Music

Deceptive Cadence
1:21 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Barenboim's Beethoven: A Soloist And Conductor In Complete Agreement

Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim captured in a 2006 photo from Berlin.
MIGUEL VILLAGRAN AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 7:15 pm

Conductor, pianist and peace advocate Daniel Barenboim first recorded all five of Beethoven's piano concertos in 1967. Barenboim, a brash and fantastically smart 24-year-old, was paired with an elder statesman, conductor Otto Klemperer. There was real magic in that collaboration, yielding recordings that still set a benchmark.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:17 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Van Cliburn Diagnosed With Bone Cancer

President Obama congratulates pianist Van Cliburn after presenting him with the National Medal of Arts in 2011.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:53 pm

Renowned Fort Worth pianist Van Cliburn, 78, has bone cancer. Long time friend and publicist Mary Lou Falcone issued this brief statement Monday afternoon.

"Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer," Falcone said. "He is under excellent care and resting comfortably at home. His spirits are high. We ask that his privacy be respected."

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Music Interviews
4:30 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty

Classically trained violinist Ben Powell makes the leap to jazz in his album New Street, a tribute to the late Stephane Grappelli.
Ryan MacDonald Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:37 pm

The late Stephane Grappelli is perhaps the best-known jazz violinist in history. His collaborations with guitarist Django Reinhardt have influenced countless musicians. A comparison to Grappelli is one of the highest honors a young, rising violinist can receive.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:20 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

To The Opera House — And Beyond!

Cellist Karl Huros alights a helicopter for his 2007 performance in Stockhausen's Helicopter Quartet, taken from his opera cycle Light.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:53 pm

I don't typically expect to read stories about classical music on iO9, the Gawker-owned website dedicated to science and science fiction. After all, their tagline is WE COME FROM THE FUTURE.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:38 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Renaud Garcia-Fons: Tiny Desk Concert

Renaud Garcia Fons performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.
Michael Katzif NPR

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 9:06 am

Double bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons was destined to create music that spans genres and borders: He was born in France to a family with roots in the Catalonia region of Spain, and he's fluent in French, Spanish and English. Classical, jazz and flamenco represent equal parts of his musical DNA, and his technique reflects the delicate arco stylings of concert halls, the deep groove of jazz and the raw vitality of flamenco.

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Music Interviews
12:19 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

The Avett Brothers: Matters Of Life And Death

The Avett Brothers are real-life siblings Scott (left) and Seth Avett (right), and bass player Bob Crawford. The band's newest album is The Carpenter.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 5:15 pm

In 2009, The Avett Brothers became one of the surprise hits of the year. Paste Magazine considered their I and Love and You the best album of that year, calling it "an overpowering acoustic album brimming with sadness and soul."

That sadness took on new meaning recently. Bassist Bob Crawford took a temporary leave from the band to tend to his infant daughter, Hallie, after she developed a brain tumor.

Next month, The Avett Brothers release a new album, The Carpenter, which explores the delicate balance between life and death.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Doug Paisley: The Outcast's Apostle

Doug Paisley gets personal at Pendarvis Farm during Pickathon Music Festival in Oregon.
Courtesy of Dave Christensen

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:02 am

With the voice of a classic country crooner, singer-songwriter Doug Paisley writes lyrics to which everyone can relate. While fiddles sound off in the background, Paisley takes a break from Oregon's Pickathon Music Festival to perform a new acoustic song for opbmusic.org.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Sean Rowe: An Outdoorsman Enters Civilization

Sean Rowe's new album is The Salesman and the Shark.
Marius Bugge

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 9:16 am

Sean Rowe has a voice and a style that stands out in popular music. His voice is deep — really, truly deep — fine, and often doleful. He's a baritone troubadour who sings of roads not taken, regrets and the dreams that shake you awake at 3 in the morning.

After years of working bars, road houses and more bars, Rowe is playing concert stages and winning over critics for his story-songs and that remarkable voice. But, as he tells NPR's Scott Simon, he wasn't always so proud to be a singer.

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Piano Jazz
3:56 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Paul Winter On Piano Jazz

Paul Winter.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 11:05 am

This episode of Piano Jazz features the unique music of soprano saxophonist Paul Winter. He joins host Marian McPartland, along with bassist Gary Mazzaroppi and drummer Glenn Davis, for a set of ballads and originals. The set also features an additional special soloist — a humpback whale.

"It was very impressive," remembers McPartland. "And we don't often do a show so full of ballads. It was a different sort of show."

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World Cafe
12:04 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Tallest Man On Earth On World Cafe

The Tallest Man on Earth.
Melody Chiang

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 7:03 am

Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson is a modern-day troubadour whose crooning voice and acoustic folk songs often get him compared to Bob Dylan. Matsson recently released his third full-length solo album, There's No Leaving Now, under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth.

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