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.
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).
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.
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!
Mahler's 9th Symphony "expresses an extraordinary love of the earth," said Alban Berg; yet "it comes from eternity," said Herbert von Karajan. Hear an extraordinary performance by one of the world's finest orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw, led by Daniele Gatti, the music director of the French National Orchestra and Zurich Opera. Reviewing the September concert, one critic wrote that "the sound of this wonderful orchestra really opened up" and that "Gatti’s and the orchestra’s pacing and shaping of this was excellent."
On Monday, October 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa presents an encore broadcast of the Waterloo0-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, narrator Scott Cawelti, and the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra performance. Commissioned by the Blanden Memorial Art Museum and the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, Jonathan Chenette’s Rural Symphony is a three-movement work inspired by photographs of daily life in rural Iowa.
Iowa Public Radio's next Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast will air Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Join us as Iowa Public Radio's Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Jeff Fleming, Executive Director at the Des Moines Art Center. Fleming will discuss the upcoming exhibition: Gravity and Grace
On Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa series encore broadcast scheduled for Monday October 7, 2013 at 7 p.m., internationally acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra for a brilliant performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
Tune in Monday at 7PM as Orchestra Iowa presents "Star-Crossed Lovers" - music inspired by Shakespeare's tragic lovers, including a new work written in Iowa. After Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet fantasy and music from Prokofiev's ballet, we'll hear the dances from Bernstein's West Side Story, which transplanted the story to Harlem. But first, we'll hear Drive By, by Grinnell faculty member Eric McIntyre. Narrated by actor Frank Oden, it presents a unique twist on the story of Romeo and Juliet by combining orchestral nuance with beat poetry.
Tune in Sunday at 2PM as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Riccardo Muti, perform Mendelssohn's Symphony no. 4, the "Italian," Giuseppe Martucci's Nocturne, Respighi's "Roman Festivals" and, for good measure, the Fifth Symphony of Antonin Dvorak - not an Italian, but with this orchestra and conductor, who's complaining?
Tune in at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Wagner's most accessible opera, Lohengrin, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor"; his doubt-plagued bride is sung by Camilla Nylund,"evoking an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa's account of her mysterious savior" (Gramophone).
Tune in at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Wagner's most accessible opera, Lohengrin, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title roles is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor"; his doubt-plagued bride is sung by Camilla Nylund,"evoking an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa's account of her mysterious savior" (Gramophone).
Meredith Willson left his home state of Iowa behind when he was 18 years old, but later as his career soared, he brought Iowa to Broadway and Hollywood with “The Music Man.” Join host Charity Nebbe as Iowa Week continues to hear the stories of some of Iowa’s most famous musicians.
On Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast scheduled for Monday, September 30 at 7 p.m., Orchestra Iowa combines romantic tragedies with exciting new works to create an electric program called Star-Crossed Lovers. Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet and Tchaikovsky’s fantasy-overture of the same title will set the musical stage. You’ll enjoy a modern take on the evening’s theme with Drive By, by Iowa composer and Grinnell College faculty member Eric McIntyre.
Tune in Tuesday to sample the art of Sunwook Kim - the youngest pianist to win the prestigious Leeds Competition in 40 years and the first Asian winner. He performs Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, which also performs Janacek's Sinfonietta and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 3.
Join Barney Sherman Monday for an afternoon of classical music, with great pieces from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Featured works include the last symphony of Haydn and an early hit of Beethoven, his Septet. Beethoven wrote this serenade with every intention of its becoming a best-seller, and it did, in some ways out-earning even the symphonies. If you wonder what music-lovers heard in it, wait till you hear the exceptional recording Barney has in store.
Tune in at noon to hear the Mozart "Magic Flute" everyone's been talking about. It's designed by the celebrated Japanese artist Jun Kaneko (who now resides in Omaha, Nebraska!) and is sung in English. Albina Shagimuratova "dazzles" as the Queen of the Night, Nathan Gunn delights as Papageno, and Heidi Stober (with her "rare vivacity of voice and personality") triumphs as Pamina.
Prepare to move to the beat of a different drummer on the September Iowa Arts Showcase as Matt Andreini discusses the Iowa/Hungary Percussion Project, which has commissioned works from three Iowan and three Hungarian composers for percussion duo. Also, Deborah Dakin & Robert Elfline of Augustana College tell us about Laura Kaminsky's And Trouble Came: An African AIDS Diary, which they'll be performing in Davenport with the Tikkun Trio. Orchestra Iowa’s Tim Hankewich and Hancher's Chuck Swanson update us on their respective 2013-14 seasons.
