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10 lesser-known violin concertos you should hear right now
For every cherished Beethoven or Tchaikovsky violin concerto, there's a concerto Szymanowski or a Berwald that deserves some more love! Below find a list of 10 lesser-known violin concertos that might become one of your new favorites. Vadim Repin, St Petersburg Kirov Orchestra / Valery Gergiev Rachel Barton Pine, Encore Chamber Orchestra / Daniel Hege Ilya Gringolts, BBC Scottish Symphony ...
Is Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D “Unplayable”? Violinist Jennifer Koh Explains…
Violinist Jennifer Koh on what makes this piece such an enduring favorite, her own journey with the piece, and why the concerto was once considered “unplayable.”
Hear 5 of Alisa Weilerstein’s Favorite New Works for Cello
“I’m a cellist, therefore I don’t have the luxury of ‘favorite’ repertoire,” Alisa Weilerstein said. She is committed to expanding the repertoire by developing relationships with living composers. “I try to take Rostropovich’s example, who had incredible relationships with composers and of course was the muse to Shostakovich and Prokofiev,” she said. “Without him, we might not have these titanic 20th century cello works."
How Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Kurt Elling developed his chops singing motets by J.S. Bach
Though Kurt Elling is one of the most well-loved and highly praised jazz singers of our time, he first developed his chops singing Bach motets. As Elling returned to his native Chicago for performances at City Winery, he spoke about how classical music has influenced him throughout his life. Though Elling confessed, “I never thought of a professional career in music,” becoming a ...
15 Books About Music For the Young & Young at Heart
Every library could use more books! Here are our top books about music for the young and the young at heart.
Conductor Mariss Jansons on Shostakovich’s “Leningrad” Symphony, Music, and Politics
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, titled “Leningrad,” was written during one of the most horrific sieges in history. From 1941 to 1944, Hitler’s army surrounded Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), and over one million civilians died. Conductor Mariss Jansons, renowned for his interpretations of Shostakovich symphonies, has a particularly interesting connection to Leningrad. Jansons was born in Soviet-controlled Latvia. Later, he would ...
Leif Ove Andsnes on Becoming Beethoven, Brahms
Like most musicians, Andsnes does not always get to pick and choose what he plays. In recent years, however, Andsnes has been able to immerse himself in some of his favorite repertoire. “I just finished a four year Beethoven journey where I immersed myself in the music of this great composer, especially his five piano concertos,” he said. “I basically just played Beethoven for years.”
The Truth About the “Worst Singer of All Time,” Florence Foster Jenkins, Told by Her Accompanist
Florence Foster Jenkins couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. Yet, she made her Carnegie Hall debut to a completely sold-out house on October 25, 1944. In fact, tickets were so in-demand that the night of the performance, 2,000 people hoping to grab seats to hear Jenkins were turned away.
10 Contemporary Composers You Should Know (…Who Also Happen to Be Women)
During March, Women’s History Month, we draw special attention to the music of women composers past and present on WFMT. Here are 10 living composers who are changing music today, along with 10 albums featuring their music you might want to add to your library.
How Handel’s Messiah Got a Gospel Makeover
Handel’s Messiah has been a perennial favorite since the oratorio premiered in Dublin in 1742. Like any beloved classic, the work has also been a favorite for composers to adapt. Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah offers a contemporary, American interpretation of Handel’s original.
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