Barney Sherman

Classical music host

Barney Sherman joined Iowa Public Radio member station KSUI in fall 2001 as Classical music host. In his role with Iowa Public Radio, Barney hosts weekday afternoon Classical programs. He has written about music in books for Oxford and Cambridge university presses and in articles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, and many other publications.

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Classical
10:49 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Still Funny after All These Years: Haydn

Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in ''Das Rheingold'' by Richard Wagner
Credit wikimedia commons, Reinhard Kraasch

Tune in Tuesday at 5 pm as Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic, in a concert performance of Haydn's Symphony No. 90. Rattle loves all of it - including  the joke at the end, which still gets a laugh when it's done right (and it is!). Also on the program: Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Concertgebouw in Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony. Earlier, on Barney Sherman's program, Ivan Fischer conducts Beethoven's 7th and Richard Goode plays Mozart's 27th Piano Concerto.

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Classical
3:15 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

Carmina Burana from Des Moines, Drake

The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Drake Choir, and Drake University/Community Chorus performing Carmina Burana.
Credit Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Join us tonight at 7 to hear the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and Drake Choir and Drake University/Community Chorus perform Orff's stirring Carmina Burana. Also on the program: Krommer's Concerto for Two Clarinet featuring DMSO's astounding clarinetists, Gregory Oakes & Clarence Padilla. The concert celebrates the 75-year partnership of Drake and the DMSO, which began in 1937 as the Drake/Des Moines Symphony. Music Director Joseph Giunta conducts, and soloists are Carrie Ellen Giunta, soprano, Christopher Pfund, tenor, and Robert Orth, baritone.

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Classical
5:07 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Lyric's "Don Pasquale" Saturday at Noon

Don Pasquale from the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Credit Dan Rest, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Never mind that he's having a late-life crisis: Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" just wants a little respect. Hear this genuinely hilarious comic opera Saturday at noon from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. A stellar cast is headed by  ldebrando D’Arcangelo and Marlis Petersen.

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Classical
5:24 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Des Moines Musicians' Philip Glass Fest

Pianist Sophia Ahmad, who, when she's not practicing, is Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.
Credit courtesy of Sophia Ahmad

Tune in Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear a group of Iowa musicians celebrate the 75th birthday of Philip Glass with a concert (part 1 of 2) that conveys the range of his music. Pianist Sophia Ahmad (you might know her as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra) plays the Orphee Suite; pianist Kris DeWild plays Love Divided By; Edwin and Francine Griffith perform Hymn to the Sun (from Akhnaten); saxophonist Colin Young plays Gradus; and The Rex Repeter Quartet plays a movement from his Third String Quartet.

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Classical
8:11 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Isabelle Faust's Brahms & Bach, Thursday

Violinist Isabelle Faust
Credit Ivy Artists.com

She was once called "the greatest violinist you've never heard of" - but since then she' s won many major awards. Hear Isabelle Faust play the Brahms Concerto on Barney Sherman's show in the afternoon, and then the two Bach violin concertos on the New York Philharmonic broadcast at 7 pm. Discover why the New York Times says, "her sound has passion, grit and electricity but also a disarming warmth and sweetness that can unveil the music's hidden strains of lyricism."

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Classical
9:31 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Rite of Spring 100th Today

Igor Stravinsky, sketched by his friend and collaborator Pablo Picasso
Credit public domain

Wednesday, May 29 is the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, and while it no longer causes riots it still sounds radical, wild, and fresh. Hear it - introduced by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross - in the 6 PM hour of Performance Today.  In the afternoon Barney Sherman will play part of it in the version Stravinsky first published, for piano four hands.

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Classical Music in the Midday
9:59 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Beethoven under the stars

The Tanglewood Festival's music shed
Credit Sébastien Barré at flickr.com

The Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth (Pastoral) Symphonies and third Leonore Overture under the stars at Tanglewood with noted Beethovenian Christoph von Dohnanyi - sound enticing? Tune in Tuesday at 7 pm to hear it on SymphonyCast on IPRClassical.

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Classical
5:31 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Orchestra Iowa Chamber Tonight @7

Credit Orchestra Iowa

Tune in tonight at 7PM as the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players perform Beethoven’s Variations on Mozart's "La ci darem la mano” ; Ibert’s  Five Pieces for Trio; Halvorsen’s Passacaglia and Sarabande with variations on a theme by Handel; Prokofiev’s spirited Piano Quintet in g minor; and Vanhal’s Divertimento in G Major.

