Best Classical podcasts — Archived recordings and live performances (Updated August 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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Classical Podcasts » Podcast Feed
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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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Chicago-based composer Ross Crean’s opera The Great God Pan soars in this new release, the first collaboration between the composer and PARMA recordings. The Great God Pan takes its story from an eponymous 1890 novella by Welsh author Arthur Machen, which explores themes of scientific hubris, transcendental medicine, and unexplainable supernatu ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Alex Strong from Bloomington, IN
 
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Simon Boccanegra is an opera with a prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Simón Bocanegra (1843) by Antonio García Gutiérrez, whose play El trovador had been the basis for Verdi's 1853 opera, Il trovatore.Simon Boccanegra was first performed at Teatro La Fenice in Venice on ...…
 
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After turning 18, Mozart desperately tries to rebuild his relationship with Archbishop Colloredo.Litaniae lauretanae, K. 195Concertone in C, K. 190Dominique Beaulieu, conductorCMD Philharmonic of ParisDiana Semenova and Dominique Beaulieu, solo violinsJoana Filipe Martinez, conductorVienna Boys Choir (guest artists)​CMD Grand Opera Company of V ...…
 
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Stephen Edwards' Requiem for My Mother (extended)
 
Composer Peter Boyer goes deep into the core of his Symphony No. 1 in a tell-all of the composer's creative process.By Dacia Clay.
 
Australian composer Mark John McEncroe’s SYMPHONIC SUITES NUMBER 1 & 2 – A MEDIEVAL SAGA is a classic adventure in orchestral music. Powered by McEncroe’s thematic style, these two symphonic suites lead the listener through a harrowing and dramatic story of ancient conflict and grandeur. Like a film score from the Golden Age Of Hollywood, McEnc ...…
 
Rebroadcast from Oct. 9, 2014 of La Musica International Chamber Music Festival in Sarasota Florida.For information, please visit: www.LaMusicaFestival.orgIn this episode we will hear:Francaix: String TrioBeethoven: Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 1Dvorak: String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97
 
All across Europe in the 19th century, there was a wave of nationalism as people fought for political independence. Composers started wanting musical independence, too. When they started putting folk tunes and dance rhythms from their native countries into their music, and wrote about local legends, history, and landscapes, musical nationalism ...…
 
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Salieri was committed to medical care and suffered dementia for the last year and a half of his life. He died in Vienna on 7 May 1825, aged 74 and was buried in the Matzleinsdorfer Friedhof on 10 May. At his memorial service on 22 June 1825 his own Requiem in C minor – composed in 1804 – was performed for the first time. His remains were later ...…
 
Raymond Bisha introduces a new recording of music by the Russian composer Georgy Sviridov (1915–1998); the programme features one of his cantatas, a song cycle, and music for chamber orchestra. Sviridov was a prolific composer (his output encompassed film scores, symphonic suites and several thousand songs) and was fortunate to have Shostakovic ...…
 
John A. Carollo’s newest release, THE TRANSFIGURATION OF GIOVANNI BAUDINO is a fascinating mixture of music written for different orchestral instrumentations and with wildly varying intended emotional responses. The composer himself may best define the intangible aspect of his music’s emotive intentions, writing, “I have always preferred to let ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Nathan Stodola from Brooklyn, NY
 
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Classical Music Discoveries
 
Luisa Miller is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, based on the play Kabale und Liebe (Intrigue and Love) by the German dramatist Friedrich von Schiller.Verdi's initial idea for a new opera - for which he had a contract going back over several years - was rejected by the Teatro San Carlo in N ...…
 
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What if Mozart went to Havana? Simone Dinnerstein decided to find out. Dinnerstein traveled to Cuba at the invitation of Solomon Mikowsky -- the result of which is a recording of works by Mozart with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra.
 
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Classical Music Discoveries
 
We need to raise $1,500 to pay our broadcast fees for Season 14. Please donate the price of a hot beverage to our fundraiser. Please visit CMDFriends.com to make your donation. We thank you for your continued support of our show.
 