At the premiere of Jake Heggie's "Moby-Dick," the audience kept bursting into spontaneous applause. Could an opera do justice to Melville's epic, mythic novel? Listeners felt it did and the critics agreed, calling it Heggie's "richest and most expressively assured" opera yet, "a masterpiece." Tune in at noon to hear it in the triumphant production from the San Francisco Opera.
Join us tonight at 7 to hear Thomas Hampson sing "The Wound-Dresser" - John Adams' setting of poetry of Walt Whitman about the experience of nursing in the Civil War. The New York Philharmonic also performs Gustav Mahler's Symphony no. 2, "The Resurrection." The New York Times wrote that Adams' "music is driven by Whitman’s words, set with a deft blend of aching lyricism and conversational naturalness. Mr. Hampson brought myriad colorings to his singing." Alan Gilbert conducts.
Join us at 7PM to hear one of the supreme pianists, Mitsuko Uchida, perform a work she's renowned for, Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4. Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which also performs Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. The concert broadcast also includes an interview about Beethoven with Uchida, who is Artist-in-Residence of the Cleveland Orchestra, co-director of the Marlboro Music Festival, and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Tune in tonight at 7 as the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra performs Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, music from Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel," and two works of Liszt - BOTH piano concertos, played by pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Nakamatsu, from Oakland, CA, won the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn competition, and has since built a notable international career and discography. Joseph Giunta conducts in this encore presentation from IPR's Symphonies of Iowa series, hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.
If you can't make it to Orchestra Iowa's annual outdoor concert at the Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, tune in to IPR Classical to hear it live. Tim Hankewich and co. will perform three Russian masterpieces everyone knows (and loves!): the Polovtsian Dances by Borodin (the basis of the song "Stranger in Paradise"); the Piano Concerto no. 2 of Rachmaninoff, featuring Iowa's extraordinary Miko Kominami as soloist; and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, with its rich drama, colorful evocations of Russian folk music, and barn-burning finale.
Tune in Saturday at 10 AM for this week's Spoleto Chamber Music Festival broadcast, featuring the Piano Quintet by the pioneering American composer Amy Beach, and the delightful Sextet by the neglected Tyrolean master Ludwig Thuille. The stellar performers include the St. Lawrence String Quartet and leading American musicians such as horn player Eric Ruske.
Join us at noon for the San Francisco Opera's production of Bellini's "Montagues and Capulets." You couldn't ask for a better cast: as Romeo is no less than the great American mezzo Joyce DiDonato; as Juliet is Nicole Cabelle, winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World contest.
Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the amazing Leonidas Kavakos play Korngold's Violin Concerto and Alan Gilbert conduct the New York Philharmonic in two symphonies of Carl Nielsen. Erich Wolfgang Korngold - the greatest Viennese prodigy since Mozart - fled the Third Reich and afterwards made his living in Hollywood; his Violin Concerto is an outright masterpiece. As for Nielsen, he's been called "the most underrated composer of the 2oth century." Gilbert conducts the Second Symphony ("The Four Temperaments") and his Third (the Sinfonia Espansiva).
Join us tonight at 7 to hear Vadim Repin (called "the best and most perfect violinist I've ever heard" by Yehudi Menuhin) perform the concerto written for him by James MacMillan, whose "musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music." The concert also includes Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Coriolan Overture. It features the BBC Scottish Symphony led by Donald Runnicles.
Tune in Sunday at 2PM as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra explores the literary imagination of French Romantic maverick Hector Berlioz. The concert begins with his Corsair (an overture first titled after a James Fenimore Cooper novel), continues with music from Romeo and Juliet (based on the bard of Stratford-upon-Avon, of course), and continues with the viola c0ncerto/symphony Harold in Italy (based on Byron). As an encore, Susan Graham sings the delicious "Summer Nights," Berlioz's setting of poems by Théophile Gautier. Sir Mark Elder conducts.
Join us Saturday at noon as the San Francisco Opera broadcast season begins with Wagner's The Valkyries, the second installment in his Ring cycle. In this production, "theatrical and musical vitality fused to create a tale of enormous emotional urgency," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Donald Runnicles conducts, Mark Delavan is Wotan and Nina Stemme is Brunnhilde.