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Podcast: Ryan Brown on 18th-century opéra-comique

Le Roi et le fermier made Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny famous in France and beyond. Set in an evocative and at times stormy Sherwood Forest it tells of a King’s encounter with a humble farmer, blending comedy with serious issues. Its numerous innovations foreshadow Romanticism, making … Read More →


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Podcast: Shostakovich Symphony No 7 ‘Leningrad’

Vasily Petrenko’s Award-winning survey of the Shostakovich symphonies with the RLPO, now reaches the eighth instalment with the release of the epic ‘Leningrad’ Symphony. Here he talks to Edward Seckerson about the work. Album details… Catalogue No.: 8.573057   Podcast: Download … Read More →


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Podcast: Leonard Slatkin talks with Gail Wein about Rachmaninov and life in Detroit

Leonard Slatkin enjoys close ties to Sergei Rachmaninov: his great-uncle brought the composer to the US and conducted the première of his second symphony. Slatkin tells Gail Wein about his recordings of Rachmaninov Symphonies with Detroit Symphony, and his life in … Read More →


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Podcast: Composer Mohammed Fairouz talks with Gail Wein about his new CD of chamber and vocal music, Native Informant

Mohammed Fairouz’s music is distinctive for his blending of western and middle-eastern sonorities. He talks about how a musician can have the same effect as a storyteller, and tells us about a lullaby for a newborn baby…and a 300-year-old violin. … Read More →


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Podcast: JoAnn Falletta talks to Gail Wein about her new Duke Ellington CD with Buffalo Philharmonic

Duke Ellington wrote serious music for symphony orchestras […] with great power. I feel that he single-handedly elevated jazz to a level of artistry comparable to all the other art forms. The music is very beautiful; it’s very symphonic, very orchestral. … Read More →