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The Answered Question is a weekly podcast that unlocks the mystery of performing classical music, with the voices of the artists themselves taking you inside the process of making the music.

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    • 4.4 • 7 Ratings

The Answered Question is a weekly podcast that unlocks the mystery of performing classical music, with the voices of the artists themselves taking you inside the process of making the music.

    Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and Conductor François-Xavier Roth at the BSO

    Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and Conductor François-Xavier Roth at the BSO

    Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and conductor François-Xavier Roth preview a Boston Symphony Orchestra program that includes Méhul's Overture toThe Amazons, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.

    • 36 min
    Kavakos and Nelsons at the BSO, Faust, Melnikov, and A Far Cry at the Gardner

    Kavakos and Nelsons at the BSO, Faust, Melnikov, and A Far Cry at the Gardner

    Violinist Leonidas Kavakos previews his Boston Symphony Orchestra performance of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 and describes the "Willemotte" Stradivarius violin he plays, and Andris Nelsons talks about Strauss's An Alpine Symphony. Also, Alan McLellan talks with members of A Far Cry, and violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov talk with Cathy Fuller about Beethoven's violin sonatas.

    • 57 min
    Chameleon Arts Ensemble's Deborah Boldin, and Rudolf Buchbinder and Andris Nelsons at the BSO

    Chameleon Arts Ensemble's Deborah Boldin, and Rudolf Buchbinder and Andris Nelsons at the BSO

    Deborah Boldin, flutist and founding Artistic Director of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, describes the elements of an All-American program of works by Copland, Beach, and Berger, and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and conductor Andris Nelsons preview a BSO concert of music by Beethoven and Bruckner.

    • 49 min
    Pianist Martin Helmchen and Tanglewood 2018

    Pianist Martin Helmchen and Tanglewood 2018

    Pianist Martin Helmchen describes the revolutionary qualities of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, and BSO Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood Tony Fogg previews the 2018 Tanglewood season, the "Bernstein Centennial Summer."

    • 44 min
    Conductors Alessandro Quarta and Gil Rose

    Conductors Alessandro Quarta and Gil Rose

    Alessandro Quarta, the founder and director of Concerto Romano, talks with Alan McLellan about the group's Boston Early Music Festival performance of Pasquini's Il San Vito, and Gil Rose, the founder and director of Odyssey Opera, talks with Chris Voss about Donizetti's L'Assedio di Calais.

    • 24 min
    Ken-David Masur, and Members of the Berlin Philharmonic

    Ken-David Masur, and Members of the Berlin Philharmonic

    Boston Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Ken-David Masur describes the characteristics of two sets of incidental music for the theater: Beethoven'sEgmontand Grieg'sPeer Gynt. Also, two members of the Berlin Philharmonic talk about the chamber groups in which they play, including horn player Fergus McWilliam of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and Christian Stadelmann of Philharmonia Quartett Berlin.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Yuen K ,

Excellent podcast for classical music fans

I look forward to this podcast every week. You get to hear stories from the most gifted musicians from Boston and around the world, as well as the music they play. The podcast breaks down the 4th wall and makes you feel a lot more connected to the artists you see on stage.

Jason Margo ,

Great podcast for classical music

Brian is a terrific, super knowledgable host. This is a great listen.

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