Rex Levang Feature Archive

Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor first grabbed the public's attention when he was eleven, and won the BBC's Young Musician of the Year competition. On his brand-new Decca disc, he plays pieces by Chopin, Liszt, and Ravel. To get your own copy, enter the giveaway. (03/09/2012)
Leading up to our Carnegie Live broadcast on March 3, we'll hear five performances by the Vienna Philharmonic. Five different composers (or more -- see Friday), all with strong connections to Vienna. Five different conductors, including Maazel, who will lead the broadcast. (02/28/2012)
Tune in on Saturday, February 25 at noon to hear Angela Meade take center stage in Verdi's thrilling early gem, and read some of Classical MPR Music Director Rex Levang's thoughts on the opera. (02/24/2012)
Here are our morning glories for next week, all relating to themes of love and passion! Love for a spouse (Wagner), unrequited love (Chaminade, according to the story), love for citrus fruits... (02/13/2012)
With "Gotterdammerung" ("Twilight of the Gods"), the Metropolitan Opera presents the conclusion of Richard Wagner's mighty "Ring" cycle. It's a mythic story, told over the course of four operas, beginning with the creation of the world, and ending with the destruction of Valhalla. Airs Saturday, February 11 at noon. (02/10/2012)
This weekend, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Tosca, one of the most popular operas ever written, by one of the most popular of all opera composers, Giacomo Puccini. (01/28/2012)
This week, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an archive performance of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma, one of the most important works of the bel canto repertoire. (01/13/2012)
On his latest disc, composer Michael Torke presents two new pieces, "Fiji" and "Tahiti," both featuring echoes of pop and minimalism. Enter to win an autographed copy from Classical MPR and download a free track. (01/09/2012)
Hansel and Gretel - that is, the operatic version of the story, which the Metropolitan Opera performs this Saturday -- can be seen as a musical equivalent of a gorgeous children's book. With each page turn, there's a sumptuous new illustration, with shimmering colors and detail -- almost too good for the kids! (01/06/2012)
If you were looking for a piece of music theater to ring in the New Year, you couldn't do better than Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus, which the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Saturday Dec. 31 at noon. (12/30/2011)
On Morning Glories all this week, Classical MPR is featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leading up to our Classical Live broadcast on September 27th. Here's the schedule... (09/19/2011)
For our Morning Glories this week, we're playing a series of new releases at full stick. That is to say, we're showcasing new releases featuring piano players -- not necessarily playing loudly -- but playing well. (09/12/2011)
This week, Morning Glories will spotlight great Classical pieces inspired by works of visual art. This slideshow gives you a glimpse of some of the works in question. As you listen throughout the week, check back to match the pieces to the paintings! (08/15/2011)
This week, we're stretching our ornithological muscles to focus on the beauty of music and birds. (07/25/2011)
The well-known opera Der Rosenkavalier has a tangled plot. Follow along with our act-by-act description, and a whiteboard video from Music Director Rex Levang, who distills the plot via its main characters. (07/22/2011)