About This Show
Houston Public Media classical music librarian, Dacia Clay has a secret: she knows next to nothing about classical music. But she wants to learn! Luckily, she's surrounded by classical music experts every day. In each episode of the Classical Classroom, Dacia's colleagues and some local classical music luminaries take turns giving her classical music "homework assignments". You'll learn about everything from bel canto aria to the use of leitmotif in the score to Star Wars. Come learn with us in the Classical Classroom.
Most Recent Episode
Classical Classroom, Ep. 172: Pine On Paganini
5 days ago
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine loves playing challenging music (and apparently, being on Classical Classroom, as this is her third time on the show). So it makes sense that she would want to play the musical equivalent of running a marathon for her latest album: Bel Canto Paganini: 24 Caprices. In this episode, