This week we're recording at Tanglewood — the outdoor music venue in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts — and we thought it would be a good time to talk with classical pianist Emanuel Ax, who has won seven Grammy awards and recorded with the world's greatest orchestras.
We've invited Ax to play a game called "You make men irresistible to women!" Three questions about Axe body spray.
Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 10:04 am
The symphony after World War II appeared to be headed for extinction as composers took divergent paths to experiment with musical language and forms. But the evidence of recent decades shows that the genre was never really on the verge of disappearing.
The Internet exploded on Sunday night following Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's duet during the MTV Video Music Awards. Some viewers cheered the racy performance by the duo, though the general consensus was one of shock and bewilderment. The song the two performed was "Blurred Lines," Thicke's chart-topping summer jam.
But as this report from PRI's "The World" demonstrates, some fans looking for Thicke's hit online got some blurred lines of their own, between a chart-topping pop song and a classical work by Canadian composer John Beckwith.
Canadian classical composer John Beckwith has a hit on his hands. He's had thousands of downloads of music he composed over 15 years ago. It might have something to do with the fact that the piece of music is called Blurred Lines. It shares a name with Robin Thicke's summer chart-topper.
As the summer movie season winds down, “The Wolverine” has been a stand out, praised for its attention to details like character development, plot, and a focus on place and setting, despite its comic book action-movie pedigree. Fittingly, Marco Beltrami’s score for “The Wolverine” also escapes some of the trappings of typical action scores.
Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 8:03 am
The British classical magazine Gramophone announced today the latest round of winners of its annual awards, now in their 90th year. With an expansive roll call of noteworthy albums ranging from early music to opera, the Gramophone Award honorees represent a tantalizing range of musical achievement — but it's a smaller array than in years past.
Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 2:32 pm
Music is not sound art, even though musical ideas find natural expression in melody and harmony, timbre and rhythm. Music may be carried in sound, but only in the way that our applause at a concert is carried in sound. Applause is clapping; it is stomping and shouting. These are noisy, but they are not noise. They are not sound as a physicist might think of sound. Music is to sound as gesture is to mere movement. Physics is only part of the story.
Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 11:05 am
In Minneapolis right now, even small matters have the potential to escalate — fast. Take the latest flashpoint in the Minnesota Orchestra's ongoing tribulations, which in about 24 hours has flared up a lot of ire in the classical community.
About a week ago, a semi-professional musician, blogger and longtime fan of the Minnesota Orchestra named Emily Hogstad was talking with some fellow Minnesota fans about the possibility of organizing a dedicated group of music lovers who want to see an end to the longstanding labor disputes at the Minneapolis-based ensemble.
This weekend, KPAC begins a series of concert broadcasts featuring the entire Brahms Festival, as presented by the San Antonio Symphony at the Majestic Theater in February, 2013. Hear four symphonies, four concertos, and a few Hungarian Dances for good measure over the next four weeks with your host, Ricardo Chavira.
TPR's John Clare spoke to the San Antonio Symphony's music director, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, about the concerts before the performances:
The broadcasts take place on Saturday nights at 7:00 on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM in the Hill Country.