Latest Classical from NPR Music http://wrti.org en Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey http://wrti.org/post/honey-blood-and-harmony-jordi-savalls-balkan-journey <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15327828/jordi-savall" target="_blank">Jordi Savall</a> has made a career of reviving ancient music. Whatever the age of the songs, though, he doesn't play them as museum-piece recreations, preserved in isolation. Savall takes great pleasure in <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/126390261/jordi-savall-tracing-jerusalems-history-in-music" target="_blank">smashing together music</a> from different times and different cultures.<p>At his concerts, it's difficult to predict what might happen — or who might show up. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7220 at http://wrti.org Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation http://wrti.org/post/denied-stage-she-sang-nation <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAONYTMf2pk</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 7187 at http://wrti.org Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation Fiddle In A Pickle: Jonathan Carney's Concertmaster Quiz http://wrti.org/post/fiddle-pickle-jonathan-carneys-concertmaster-quiz You're seated at the symphony. All the players but one are in place. You're ready for music. Then the first violinist enters to a round of applause and stands next to the conductor's podium while the oboist plays an A. The orchestra tunes up.<p>That ceremony is just one of many jobs for the concertmaster, Jonathan Carney says. He is the concertmaster of the <a href="http://www.bsomusic.org/" target="_blank">Baltimore Symphony Orchestra</a>.<p>"A concertmaster also helps interpret a conductor's gestures, in order to help convey the musical ideas and intentions to the whole orchestra. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Jonathan Carney 7184 at http://wrti.org Fiddle In A Pickle: Jonathan Carney's Concertmaster Quiz A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood http://wrti.org/post/time-capsule-soviet-era-childhood <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CezWUCZOfk</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:45:00 +0000 NPR Staff 7175 at http://wrti.org A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.) http://wrti.org/post/how-do-you-sweep-ivy-league-practice-viola-really By now, you may have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/01/297879597/new-york-student-is-accepted-to-all-8-ivy-league-schools" target="_blank">heard</a> about Kwasi Enin, the impressive young man from Long Island who has been accepted into the classes of 2018 at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale (all eight Ivy League universities) as well as Duke and three campuses of the State University of New York. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 7167 at http://wrti.org How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.) Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company http://wrti.org/post/valkyries-ride-all-night-save-opera-company (<em>Happy April Fools 2014. See you next year</em><em>.) </em><p>American opera companies are producing as much drama in the boardroom as onstage. New York City Opera <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/10/02/228171680/chronicle-of-a-death-foretold-new-york-city-opera-shuts-its-doors" target="_blank">folded in 2013</a> after years of unbalanced budgets. In March of this year, <a href="http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Mar/19/san-diego-opera-fold/" target="_blank">San Diego Opera announced</a> that its current season, which ends in April, will be its last. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Mark MobleyNPR Music 7160 at http://wrti.org Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos' http://wrti.org/post/first-listen-valentina-lisitsa-chasing-pianos Music is an aural medium, but the two musicians represented on this album have careers defined, at least in part, by visuals. Valentina Lisitsa, the 44-year-old Ukrainian-born pianist, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/03/11/174018651/the-classical-pianist-with-55-million-youtube-hits" target="_blank">revived her stalled career</a> by uploading videos of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS_foc_NxI0" target="_blank">herself playing Chopin</a> to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:04:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 7155 at http://wrti.org First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos' The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years http://wrti.org/post/kronos-quartet-still-daring-after-all-these-years Kronos Quartet is celebrating 40 years of playing music together — and to mark the occasion, they're playing a celebration concert at Carnegie Hall in New York tomorrow night. Since their founding, the San Francisco-based string quartet has become one of the most visible ensembles in classical music. The players have done it by championing new and underheard music, and by coming up with a business model that was unheard of for a chamber group four decades ago.<p>Violinist David Harrington dreamed up the idea of a string quartet devoted primarily to contemporary music in 1973. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:01:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 7142 at http://wrti.org The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years A Field Recording Bonus Track: The Silk Road Swings http://wrti.org/post/field-recording-bonus-track-silk-road-swings We had so much fun taping cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble's <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/294345739/yo-yo-ma-and-the-silk-road-ensemble-horse-around-in-brooklyn" target="_blank">Field Recording</a>, we couldn't stop at just one selection, so we recorded the group's four talented percussionists in a deep groove.<p>They're playing a piece written by Shane Shanahan called <em>Saidi Swing</em>. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 7137 at http://wrti.org A Field Recording Bonus Track: The Silk Road Swings Welcome To Yo-Yo's Playhouse http://wrti.org/post/welcome-yo-yos-playhouse When you're lucky enough to have cellist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15995808/yo-yo-ma" target="_blank">Yo-Yo Ma</a> and members of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/144696932/the-silk-road-ensemble-globalfest-2012" target="_blank">Silk Road Ensemble</a>, some of the world's premiere instrumentalists and composers, gather for an afternoon of offstage music making, you've got to think long and hard about where to put them. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 7138 at http://wrti.org Welcome To Yo-Yo's Playhouse