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Classical
2:34 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

ISU Mendelssohn (&"Godzilla Eats Las Vegas")

American composer Eric Whitacre
Credit Christoph Müller-Girod from flickr.com

Tune in Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear the ISU Wind Ensemble led by Michael Golemo playing Mendelssohn's Overture for Winds and three modern works for the ensemble - including Eric Whitacre's riotous "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas." Written when Whitacre  was an undergrad at Juilliard, it has become a modern classic.  Says Whitacre, "The idea that this piece is being played all over the world in serious concert venues is the single funniest thing I have ever heard.

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Classical
9:29 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Lyric's "Werther" Today at Noon

Matthew Polenzani and Sophie Koch in the Lyric Opera's "Werther"
Credit WFMT and Lyric Opera of Chicago

Tenor superstar Matthew Polenzani portrays the smitten poet Werther in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Massenet's opera, based on the Goethe novel that rocked Europe.  Sophie Koch stars as the unfortunate object of his affection, Charlotte.

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Classical
7:49 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

NY Phil Mass in B Minor Thursday

The first page of the Credo section of Bach's Mass in B minor. Scholars believe that parts of this section were Bach's last major original compositions, written in the last year of his life.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The New York Philharmonic's "Bach Variations" festival continues at 7 PM Thursday with the Mass in B Minor - Bach's "most spectacular choral work," as the scholar and conductor John Butt calls it.

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Classical
9:50 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Wagner's 200th with Barney, PT & Bill

Richard Wagner in a portrait by an ardent Wagnerian, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Today is the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner. Performance Today at 5 will be almost all Wagner; Barney Sherman from 1-5 will play just a little of his music, but will also feature music by composers who respond, in some way, to or against Wagner: Debussy (a recording of him playing his own "Children's Corner"), Faure, John Adams, Leonard Bernstein, and a movement by Bruckner. We'll also sample a new recording of one of the works that most influenced Wagner, Beethoven's 9th. (And for more, Bill McGlaughlin continues his week-long series on Wagner at 9 PM.)

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Classical
9:55 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Wagner 200th on PT, McGlaughlin

The Bayreuth Festival House, built by Wagner for performing his Ring Cycle and funded largely by his patron Ludwig II of Bavaria (popularly known as "Mad King Ludwig" ).
Credit PercyGermany on Flickr.com

What do we make of the complex legacy of Richard Wagner on the 200th anniversary of his birth, Wednesday? Both Performance Today with Fred Child (5-7 PM) and Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin (9-10 PM) are exploring the question this week with fascinating results. Tune in tonight to PT, for example, to hear Gabriel Faure's "Souvenirs of Bayreuth" - a cheeky quadrille on themes from the Ring Cycle - as well as Wagner in concert by leading performers (among those on PT this week are Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, Sir Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen).

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Classical
7:57 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

WCFSO Bachfest tonight at 7 PM

The dedication and first page of Bach's manuscript of the Brandenburg Concertos
Credit Bach-Archiv Leipzig (bach-digital.de)

"The Heavens Laugh, the Earth Rejoices"  is the title of a Bach cantata and of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony's concert of Easter-related Bach, which you can hear tonight at 7 PM. The Brandenburg Concerto no. 1 is preceded by sinfonias from several cantatas (including "The Heavens Laugh, the Earth Rejoices" BWV 31) and the Easter Oratorio, and by the entirety of the beautiful Cantata 104, "Hear, O Shepherd of Israel" (with the University of Northern Iowa Cantorei and soloists Jeffrey Brich and John Hines). Music Director Jason Weinberger conducts.

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Classical
9:31 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Lyric Season Begins with Boccanegra

The great American baritone Thomas Hampson
Credit Photochiel from Flickr.com

Tune in today at 12 noon for the season's first broadcast from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, featuring Verdi's Simon Boccanegra -  "essentially a heartwarming story about a compassionate political leader... who is reunited with his lost daughter...and makes peace with two political enemies" (as the New York Times summarizes the plot). The renowned American baritone Thomas Hampson heads the stellar cast.

