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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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Here at Glissando we believe that classical music is for everyone. We share the compelling new releases and hidden gems we encounter, and we tell the stories that bring these works and composers to life. If you're new to classical music, we'll help you begin exploring. If you're already familiar with classical music, we'll keep you on your toes. Questions? Observations? Contact us at glissando@naxosusa.com.
 
Join your hosts Robert Estrin and Mike Wood as they discuss everything and anything piano. This podcast covers a wide range of topics from piano lessons and techniques, general music questions, music theory, and insights into the piano industry featuring interviews with musicians as well as luminaries in the piano world. Robert is a concert pianist and Mike is his producer. Together they created the company Living Pianos which sells restored pianos all over the world. They have produced hund ...
 
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There are very few works of art that have had such a profound influence on classical composers than Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This week on Sticky Notes we take a look at 5 different settings of the play by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Berlioz, Gounod, and Bernstein. Its no accident that I chose an overture, a ballet, a symphony, an opera, and ...…
 
This week we dive into one of the great Early Romantic symphonies, Schubert's 9th. Mysteries have shrouded this symphony ever since it was heard for the first time, long after Schubert's death. Despite, or because of, its radical simplicity and "heavenly length," this symphony remains controversial to this day, with some people worshipping Schu ...…
 
We're kicking off 2019 with a bang with an exploration of the Bach Cello Suites. These pieces represent the apex of the path of every cellist. We'll go through the history of the Suites, including their disappearance, rediscovery, and now ubiquity. We'll then look at one movement from each of the Suites, comparing the wildly different approache ...…
 
Ring in the New Year with a look back at one of the most famous pieces of music ever written, Beethoven's 5th symphony! This symphony shattered conventions and built new ones that have endured in music until this very day. We'll take a look at how Beethoven built this revolutionary symphony, and how he both borrowed from his predecessors and mo ...…
 
What is there to say about this ubiquitous Holiday classic? Quite a lot, actually! This week's show will delve into the complicated process that brought the ballet to life, the not so successful premiere, and the brilliant and characteristic music that has made it such an enduring classic. This episode is meant not only for adults, but also for ...…
 
This week we finish our two week look at Mahler's monumental 5th symphony. We'll explore Part II, a massive 17 minute scherzo that is as complicated to understand as it is difficult to play and conduct. Then, of course, there is the Adagietto, the most famous of all Mahler movements. We'll talk about the all important tempo of the movement, whi ...…
 
This week, we take a deep dive into part 1 of Mahler's monumental 5th symphony. Looking at the first two movements of the piece, we talk about Mahler's unusual idea of symphonic structure, his brilliant orchestration, and the unfiltered emotional impact that makes listening to Mahler symphonies so overwhelming. We'll also talk about Mahler's em ...…
 
Continuing a now 4 part series, this week we take a deep look at the Baroque Era, featuring composers like Bach, Handel, Couperin, Vivaldi, Purcell, Monteverdi, Biber, and more. What made the Baroque Era distinct from the Renaissance? A lot! We'll take a look at all of the innovations of the baroque, from tonality, the expansion of the orchestr ...…
 
Very few pieces of American classical music are as iconic as Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which makes it the perfect piece to dive into to accompany your Thanksgiving travel! We'll talk about the amazing circumstances of the piece's premiere, the criticism of it, the difficulty of crossing the bridge between jazz and classical music, and of cou ...…
 
Have you ever been to an art museum and wanted to have music to accompany your experience? Well, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is the piece for you. Inspired by the art of his late friend Victor Hartmann, Mussorgsky composed a series of 10 miniature piano pieces full of character, excitement, and pathos. Perhaps the most fascinating th ...…
 
Just in time for Election Day in the US, this week we explore 12 pieces of Political Classical Music! All throughout history, composers have expressed their feelings about the issues of the day through their music, from Haydn and Mozart discussing class, to Verdi and Sibelius' Nationalism, to Shostakovich, Penderecki, and Rsewski's anti-war and ...…
 
This week, on Part 2 of our exploration of the most important piece of the 20th century, we'll go through the narrative section of the Rite of Spring, beginning with the introduction and taking us to the sacrifice of the young girl and the beginning of spring. There is no piece of Western Classical Music that was more influential to 20th and 21 ...…
 
On our Season 2 opener, our guest is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court. She talks about her love for the opera and about friends and family that have been part of her story, and she shares some of the wisdom she has gained during her long and productive career. Justice Ginsburg and many of her loved ones are present ...…
 
Today we start a two week exploration of Stravinsky's earthshakingly revolutionary Rite of Spring. Focusing on Part 1, we'll talk about the cast of characters involved in the ballet: Diaghilev, Nijinsky, Roerich, Monteux, and of course Stravinsky. These 5 men were part of a performance that quite literally changed the musical world. We'll also ...…
 
