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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: Saint-Saëns. The piano concertos. A new cycle launches.||Camille Saint-Saëns was arguably the greatest child prodigy ever. His Piano Concerto No. 1, considered the first by a major French composer, was written in 1858. The second, one of his most frequently performed works, followed ten years later.||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Stanisław Moniuszko’s sparkling legacy of dance music||Stanisław Moniuszko (1819–1872) may not be a household name today, but in 19th-century Poland his reputation as one of the country’s most significant composers was in no doubt. Statues were erected in his honour, competitions were named after him,||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Music to refresh the soul||The Elora Singers lend their meticulous, magical sound to the captivating music of Patrick Hawes, one of England’s most popular and inspirational choral composers. Raymond Bisha introduces the works on their programme,||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Suite sounds. Strauss rescored.||The Buffalo Philharmonic’s latest release showcases two suites of music by Richard Strauss: the first, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, one of the composer’s favourite scores and an absolute jewel of incidental music; the second,||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Halvorsen, Nielsen, Svensen, Kraggerud. Scandinavian violin masters.||Henning Kraggerud, the soloist on this new recording of works for violin and orchestra, is delighted to be able to introduce Halvorsen’s Violin Concerto to a patient public. It was long thought to have been lost: “Ever since I was a little boy I have||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé. Pastoral perfection.||Shabbily treated at its première by Sergei Diaghilev, who commissioned the work for his dance company Ballets Russes, Daphnis et Chloé went on to be hailed by ensuing generations as Ravel’s masterpiece; by Ravel himself as “a vast musical fresco”;||1/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Shostakovich. 2 popular piano concertos. 1 new transcription.||Time and again, Dmitri Shostakovich deftly managed to dodge the artistic bullet when it came to the expected political conformity of the day. His two piano concertos bear his distinctive musical voice, despite Soviet diktats.||1/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Overtures by Domenico Cimarosa||Domenico Cimarosa was one of the last great exponents of the Neapolitan School of opera. In his time, he was one of the best known and most performed composers pre-Rossini. His operas were widely performed across Europe,||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Premières from Peru||Raymond Bisha introduces four world première recordings of orchestral music by Celso Garrido-Lecca, one of Peru’s foremost classical composers who celebrates his 90th birthday this year. Like Peruvian culture in general,||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: James Whitbourn’s Carolae. Ancient roots. Modern makeover.||Raymond Bisha introduces Carolae, a highly attractive Christmas choral work from the pen of GRAMMY®-nominated composer, James Whitbourn. Carolae is a fusion of two great English and American Christmas traditions—the occasions of readings and carols in||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Pacifica Quartet/Elliot Carter
What a treat to gain insight into some deeper considerations of string quartet performance. Great questions, and thoughtful answers. I had never even heard of Elliot Carter, now I'm listening to the whole SQTET No. 5. Thanks for leading me to a cool recording I would have otherwise never checked out.
often very, very interesting.
Often very, very interesting. Discovered by accident and now a favorite podcast of mine. Tell your friends. The interviewer is very personable and fun to listen to. Note that podcasts earlier (up to 10 2008) are still online at Itunes but under a very slightly different podcast name.
When will the ones after November 2009 appear? They are already up on the Naxos site.