Best Classical podcasts — Archived recordings and live performances (Updated June 2018; image)
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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.
 
Host Julie Amacher provides an in-depth exploration of a new classical music release each week.
 
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.
 
Proudly Sponsored by La Musica International Chamber Music Festival in Sarasota Florida
 
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.
 
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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The Naxos Blog
Monthly+
 
Updates from the world’s leading classical music label
 
Public Domain Classics, a podcast bringing you old time phonograph recordings of classical music in the public domain.
 
Podcasts from the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas.
 
Classical Music Podcasts from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
 
Kelly and Chris talk to you about classical music whilst making you laugh. AND LEARN. www.ThatClassicalPodcast.com
 
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.
 
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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BBC Music Magazine
Monthly
 
Welcome to the BBC Music Magazine podcast. Join us once a month for the latest classical music news, the top stories in the new issue of BBC Music Magazine, a guide to the magazine’s cover CD, plus a round-up of our favourite new recordings.
 
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Classics For Kids
Weekly
 
Introduce children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way.
 
Sticky Notes is a classical music podcast for everyone. Whether you are a beginner just looking to get into classical music but don't know where to start, or a seasoned musician interested in the lives and ideas of your fellow artists, this podcast is for you. The show will feature interviews with the top artists of today, in-depth looks at specific pieces from the repertoire, and deep dives into each era of classical music, plus much more.
 
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HoustonSymphony
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MISSIONThe mission of the Houston Symphony is to inspire and engage a large and diverse audience in Greater Houston and beyond through exceptional orchestral and non-orchestral performances, educational programs and community activities.VISIONIn 2025, the Houston Symphony will be America’s most relevant and accessible top-ten orchestra.VALUESExcellence: Committed to the highest level of artistic, administrative, board and volunteer quality and performanceCommunity Engagement: Foster meaningf ...
 
We compile hour long mixes of pure contemporary classical, and modern classical music with zero talking and zero ads.Listen anytime at:http://www.sadclassicalmusic.com/
 
With composers from nearly every country in the world creating music in diverse styles, there has simply never been a more exciting time for classical music. Relevant Tones creator and host Seth Boustead dives into this treasure trove of music accompanied by first-person interview, In the Field segments that him to festivals and concert halls around the world, with stellar performances by talented ensembles and soloists.
 
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REFLETSEliane Rodrigues "In each of the Nocturnes, she plunges into their collective heart traversing their boundless emotional range with an aristocratic imperiousness that sets her interpretations apart from almost anyone else’s." -Raul de Gama, World Music Report (NOTTURNO) With two critically-lauded releases on Navona Records (NOTTURNO, per ...…
 
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 J.S. Bach. 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 podcast webs ...…
 
In his day Franz Liszt was most famous as a pianist. So, were Mozart, Beethoven and a lot of other composers.
 
Old is new again as composers and performers return to the LP format for their latest releases. We’re dusting off our record player to feature a variety of new music released on vinyl including works by Bryce Dessner and Frank Zappa; performances by Brooklyn Rider, Yarn/Wire, and Kronos Quartet. The post Contemporary Vinyl appeared first on 98. ...…
 
Continuing in the series of Cuban recorded Ansonica Records projects comes CORO DEL MUNDO – choir of the world. With tracks ranging from sacred to secular, and from delicate to aggressive, the surprising cohesiveness of the composers’ work is astonishingly beautiful and impassioned. Schola Cantorum Coralina and Vocal Luna contribute exquisite v ...…
 
This week on Sticky Notes, we're taking a deep dive into Sibelius' 5th Symphony: "I drank of the cup of the spring beginning, full of air, haze, and mist. Today, I have melodies like GOD. At 10 to 11 this morning I saw 16 swans, one of the greatest experiences of my life. Their cries are like woodwinds, like cranes. A low refrain, resembling th ...…
 
FANCY COLORSDavid Taddie David Taddie’s new album FANCY COLORS blurs the spectrum between acoustic and electronic music into an unorthodox wave of sound. In contrast to the primary characteristics of each type of music, Taddie creates sophisticated, complex compositions by blending the sounds of string and woodwind instruments with the influenc ...…
 