People are often fascinated when I tell them what I do for a living. Sometimes they do a little imitation of a band director they had back in school, or talk about a great conductor they saw, or once in a while, they ask me what train company I work for. But when it comes down to it, I always seem to get some kind of variation on the same theme ...…
 
This week we take a trip to Italy, exploring Mendelssohn's most popular symphony. We discuss Mendelssohn's love of nature, and the remarkable independence and variety that Mendelssohn achieves within a tightly knit German Romantic era symphony. This symphony is like flipping through a photo album of Mendelssohn's Grand Tour of Italy, so we expl ...…
 
This week we continue our series of exploring each period of Western classical music in 60 minutes with a look at Renaissance Music! We'll talk about polyphony, the Protestant Reformation, Gesualdo, the printing press, music suddenly acquiring a national identity, the development of instruments including the infamous sackbut, and much more. The ...…
 
This week we explore one of the great works of the 20th century, Copland's ballet Appalachian Spring. This is a piece that practically invented the Americana style. We'll take apart the Suite that Copland extracted from the complete ballet, looking at the differences between the 13 instrument and the orchestral version of the piece. We'll also ...…
 
This week we take a look at one of the most popular 20th century symphonies, Sibelius' glorious second symphony. From the moment of its premiere, this piece was given a revolutionary narrative by Finnish Nationalists looking to throw off the yoke of Russian oppression. We take a look at this story and explore how the music supports or undermine ...…
 
This week we continue our exploration of Mozart's great masterpiece, "Cosi Fan Tutte," or "They're All Like That." We'll talk all about social mores of the time, why the two men are so persistent in their pursuit of the two sisters, the mounting hilarity and absurdity of the text, but more importantly perhaps, about the sublime music that Mozar ...…
 
For the first time, Sticky Notes tackles opera! This week, we'll take you through a brief history of the development of Opera up through the time of Mozart, featuring the music of Peri, Monteverdi, Cavalli, and more. Then we begin a two part exploration of one of the greatest masterpieces of the opera world, Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte. This opera ...…
 
Dvorak came to the USA in December of 1892. Three years later, he returned to Bohemia. In the meantime, he wrote three of his most popular pieces and three of the most popular pieces in all of classical music, the American String Quartet, the Cello Concerto, and the topic for today, his New world Symphony. Season 4 of Sticky Notes begins with a ...…
 
Only one more week until the premiere of Season 4! In the meantime, take one more look back at a favorite episode of mine, Medieval Music in 60 Minutes. We'll explore some of the first ever composers that we have records of, and take a deep dive into topics such as the Ethiopian Saint Yared, Gregorian Chant, Polyphony, Musical Notation, Troubad ...…
 
This week, we're taking a look back at the premiere of Season 3, exploring 4 of the greatest pieces of the French master, Maurice Ravel. Through the Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Tombeau de Couperin, and of course, Bolero, we dive into the incredibly unique and wonderful style of Ravel. There's no other compo ...…
 
This week on Sticky Notes we dive into Film Music! For almost 100 years, filmgoers have been captivated by the music of composers like John Williams, Bernard Herrmann, Erich Korngold, Dmitri Shostakovich, Max Steiner, Charlie Chaplin, and more. On this week's episode, we'll find out why. We will also talk about the beginnings of film music, and ...…
 
We all need some humor in our life, and even though classical music is often thought of as a very serious art form, that is not always the case! In fact, there is no shortage of jokes, witticisms, and hilarity in the music of Joseph Haydn. Haydn was not only a jokester, but he was also one of the most influential composers in history, mentoring ...…
 
On this previously released edition of Sticky Notes, we dive into one of the most famous pieces of music ever written, Mozart's dramatic and stormy 40th symphony in G Minor. Mozart 40 is not just a ringtone! It's a powerful, urgent, and innovative work, but we know very little about why Mozart wrote it or what it means. We explore all of that, ...…
 
This week, a deep dive into the grand-daddy of them all, Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Simply put, the world of music was never the same after this symphony, which simultaneously shattered conventions and built new ones that have endured in music until this very day. We'll take a look at how Beethoven built this revolutionary symphony, and how he b ...…
 
A Patreon-sponsored episode this week, looking at Brahms' 2nd Piano Concerto. We'll be taking a look at the piece with a wide lens, finding similarities and differences between other works of Brahms, like his first Piano Concerto, and his symphonies and chamber music. Of course, we'll also go all the way through this incredible piece, which dis ...…
 
This week we look at Prokofiev's epic 5th symphony, written at the height of World War II. We'll discuss Prokofiev's unique brand of traditionalism and innovation, and the deep contradictions within his music between lyricism and violence, heat and ice, and optimism and cynicism. We'll also talk about Prokofiev's difficult personality and how t ...…
 
