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9:45 am
Wed December 11, 2013

2013's Top Classical CD's: Barney Talks w. Charity

Dawn Upshaw and Maria Schneider, "Winter Morning Walks" - one of our choices for best CDs of 2013.

Its' been a great year for classical CDs! At 10:30, Barney Sherman will share ten (plus one) of his picks of the year with Charity Nebbe on Talk of Iowa - and playing many more than ten on his show every afternoon. If you have any particular favorite classical CDs of the year, please let us know!

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Classical
5:07 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

"The Nutcracker": Join Us Behind the Scenes

Credit Michael O'Brien Photography from flickr.com

Join us Monday at 7PM for "A Journey Through the Nutcracker." James David Jacobs goes behind the scenes of Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, uncovering the secrets of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece with conductor Jonathan McPhee, cast members, and the audience at the Boston Opera House.

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Classical
8:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Met Returns with "Rigoletto," Saturday

Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Matthew Polenzani in the Met's new production of "Rigoletto"
Credit Ken Howard/Met

Saturday at noon hear the Metropolitan Opera return to IPR with Verdi's Rigoletto.  Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, says the New York Times, brings "tragic stature" to the "oppressed" title character; he "claims this role on his own terms, infusing phrases with dusky richness and shaping melodic lines with  elegance." As his daughter, Irina Lungu conveys "restlessness and sensual yearning" with a voice of "bloom and warmth." Matthew Polenzani is the Duke, and the 35-year-old Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado makes what the Times calls "an auspicious Met d

Classical
10:21 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Yannick & Philadelphia at Carnegie

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Credit Marco Borggreve, courtesy www.yannicknezetseguin.com

The Philadelphia Orchestra is back in its glory, and its 38-year-old music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is a big part of the reason.  Tonight at 7, hear the inspiring Canadian and the fabulous Philadelphians in a recent Carnegie Hall appearance. They perform Ravel's La Valse, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto (with Leonidas Kavakos), and the Shostakovich Fifth.

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Classical
8:54 am
Tue November 26, 2013

"Concerto Evening" on IPR Classical

Mitsuko Uchida, DBE, conducting Mozart from the keyboard
Credit Roger Mastroianni courtesy Arts Management Group

Tonight from 5-9 PM you can hear concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Bach, and Vivaldi, in live concert performances by some of today's great soloists. First, during Performance Today, Dame Mitsuko Uchida performs Mozart's radiant Piano Concerto no. 23 in A, conducting the Cleveland Orchestra from the keyboard. Then Argentine legend Martha Argerich solos in Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 2 and Schumann's Piano Concerto.

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Classical
11:49 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Capucons, Haitink, CSO in Brahms

French string geniuses Renaud Capuçon on violin and Gautier Capuçon on cello.
Credit MARTINŮ FESTTAGE on flckr.com

Tune in Sunday at 2pm as the Chicago Symphony explores Brahms. The esteemed Dutch maestro Bernard Haitink conducts the First  Symphony, and the phenomenal French brothers Renaud Capuçon on violin and Gautier Capuçon on cello perform the Double Concerto. The program begins with Haydn's so-called "Clock" symphony.

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Classical
6:43 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Britten 100th (and JFK) on Classical

Benjamin Britten, born Nov. 22 1913

Friday is both the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination and the 100th birthday of one of the greatest composers, Benjamin Britten. Join Barney Sherman and Fred Childs for music written by Britten (including the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and the Gloriana Courtly Dances, among others) and recordings showing his greatness as conductor and pianist in the music of Bach, Mozart, and others. Also, Fred has audio of the announcement of Kennedy's death to the audience at the Boston Symphony concert that afternoon - it is powerful - and Barney has the music played thereafter.

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Classical
11:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

We Got Cellos! (Three. In One Concerto.)

Three cellos, Butterworth Hall.
Credit amandabhslater from flickr.com

If you like the rich, warm sound of the cello, tune in Thursday at 7 to hear a concerto for not one but three of them, by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The performance features three exceptional cellists - Alicia Weilerstein, Daniel Muller-Schott, and Carter Brey - and the New York Philharmonic led by Charles Dutoit. Also on the program is music of Ravel, and his orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Classical
11:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

We Got Cellos! (Three. In One Concerto.)

Three cellos, Butterworth Hall.
Credit amandabhslater from flickr.com

If you like the rich, warm sound of the cello, tune in Thursday at 7 to hear a concerto for not one but three of them, by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (you might remember him from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey). The performance features three exceptional cellists - Alicia Weilerstein, Daniel Muller-Schott, and Carter Brey - and the New York Philharmonic led by Charles Dutoit. Also on the program is music of Ravel, and his orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Classical
3:12 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Act Like You Know: Benjamin Britten

A portrait of the composer Benjamin Britten from 1948.
Denis De Marney Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 11:57 am

British composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago this Friday, Nov. 22. Before you ask "Benja-who?" consider this: Did you see Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom last summer, or Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her back a decade or so ago? (Well, maybe you have to be an art-house denizen for those.

