzmir Festival in İzmir, Turkey. This outdoor annual festival brings live concerts to the historic stage of the Grand Theater of Ephesus, which was built about two thousand ...

Listen to the one Cuban singer that Omara Portuondo of Buena Vista Social Club wants everyone to hear

Performer Omara Portuondo is perhaps best known for her work with the Buena Vista Social Club, a Cuban musical group that became an international sensation in the 1990s. An Academy Award-nominated documentary film, The Buena Vista Social Club, helped to introduce the music of Cuba and Portuondo’s voice to the world. The film’s subsequent soundtrack went platinum, was #1 on the Billboard charts, ...

Stream Music by Cuba’s Greatest Composers

Explore music of Cuba’s greatest composers, past and present, as KAIA String Quartet takes you on a musical journey throughout Latin America. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, will share the music of Cuba weekdays from June 26-30 through daily segments that air at 9:05 am and 6:00 pm on WFMT. Find each segment below after it airs, and discover more Latin American music ...

STREAM: 10 Favorite Conductor Conversations with WFMT Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner

Andrew Patner, WFMT’s critic-at-large and the classical music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, routinely forged personal relationships with conductors and other musicians, exchanging ideas about life and music. He would discuss his candid observations and objections with conductors directly, often over dinner, and they appreciated the open dialogue. Maestro Riccardo Muti said of Andrew, “I had enormous respect for him ...

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