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Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums

Sep 8, 2013 (All Things Considered)

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Caleb Burhans debut album as a composer is called Evensong. Cristina Ariagno plays the solo piano music of Reynaldo Hahn. Isabelle Faust plays Bartok. Caleb Burhans debut album as a composer is called Evensong. Meet Béla Fleck, the classical composer. He has written himself a concerto for banjo and orchestra called The Impostor.

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People ask why I thrive on classical music, and I tell them it's all about discovery. The possibilities for finding incredible music, both old and new, are endless as the oceans. And on this visit to All Things Considered, host Jacki Lyden and I explore new music from the young Caleb Burhans that echoes an older liturgical style and a new concerto for banjo by Bla Fleck, plus a pair of concertos written 30 years apart by a Fleck namesake, Bla Bartk. And we'll slip into the elegant world of the fin-de-sicle Parisian salons via the perfumed music of Reynaldo Hahn.

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