The Music Post with Sam Post
By Sam Post
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The Music Post is committed to the idea that anyone and everyone can enjoy classical music, and can enjoy it more deeply. Whether you're a novice listener looking to gain an appreciation for classical music, or a seasoned concert-goer trying to deepen your knowledge and expand your listening repertoire, the Music Post is for you. Each episode you'll get to know some music new or old as the host tells you about each piece and plays example excerpts to inform and guide your listening. You'll learn about the charm of Mozart, the intensity of Beethoven, the unparalelled beauty of Bach, and much more. Above all, you'll find out what makes these pieces compelling, and maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a few along the way.
||Clean#25: Improv with Carlos part 2: Embracing it||Guest pianist Carlos Cesar Rodriguez joins me again to share his remarkable talent for and insights into improvisation, while I challenge him to make it more a part of his regular concert fare. He improvises an Ives-ian accompaniment to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (featuring tenor Peter Joshua Burroughs) and we take turns improvising over William Bolcom's Graceful Ghost Rag.||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24: Red River Valley and folk-modern-classical||Modern classical music has a reputation for atonality, that is, that it lacks the harmonic and melodic core that has shaped Western music for hundreds of years. In this episode we hear three of my very non-atonal piano pieces. They are rooted in a traditional harmonic and motivic system and draw on another tradition of classical music, borrowing from existing folk tunes. Can you figure out what the other two tunes are before I reveal? Listen in and see.||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23: Intimate Chopin||One of the (many, but principal) challenges of playing Chopin's music is finding room for expressiveness in intimacy. Ivan Moravec was on another level achieving this in his playing (as you'll hear!), but I take a crack at it too, and Eli Luberoff joins me for listening challenge and Post-listening (get it??) discussion. Along the way we get to know intimately Chopin's Op. 15, no. 2, along with a genuine Spotify mystery, before listening to a complete performance.||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22: Ari & Mia & me||Special guest Ariel Friedman joins me to share a sublime song of hers and ruminate on genre distinctions and crossover in the classical and folk music realms. We talk about Kinhaven (see episode 20), how she got started with her sister duo band (Ari & Mia), and how they and she have influenced me as a composer and musician through the years.||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21: Art of Fugue Contrapunctus five and different approaches to Bach||A closer look at another fugue from Bach's last masterpiece||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20: Kinhaven Sonata with Lauren Cook||The story behind a new piece for clarinet and piano||2/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19.5: Season 2 Preview||A quick look at what's coming up in the new episodes.||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19: Improv with Carlos||A new segment with friend and colleague, pianist/improviser-extraordinaire Carlos Rodriguez.||10/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18: Live from the Kennedy Center||Music Post live from September 20, 2015.||10/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17: Ke$ha meets Cla$$ical||The messy, uncomfortable relationship between pop and classical music.||9/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16: Goldbergs, part 2: miraculous canons||Two canon variations from Bach's masterpiece||8/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15: Getting to know the Goldbergs, variations 13 and 14||Two variations from Bach's colossal, magnificent set||7/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14: Crash course music and the apple tree||Lessons from, and the joy of, a carefully constructed piece.||7/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13: Music Post 2.0: Improvisation, part 1||Making space for spontaneous creation in classical culture.||6/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12: Ragtime duel||Learning about the ragtime tradition born in the early 1900's, and pitting four modern rags against each other in a ragtime competition.||4/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11: Yuliya Gorenman, Alexander Scriabin, and seizing the moment||Guest pianist Yuliya Gorenman tells her story and plays a special piece by Scriabin.||3/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: Bach Inventions, continued: Bach's genius, bite-sized||Three more of the short pieces that show us why Bach is Bach.||1/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9: A musician's first love||Exploring the Bach pieces that launched a life of music worship.||1/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: Christmas music, part 2: when one piece begets another||The perfect cure for your Serial hangover (parody included).||12/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: Jingle Bells, like you've never heard it before||Some unconventional takes on a classic holiday tune.||12/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6: Tragic Chopin||Listening to and comparing performances of Chopin's C minor nocturne, op. 48||11/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: Magical Mozart and Soave sia il vento||One of Mozart's transcendant opera numbers||11/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: Contrapunctus 9 and what makes Bach work||Exlporing the most popular performance piece from the Art of Fugue on piano and organ.||11/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: Bach's French side, with guest artist Ralitza Patcheva||Guest Ralitza Patcheva joins to talk about and play Contrapunctus 6 from Bach's Art of Fugue||10/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: Crisis of Chromaticism: Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus 3||The intense, unstable and dissonant third member of the Art of Fugue.||10/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Bach's Final Project: Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus 1||The meditative opening number to one of Bach's final masterpieces||10/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Great stuff ...
These are really wonderful dissections of some incredibly beautiful music from Bach's Art of the Fugue .... a great mix of performance and description, all for the purpose of giving some sense of what makes this music so extraordinary.
Post's Music Posts are the poster children for thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis of great compositions post and present.
Enlightening & entertaining
Podcasts were MADE for explaining music. You would think there would be more of them, on the model of Bernstein or Gould’s work explaining music they performed. Sam’s commentary on the music itself and the performances is first-rate. I only wish there were more of them!