Minnesota Public Radio features by Valerie Kahler http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=101 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:30:37 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Valerie Kahler http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 New Classical Tracks: Ljova, 'Melting River' Violist and composer Lev Zhurbin, aka Ljova, has released a new album -- and it's only available on vinyl or via digital download. Why not on CD? Ljova explains as he shares the story of his new album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/20/new-classical-tracks-ljova-melting-river?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 From Darkness to Light: A Celebration of Easter through Music Hosts Bob Christiansen and Valerie Kahler come together on April 20, at 8 p.m. CDT to bring listeners an Easter special to remember - From Darkness to Light. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/28/darkness-to-light-easter?refid=0 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:56:28 -0500 New Classical Tracks: 'though love be a day' Antioch Chamber Ensemble, a 12-voice mixed choir from the New York area, have a new CD that puts clear, warm sound in the spotlight with 15 song settings by composer Matthew Brown. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/01/new-classical-tracks-though-love-be-a-day?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Times go by Turns <i>Times go by Turns</i>, by New York Polyphony, is a collection of poignant texts that, in one way or another, enable you to hover between two worlds and relish those moments of transition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/25/new-classical-tracks-times-go-by-turns-?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 07:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Coffeeland and beyond Laurel Zucker's new disc is a series of musical postcards, from places she's been or has visited in her imagination. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/20/new-classical-tracks-coffeeland-and-beyond?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:19:20 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Kondonassis's American Harp Music by Paulus, Cage, Liebermann, and others, given expression through the unique sonority of the harp. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/23/new-classical-tracks-kondonassis-american-harp?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet On their new disc of contemporary works, the members of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet show off the sonic versatility of their instruments. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/16/new-classical-tracks-minneapolis-guitar-quartet?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: "On the Shoulders of Giants" - From Notre Dame to Bollywood The latest disc from the singers of Cantus begins with the so-called "Notre Dame" school of the Middle Ages, and makes its way to music by an Indian film composer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/27/new-classical-tracks-on-the-shoulders-of-giants--from-notre-dame-to-bollywood?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - Buchbinder's Beethoven For renowned pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, performing live in front of an audience gives a musical energy which can't be obtained any other way. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/18/new-classical-tracks--buchbinders-beethoven?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Endlessly Refreshed and Refreshing How a young New York chamber orchestra finds the links connecting Schubert and Morton Feldman, Philip Glass and Satie. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/14/new-classical-tracks--endlessly-refreshed-and-refreshing?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - A Harpist's Album Yolanda Kondonassis is one of America's foremost players of the harp. Her new discs compiles high points of two decades of making recordings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/10/new-classical-tracks-a-harpists-album?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Making the Case for Montsalvatge The name of composer Xavier Montsalvatge is unfamiliar to many, thanks in part to political isolation, but a new centennial CD may change that. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/14/new-classical-tracks--making-the-case-for-montsalvatge?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - "Must-Have" Discs of 2011 Julie Amacher and Valerie Kahler look back at the best new releases from 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/30/new-classical-tracks-musthave-discs-of-2011?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks - From Azerbaijan, a Recommendation A new disc offers two colorful ballet scores of the Soviet era--not by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, or Khachaturian. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/12/from-azerbaijan-a-recommendation?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Murray Perahia: A Survey of Bach Murray Perahia is one of the world's leading pianists, and his latest release gathers together all of his recordings by the composer who has meant more to him than perhaps any other: J. S. Bach. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/23/new-classical-tracks-murray-perahia?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:44:26 -0500 New Classical Tracks: There's a Meeting Here Tonight "That Eternal Day" by Cantus explores American sacred music, from Colonial times through today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/03/new-classical-tracks-cantus?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 12:43:19 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Holst's Planets On their new disc, Andrew Davis and the BBC Philharmonic perform three suites by Gustav Holst, including far and away his most popular work, The Planets. It's complemented by two lesser known works, which have roots in North Africa and Japan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/15/new-classical-tracks-holsts-planets?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:57:08 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Music from the Melting Pot The inspiration of Aaron Copland, an immigrant's musical memories, even Gregorian chant--they all find their way into a new disc of recent American music, performed by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/01/new-classical-tracks-music-from-the-melting-pot?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 14:44:36 -0600 New Classical Tracks: The Best of 2010 Big talent from a small town, poise and maturity from a youthful group, lost music found, and a surprising reinterpretation of an old favorite. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/28/new_classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:10:43 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A New Nutcracker A sparkling new recording of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" will waltz the humbug right out of you. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/30/new-classical-tracks-nutcracker?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:31:40 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Bach Flute Sonatas A new two-disc set of Bach flute sonatas is a delight. There's a mathematical precision to the music of Bach, an evocation of gears and machinery, and of myriad intricate pieces meshing together. But somehow, all this precision results in something that's not at all mechanical. In fact, it's downright sensuous. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/05/new-classical-tracks-bach-flute-sonatas?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 14:28:20 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Sinfonia Iuventus Tired of seeing entire classes of top-notch musicians leave Poland, or take non-musical jobs, Poland's Minister of Culture and National Heritage established Sinfonia Iuventus, a gathering of the best graduates of academies throughout Poland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/07/new-classical-tracks-sinfonia-iuventus?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 13:34:43 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Cathedral of Sound: Angele Dubeau plays Arvo Part "Arvo Part: Portrait" is Angele Dubeau's newest CD with her ensemble La Pieta. