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A monthly podcast dedicated to the best of independent classical musicians, composers, and labels from around the world. Each episode is typically 2 or 3 tracks, and includes a brief narrative. The music is always superb.

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A monthly podcast dedicated to the best of independent classical musicians, composers, and labels from around the world. Each episode is typically 2 or 3 tracks, and includes a brief narrative. The music is always superb.

    Maestro 36: The Year 1913

    Maestro 36: The Year 1913

    The year of 1913 was a monumentus shift in orchestral norms. In this podcast, we set the scene with typical songs heard in 1913. We then explore the works of Debussy and Stravinsky and try to envoke in you, the feelings of surprise and intrigue that the classical listeners at the time were feeling. Sit back and take a trip back in time with us....


    The Spaniard That Blighted My Life
    The Early Years
    Al Jolson
    Pickwick Group Unlimited
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    O Solo Mio
    Enrico Caruso 1903 - 1918
    Enrico Caruso
    TV Records
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    Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66: Act I, Valse
    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite, Sleeping Beauty Suite, Ouverture Solennelle 1812
    Philharmonia Orchestra | Herbert von Karajan 
    Allegro
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    Jeux
    Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune, La mer and Jeux
    London Symphony Orchestra | Valery Gergiev
    LSO 
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    Selections from Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, The Firebird Suite
    San Francisco Symphony | Michael Tilson Thomas
    San Francisco Symphony 
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    Maestro 035: New in 2013 (thus far)

    Maestro 035: New in 2013 (thus far)

    We're back!! We're thrilled to breathe the life back into Maestro Classical and begin with some of our favorite peices from the year so far. Below, you can find the tracks in this episode and links to more information on the artists themselves. We hope you enjoy!


    Der Freischutz: Act II, Finalie: "Der Wolfsschlucht
    Weber: Der Freischutz
    London Symphony Chorus, Lars Woldt, Simon O'neill, Stephan Loges, Sir Colin Davis
    LSO Live
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    The sweet and merry month of May
    An Imortal Legacy
    William Byrd, The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
    CORO/ The Sixteen
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    Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042: I. Allegro
    Bach: Violin Concertos
    Elmar Oliveira, Arco String Quartet, Arco Ensemble
    ONYX
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    Fleotan
    The Panufnik Legacies
    London Symphony Orchestra, Francois-Xavier Roth
    LSO Live
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    • 31 min
    Maestro 033: Sonatas for the New Year

    Maestro 033: Sonatas for the New Year

    Happy new year listeners. Welcome to indie classical spotlight. Today’s episode we will be playing several sonata pieces from our classical collection.

    After 35 years of success the world over, including many award-winning recordings and newly commissioned works, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike with their performances.


    The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Joseph Kalichstein, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson
    "Trio in B-flat Major, D. 898: I. Andante moderato" (mp3)
    from "Franz Schubert: The Piano Trios and Arpeggione Sonata"
    (Bridge Records, Inc.)

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    An Oregon native, Marcia Hadjimarkos received degrees in piano performance and French literature from the University of Iowa. She has been devoted to the fortepiano and clavichord since the 1980s, and studied with Jos van Immerseel at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in 1993-94.


    Marcia Hadjimarkos
    "16 Deutsche Tänze, D 783" (mp3)
    from "Franz Schubert: Sonata & Dances for Fortepiano"
    (Arabesque Recordings)

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    From the beginning of the first movement in Sonata No. 1, you can hear a tender, restrained longing behind the notes, which in turn helps illuminate the passionate outbursts that erupt in the First and especially the Third Sonatas. Zina Schiff has the emotional equipment to convey her powerful reading of these works.


    Zina Schiff, Cameron Grant
    "Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78" (mp3)
    from "Brahms: Sonatas for Violin and Piano"
    (MSR Classics)

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    Robert Quinney is a sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey. In addition to his work at the Abbey, he has a busy freelance career as soloist, ensemble player, and writer on music. In 2002 Quinney was named Royal College of Organists Performer of the Year.


    Robert Quinney
    "Sonata I in E Flat Major BWV 525" (mp3)
    from "Bach: Trio Sonatas For Organ"
    (Coro)

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    • 35 min
    Maestro 032: Holiday Special 2011

    Maestro 032: Holiday Special 2011

    Happy Holidays listeners! To observe the holiday season, we will be playing 6 holiday tracks from our classical collection.


    The London Fox Players
    "Deck The Halls" (mp3)
    from "Christmas - Woodwind"
    (Classic Fox Records)

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    Parthenia / A Consort of Viols
    "Pavans, Galliards, Almains and other short Aeirs" (mp3)
    from "As It Fell on a Holie Eve - Music for an Elizabethan Christmas"
    (MSR Classics)

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    Stile Antico
    "Ave Maria" (mp3)
    from "Puer Natus Est - Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas"
    (harmonia mundi)

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    The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
    "Masters in this Hall" (mp3)
    from "A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection from The Sixteen, Vol. II"
    (Coro)

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    Elaine Funaro
    "A Baroque Christmas" (mp3)
    from "Harpsichord at the Holidays: Christmas Carols Past and Present"
    (Arabesque Recordings)

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    Johanni van Oostrum, Metropole Orchestra, Dick Bakker, Ockert Vermeulen, Evert van Niekerk, Peter Forrester
    "Ding, dong! Merrily on high" (mp3)
    from "A Christmas Present"
    (Omnium)

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    • 11 min
    Maestro 031: CORO 10 Year Anniversary

    Maestro 031: CORO 10 Year Anniversary

    This month we have a very exciting feature. We will be celebrating the 10th year of the recording label CORO which was established in 2001. Bringing together live concerts and recording plans has allowed The Sixteen to develop a glittering catalogue which now boasts over ninety releases, spanning six hundred years of sacred choral music from the earliest plainsong through to contemporary composers such as James MacMillan.