Composer Karim Al-Zand teaches about tiny pieces of music by which classical music newbies can get to know a composer’s style.By Dacia Clay.
 
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Tantum ergo in B-flat, K. 197Sub tuum Praesidium, K. 198Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201Symphony No. 30 in D Major, K. 202Purchase now at:http://www.classicalsavings.com/store/p431/Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart_-_Commissions.html
 
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Navona Records proudly presents 4 SEASONS FOR 3 PIANOS, a whirlwind transcription of Vivaldi’s masterful string concertos by Croatian pianist and composer Matej Meštrović. Performing with Hakan A. Toker and Matija Dedić on three pianos (and accordion), Meštrović thoroughly reimagines the four concertos, his work exceeding that of a normal trans ...…
 
Rachmaninoff composed the concerto in the peaceful setting of his family's country estate, Ivanovka, completing it on September 23, 1909. Contemporary with this work are his First Piano Sonata and his tone poem The Isle of the Dead.The concerto is respected, even feared, by many pianists. Josef Hofmann, the pianist to whom the work is dedicated ...…
 
In 1892, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's trip to the New World, a wealthy New Yorker invited Antonin Dvorak to visit America. Tchaikovsky, Albeniz, and Delius were among the other European composers who visited this country before the days of air travel.
 
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The Violin Concerto was commissioned by Blair Fairchild, an American composer, diplomat, and the patron of the young Polish violinist Samuel Dushkin.Willy Strecker of B. Schotts Söhne, Stravinsky's music publisher at the time (and also a friend of Dushkin's), asked Stravinsky to compose a concerto for Dushkin. Though Stravinsky was reluctant, c ...…
 
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Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumble Bee" performed by "The Lost Fingers" in the middle of dozens of beehives!Also, watch the video here:https://www.facebook.com/thelostfingers/videos/1476372012429529/Visit "The Lost Fingers" website at:http://thelostfingers.com/en/
 
Our most popular broadcast in our 13 year history!This performance was heard over 500 million times in China alone its very first month in October of 2015.Now own this astounding performance on CD.Performed by the CMD Grand Opera Company of Venice and conducted by Antonio Rossi.Purchase now at:http://www.classicalsavings.com/store/p120/Verdi%3A ...…
 
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Today's contestant is Bob Lagerquist from Eugene, Oregon.
 
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On his latest recording, mandolinist Avi Avital dives into his Israeli roots exploring his Moroccan ancestry. He says it's the nature of his instrument that allows him to stretch beyond musical boundaries.
 
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Minuets composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the age of 176 Minuets, K. 16416 Minuets, K. 176Dominique Beaulieu, conductor​CMD Philharmonic of ParisPurchase now at:http://www.classicalsavings.com/store/p428/Mozart_Minuets_at_Age_17.html
 
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First released in 2002 on Capstone Records, Phillip Schroeder’s TURNING TO THE CENTER is a subdued, atmospheric tour de force of songs written primarily for an ensemble of baritone voice, clarinet, and keyboards. Featuring texts by Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, and Rumi, the three song cycles on this release offer atmospheric and varied writing for ...…
 
What types of tenor would a tenor type teach if a tenor type could teach tenor? JC Fisher and John Hagen of the Texas Tenors tell all...about tenor voice.By Dacia Clay.
 