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MY ANCESTOR'S GIFTCarlos Simon On his Navona Records debut, composer Carlos Simon masterfully combines influences from jazz, gospel, and neoromanticism. MY ANCESTOR’S GIFT incorporates spoken word and historic recordings to craft a multifaceted program of musical works that are inspired as much by the past as they are the present. Launched by “ ...…
 
LIGHT AND SHADOWS, WAVES AND TIMEGregory Wanamaker An exploration of the unique timbral characteristics and technical extensions of wind instruments, Gregory Wanamaker’s LIGHT AND SHADOWS, WAVES AND TIME is comprised of eight compositions that collectively illustrate the composer’s ability to integrate various genre influences into a distinctiv ...…
 
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 Sergei Rachmaninoff. 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 ...…
 
GIRD YOUR LITERAL AND PROVERBIAL LOINS PEOPLE, 'CAUSE IT'S TIME TO TALK ABOUT SOME TUBES WITH HOLES IN THEM AND ALSO WIND. AND ALSO KENNY G. Yes you heard me right, in this episode we shoot the woodwindy breeze, and that breeze is FUUUUH-RESH!?! Enjoy! Music Featured in this Episode: "Serenade in B Flat K, 361. "Gran Partita": 3. Adagio" - Wolf ...…
 
THE LIFE BEFORE USAllan Crossman & John G. Bilotta Bearing musical witness to the versatile talents of two acclaimed northern California-based composers, THE LIFE BEFORE US combines works from John G. Bilotta and Allan Crossman. Bilotta’s cycle of Yeats Songs, performed by baritone Andrew R. White, highlights five of the poet’s shorter lyrics i ...…
 
AXIOMSMOMENTS OF TRUTHAxiom Quartet An axiom is a self-evident truth. Everything on this album represents different aspects and shades of truth. On their debut recording, Axiom Quartet probes the soul and delivers a deeply satisfying statement on truth and inner fulfillment. Each track is a whirlwind journey of soul searching expression. From t ...…
 
Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies were greatly influenced by gypsy, or Romani music. Brahms, Telemann and Verdi are among the many composers were attracted to this distinctive music.
 
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project is widely known as the leading orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing the 20th and 21st century music and its signature record label BMOP/sound reflects those standards. In Boston, we’re listening to the newest recordings off BMOP/sound label and talking to Creative Director and Co ...…
 
For her debut album on PARMA recordings SHE, Emily Sternfeld-Dunn serves as the voice of two of history’s strongest female characters. The poetic musings in the lyrics soar with Sternfeld-Dunn’s unmistakable soprano under the current of the tender, delicate melodies performed by pianist Amanda Pfenninger. Split into two mini-albums, SHE serves ...…
 
Raymond Bisha introduces a new release of three American orchestral triumphs in stunning performances by the youthful ranks of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic under GRAMMY Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller. Carl Ruggles’ Sun-treader, Steven Stucky’s Concerto for Orchestra No. 2 and John Harbison’s Symphony No. 4 constitut ...…
 
This week we revisit one of my favorite episodes from Season 2, all about the life and music of the great American composer, George Gershwin! We'll explore his childhood growing up in New York, Tin Pan Alley, and whether Gershwin was a Jazz or Classical composer. We'll also take a closer look at three of his most well-known pieces, his Rhapsody ...…
 
This week's contestant is Kristen Zoetewey from Grand Rapids, MI
 
GRECIAN URNMark G. Simon Composer and Clarinetist Mark G. Simon makes his PARMA debut with his first-ever recorded album, GRECIAN URN. All selections were composed by Simon, and he is the clarinetist on every track. “Anniversary Sonata” (1998) commemorates the 50th wedding anniversary of the composer’s parents. Movement 1, “With Restrained Ener ...…
 
Robert Schumann was born in this month in 1810, so we have Krista River and Judith Gordon performing Schumann's great song-cycle, "Frauenliebe und Leben", "A Woman's Love and Life", composed in 1840, the year Schumann married Clara Wieck. Also on the program, Schumann's Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, played by oboist Keisuke Wakao with pian ...…
 
The Little Nothings Ballet, K. 299bSymphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297CMD Philharmonic of Paris in OrleansDominique Beaulieu, conductorDownload now at:http://www.classicalsavings.com/store/p594/Mozart_at_22.html
 
Inspired by violinist Niccolo Paganini, Franz Liszt became a piano superstar. Many classical music superstars followed, including Jan Paderewski, Jenny Lind, Van Cliburn, Enrico Caruso, Yo-Yo Ma and Lang Lang.
 