    The back-catalogue contains some of the most magnificent choral works ever written including Handel’s Messiah, Allegri’s Miserere, Fauré’s Requiem and Tallis’s Spem in Alium - all of which are best sellers. Added to this list are the entire Eton Choirbook, Bach’s Mass in B minor and Victoria’s Requeim of 1605 all of which have received critical acclaim worldwide. Many of the CDs on CORO are award-winners and many more have been nominated for awards. The accolades include a MIDEM Award, two Gramophone Awards, three Diapason d’Or and four Schallplattenkritiks as well as two Grammy® nominations.

    We will be celebrating with pieces from 5 of CORO's albums today.


    The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
    "Stabat Mater Dolorosa"
    from "Allegri - Miserere/Palestrina - Missa Papae Marcelli"
    (Coro)

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    The Sixteen / Harry Christophers
    "Libera Nos" from "Philip & Mary: A Marriage of England & Spain"
    (Coro)

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    The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers
    "Magnificat in D major (BWV 243)"
    from "Vivald: Gloria in D major / Bach: Magnificat in D major"
    (Coro)

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    The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
    "Messiah"
    from "Handel: Messiah"
    (Coro)

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    Handel & Haydn Society, Harry Christophers, Elizabeth Watts, Phyllis Pancella, Andrew Kennedy, Eric Owens
    "Requiem, K. 626" (mp3)
    from "Mozart: Requiem"
    (The Sixteen Productions Ltd.)

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    • 29 min
    Maestro 030: Bridge Records 30th Anniversary

    Maestro 030: Bridge Records 30th Anniversary

    Bridge Records was founded in 1981 by the classical guitarist David Starobin, and his wife, the violinist, Becky Starobin. The company celebrates its 30th anniversary with a catalog of more than 400 CD and DVDs, as well as a music publishing arm and an artist management division. Both of the Starobin's children, Robert Starobin and Allegra Starobin, work for the company, as well as a staff of engineers, designers and allied personnel.

    Bridge now issues between 35 to 40 discs per year, across a broad spectrum of classical music, contemporary music and jazz. The Washington Post wrote that "Bridge is a company with a highly selectiveand consistently excellent catalog". It is this selectivity that has led to 25 Grammy nominations and numerous awards from the international critical press.


    New Orford String Quartet
    "String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887, Op. 161: I. Allegro molto moderato" (mp3)
    from "New Orford String Quartet performs Schubert and Beethoven"
    (Bridge Records, Inc.)

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    The New Orford Quartet is a brilliant all-star group from Canada. The quartet includes the concertmasters of the Montreal and Toronto Symphonies. This is the debut recording of the New Orford- a recording which has been receiving rave reviews in the critical press.


    Susanna Phillips, Myra Huang
    "Poemes Pour Mi: VII. Les Deux guerriers" (mp3)
    from "Susanna Phillips: Paysages"
    (Bridge Records, Inc.)

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    Susanna Phillips is a spectacular young mezzo-soprano. Ms. Phillips is the winner of the Metropolitan Opera's 2010 Beverly Sills Award. Her solo debut recording on Bridge is called Paysages (Landscapes) and includes French songs by Messiaen, Debussy and Fauré. Here we listen to a track from Olivier Messiaen's magical song cycle Poemes pour Mi.


    The Budapest String Quartet
    "String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3: IV. Presto" (mp3)
    from "Beethoven: The Early Quartets"
    (Bridge Records, Inc.)

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    One of the special parts of the Bridge catalog is the company's historical recordings, many released by Bridge for the first time ever. These include 25 volumes of concerts played at the Library of Congress, between 1940 and the present day. Famous names on the Bridge series include George Szell, Leopold Stowkowski, Leontyne Price, Samuel Barber and the Budapest String Quartet. Here the Budapest String Quartet performs from a 1944 concert.


    Garrick Ohlsson
    "Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: IV. Allegro energico" (mp3)
    from "Garrick Ohlsson: Liszt Recital"
    (Bridge Records, Inc.)

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    Bridge has a long history of recording many of today's leading soloists. Among pianists in the Bridge catalog you'll find names like Rudolf Serkin, Richard Goode, Peter Serkin and Garrick Ohlsson. Here we listen to Garrick Ohlsson's recent Liszt recording, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of Liszt's birth.


    BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew David
    "Concerto In Pieces - Purcell Variations: I. Theme and Variation I, Vivace Maestoso" (mp3)
    from "Concertos of Melinda Wagner and Poul Ruders"
    (Bridge Records, Inc.)

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    BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew David
    "Concerto In Pieces - Purcell Variations: II. Variation II, Vivace Scherzando" (mp3)
    from "Concertos of Melinda Wagner and Poul Ruders"
    (Bridge Records, Inc.)

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    Among the strengths of the Bridge catalog is a strong commitment to finding the leading composers of our own time, and recording large portions of their catalog. The Danish composer Poul Ruders has become known for his operas and orchestral music, much of which has been recorded on Bridge. Here we listen to his "Concerto in Pieces", played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.


    Joseph Alessi, Susan Narucki, George Crumb, Paul

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