Join host Jacqueline Halbloom for August's "Iowa Arts Showcase." She speaks to Brooke Joyce, composer-in-residence at Luther College, about the new outdoor installation/symphony "Talking Trees," which he and Harvey Sollberger created from the sounds of birds chirping, frogs croaking, and the wind in the grass.
Join us Friday at 7PM to hear Itzhak Perlman conduct the San Francisco Symphony in Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" (he also plays the violin solos) and in Mozart's great "Prague" Symphony, no. 38 in D major. The concert continues with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting Tchaikovsky's powerful Fourth Symphony and Berlioz's colorful "Roman Carnival" Overture.
Tune in this morning at 10AM for the first in a series of broadcasts from the Spoleto Chamber Music Festival, one of America's leading music events. Our first episode features the St. Lawrence String Quartet (one of the world's finest) playing a pinnacle of the repertory - Haydn's op. 76 no 2 - as well as the noted American violinist Livia Sohn and Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, who join the St. Lawrence in Chausson's Concerto for Violin, Piano, & String Quartet.
Tune in tonight at 7 as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director Gustavo Dudamel tread where few orchestras dare: they perform a Bach cantata ("Eternity, O Word of Thunder," BWV 60). Also on the program is Felix Mendelssohn's Bach-inspired "Reformation" Symphony, Moravian composer Leos Janacek's Sinfonietta, and Mozart's Violin Concerto no. 3,with soloist Martin Chalfour.
Tune in Saturday at 12 noon to hear the LA Opera's production of Franz Schrecker's "The Stigmatized" - an opera that caused a sensation at its 1918 premiere, but was later banned by the Third Reich and has rarely been revived. The music of Schrecker is a personal cause of LA Opera's conductor James Conlon; Saturday he gives us a rare chance to hear Schrecker's opera in performance.
Tune in Friday at 3 PM to hear Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Over the past two months Barney Sherman has cycled through notable recent recordings of the other eight, led by conductors Osmo Vanska, Jos van Immerseel, Andrew Manze, Joshua Bell, Paavo Jarvi, Ivan Fischer, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Whose Ninth will complete the cycle? Hint: it will be very different from the others. Join us at around 3 PM to hear it!
Tune in every Saturday from 8 am to 10 AM for Concierto, hosted by Frank Dominguez in both Spanish and English. Frank pays special attention to the contributions of Latin-American and Spanish composers as well as to performances of core repertory by great musicians of Hispanic origin, such as Claudio Arrau, Martha Argerich, and Gustavo Dudamel. This week's show includes music of Smetana and Schubert as well as Sojo, Blasco, Soler, and more, performed by a number of musicians including Daniel Barenboim and Mirian Conti.
Tune in tonight at 7 to hear just how amazingly Chinese superstar Lang Lang is playing these days - he's no longer a wunderkind, but a major artist. Also, the young Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel and his Los Angeles Philharmonic perform two great symphonies. The broadcast begins with Lang performing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1; then Dudamel conducts Carl Nielsen's Fourth (the "Inextinguishable") and Robert Schumann's Third (the "Rhenish"). The broadcast comes to us via SymphonyCast.
Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players perform Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, Beethoven's String Trio in C Minor, and a work by Cedar Rapids-born composer Michael Daugherty, Diamonds in the Rough. The performances, recorded at the inauguration of the Opus Concert Cafe in Cedar Rapids, feature Anita Tucker and Samuel Rudy on the violins, Lisa Ponton on viola, Cary Bostian on cello, Christine Bellomy on clarinet, and Tom Mackey on percussion. The concert is an IPR re-broadcast.
Plácido Domingo stars as a head of state desperate to protect his son - and himself - from ruthless enemies, as the LA Opera return to IPR with Verdi's "The Two Foscaris." The languid canals and boisterous festivals of 15th-century Venice conceal a deadly web of secret plots and vindictive rivalries. Caught up in forces beyond their control, the father and son struggle to reclaim honor in a city without mercy. The strong cast also includes Francesco Meli and Marina Poplavskaya.
Every four years the International Tchaikovsky Competition considers giving a pianist its First Prize. Some years it just doesn't. But in 2011 it gave Daniel Trifonov not only a First for piano, but also its overall Gold Medal. (He also took first at the Rubinstein Competition in Israel.) Hear him perform Prokofiev's marvelous Third Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic on Thurday night's concert broadcast. The orchestra also performs Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade under music director Alan Gilbert.
Join us Tuesday at 7 PM as the Royal Concertgebouw, led by Pierre Boulez, performs Mahler's 7th Symphony in concert. The orchestra gave the work's second performance under Mahler's baton in 1909; Boulez is one of its noted interpreters. Mahler wrote the work, sometimes called "The Song of the Night," in his composition hut in the Austrian alps (pictured). Also on this SymphonyCast broadcast are Webern's Six Pieces for Orchestra.
Tune in Monday at 7 PM to hear the 75th Season inaugural concert of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Featured is a new work based on the art in Des Moines' Pappajohn Sculpture Park, written by Emmy Award-winning composer Steve Heitzig. Also on the program are Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Wagner’s Lohengrin preludes, and music from the score Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote for the film Captain Blood. Music Director Joseph Giunta conducts.