New Music Gathering is an annual three-day conference dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support and creation of new concert music held at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. This year’s keynote speaker is Helga Davis, host of Q2, who discusses this year’s conference theme: accessibility. Performances include Matt Marks, Hub N ...…
 
This week we're looking at one of the masterpieces of the Renaissance/Baroque period, Monteverdi's Vespers! We'll explore the historical context behind the piece, Monteverdi's life story, and the debates over what music should be that rocked the late 1500's and early 1600's. And then of course, we'll do a full analysis of the Vespers, from its ...…
 
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 Joseph Haydn. 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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Intermezzo, Op. 72, is an opera in two acts by Richard Strauss to his own German libretto, described as a Bürgerliche Komödie mit sinfonischen Zwischenspielen (bourgeois comedy with symphonic interludes). It premiered at the Dresden Semperoper on 4 November 1924, with sets that reproduced Strauss' home in Garmisch. The first Vienna performance ...…
 
1874 versionBruckner's original version, published in an edition by Leopold Nowak in 1975, was composed between 2 January and 22 November 1874. This version was never performed or published during the composer's lifetime, though the Scherzo was played in Linz on 12 December 1909. The first complete performance was given in Linz more than a cent ...…
 
Franz Liszt was a pianist, composer, conductor and teacher who came up with musical innovations in all those fields. He was the first of the virtuoso performers and invented the solo recital. As one of the greatest pianists the world has ever known, Liszt was a 19th century superstar.
 
Composer Robert Kritz passed away in April 2018. To honor his spirit we’re re-broadcasting this program featuring Robert’s work. Robert spent many years working in the corporate world by day and busily composing music into the wee hours of the night. A decision several years ago to show some of his pieces to professional composers was the occas ...…
 
The composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco moved from Italy to the US during the turmoil of the Second World War. That he should have been immediately befriended by such musical giants as violinist Jascha Heifetz and cellist Gregor Piatigorsky speaks reams about the respect the Italian engendered. His Cello Concerto was commissioned by Piatigorsky, ...…
 
This week, we explore one of the pillars of the cello repertoire, the melancholic and profoundly emotional Elgar Cello Concerto. We'll take a look at its unusual and symphonic structure, its balancing of modernism and conservatism, its incredible outpouring of emotion, and the association of the concerto with just one single voice, that of the ...…
 
Scriabin's "Poem of Ecstasy" was the perfect "cosmic trip" for the Summer of Love - even though it was written 60 years earlier.By publicrelations@sfsymphony.org (San Francisco Symphony).
 
Should audiences be allowed to bring food and drink into operas? Which age group is now most interested in orchestral music? And how much money do orchestral musicians make? These are just three of the questions the BBC Music Magazine team grapples with in this month's episode, which also features the podcast's first 'Meet the Artist' interview ...…
 
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 Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. 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 pod ...…
 
The Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43, by Jean Sibelius was started in winter 1901 in Rapallo, Italy, shortly after the successful premiere of the popular Finlandia, and finished in 1902 in Finland. Sibelius said, "My second symphony is a confession of the soul."Dominique Beaulieu, conductorCMD Paris Philharmonic in OrleansDownload the digital ...…
 
Jonathan Larson, the composer of the musical ''Rent,'' used the same plot for this musical as Puccini did for La Boheme. Other composers also used classical music when they wrote their Broadway hits. ''Kismet'' is adapted from compositions by Russian composer Alexander Borodin and ''The Song of Norway'' uses tunes by Edvard Grieg to tell the st ...…
 
Since earliest times, music has always had a ritual purpose in human society, but these ritualistic functions are often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the modern world. We’ll play music by composers Ionel Petroi, Ross Edwards and Tan Dun who still think of the ceremonial importance music can play in our lives. The post Music of Burying a ...…
 
This week, we're honoring the birthday of the legendary composer Richard Wagner by talking about why I don't like his music very much! I welcome in the great conductor Rafael Payare(who loves Wagner) to discuss the issues with Wagner's music, from its length, scope, and visceral quality, to its troubling associations with anti-Semitism and Nati ...…
 
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