In these conversations with our staff announcers Rob Kennedy, Bob Chapman, and Dan McHugh, distinguished musicians talk about their new recordings, their art, and much more. These musicians love what they do and are most eager to share their art with everybody. Let your family and friends know about these conversations, which they can listen to or download anytime. You can also listen to these conversations on our apps.
Concert and recording artist, composer, conductor, and international television personality, Diane Bish displays her dazzling virtuosity and unique showmanship the world over to international acclaim. From her website: “Miss Bish has recorded on the foremost organs of the world and was the first American woman to record on the four organs of Freiburg Cathedral, Germany. Featured on over 30 of her recordings are music for organ and orchestra, brass and organ, great organ masterpieces, organ and harp, original works, and hymn arrangements. ” In this podcast, which was recorded for the March 2019 edition of My Life In Music, Rob Kennedy speaks with Diane about her career as a concert organist.
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The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and multiple Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin join forces for an uncommon album of music for strings and guitar from the Baroque to the mid-20th century. Souvenirs of Spain And Italy is the first joint recording by these renowned artists and marks Isbin’s Cedille Records debut. Dan McHugh and Sharon Isbin discuss her new recording with Sharon offering fascinating insights into its genesis and production.
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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.” Matthew speaks with Dan McHugh about his recording which you can hear on Spotify.
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Wikipedia notes: “Roman Rabinovich is an Israeli pianist. He was the winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. He has performed in the United States, Europe, and Israel at places such as Gewandhaus, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Seymour Lipkin.” In this podcast, Roman speaks with Rob Kennedy about his recording of the Haydn Piano Sonatas.
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Ward Stare and Yolanda Kondonassis
This is a conversation which Rob Kennedy had with Ward Stare, Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and harpist 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.Photo: Yolanda Kondonassis & Ward Stare/Crossover Media
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From Nancy’s website: “Hailed by Fanfare Magazine as ‘one of the great cellists of our time’ and ‘in the elite of today’s concert cellists’, Nancy Green is an internationally recognized recording artist, known for her highly acclaimed CDs of previously unrecorded works as well as staples of the cello repertoire.” Dan McHugh speaks with cellist Nancy Green about her recording of the Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano.
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From her website: “GRAMMY AWARD® winning pianist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation.” In this podcast, Rob Kennedy speaks with Nadia about her new CD The Poetry of Places which won the GRAMMY® for Best Classical Compendium in 2020.
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German-Sorbian musician Carolina Eyck is one of a handful of theremin players in the world today. In this podcast, Carolina and Rob Kennedy talk about the theremin and Carolina’s career as a performer and a teacher.
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