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Classical
9:25 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Joshua Bell's Live Tchaikovsky Concerto

Does anyone today play Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto better than Joshua Bell? Join us tonight at 7 to hear him with the Houston Symphony in a recent concert performance (also on the bill is music of Vaughan Williams, Elgar, and Mussorgsky, conducted by Lawrence Foster).

Classical
9:53 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Timofeyev/Kolpakov Russian-Roma LIVE

Oleg Timofefeyev and Vadim Kolpakov
Credit Oleg Timofeyev

Join Barney Sherman Monday at 2PM as two of the world's foremost Russian guitarists perform LIVE in IPR's studios. Oleg Timofeyev is renowned internationally both as a performer and as a musicologist who has rediscovered lost repertory. Vadim Kolpakov is one of the most prominent Russian Roma (Gypsy) 7-string guitarists of our time; previously he was lead musician of the Moscow Roma Theatre Romen, where he performed as a guitarist, composer, vocalist, dancer and dramatic actor.

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Classical
9:56 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Susan Graham in Handel's "Xerxes"

Susan Graham in the Houston Grand Opera's "Xerxes"
Credit Felix Sanchez, courtesy of the Houston Grand Opera

Love Handel? Tune in Saturday at noon to hear a star-studded cast headed by the great mezzo Susan Graham perform Handel's opera "Xerxes" from the Houston Grand Opera. The cast also includes such notables as David Daniels and Laura Claycomb.

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Classical
12:44 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Daedalus Quartet LIVE from IPR @4PM

The Daedalus Quartet
Credit Lisa-Marie Mazzucco from Daedalusquartet.com

Tune at 4PM to hear the Daedalus Quartet - whom the New Yorker called "a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets" - perform live in IPR's Studio One. The appearance is part of their week-long residency at the University of Iowa.

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Classical
9:25 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Yankee Doodle Pops rebroadcast @noon

Tune in from noon to 1:30PM for a Veterans Day rebroadcast of this year's Yankee Doodle Pops concert from Des Moines.  The Des Moines Symphony and Joseph Giunta perform 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. The broadcast, hosted by IPR's Jacqueline Halbloom and Karen Impola, is part of IPR's "Performance Iowa" series.

Classical
6:55 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Trio 826 Live from IPR - Join Us Wednesday!

Trio 826 - Hannah Holman, Susanna Klein, and Julia Bullard - on the road!
Credit Juliabullard.com

Join us Wednesday at 4PM as Trio 826 performs live on the air from IPR's Studio One in Cedar Falls - and stay for a reception with food and refreshments! Seating is limited, so please RSVP at 1-8oo-861-8000. Trio 826 consists of three stellar players - Susanna Klein, violin, Julia Bullard, viola, and Hannah Holman, cello - who make amazing music together. Tune in or, better yet, join us in person to hear them play.

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Classical
5:22 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Kristallnacht Commemoration Live on IPR

Jewish children in the Terezin concentration camp
Credit Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony

Join us Sunday at 3PM for a live broadcast commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht - the pogrom that foreshadowed the Holocaust.  This community effort brings together the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, its music director Jason Weinberger, bassist Hunter Capoccioni, the Wartburg Choir, Cedar Valley Youth Honor Chorus, Brian Pfaltzgraff and Lee Nelson.

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Classical
10:39 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Golijov's tribute, Steinbacher's Mendelssohn

Arabella Steinbacher playing her Stradivarius
Credit Robert Vano, courtesy IMG Artists

Join us Thursday at 7PM for a New York Philharmonic concert with something for everyone. First, composer Osvaldo Golijov's "Last Round" pays tribute to his fellow Argentine, Astor Piazzola; then the acclaimed young German violinist Arabella Steinbacher plays the Mendelssohn concerto; and finally, the sensational young American conductor Joshua Weilerstein (brother of MacArthur Genius Alisa Weilerstein) conducts Dvorak's Eighth Symphony. Tune in to hear these young talents at work with a great ensemble.

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Classical
11:25 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Lincoln Center Chamber series returns

Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, where our weekly chamber music concerts are recorded
Credit wikipedia

It's back, starting at 10 AM! The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center brings together some of the world's finest chamber musicians, and you can hear it weekly on IPR. It starts with Mozart at his best: the Violin Sonata in e minor played by Arnaud Sussman and Inon Barnatan, and the String Quintet in 3 in C major, K. 515, performed by no less than Ani Kavafian, Benjamin Beilman, Paul Neubauer, Lily Francis, and Timothy Eddy.

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Classical
4:39 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Houston Grand Opera returns w. Rossini

An 1867 caricature of Gioachino Rossini
Credit wikipedia

Tune in right now as the Houston Grand Opera returns for four weekends to IPR. First up is Rossini's delightful "The Italian Girl in Algiers," with the noted mezzo Daniela Barcellona in the title role.

