Two members of the Cypress String Quartet join Learning to Listen to discuss Beethoven's "Middle String Quartets" - also known by the name of the Russian count who commissioned them, Andrey Razumovsky.
The sun shines brightly in the dead of winter on Classical MPR's Learning to Listen. Hear how composers have honored the sun in their music, and bask in the lyrical warmth.
On Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m., Classical MPR will air the live broadcast of the Minnesota Orchestra playing Osmo Vanska's arrangement of Jean Sibelius's music for Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. The program will be narrated by the Guthrie Theater's Joe Dowling. Emily Reese spoke to Dowling about Shakespeare and Sibelius, and about what's next for Dowling as he steps down as the Guthrie's artistic director.
Celeste Headlee stops by Learning to Listen to talk about her grandfather, William Grant Still.
Each year, hundreds of high school students study and prepare for the Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest. On this week's Learning to Listen, Emily Reese plays music selections from the contest and speaks to two mentors: Nanette Stroebel, a listening coach and music teacher, and Melissa Bergstrom, a coach and the author of this year's study guide.
Celebrate the birthday of the King of Violins, Fritz Kreisler, who dazzled audiences with his expressive style, his beautiful sound and his crowd-pleasing music. Hear recordings of Kreisler, along with his seldom-heard String Quartet, on this week's Learning to Listen.
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to Learning to Listen to chat about (and play!) Mozart's Violin Concerti.
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has a new recording that includes all five of the violin concerti written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Rachel joins Learning to Listen to talk about Mozart's music for violin.
A composer with two sides wrote a piece for a violinist with two sides, about an animal with two sides. Hear a new violin concerto written by Mason Bates on Classical MPR's Learning to Listen.
Composer Jason Graves talks about his score for 'Tomb Raider' and about writing memorable music for video games. Hear it on this week's episode of Top Score.
Since 1939, the Vienna Philharmonic rings in the New Year with a concert of Viennese waltzes. We'll do the same on this week's Learning to Listen.
The American Composers Forum has a new program for high school composers called NextNotes. Minnesota composers Libby Larsen, Joe Horton and Joshua Clausen join Learning to Listen this week to talk about students and composing.
Top Score had the opportunity for a written interview with composer Mikolai Stroinski. In this interview, he reveals a release date for his gorgeous score to "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter".
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein's third recording is a love letter to the cello, and its evolution as a solo instrument. Hear her talk about cello, and hear selections from her new recording on this week's Learning to Listen.
This month, you have numerous opportunities to hear some of Minnesota's best musicians in special holiday performances. On this week's Learning to Listen, find out more about these ensembles.