Nearly 300 years after the death of Antonio Stadivarius, the classical music world is paying up more and more millions for his violins. Â And audiences attend concerts advertised more for their instruments than those playing them.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns asks: should fiddles be calling the tunes?
Alan Gilbert conducts this week's New York Philharmonic concert. Gil Shaham is guest soloist for the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber. Â We'll also hear Sergei Rachmaninoff'sÂ final orchestral work, the Symphonic Dances.Â The concert opens with a contemporary work by American composer Steven Stucky. Sunday, January 6th, 3 to 5 pm.
On this week's Crossover, you'll hear the story behind The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto. WRTI's Jill Pasternak speaks with the world-famous violinist Gil Shaham about his recording of the highly acclaimed work, which is an orchestral adaptation of a popular Chinese legend.
Jill Pasternak speaks with the world-famous violinist about his recording of The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, an orchestral adaptation of a popular Chinese legend.
Written in 1959 by composers Chen Gang and He Zhanhao while they were students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto premiered in the same year featuring renowned violinist Yu Lina. Although instantly popular, the concerto was banned by the Communist regime during the Cultural Revolution and the composers were jailed.