Podcasts

 

In these podcasts, distinguished musicians talk about their new releases and their art. These podcasts run from 5 to 8 minutes long. We originally aired them on Preview! and present them here for your enjoyment, in case you missed the original program. Please do us a favor and share this page with your friends and family. These musicians love what they do and are most eager to share their art with everybody.



Ward Stare & Yolanda Kondonassis

Yolanda Kondonassis & Ward Stare

This podcast offers a conversation which Rob Kennedy had with Ward Stare, Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and composer Yolanda Kondonassis about the Rochester Philharmonic's CD American Rapture. We discuss Ward's work with the orchestra and both Yolanda and Ward offer insights into Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto. The podcast begins with Rob's asking Ward how he came to be Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. You can listen to the CD on Spotify.


Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon

From her website: "Jennifer Higdon is one of America's most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers. She is a major figure in contemporary Classical music, receiving the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto, a 2010 Grammy for her Percussion Concerto and a 2018 Grammy for her Viola Concerto. In this podcast, Rob Kennedy speaks with Jennifer about her Harp Concerto, her opera, Cold Mountain, and much more.


Fred Scott

Fred Scott

From Chanticleer's website: "Then and There, Here and Now, recorded at Skywalker Sound, features recordings of longtime ensemble favorites including works by Palestrina, Victoria, Stucky, Sametz, and Bates, and popular arrangements by Jennings, McGlynn and others. The recording represents the expansive aesthetic of Chanticleer's repertoire, from the earliest music to the most recent, some of its favorite composers and arrangers, and the blend of male voices from soprano to contrabass that makes it unique." In this podcast, Rob Kennedy speaks with Chanticleer's Music Director, Fred Scott, about the group and its 40th anniversary plans. You can listen to the CD on Spotify.


Ilan Eshkeri

Ilan Eshkeri

Ilan Eshkeri composed the film score for The White Crow which charts famed ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev's defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. The score features violin solos by Lisa Batiashvili and Ilan's own arrangements of ballet compositions by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Krein and Ludwig Minkus. In this podcast, Rob Kennedy speaks with Ilan Eshkeri about his process of composing a film score in the 21st-century. You can listen to the score on Spotify.


Gernot Wolfgang

Gernot Wolfgang

Jonathan Woolf in Musicweb-International writes: "These freewheeling pluralistic compositions cleverly weave the past and the present in a way that reflects well on both. Lineage is a strong component of Wolfgang's writing, an inheritance that is honoured but flourishes in a new soil, or soils. It's not a question of abandoning Vienna, more a case of Wolfgang returning to it anew, refreshed and thereby refreshing his own musical vocabulary. With excellent performers on board this is a groove disc that appeals to the heart and to the head." In this podcast, Rob Kennedy speaks with composer Gernot Wolfgang about his recording Vienna And The West which you can listen to on Spotify.


Voces8

Neave Trio

From their website: "A glorious journey through the musical landscape of Britain. The album features a broad range of music from John Tavener and Thomas Adès to Radiohead and Enya, interspersed with folk tunes, world premiere recordings and music from hit TV shows Game of Thrones and Harry's Game." In this podcast, Rob Kennedy speaks with Barnaby Smith, Artistic Director of Voces8, about the recording which you can listen to on Spotify.


Nicholas McGegan

Nicholas McGegan

From the record label's website: "In a stunning world premiere recording, music director and conductor Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, and an international cast of French Baroque opera stars present Jean-Philippe Rameau's original 1745 version of Le Temple de la Gloire, with libretto by Voltaire. Presented as a fully staged opera in April 2017, the three sold out performances enjoyed universal critical acclaim from some of the world's leading publications." In this podcast, early music specialist and conductor Nicholas McGegan discusses his recording of Le Temple de la Gloire which is available on the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra label. You can also listen to it on Spotify.


Philip Cave

Philip Cave Photo by Bob Barkany

From Linn Records website: "The Cantiones sacrae is an unusual work that stands quite apart from Schütz's other published sacred music in both scale and style. The collection comprises forty Latin motets for four voices, plus a figured bass for continuo accompaniment (realized on this recording by lute, violone and organ), which was added later by the composer." In this interview, choral conductor Philip Cave speaks with Rob Kennedy about this critically acclaimed recording.


Matthew Lipman

Matthew Lipman Photo by Jiyang Chen

From the liner notes: "Dmitri Shostakovich's long-lost Impromptu for Viola and Piano, Op. 33, recently unearthed in the Moscow State Archives, receives its world-premiere recording on Matthew Lipman's Ascent, the acclaimed young American violist's solo debut album, featuring, in the artist's words, "music enraptured by flights of fantasy." Recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Lipman has created an album of uplifting and spiritually transcendent works for viola and piano, dedicated to his late mother." In this podcast, Matthew speaks with Dan McHugh about his recording which you can hear on Spotify.


Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato Photo by Simon Pauly

From Joyce's website: "On Songplay, along with her hand-picked band led by pianist and arranger Craig Terry, Joyce draws inspiration from Cavalli and Chet Baker in equal measure. The languishing heart in Giordani's Car mio ben is as emotionally charged as Jerry Bock's hopeful Will he like me? Perhaps the most compelling reminder of how the music of Songplay breaks down barriers is from DiDonato's experience leading vocal and composition workshops in the New York prison Sing Sing, where one of the men who is incarcerated was particularly moved upon hearing her rendition of Car mio ben: 'I feel like I've known this song my whole life.'" In this interview, Bob Chapman speaks with Joyce DiDonato about Song Play which you can listen to on Spotify.


Neave Trio

Neave Trio

From their website: "On this recording, the Neave Trio captures Piazzolla's rich legacy through arrangements by one of Piazzolla's long time colleagues, José Bragato (Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas) and by a younger protégé, Leonardo Suárez Paz (select songs). Mezzo-soprano Carla Jablonski joins the trio for the Piazzolla songs as well as an original work by Paz." In this podcast, Rob Kennedy speaks with the members of the Neave Trio about the recording which you can hear on Spotify.