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Classics in Concert
3:35 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Beethoven's String Quartet of Transcendence

The Emerson Quartet play Beethoven at the Savannah Music Festival. From left: Philip Setzer, Eugene Drucker, David Finckel and Lawrence Dutton
Frank Stewart Savannah Music Festival

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 4:37 pm

Beethoven's String Quartet Of Transcendence

In the spring of 1825, when Beethoven was 54, he became terribly sick. He was in bed for a month and he wrote to his doctor, "I am not feeling well ... I am in great pain." The doctor put Beethoven on a strict regimen, warning, "No wine, no coffee, no spices of any kind." The doctor also advised Beethoven to get away from the city to where he could find fresh air and "natural milk."

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Classics in Concert
9:10 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Daniel Hope: A Renaissance Man In Savannah

Daniel Hope occupies his time performing, recording, writing, shooting videos and running music festivals.
Frank Stewart Savannah Music festival

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 8:03 am

Even in this age of marathon multitaskers, British violinist Daniel Hope stands out.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:15 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: A Mid-Century View From Venezuela

Composer Evencio Castellanos helped develop a national sound for classical music in Venezuela.
Pablo Zeccara Naxos Records

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 8:30 am

Except for two years of piano studies in New York City in the late 1940s, Venezuelan Evencio Castellanos was a homegrown musician. And based on this sampling of his symphonic output, he'd seem to be his country's leading twentieth century composer. Having the melodic flow of Heitor Villa-lobos, and the rhythmic urgency of Alberto Ginastera (two fellow South Americans), these brilliantly scored works are impressive.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:49 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Takacs Quartet: A Slice Of Schubert And A Bartok Palindrome

The Takacs Quartet played Bartók and Schubert last week at the Savannah Music Festival.
Frank Stewart Savannah Music Festival

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 8:43 am

(All this week, we're featuring concerts from the ongoing Savannah Music Festival.)

The Takács Quartet traveled to the Savannah Music Festival to play Bela Bartók's knotty, challenging String Quartet No. 4. But how did they warm up the crowd? With a slice of insistent, lyrical Schubert.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:48 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Beethoven's 10th Symphony: For Real?

Did Beethoven write a 10th symphony that was lost to history?
Clemens Bilan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 9:33 pm

Everyone knows Beethoven wrote nine symphonies, right? Or did he? Undiscovered manuscripts keep popping up all the time. Uncovering a lost 10th symphony by Beethoven would surely give the classical music world something to shout about.

It could happen — at least it could according to our colleagues over at Weekend Edition Sunday. Reporter Naomi Lewin carefully unfolds the mysterious saga of a new Beethoven discovery, as a part of our April 1 news coverage.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:47 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: March 30, 2012

Conductor and composer Michael Tilson Thomas.
Chris Wahlberg courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 2:24 pm

  • On Fresh Air this week, Michael Tilson Thomas talked about his famous grandparents, Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, the king and queen of Yiddish theater in New York. (And did you know Tilson Thomas' zayde is name checked in Mel Brooks' The Producers?
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Deceptive Cadence
5:44 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Talk Like An Opera Geek: Savoring The Bel Canto Sound

Maria Callas, a masterful bel canto singer, performs in the title role of Bellini's Norma in Paris, May 23, 1964.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 11:55 am

Talk Like An Opera Geek attempts to decode the intriguing and intimidating lexicon of the opera house.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:25 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Thrilling Rides In Dazzling Machines: The San Francisco Symphony Plays Adams

Composer John Adams.
Margaretta Mitchell courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 1:28 pm

Best classical album of 2012? Maybe we can call it as early as March.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:35 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: March 23, 2012

I've been waiting all week for an excuse to run this picture: a reconstruction of Bach's face, created from the composer's skull.
JENS-ULRICH KOCH AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 4:31 pm

  • In case you didn't hear, it was Bach's birthday this week — and we celebrated with a whole week of Goldberg mania.
  • The North Korean National Symphony Orchestra is planning a U.S. tour this spring, starting in Atlanta. It's being organized by an outfit called the Global Resource Services, which says it's a humanitarian group that works in North Korea.
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Deceptive Cadence
2:34 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

The 'Goldbergs,' Remixed

A portrait of Bach, projected in December 2005 on a skyscraper in his longtime home city of Leipzig, Germany.
Jens Schlueter AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 3:14 pm

Or call them the 'Incognito Goldbergs.'

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