Classical
9:22 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

German Requiem (& Genius Premiere)

Canadian violinist and MacArthur "Genius" fellow Leila Josefowicz
Credit J. Henry Fair, courtesy HarrisonParrott

Tune in Tuesday at 7PM as MacArthur "Genius" violinist Leila Josefowicz premieres a new work by Stephen Mackey written in memory of his mother, and Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic and Master Chorale in the profoundly beautiful "German Requiem" of Johannes Brahms. At the core of this masterpiece is a movement Brahms added in memory of his own mother; it is sung by Christine Schaeffer (Matthias Goerne is the male soloist).

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11:21 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Pavarotti & Ricciarelli in SF "Luisa Miller"

Luciano Pavarotti and Katia Ricciarelli in San Francisco Opera's 1974 'Luisa Miller'
Credit Carolyn Mason Jones

Tune in Saturday at noon for Verdi's Luisa Miller in a 1974 performance by the San Francisco Opera. Katia Ricciarelli sings the title role and Luciano Pavarotti is the nobleman she loves but, as a poor village girl, cannot marry. This archived broadcast captures Pavarotti's first performance of this role.

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11:09 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Beethoven 9th & Turnage Premiere

Beethoven painted during the time he was composing his Ninth Symphony.

Join us at 7PM as Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, preceded by a musical meditation on the 9th, "Frieze" by Mark-Anthony Turnage  in its American premiere. Says Turnage, "I've been obsessed with Beethoven from the age of eight. What a joy, therefore, to be asked... to write a piece inspired by Beethoven's great symphony. Beethoven is a towering figure, but I find him more inspiring than intimidating."

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Classical
10:01 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Mozart Requiem in Concert from Dresden

Mozart at age 26, in an unfinished portrait by Joseph Lange.
Credit wikipedia

Tune in at 7 PM to hear the work Mozart left unfinished at his death - the Requiem - performed in concert by the Dresden Staatskapelle. The Staatskapelle, one of the world's oldest and most admired orchestras, is led by its new music director, Christian Thielemann.

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2:37 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Adamo's "Mary Magdalene" at SF Opera

The San Francisco Opera's production of "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene" by Mark Adamo
Credit Cory Weaver, courtesy San Francisco Opera

Join us Saturday at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Mark Adamo's new opera, "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene." The San Francisco Chronicle called it "lushly beautiful, suffused with ripe tonal harmonies and urgent, arching melodies that lodge immediately in the listener's memory."

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Classical
6:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa Encore Broadcast for October 21, 2013

Credit Orchestra Iowa

On Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7 p.m., Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa presents an encore broadcast featuring Orchestra Iowa. 

On this performance Maestro Hankewich completes Orchestra Iowa’s Symphony cycle of the four symphonies by Brahms, which began in 2007. He programs his favorite symphony, Symphony No. 3. Roger Oyster, principal trombonist in the Kansas City Symphony, performs on the euphonium with Orchestra Iowa to present a concertino by Weber. The program opens with Sir Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

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Classical
10:07 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Arnone's Bach Live from IPR at 1 PM

Cellist Anthony Arnone of the University of Iowa

Tune in today at 1 PM as cellist Anthony Arnone plays selections from Bach's Suites for Solo Cello live from IPR's studios in Cedar Falls. Arnone, a professor at the University of Iowa, will not only play, but also talk to IPR's Barney Sherman about the music and his project of playing Bach in unexpected public places.

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Classical Music in the Afternoon
3:35 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Brandenburgatopia - Afternoons This Week

The opening of the manuscript Bach sent to the Margrave of Brandenburg.
Credit Bach-Archiv Leipzig (bach-digital.de)

Among the many delights that Barney Sherman has scheduled this week is a new recording of the Brandenburg Concertos that will make you fall in love with them yet again. We all thought we knew how these concertos sound - but these performances glow with warm, rich timbres we haven't yet heard from other period-instrument (or modern-instrument) groups. We all have a sense for how they move, but these have a natural interplay among the musicians and a liveliness that comes from within the music (as opposed to velocity imposed from without).

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8:19 am
Sat October 12, 2013

DMMO's "Extraordinary" 'Grimes' on RIGHT NOW

The Des Moines Metro Opera's "Peter Grimes."
Credit Daily Life Photography

Benjamin Britten came to the USA in 1939, but sailed home to England in 1942. What had made his homesickness too powerful to ignore was reading the poetry of  George Crabbe, which was set in Britten's home county of Suffolk.

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9:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

A Taste of Verdi on his 200th Birthday

October 10th is the 200th birthday of one of music's most perceptive and passionate humanists, Giuseppe Verdi, who made the New York Times's recent list of the 10 greatest composers. Barney Sherman, Fred Childs and IPR will share some choice examples of why, along with the music of Beethoven, Brahms and other greats whom he admired or who admired him. Tune in!

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