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Classical
3:29 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Suzuki Kicks off NY Phil Bach Festival

Masaaki Suzuki
Credit Marco Borggreve (from Indiana Public Media)

Tune in Thursday at 7 PM as Masaaki Suzuki - one of the world's most renowned Bach interpreters - kicks off the New York Philharmonic's month-long Bach Festival.  The Japanese keyboardist/conductor, one of the few recipients of the Royal College of Music's "Bach Prize," has been recording the complete sacred vocal works, keyboard works, and orchestral works for the prestigious BIS label, to great acclaim. Hear him conduct Bach's Magnificat and motet "Sing to the Lord a New Song" (as well as Felix Mendelssohn's Magnificat and Christus).

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Classical
9:43 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

The Greatest "Great C Major"?

Franz Schubert. Bust by Henry Baerer for the Philadelphia Horticulture Center.
Credit RobertFrancis at Flickr

Join Barney Sherman Tuesday afternoon to hear a strong candidate for "most-inspired recording ever of Schubert's last symphony." Also on the show is a major new recording of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata and a Trio Sonata by .... it's complicated, but you can hear it at 1 PM.

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Classical
4:24 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

DMSO Tchaikovsky 4: Music + Insight

The Des Moines Symphony and Joseph Giunta
Credit Des Moines Symphony's tumblr feed

Join us Monday at 7 PM as the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Joseph Giunta, performs Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. Before the performance is a presentation from the "Beyond the Score" series (co-sponsored with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) taking us into the rich sources of this masterpiece, from Beethoven to ballet to Russian folk song. (you can sample it at:

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Classical
8:55 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Met "Gotterdammerung" 10 AM Saturday

A scene in Wagner's “Götterdämmerung” with the Norns (Michaela Martens, Elizabeth DeShong, Heidi Melton), from the Metropolitan Opera's current production.
Credit Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Wagner's mighty "Ring" Cycle reaches its finale with "The Twilight of the Gods," broadcast live on IPR starting at 10 AM Saturday. Deborah Voigt is Brünnhilde - "a role she has made her own," according to the New York Times, which also praised conductor Fabio Luisi, for drawing "a muscular, passionate, but never hurried performance from the orchestra."

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Classical
10:08 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Ax Hits the Spot in Beethoven, Mozart

Pianist Emanuel Ax.
Credit Lisa-Marie Mazzucco (from emanuelax.com)

Hear great piano playing from Emanuel Ax today on IPR. This afternoon, Barney Sherman broadcasts Ax's powerful new recording of Beethoven's "Eroica Variations," and tonight the New York Philharmonic (where Ax is artist-in-residence) features him in Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 25, a work that was a major inspiration for Beethoven.  Ax, a Polish-born American, is best known as recital partner of Yo-Yo Ma, but if you haven't heard his solo work lately you are in for a treat.

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Classical
8:52 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

More Back-Engineered Bach Thursday

J.S. without his wig: a reconstruction of his face using digital forensic technology and a bronze cast of his skull, by Dr. Caroline Wilkinson of The Centre for Forensic and Medical Art in Dundee, Scotland.
Credit Caroline Wilkinson / Bachhaus Eisenach

Here's what forensic scientists think Bach looked like without his wig. And you can hear what scholars think some of his works sounded like in lost original versions on Barney Sherman's show each afternoon. Thursday's show also includes the "Courtly Dances" from Britten's Gloriana, a powerful new recording of Beethoven, and much more.

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Classical
9:55 am
Tue May 7, 2013

"Back-Engineered Bach" Starts Today

J. S. Bach
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Join IPR's Barney Sherman for four hours of classical music this afternoon starting at 1. Along with music of Poulenc, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and more, Barney will begin a daily series of reconstructions of lost works by J. S. Bach, "Back-engineered Bach." Up today: the Cello Suite no. 4, which may have started life as... well, tune in to hear!

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Classical Music in the Afternoon

Weekdays at 1 p.m. on IPR Classical
 

Could ours be a golden age of classical music? Around the world and around our state, people are writing music that goes straight to the heart, and performing older masterworks with the fluency of people speaking a native tongue. Barney's mission is to make it easy for you to connect to this new era of classical excellence, while providing you with musical companionship you can count on every afternoon.

NOTE: When searching for a particular date's playlist, please set your date parameters one date newer than the day you want to review. For example, if you would like to view a playlist from the 12th, set your search date as the 13th.

