On Now

Listen to the Stream
  • Serenade for Strings 2:19 Peter Tchaikovsky
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Andrew Litton
    Buy Now
  • Songs My Mother Taught Me 2:15 Antonin Dvorak
    Alisa Weilerstein, cello
    Anna Polonsky, piano
    Buy Now
Playlist
Other MPR Radio Streams
Choral Stream
MPR News
Radio Heartland

You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Blog Archive

July 2011
S M T W T F S
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31            


Master Archive

Contact Us

Purchase the Music

  • Buy the music you've heard on-air! Your purchase helps support our classical service.
    ArkivMusic

Services

Classical Notes

Classical Notes: July 19, 2011 Archive

The Short Version: Unfinished

Posted at 4:00 PM on July 19, 2011 by Bill Morelock
Filed under: The Short Version

Plenty to mourn about this prodigious short-lived talent. He was short-changed in years. We're short-changed in melodies that never were. But, strangely, that patina of poignancy need not apply to the famous, eponymous symbol of the young man's unfinished business.


On the Air This Week

Posted at 8:21 AM on July 19, 2011 by Rex Levang
Filed under: On the air

Highlights from July 19 to 26

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Arianna String Quartet
Saturday, 7:30 pm: Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest concludes with Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: All That Jazz
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast:The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, led by Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Monday, 8 pm: Roll Credits

Highlights from Rosenkavalier - II

Posted at 2:34 PM on July 19, 2011 by Rex Levang

Here's another Big Moment from Rosenkavalier. In Act II, Sophie receives a ceremonial silver rose from the dashing young Count Octavian. (NB: The role of Octavian is a "trouser" role--a male role, sung by a woman.)

They haven't met before. They start with polite greetings and small talk, but as the music unfolds, we can tell that it's love at first sight.