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Das Liebesverbot (The Ban on Love, WWV 38), is an early opera in two acts by Richard Wagner, with the libretto written by the composer after Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.Described as a Große komische Oper, it was composed in 1834, and Wagner conducted the premiere in 1836 at Magdeburg. Poorly attended and with a lead singer who forgot the ...…
 
At the time when Czech composer Antonin Dvorak was born, the Czech people had no country of their own. The regions where they lived -- Bohemia and Moravia -- were part of the Austrian Empire. Dvorak wrote a lot of Czech-sounding compositions, but hardly ever used any actual folk melodies in his music.…
 
Music by George Tsontakis adds to the ever-expanding Naxos American Classics Series with an inventive and colourful triptych of concertos, introduced on this podcast by Raymond Bisha. The works feature soloists Eric Berlin, member of Empire Brass and principal trumpeter of the Albany Symphony Orchestra; David Krakauer, one of the world’s finest ...…
 
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Il Trittico, or The Triptych, is the title of a collection of three one-act operas consisting of Il tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini.The operas were composed around 1904 and each opera was originally planned to reflect one part of Dante’s Divine Comedy. However, only Gianni Schicchi is based on Dante’s epic poem.Puc ...…
 
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We wanted to rebroadcast this show since it was mentioned in "13143 Basking in the Light." We thought many of you would want to revisit this.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began learning how to compose piano and harpsichord concertos when he was 11 years old. Unlike his studies of the art of opera composition by other composers, his father, Leopold, h ...…
 
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With SUFFICIENT TROUBLE, his debut release on Ravello Records, composer and performer Brian Belet offers a selection of computer music composed over the last twenty years. Featuring acoustic instruments and responsive electronic materials the disc offers a degree of variety in timbre and musical content that is sometimes lacking in electronic m ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Allison Toltz from Montreal, Canada
 
On his new recording, 'Impromptu,' Israeli-born pianist Shai Wosner improvises on works by some of his favorite composers: Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Dvorak, Gershwin and Ives.
 
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While Mozart was basking in the light of his first successful opera, Lucio Silla, he composed 4 of his finest works as a 17-year-old in rapid succession.Piano Concerto No 5 in D, K. 175String Quintet No. 1 in B-flat, K. 174Symphony No. 24 in B-flat, K. 182Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183Featuring:Joana Filipe Martinez, pianoDominique Beaulieu ...…
 
Works by Vivaldi and Beethoven performed by the Gardner Chamber Orchestra and Musicians from Marlboro on September 11, 2004 and October 19, 2014. Vivaldi, Antonio: Concerto in C Major for Soprano Recorder and Orchestra Beethoven, Ludwig van: String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29 The two pieces on this podcast have many points of difference: differe ...…
 
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Navona Records showcases sacred and secular choral works by composer Jonathan Little on its latest release, WOEFULLY ARRAYED. Jonathan Little’s work has been described as “a music redolent of the past and the future.” His modern interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque techniques of composition—such as modal harmonies and isorhythm—form the b ...…
 
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Joana Filipe Martinez performs the world's most difficult piano sonatas.1. Prokofiev: Sonata No. 82. Beethoven: Hammerklavier3. Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor4. Scriabin: Sonata No. 5, Op. 53Purchase now at:http://www.classicalsavings.com/store/p422/The_World%27s_Most_Difficult_Piano_Sonatas.html…
 
For some reason, Beethoven has been the butt of many musical jokes over the years. You can find Beethoven references everywhere from disco, to the Beatles, to the Broadway musical.
 
Mozart loved to create variations on other composer's themes, mainly for his own satisfaction.In this broadcast we will hear:8 Variations in F Major on "Dieu d'amour" by AE Gretry, K. 35212 Variations in E-flat Major on "Je suis Lindor" by AL Baudron, K. 3546 Variations in F Major on "Salve tu, Domine" by D Paisiello, K. 39810 Variations in G o ...…
 
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ASCEND, the latest collaboration between PARMA Recordings and the Society of Composes, Inc., is an enthralling showcase of leading composers and performers from around the world. Featuring fantastic ensembles, and with works that reference far-flung locations and historical events, this album journeys fascinatingly through time and space as it ...…
 
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This week's contestant is Richard Baum from Houston, TX
 
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As he prepares for his 10th and final season as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin is excited to release another recording in their Copland cycle.
 
It’s a bird dying! No! It’s our host, playing the trumpet! George Chase and Jason Adams of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra teach you all about the trumpet while giving Dacia a lesson.By Dacia Clay.
 
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