Classical
4:55 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Orchestra Iowa: Brahms 3, Elgar Enigma

Orchestra Iowa
Credit Carl D. Bromberg / Orchestra Iowa

Tune in at 7 PM to hear Orchestra Iowa in one of music director Tim Hankewich's favorite works: Brahms's Third Symphony. Also on the program is a Concertino by Carl Maria von Weber, with euphonium soloist Roger Oyster, and Edward Elgar's "Enigma" Variations. The concert was recorded in March and is part of our Symphonies of Iowa series.

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Classical
10:07 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase Today at 5 PM

Mozart, in an unfinished 1782 painting by his brother-in-law.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Join Jacqueline Halbloom for previews of some major arts events in our state. This month, director Laura Johnson leads off, telling us about the production in Iowa City this weekend of Mozart's second-to-last opera, La Clemenza di Tito. Next comes David Janssen of the Brucemore in Cedar Rapids on this summer's events; then Hugh Pettersen of the Gallagher-Bluedorn in Cedar Falls tells us about the upcoming Creme de la Creme 13. Finally, Michael Egle of the Des Moines Metro Opera updates us on its next season. Hear them at 5 PM Saturday on IPR Classical.

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Classical
11:39 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Trio 826 (and Lecuona) on IPR

Left to right: pianist Rene Lecuona and the members of Trio 826: Hannah Holman, Susanna Klein, and Julia Bullard.
Credit juliabullard.com

Tune in Saturday at 7 AM or Sunday at 6 PM to hear a new Iowa-centered chamber group, Trio 826,  recorded in concert. The Trio - violist Julia Bullard of UNI, cellist Hannah Holman, formerly of the Maia Quartet, and violinist Susanna Klein - are joined by pianist Rene Lecuona of the University of  Iowa. On the program are string trios by Borodin (transcribed by Dr. Bullard) and Kodaly, a work by Robert Washut, and Faure's Piano Quartet no. 1. The broadcast is part of our University Concert series.

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Classical
11:31 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Met's "Carmelites," Today at Noon

Erin Morley as Constance and Isabel Leonard as Blanche in Poulenc's "Dialogue of the Carmelites"
Credit Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera (c)

Francis Poulenc's "Dialogue of the Carmelites," one of the Met's most acclaimed productions, airs live today starting at 12 noon. Poulenc tells the story of Carmelite nuns martyred  in the French Revolution with what the New York Times calls "eloquent music that hardly calls attention to itself yet lingers with you." Patricia Racette, Erin Morley, Isabel Leonard, and Felicity Palmer head the cast; Louis Langree conducts.

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Classical
11:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

NY Phil Premieres "Prospero's Rooms"

Violinist Joshua Bell
Credit Yvonne Kao (from Flickr)

Tune in Thursday at 7 pm to hear "Prospero's Rooms"  - a piece by Christopher Rouse based on Edgar Allen Poe's  "Masque of the Red Death" - premiered by the New York Philharmonic  with music director Alan Gilbert. Also on the program is  Charles Ives's Fourth Symphony, inspired in part by Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Celestial Railroad," and Leonard Bernstein's "Serenade," inspired by Plato's "Symposium," performed by Joshua Bell. The broadcast is hosted by Alec Baldwin.

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Classical
10:03 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Philadelphia's Carnegie Triumph, at 7 PM

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin take a bow at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
Credit musical photo man (at Flickr.com)

The players stomped their feet to applaud the conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - that's how great the Philadelphia Orchestra's recent Carnegie Hall concert was.  Hear it for yourself tonight at 7 on SymphonyCast. The New York Times said, "The ensemble, famous for its glowing strings and homogeneous richness, has never sounded better." On the program are Ravel's La Valse, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto (Leonid Kogan is the soloist), and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony.

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4:45 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Iowa-Inspired Music from the WCFSO

Barn near Cedar Falls, photographed by Jason Weinberger, music director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra
Credit Jason Weinberger (via Flickr)

Join us tonight at 7  to hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony perform three works inspired by the Midwest. Jonathan Chenette’s Rural Symphony is his creative response to Iowa's prairies and farm life. Antonin Dvorak’s “American Suite” draws on his visit to the United States, including a summer in Iowa. Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land depicts the story of a young girl about to leave her home on a Midwestern farm. Jason Weinberger conducts, on this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast.

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