Best Classical podcasts — Archived recordings and live performances (Updated July 2017; image)
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New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher
 
Host Julie Amacher provides an in-depth exploration of a new classical music release each week.
 
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A Classical music quiz podcast: Test your ears as Bruce Adolphe takes a popular tune and transforms it into something that sounds like it was composed by one of the greats.
 
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NACOcast: Classical music podcast with Sean Rice
 
Join host Sean Rice (Second Clarinet, NAC Orchestra) as he explores the world of classical music and its great composers. In this series of audio programmes you can look forward to hearing insightful commentary about upcoming NAC Orchestra programmes as well as musical excerpts and interviews with NACO musicians and guest artists.
 
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Classical Music Discoveries
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Proudly Sponsored by La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, TheSouthwest Symphony Orchestra and Flowers.FM
 
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Classical Performance Podcast
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The Classical Performance podcast features the very best live classical performances, recorded by WGBH and broadcast on WCRB. From local up-and-comers to world-renowned masters, the Classical Performance podcast is your source for classical music, on the go.
 
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We are convinced that lovers of classical music include people who are always looking for (1) music that they have not heard before that might attract them, and (2) the best performance of music that they are familiar with and already enjoy.This website was created to help these music lovers achieve both goals. We are uniquely able to fulfill this mission because we bring together two exceptional resources that are not available on any other classical music website: (1) a classical music rec ...
 
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Classical Classroom
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There’s a rumor going around that classical music is hoity toity. At Classical Classroom, we beg to differ. Come learn with classical music newbie Dacia Clay and the music experts she invites into the Classical Classroom.
 
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San Francisco Symphony Podcasts
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Podcasts from the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas.
 
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The Naxos Blog
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Updates from the world’s leading classical music label
 
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Public Domain Classics
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Public Domain Classics, a podcast bringing you old time phonograph recordings of classical music in the public domain.
 
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The Concert
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Classical Music Podcasts from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
 
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Classical 101 Podcasts
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Classical 101 is the only classical music station in Central Ohio. The Classical 101 hosts provide insight into classical music news from Columbus and around the world.
 
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Explore the Symphony
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A classical music podcast. Join the National Arts Centre Orchestra's Marjolaine Fournier and one Canada's foremost music journalists, Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer, as they explore the symphonic form from Haydn to Shostakovich.
 
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Classics For Kids
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Introduce children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way.
 
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On the Music
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Discover the world of the orchestra with the Houston Symphony's On the Music. In each episode, hosts Carlos Botero and Aurelie Desmarais explore a masterpiece of the orchestral repertoire. Combining musical insights with fascinating stories, On the Music will appeal to both longtime fans and newcomers to the world of symphonic music.For credits and more information, visit www.houstonsymphony.org/onthemusic.
 
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The beginning of the second movement of Beethoven's 8th Symphony imitates a metronome -- a mechanical device that ticks steadily to help musician keep to the beat of the music. Other composers wrote music that ticks, or that imitates other inanimate objects -- including a doll and a typewriter.
 
“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, in a broadcast that surveys Granados’ varied oeuvre—from chamber music, to opera Read More ...…
 
This is Public Domain Classics, a podcast bringing you timeless classical music from the public domain. In this episode, we will hear the music of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding our podcast, please send us an email. Our email address is comments@publicdomainclassics.org. Also, visit our p ...…
 
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Michael Kurek’s PARMA Recordings debut, THE SEA KNOWS, is a charming collection of works written with an emphasis on that which is beautiful and emotive. Composing in a tonal idiom reminiscent of the great melodists of the early 20th century, Kurek creates music that tugs at the heartstrings without ever pandering, that is rich in emotive conte ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Scott Hollopeter from Grand Planc, MI
 
Follow Piffaro from Spain to the New World in the 17th century and hear a wild array of secular songs, sacred motets, dances and instrumental fantasias are all performed on Piffaro's amazing collection of period instruments. This album is an all-instrumental homage to the music of Spain that was brought from the Old World, interspersed with mus ...…
 
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Following successful recordings of works by Beethoven and Sibelius, the on-a-roll Minnesota Orchestra made a recording of Mahler's demanding Symphony No. 5. 'If the music is good enough,' says Music Director Osmo Vanska, 'you are ready to even suffer because of that.'
 
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The six string quartets, K. 168–173, were composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in late 1773 in Vienna. These are popularly known as the Viennese Quartets. Mozart may have hoped to have them published at the time, but they were only published posthumously by Johann André in 1801 as Mozart's Op. 94.These quartets represent a considerable advance o ...…
 
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Great Courses professor Dr. Robert Greenberg demystifies the death of Mozart - for reals this time! Spoiler alert: the cause of death will totally underwhelm you.By Dacia Clay.
 