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/10/new-classical-tracks-angele-dubeau?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 08:53:05 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Music from England's House of Tudor and Manhattan's East Side New York Polyphony's "Tudor City" delivers a stunning tour through chant, polyphony and renaissance harmonies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/15/new-classical-tracks-ny-polyphony?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:15:13 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Brooklyn Rider With just the opening notes of Brooklyn Rider's newest CD, you're ushered into a sonic landscape where the music doesn't so much provide a soundtrack for life as create a movie of its own. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/18/new-classical-tracks-brooklyn-rider?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 10:31:07 -0500 New Classical Tracks - Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy: Debussy & Ravel: Music For Two Pianos Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and his son Vovka come together to perform music by Debussy and Ravel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/25/new-classical-tracks?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 15:23:34 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Going Downtown with Shostakovich Dmitri Shostakovich, a New York club setting, and an unconventional classical band make for an intriguing mix. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/28/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 09:25:08 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Brazilian impressions When the Brazilian pianist Ernesto Nazareth played for 1920s film audiences, his music got as much attention as the movies he was ostensibly introducing. A new disc celebrates Nazareth's elegant, evocative art. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/news_classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Leopold! Leopold Stokowski was famous for making and conducting his own orchestral transcriptions of other composers' music. Stokowski died in 1977, but on a new compact disc, his transcriptions live on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/10/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Classics for wind band Percy Grainger's compositions are mainstays of college and high school band concerts, but on this new release they're given loving treatment by a professional group intent on restoring Grainger's original sound and instrumentation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Best of '08 Beethoven symphonies, a little-known concerto and wide-ranging American fare were among the stand-out discs of the past year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2008 09:58:11 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Unmistakably American The Eroica Trio's new disc, "An American Journey," includes pieces by Mark O'Connor, Gershwin, and Bernstein music that reflects the challenges and the vitality of the American experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/14/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 08:14:12 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Dances with irresistible Latin flair After making a splash with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra recordings of Beethoven and Mahler, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel follows up with something a little spicier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 New Classical Tracks: The King's Singers cover Billy Joel, Sting, and James Taylor In "Simple Gifts," the King's Singers bring their signature a cappella sound to songs like Helplessly Hoping and She's Always a Woman. It's a successful venture into a fraught category -- crossover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:46:23 -0500 A Mother's Day New Classical Tracks for anyone who misses Mom The death of Johannes Brahms' mother was the catalyst for a groundbreaking new take on the Requiem; one that disregarded the established structure and traditional text of the Requiem Mass, and drew instead from Martin Luther's German translation of the Bible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 09:09:57 -0500 New Classical Tracks: Russian Cello sonatas, played with fire Two composers, struggling through turmoil, and two young instrumentalists, unwilling to turn in routine performances, all come together on a new compact disc. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/04/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 11:45:26 -0600 New Classical Tracks: Mahler from a conducting phenom In a few brief years, 26-year-old Gustavo Dudamel has become a star of the classical music world. On this new disc, the remarkable young conductor interprets Mahler -- leading an orchestra of equally remarkable young musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/13/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2007 12:39:13 -0600 New Classical Tracks: A musical olive branch The great composer and the great violinist were estranged friends, until a new composition brought them back together again. That olive branch -- Brahms' Double Concerto -- is featured on a new CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/11/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2007 14:51:55 -0500 Young pianist tracks Chopin's changing moods Young pianist Simon Trpceski thinks Chopin's Second Piano Sonata captures the composer's personality: passion, drama, lyricism, elegance, sadness and longing for true love. Trpceski's newest CD features the sonata and other music by Chopin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/31/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2007 18:20:00 -0500 Between saloon and salon, there's ragtime A new CD called "Rhapsody in Ragtime" explores not only straight-ahead rags by usual suspects like Scott Joplin but also explores the rag-influenced writings of jazz greats Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke and Eubie Blake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/26/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2007 17:00:00 -0500 The Emerson Quartet celebrates with Brahms The members of the Emerson String Quartet have enjoyed three decades of intimate collaboration and joyful music-making. Their 30th anniversary recording showcases the group's shared spirit of exploration: the complete string quartets by Johannes Brahms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/05/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2007 16:00:00 -0500 These old instruments have the polish to play Handel George Frideric Handel's music has an unmistakably regal, celestial nature that calls for a polished approach--and that's just what the Academy of Ancient Music delivers on its new recording. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/08/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2007 16:30:00 -0500 Viva the zarzuela! The sound is sort of a cross between classic Italian opera arias and the movie musicals of a bygone era. It's zarzuela, a truly Spanish idiom, and it's brought back to life on a new CD by tenor Rolando Villazon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/10/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Trio's new CD combines mourning and celebration In a new recording, the Claremont Trio flies back and forth between the sadness of loss and the joy of a life remembered and celebrated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/06/classical_tracks?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church custom-designs new pipe organ Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Shoreview is welcoming its newest addition on May 16, 2004âa custom-designed pipe organ. Members of the congregation there found themselves giving a lot more than usual to make it happen. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/14_kahlerv_ulraorgan/?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2004 18:00:00 -0500 Reflections on Bach's Birthday Cellist Pablo Casals called Bach's creations &quot;the greatest and purest music of all time.&quot; 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. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0403_bach/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2004 09:00:00 -0600