Deceptive Cadence
4:23 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: April 27, 2012

Conductor Kurt Masur in a 2007 file photo from Berlin.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:15 am

  • After falling off the podium last night in the middle of a performance with the Orchestre National de France, 84-year-old Kurt Masur has been hospitalized in Paris. A spokesperson for the orchestra says that he is expected to be released "very soon," adding that "he fell upside down onto his back because his left foot was too near the edge of the podium. It's not linked to health problems.
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Piano Jazz
1:48 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Clare Fischer On Piano Jazz

Clare Fischer.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 9:25 am

Keyboardist, composer, arranger and bandleader Clare Fischer was known for his versatile and deft touch with everything from classical to jazz to Latin and Brazilian music. He began his career after earning his Master's degree in composition from Michigan State University, where he worked as a pianist and conductor for the vocal group The Hi-Lo's. After working with The Hi-Lo's for five years, he went on to work with Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd.

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Field Recordings
1:26 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Steve Coleman And The Invention Of New Languages

Steve Coleman plays in the ruins of Fort Adams during the Newport Jazz Fest 2011.

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:08 am

The Asian-American singer Jen Shyu speaks several languages, among them English, Spanish, Portuguese and various East Asian tongues from China, Taiwan and East Timor. But then she started performing with saxophonist Steve Coleman. None of her native tongues would serve for his knotty tunes; "doo-bop-a-da" scat singing wasn't going to cut it, either. So she had to devise her own sound and fury — perhaps signifying nothing formally, but full of intense personal feeling.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:59 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Caption This Cartoon, Win A Prize

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 2:34 pm

Write Your Own Caption To This Cartoon

Each week, our intrepid artist, Pablo Helguera, comes up with a classical cartoon and an appropriate, if sometimes irreverent, caption.

Now it's your turn. We'd like you to compose a clever caption for this week's cartoon. The best entry will win (insert drum roll here!) a brand new NPR Music tote bag and coffee mug.

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A Blog Supreme
3:25 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Modern Jazz Hasn't Forgotten To Dance

Anzic Records

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:03 pm

Note: This video could be considered slightly NSFW, for scantily-clad people and very brief partial nudity.

It's often pointed out that long ago, jazz was once dance music. It's usually a way of lamenting its current reputation as a cerebral art for seated contemplation. But nothing says music can't be for both hips and head.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:02 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

First Watch: Finding Stillness In The Heart Of The City

courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 29, 2012 6:40 pm

A meditation on quietude amidst unceasing movement, a thick-walled cell of solitary contentment in the churn of daily life: That's the premise of this new video featuring the gifted pianist Michael Mizrahi.

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Live in Concert
1:27 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Nashville Symphony Goes Electric, Eclectic

The Nashville Symphony with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero (center) during Spring For Music at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York on May 12, 2012.
Melanie Burford NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:49 pm


  • Ives: Universe Symphony (real. Austin)
  • Riley: The Palmian Chord Ryddle
  • Grainger: The Warriors
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Classics in Concert
1:27 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Spring For Music: The Houston Symphony's Subversive, Sardonic Shostakovich

The Houston Symphony and conductor Hans Graf presented an all-Shostakovich evening for their evening at the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hal on May 7, 2012. They played two rarely heard works in powerful performances: the bitingly satirical Anti-Formalist Rayok, with soloist Mikhail Svetlov (pictured), as well as the gargantuan Symphony No. 11.
Torsten Kjellstrand Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:48 pm


  • SHOSTAKOVICH Anti-Formalist Rayok
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103, "The Year 1905"
  • Encore: LIADOV Baba Yaga
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Favorite Sessions
10:41 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Punch Brothers: Sophisticated Strings

Punch Brothers' members perform in WFUV's Studio A in New York.
Tim Teeling WFUV

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 11:12 am

The term "string band" tends to conjure up images of rustic simplicity, but Punch Brothers' music is anything but simple. Challenging to play, it offers many subtle pleasures, from strange musical structures to opaque lyrics. (I wouldn't have known that "Movement and Location," from the band's new album Who's Feeling Young Now?, had anything to do with baseball if Chris Thile hadn't explained it to me himself.)

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9:53 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Toots Thielemans On JazzSet, With Kenny Werner

Toots Thielemans.

Jos Knaepen

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:39 am

More than 90 years ago, on April 29, 1922, Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans was born in Brussels. An organization formed to celebrate his landmark birthday, TOOTS90 is presenting a series of eight concerts, featuring Thielemans' quartet and special guests Kenny Werner on piano and Oscar Castro-Neves and Philip Catherine on guitar. All take place in Belgium, tracing a route from Antwerp to Gent, Brussels, Hasselt, Brugge, Liège and Dinant.

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