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BACK BEFORE BACH, the latest Navona Records release from the Philadelphia-based ‘Renaissance band’ Piffaro, is an exceptional compendium of sixteenth and early seventeenth century German and Franco-Flemish music. As the album’s title suggests, the group of composers Piffaro features can be seen as the precedent for the luminaries of the German ...…
 
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Mozart’s “Mass in C Major, K. 167” or the “Mass in Honor of the Most Holy Trinity” was commissioned by Archbishop Colloredo in June of 1773 for Trinity Sunday.The Mass was performed in Salzburg’s Trinity Church in the same month of commission.This Mass is noteworthy in that this is Mozart’s only wholly choral mass, which excludes all solo vocal ...…
 
This is Public Domain Classics, a podcast bringing you timeless classical music from the public domain. In this episode, we will hear the music of German composer Johannes Brahms. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding our podcast, please send us an email. Our email address is comments@publicdomainclassics.org. Also, visit our podcas ...…
 
Plenty of composers wrote more symphonies than Beethoven, but few did more to change the way the symphony sounded. Beethoven's First Symphony reflects the fact that he learned from Mozart and Haydn. At the time he composed his Third, it was the longest symphony ever written, and Beethoven's Ninth was the first symphony to use voices. Beethoven' ...…
 
LincolnSabrinaPresumed InnocentThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the JediThe Book ThiefSchindler's ListHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban​Simone Pedroni, pianoPurchase now at:http://www.classicalsavings.com/store/p413/John_Williams_-_Themes_and_Transcriptions_for_Piano.html…
 
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, including sonatas and other works, which rendered him one of the 20th century’s most important composers for the instrument. ...…
 
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Another landmark recording under the baton of Kenneth Hedgecock, the greatest and yet, the almost completely unknown conductor of Gustav Mahler.Hear Symphony No. 5 in its truest form with absolutely NO apologies for having too much brass in the symphony. You may have heard Mahler's 5th Symphony before, but never like this!Purchase now at:http:/ ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Cynthia Sibitzky from Haslett, Texas.
 
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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center recorded an album at Shaker Village in Kentucky. 'It's a magical place,' says Artistic Director Wu Han. 'It's a place where people search for a renewal of spirit.'
 
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Véronique Mathieu’s ARGOT is a spectacular demonstration of her abilities as a violinist, as well as the dramatic range of her instrument. The recording embodies the definition of its title – ‘argot’, which means the language of a particular group – in two meaningful ways. First, Mathieu has selected a unique array of violin-centric works that ...…
 
Worried about the future of classical music? Listen to this chat with composer and performer Missy Mazzoli and turn that frown upside down.By Dacia Clay.
 
This rebroadcast of La Musica International Chamber Music Festival features music by Brahms, Murphy and Villa-Lobos.
 
Beethoven was a pianist. During his lifetime, the piano changed quite a bit, and those changes were reflected in the music Beethoven composed for the intstrument. William Black, head of the piano department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, talks with Naomi Lewin about how Beethoven's music followed the development ...…
 
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, it’s remarkable that he produced more than 500 works which clamour to be heard, including over 200 keyboard sonatas. Read More ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Caroline Cassil from Sutherlin, OR
 
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A fan of Niccolo Pagaini since she was a child, Rachel Barton Pine released all of the Paganini Caprices on a new recording she calls, 'Bel Canto,' which means 'beautiful singing.' Hear more about the new recording, about Rachel's longtime fascination with Pagaini, and how Rachel's husband lent an idea for rehearsal, all in this New Classical T ...…
 
This is Public Domain Classics, a podcast bringing you timeless classical music from the public domain. In this episode, we will hear the music of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding our podcast, please send us an email. Our email address is comments@publicdomainclassics.org. Also, visit o ...…
 
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Works by Bach and Brahms performed by the Borromeo String Quartet and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute on August 7, 2016 and April 10, 2016. Bach: Preludes and Fugues from Well-Tempered Klavier Book 1 arr. Nicholas Kitchen: F Major, F Minor, B-flat Minor Brahms: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111 Both of the works on our podcast this week ...…
 
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A rebroadcast of Wagner's first opera!Enter the magical world of fairies.While other fairies amuse themselves in a fairy garden, Zemina and Farzana discuss how their mistress Ada, a half-fairy, has renounced her immortality to spend her life with Arindal, the mortal whom she loves. The fairy-king has set a condition which Farzana believes that ...…
 
