Classical Notes Newsletter
May 21, 2013 — For the 200 anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth, William Berger, author of Wagner Without Fear, guides us through five of his favorite Wagner moments — musical episodes that keep the composer's extraordinary dramas in our lives today.
May 23, 2013 — Imani Winds' members play David to Igor Stravinsky's imposing Goliath, as they shrink the massive Rite of Spring down to size in a rendition for just five wind instruments. The result is an epic in miniature — and a performance perfect for a Tiny Desk.
May 23, 2013 — We've gotten some really funny and creative entries so far in our video project celebrating the Rite of Spring centennial. Where's yours? Check out some videos, grab the music and get cracking — you only have until Tuesday, May 28.
May 22, 2013 — The composer, who never fit into any particular school of composition, will be remembered for a relatively small quantity of perfectly realized, richly textured works created for some of the 20th century's leading virtuosos.
May 22, 2013 — Watch an intimate concert inspired by Muhly's exciting, intrigue-filled opera Two Boys, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. Muhly is joined by close friends including singers Sam Amidon, Paul Appleby and Jennifer Zetlan, violist Nadia Sirota and violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun.
May 22, 2013 — The young composer has worked with David Byrne, Caetano Veloso and Amanda Palmer. But before all that, Bischoff spent his childhood living on a tiny sailboat. Take a video tour of his old bedroom — and the place where he currently makes his beguiling blend of rock, pop and classical music.
May 23, 2013 — We're inviting you to create your own video using the last minute of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Dance it, animate it, improvise it, whatever you like — and then upload your creation to YouTube before May 28th. We'll be featuring some of the best videos on NPR Music in the weeks ahead.
May 17, 2013 — Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.
May 13, 2013 — Pink Martini singer Storm Large joins Leonard Slatkin and the orchestra for Kurt Weill's satirical Seven Deadly Sins, in a program bookended by composers who straddled the turn of the last century. Slatkin says Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninov struggled with the idea of being 20th-century composers while having hearts and souls grounded in prior traditions. The orchestra performs Ravel's La valse and two lesser-known Rachmaninov works.
May 11, 2013 — Hear an evening of exciting and intriguing 20th-century Russian music — including Shostkovich, Schnittke and Shchedrin — that pays tribute to the orchestra's late and longtime leader, conductor and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.