The waving wheat will sure sound sweet when the Lyric Opera of Chicago performs Oklahoma! Saturday at noon. One critic calls the production "a joyous revelation, establishing beyond a doubt that Oklahoma! deserves this sort of stature and venue.... the score is is rich and lovely in its deceptively simple, thoroughly American-bred melodies. The beauty of the voices singing them is soon foretold when John Cudia begins 'Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’' in a baritone that one can’t get enough of...." Hear it for yourself on IPR Classical!
Why is Yo-Yo Ma pointing to his recital buddy, Emmanuel Ax? Find out why Ax is IT this afternoon when Barney Sherman plays his new recording of Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, and again at 7PM, when Ax performs a Haydn concerto with the New York Philharmonic. As you'll hear, no pianist plays Schumann and Haydn better. Also on the New York Philharmonic program: Christopher Rouse's Symphony no. 3 (his take on Prokofiev), and music director Alan Gilbert's symphonic synthesis of music from Wagner's Ring Cycle.
Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the glorious Staatskapelle Dresden's recent Carnegie Hall appearance with their new music director, Christian Thielemann. The critics called their performance of Bruckner's magnum opus, his Eighth Symphony, "mesmerizing" and "rapturous." Hear it for yourself on tonight's SymphonyCast.
Hankering for the best in Independence Day classical music? Tune in to IPR's Classical stream. You'll hear favorites (and new delights) throughout the day, and on Performance Today at 5 PM (including "Shenandoah" sung by the St. Olaf Choir) and then a concert by the New York Philharmonic with a special guest appearance by the Jazz Knights from the West Point Band.
Join us at 8 PM on Wednesday, July 3rd for this year's Yankee Doodle Pops concert - LIVE from Des Moines! Jared McCarty, winner of the symphony’s “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest, will kick off the concert at 8:30 with the Star Spangled Banner. The Des Moines Symphony and Joseph Giunta will continue with favorites celebrating America's many facets, and the concert culminates with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with Howitzer canons provided by the Iowa National Guard.
Tune in this afternoon and evening to hear the glorious Gil Shaham on record and in concert. The Israel-born, Illinois-bred violinist leads the International Sejong Soloists in Mendelssohn's Octet - surely the greatest work ever written by a 16 year old - on Barney Sherman's show. Then, on Performance Today, he plays the Butterfly Lovers Concerto, written in China in 1959. When a friend introduced him to the work a few years ago, his friend burst into tears because the music was so emotional. Hear Shaham play it, and see if it moves you, too.
Join us Sunday at noon or Monday at 7 pm for the premiere of "American Gothic," composed for Orchestra Iowa by the multiple-Grammy winning Cedar Rapids native Michael Daugherty. It's inspired by the art of Grant Wood, who spent most of his life in Iowa. Also on the broadcast is Dvorak's 7th Symphony and music of Rachmaninov. Music director Tim Hankewich conducts.
Giuseppe Filianoti is "the pre-eminent lyric tenor of his generation"; Željko Lučić has triumphed around the world in Verdi. Hear their interpretations of the jester-capped glory of the Verdi repertoire, Rigoletto, this Saturday. Of course, the treacherous triangle at Rigoletto’s core requires a heartrending soprano, and Lyric has one: the Uzbekistan-born, Tchaikovsky Gold Medal-winning Albina Shagimuratova, making her Lyric debut.
Wait, where's the conductor? Not in front of the conductor-free Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Hear this virtuoso group in a recent Carnegie Hall appearance playing Schubert's Fourth Symphony, preceded by Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances. Thursday's Performance Today also brings us other talented artists playing Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg and more.
Wait, where's the conductor? Not in front of the conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Hear this virtuoso group in a recent Carnegie Hall appearance playing Schubert's Fourth Symphony, preceded by Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances. Also on Thursday's Performance Today are other talented artists playing Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg and more.
2013 was the 100th anniversary of the riotous premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Join us Monday at 7 PM to hear the Quad City Symphony Orchestra perform it, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, led by music director Mark Russell Smith. The concert was recorded at the Adler Theater in Davenport and is part of IPR's Symphonies of Iowa series.
Tune in Saturday for Wagner's comic masterpiece, "The Mastersingers of Nuremberg," in a production featuring some master singers, including Bo Skovhus as Beckmesser, Johann Botha as Walther, and the illustrious Wagnerian James Morris as Sachs (one of his signature roles). The Lyric Opera of Chicago production is conducted by music director Sir Andrew Davis.
When Hélène Grimaud isn't playing the piano, her passion is the wolf conservancy she co-founded. It liberated her, she writes: after conceiving of it, "I had become a wild woman." That wildness may be part of what make Grimaud a great Beethoven interpreter. Hear her in Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5, (known as "The Emperor") Friday afternoon on Barney Sherman's program.
1982: Viktoria Mullova is the USSR's violin sensation, winning the gold in the Tchaikovsky Competition. I983: she puts her state-owned Stradivarius on her hotel bed in Finland, dons a blonde wig to fool her KGB minders, and escapes to Sweden. Since then, she's been on of the supreme violinists - and she regularly crosses artistic borders. She has just re-recorded the Bach concertos, and this time she plays a Baroque violin. Sparks fly. Hear one of the concertos - a reconstruction recorded for the first time - on Barney Sherman's program at around 3 this afternoon.