Ludwig van Beethoven was a uniquely talented composer and musician. But by the time Beethoven was 30, his increasing deafness put an end to his career as a pianist. That did not stop him from continuing to compose some of the most beautiful music the world has ever known. As a composer, Beethoven was a revolutionary. He took the Classical forms ...…
 
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, the influence of Catholic philosophy and mysticism, masterful playing by the Voxare String Quartet, and an ingenious us ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Deb Anderson from Robbinsdale, MN
 
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In this broadcast we will play 4 symphonies which were composed in rapid succession after Wolfgang returned from his 3rd musical tour of Italy. We will play the symphonies in order of composition.These performances are by The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and are conducted by Sir Neville Marriner. Symphony No. 26 in E-flat, K. 184. This o ...…
 
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Houghton: OpalsHill: Above the Green LightAnderson: Ignes FatuiParaskevas: A Feast for Tantalus​Purchase now at:http://www.classicalsavings.com/store/p409/Foolish_Fire_-_Stories_%26_Inspirations_for_Guitar_Quartet.html
 
A behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a guest soloist with an orchestra with Jon Kimura Parker.By Dacia Clay.
 
Yo-Yo Ma has been part of the classical musical evolution for decades. His exploration continues with a new recording of Bach Trios featuring the unusual combination of cello, double bass and mandolin. Yo-Yo Ma says he's thrilled to be joined by the genius of Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile.
 
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An original ballet composed for the American Ballet Theater. 1. Intro 2. Frolic 3. Gamelan 4. Rag 5. Lyric 6. FinalePurchase now at:http://www.classicalsavings.com/store/p408/Danny_Elfman%3A_Rabbit_%26_Rogue_%28original_ballet_score%29.html
 
This is Public Domain Classics, a podcast bringing you timeless classical music from the public domain. In this episode, we will hear the music of German composer Robert Schumann. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding our podcast, please send us an email. Our email address is comments@publicdomainclassics.org. Also, visit our podcas ...…
 
Handel wrote his Water Music for the King of England. Lots of aristocrats hired composers to write music for them. But some kings and nobles wrote music themselves, including King Henry VIII; Alfonso X; Frederick the Great and others.
 
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Mahler’s 3rd and 4th Symphonies together comprise his longest symphony. Separately the 3rd remains his longest symphony and the 4th his shortest symphony. The 3rd symphony is also the longest symphony in the orchestral repertoire which is also the 10th most popular symphony according to the BBC Music Magazine.The 3rd symphony consists of 6 move ...…
 
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Eric Whitacre: Lux AurumquePaul Nelson: A LullabyEdie Hill: A Sound Like ThisSteven Sametz: We TwoVeljo Tormis: Kolm mul oli Kaunist SonaMaura Bosch: The TurningTimothy C. Takach: Things I Didn't Know I LovedPeteris Vasks: EncounterDaniel Gawthrop: There is Sweet Music HerePurchase now at:http://www.classicalsavings.com/store/p405/While_You_Are ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Kristen Zoetewey from Grand Rapids, Michigan
 
Our show on Mozart's Art of Self-Promotion includes the works:Symphony No. 50, K. 161Exsultate Jubilate, K. 165Soloist: Helen Wexford, sopranoDominique Beaulieu, conductor​CMD Grand Opera Company of VenicePurchase now at:http://www.classicalsavings.com/store/p406/Mozart_-_The_Art_of_Self-Promotion.html…
 
Howard Shore has recorded and composed music for about 80 films, including J.R.R. Tolkien's massive trilogy, 'The Lord of the Rings.' These days, Shore says he's writing more concert music, and he's just released a new recording featuring two of his concertos. In this extended podcast, Shore talks about composing music for the Lord of The Rings ...…
 
Howard Shore has recorded and composed music for about 80 films, including J.R.R. Tolkien's massive trilogy, 'The Lord of the Rings.' These days, Shore says he's writing more concert music, and he's just released a new recording featuring two of his concertos. In this extended podcast, Shore talks about composing music for the Lord of The Rings ...…
 
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With PARALLEL WORLDS, Czech composer Jan Jirásek provides a portal into his intricately textured and resonant choral music. These works are enhanced by Czech children’s choir JITRO, whose singers imbibe Jirásek’s delicate and earnest compositions with authority, maturity, and captivating grace.Purchase now at:http://www.classicalsavings.com/sto ...…
 
Learn about about virtuoso from a virtuosa. Rachel Barton Pine schools us on Paganini.By Dacia Clay.
 
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This is Public Domain Classics, a podcast bringing you timeless classical music from the public domain. In this episode, we will hear the music of Austrian composer Franz Schubert. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding our podcast, please send us an email. Our email address is comments@publicdomainclassics.org. Also, visit our podca ...…
 
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