A 70-year-old organ symphony will receive its Midwest premiere this weekend in Minneapolis. Minnesota Public Radio's Michael Barone talks with Raymond Johnston, the organist who'll perform the piece.
Cellist Pablo Casals called Bach's creations "the greatest and purest music of all time." We'll be hearing a lot of Bach's music this week as we celebrate his 319th birthday. Five Minnesota Public Radio hosts share personal reflections.
Spanning nine centuries of history, the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London, has established itself as one of the major forces in British church music today. The group visited the Twin Cities' own Cathedral of Saint Paul in October 2003, and we'll hear a broadcast of that performance. The program includes outstanding British repertoire, plus the world premiere of a new work by VocalEssence composer-in-residence Cary John Franklin, based on Psalm 8
Hector Berlioz was one of the most extraordinary composers of the 19th century. He lived during a time when German composers dominated the music world, and when France was less interested in music than literary works. So, it was not until the 20th century that his sheer brilliance and initiative was fully recognized. Join host Michael Barone for this special four-hour program dedicated to the works and life of Berlioz.
Professor David B. Levy of Wake Forest University and MPR's Michael Barone explore the masterwork Symphonies of Beethoven, movement by movement with musical examples.
The premiere recording of Adams's oratorio, which blends the biblical Nativity story with writings from the Apocrypha, medieval writers, and Latin-American poets, including Gabriela Mistral and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Read about the performance, and listen to the interview with composer John Adams.
On October 31, 1998, Hugh Wolff and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performed Three Places in New England by Charles Ives. These musical postcards evoke American places and experiences, including the memorial to Colonel Shaw and the 54th Regiment that fought in the Civil War. Here is the statue and it's inscription that inspired Ives.