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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: 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|
||CleanPodcast: Grétry’s L’épreuve villageoise: staged comedy, community setting, international reach.||First performed in 1784 in Paris, Grétry’s comic opera L’épreuve villageoise plays out merrily against the insouciant backcloth of a European society about to undergo an irreversible, violent upheaval, just five years later.||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Richard Danielpour. Songs for Serious Subjects.||Three orchestral works by the contemporary American composer Richard Danielpour immerse the listener in both a world of conflict and the richly colourful palette with which the composer depicts his narrative.||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Two Spanish Highs. Violin concertos by Édouard Lalo and Joan Manén.||Violinist and composer Joan Manén may be a relatively unknown figure today, but in his time (1883–1971) his popularity was in the same league as fellow Spaniard and cellist Pablo Casals. As a performer Manén gave more than 4,000 concerts,||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Michael Daugherty. Three vivid orchestral narratives.||Michael Daugherty is considered among the Top 10 most performed American composers of concert music today. This podcast details three of his orchestral works that cement this status. Each was inspired by a larger-than-life American cultural figure—the .||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Aaron Copland. Martha Graham. Ruth Page. A balletic major triad.||Raymond Bisha presents two ballet scores by Aaron Copland: one woefully little known; one a beloved staple of dance companies. The jazz-influenced Hear Ye! Hear Ye! (1934) narrates the scenario of a nightclub murder and the ensuing trial in a Chicago c...||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast: Kevin Puts. Three fascinating symphonic works.||Kevin Puts is one of today’s leading American composers. His persuasive music, colourfully orchestrated and emotionally charged, is well showcased on this month’s new release of three of his highly engaging symphonic works.||8/26/2016||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.