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We invite you to join Raymond Bisha of Naxos, the world's leading classical music label, in exploring the best of today's classical music. New shows will be available each Tuesday (GMT) that explore the latest releases from Naxos and focus on the performers and composers who make our recordings possible.
||CleanPodcast: Granados @ 150||“Every time I do another podcast about Granados, I find new reasons to like his music,” says host Raymond Bisha. Join him as he marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Enrique Granados, one of the leading examples of Spanish musical nationalism,||21 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Vincent Persichetti’s harpsichord sonatas||Born in the United States in 1915, Vincent Persichetti’s contribution to music education eventually led him to a professorship at the Juilliard School of Music. Along the way, he composed prolifically for the harpsichord,||14 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Padre Antonio Soler. His keyboard sonatas.||Born in 1729, the Spanish composer Antonio Soler entered holy orders aged 23 and died in his monastery in 1783, aged 54. Considering the fact that the order to which he belonged observed silence and solitude,||7 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Shining through the shadows of history. Chamber music by Mark Nowakowski.||This first full-length album of music by Mark Nowakowski affords a deeply affecting experience: the fusion of the composer’s Polish heritage and that country’s defiant survival of historical upheavals, his American upbringing,||30 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Guitar Laureate: Xavier Jara||Raymond Bisha introduces the latest release in the Naxos Guitar Laureate series. The featured performer is Xavier Jara, winner of the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Competition, adding to the artist’s ongoing string of successes.||16 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Villa-Lobos: Symphonies 8, 9 and 11||Heitor Villa-Lobos is probably the best known of all South American composers. His contribution to Brazilian music—in education, in community projects, in the concert hall—was all-pervasive. Raymond Bisha drops in on Naxos’ ongoing project to record||2 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals||Published in 1638, Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals reflects a genius at the height of his powers and parades an incredible emotional range, from bold proclamations to a beauty and sensuousness that’s almost painful in its intensity.||19 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: International reach. Dvořák’s sacred choral music.||The first performance of the orchestral version of Dvořák’s Mass in D was given at London’s Crystal Palace in 1892. That same year also saw the premiere of his Te Deum in New York, a commission from the founder of the American National Conservatory,||5 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Fusion and flowerpots. Music by Lou Harrison.||This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the American composer Lou Harrison, who distinguished himself through his pioneering works in writing for percussion and integrating Western and Eastern idioms.||21 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: A Bohemian Rhapsody||Reminiscent of the music of Smetana and Dvořák, Vitĕzslav Novák’s works are surprisingly little known outside his native Bohemia. Peter Hall talks with JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic,||14 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|