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Naxos Classical Spotlight explores the world of classical music. Along the way host Raymond Bisha shares the stories about the music, and the musicians who make it.

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    • 4.7 • 18 Ratings

Naxos Classical Spotlight explores the world of classical music. Along the way host Raymond Bisha shares the stories about the music, and the musicians who make it.

    The Music of Brazil. Oscar Lorenzo Fernández (1897-1948)

    The Music of Brazil. Oscar Lorenzo Fernández (1897-1948)

    Five years into the celebrated Naxos Music of Brazil series, we reach Vol. 21 and the music of Oscar Lorenzo Fernández (1897-1948), who was a key figure in the cultural life of Rio de Janeiro.
    Lorenzo Fernández’s two symphonies suffered neglect after the composer’s untimely death at the age of fifty. Raymond Bisha introduces the world premiere recording of the powerful First Symphony, and the first modern studio recording of the programmatic Second Symphony.

    • 20 min
    The Muses Restor'd: a new album from violinist Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque

    The Muses Restor'd: a new album from violinist Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque

    Rachel Podger talks about the joys of consort music, the Brecon Baroque Festival, and "The Muses Restor'd", her new album with Brecon Baroque with music from George Frideric Handel, William Lawes, John Blow, Matthew Locke, Henry Purcell, John Jenkins and many others.

    • 27 min
    Smetana, Susskind & St Louis. An Elite Recording

    Smetana, Susskind & St Louis. An Elite Recording

    Smetana's Má vlast is an unprecedented cycle of six related symphonic poems that evoke Czech legends and celebrate the beauty of the country’s landscapes. Received with “unending storms of applause” at its 1882 premiere, Má vlast reflects the unique characteristics that form the heart and soul of the Czech nation. Raymond Bisha introduces an acclaimed 1975 recording of the work by the St Louis Symphony under Walter Susskind, which has been given a new lease of life by returning to the original Elite Recordings master tapes and effecting a high-definition transfer of the original sound.

    • 20 min
    Paul Chihara's complete piano works. Quynh Nguyen's complete absorption

    Paul Chihara's complete piano works. Quynh Nguyen's complete absorption

    Pianist Quynh Nguyen discusses her recording of the complete piano works of Paul Chihara, the distinguished American composer whose output includes the scores for over 100 motion pictures and television series. Past exchanges between performer and composer about the items on the programme reflect an intensely deep and detailed collaboration, with AllMusic.com warmly welcoming the album as “ingenious and richly evocative and beautifully and quietly played … this is a wonderful release.” Raymond Bisha presents.

    • 22 min
    Forgotten Sounds – the Loeffler Octet rediscovered.

    Forgotten Sounds – the Loeffler Octet rediscovered.

    During his lifetime, Charles Martin Loeffler was one of the most performed American composers.   His octet was completed in 1896, played twice the following year and then forgotten. Clarnetist Graeme Steele Johnson rediscovered the manuscript in the Library of Congress, took a year to create a performing edition from the score, and recorded the work for Delos, DE3603.  In this podcast, he talks about that journey.

    • 19 min
    Lukas Foss. A composer on the podium

    Lukas Foss. A composer on the podium

     JoAnn Falletta, conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, discusses a programme of orchestral works by composer/conductor Lukas Foss, who was both a predecessor of hers in Buffalo and a mentor to her. Highlighting his eclecticism as a composer, who went wherever his mind took him, Raymond Bisha discusses the performers' latest album, which features four works that colourfully reflect Foss' wide embrace and expert craftsmanship.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

GenoRingo ,

Excellent podcast

This is a terrific podcast for the beginner to classical music or for someone looking to find new composers and pieces to listen to. The balance between narration and music is tilted towards music. Great! The narrative is informative, too.

try again1 ,

More Women Please!

Please include works by female composers! There are a lot to choose from.

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