Avi Avital is one of the world's leading classical mandolinists, gracing concert halls from Tel Aviv to Munich to New York. But the young Israeli says he discovered the mandolin only by coincidence.
"When I was a kid, I had a neighbor who played the mandolin — the neighbor from upstairs," Avital tells NPR's Guy Raz. "It was one of those buildings where all the doors are open and all the neighbors are friends and more close than relatives. It was like one big family.
Facing Bach's St. Matthew Passion, I often feel a combination of anticipation and dread. It's a great work, profound in its humanity and spirituality, with sublimely beautiful music. But it's a long haul, and if it's not a good performance, well, I'm stuck. And it can be not-good in various ways: either too solemnly pious or too much an exercise in musical style rather than emotional drama. A new DVD recorded in 2010 at Berlin's great concert hall, the Philharmonie, would be of major interest under any circumstances.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): A Look at His Life and His Legacy
Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's Susan Lewis profiles the Master of Baroque! The great German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist J. S. Bach's birthday is March 21st. The Bach Festival of Philadelphia is March 30th to April 1st at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Rittenhouse Square.
Join Jill Pasternak as she interviews Anne Akiko Meyers. The violinist's new CD with the English Chamber Orchestra, Air: The Bach Album, features the A minor & E Major Concerti plus the Double Concerto. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums Chart.
Two-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre is one the hottest young Latin bands today. Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and dance venues, the members of the Miami-based band are true modern heirs to the rich tradition of the music of their native Cuba.