This week on Sticky Notes we're going on an archeological expedition, digging up 10 rarely(if ever) heard pieces which we've all been missing out on. This list covers rare pieces from composers as popular as Gershwin, Shostakovich, and Ravel, but also much less well-known composers like Milosz Magin, Teresa Carreno, and Anton Arensky. We'll go ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 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 ...…
 
On episode 1.9 we talk to trumpeter and composer Hannibal Lokumbe, whose compositions tell the stories of ordinary people with the courage and strength to stand up to racism and to fight for social justice. We take a look at two of his oratorios, one inspired by his own family's history and the other by Mrs. Rosa Parks. Our Deep Cut is James Pr ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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 ...…
 
This week, we take a look at one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century, and someone you've probably never heard of: Florence Price, the first African American woman to have a piece performed by a major symphonic orchestra. We'll be discussing that piece, the Symphony in E Minor, and also a lot more, including Price's life story, th ...…
 
This week on Sticky Notes, we explore Shostakovich's most cinematic and controversial symphony, based on the failed Russian Revolution of 1905. Or so we think. Its also possible that the piece is based on the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956. We'll explore all the theories behind that as well as the incredible music, based largely on Russian ...…
 
The Four Seasons, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony, Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto, West Side Story, Beethoven's 9th - all pieces that are guaranteed crowd pleasers. They solve budgetary problems, they fill the hall, and they make people happy. So why then do a lot of musicians, critics, and some other audience members disl ...…
 
This week on Sticky Notes, we're exploring the 3rd and 4th movements of Beethoven's monumental 9th symphony. First, we'll talk about the heartfelt chorale and variations of the third movement. Then we'll go moment by moment through the well-loved but highly controversial last movement, both talking about the unusual structure of the movement an ...…
 
This week on Sticky Notes, we explore perhaps the most popular piece of Western Classical Music ever written, Beethoven's monumental 9th Symphony. In fact, its so monumental that for the second time on Sticky Notes, I had to split this episode into 2 parts, with the first two movements this week, and the last two next week. The first movement i ...…
 
On this week's Patreon-sponsored episode of Sticky Notes, we're exploring the amazing Sibelius Violin Concerto. To me, Sibelius' violin concerto is the greatest of all the violin concerti, but sometimes his music is considered enigmatic and confusing. So this week, we'll explore whether Sibelius' music is Finnish or not, his innovations with st ...…
 
Ever wanted to know the roots of all of the wonderful Western Classical Music we hear today? How musical notation developed? How rhythm developed? Well, today is the day you'll find out, because this week on Sticky Notes, it's Medieval Music in 60 Minutes! We'll talk about Gregorian Chant, Polyphony, Troubadours, and much much more, while of co ...…
 
In honor of April Fools' Day, we're taking a look at the music of the underrated jokester, Joseph Haydn! Haydn's music is sometimes thought of as just light entertainment, but it is truly some of the greatest music ever written. We'll talk this week about humor in music, how it works, and how Haydn synthesized humor, seriousness, and craft in h ...…
 
On episode 1.8 we talk to composer Oliver Davis, whose extensive resume of television and film scoring includes the couch gag sequence for an episode of The Simpsons, which you can watch below. He's also released four highly regarded albums, the most recent of which, Liberty, came out in February 2018. Our Deep Cut is Kurt Atterberg's Suite No. ...…
 
This week on Sticky Notes we take a deep dive into Stravinsky's breakthrough ballet, the Firebird! We'll explore the original ballet, all three of the Suites from the ballet, and the fantastical myth behind the story of the ballet, featuring a character I like to call the Russian Voldemort and the Firebird herself. This is one of the greatest p ...…
 
On this Patreon-sponsored episode of Sticky Notes, we take a deep dive into the music of the great Estonian composer Arvo Part. Part is a singular figure in the world of contemporary music as a living composer beloved by both audiences and musicians. During the episode, we'll chart the course of Part's musical life, which features his incredibl ...…
 
This week I have TWO co-hosts on Sticky Notes as Donald Weilerstein(my dad, and one of the most sought after violin teachers in the world) and Soovin Kim(a wonderful violinist and sought after teacher) sit down with me to listen to great recordings of violinists of the past, such as Jascha Heifetz, David Oistrakh, Christian Ferras, Joseph Szige ...…
 
This week on Sticky Notes, I get a co-host for the first time! I'm thrilled to be joined by the amazing pianist Jonathan Biss for an analysis and deep dive into Beethoven's profoundly moving 4th Piano Concerto. I'll start off on my own giving you a broad outline of the piece, and then Jonathan joins me for a wide-ranging discussion of our favor ...…
 
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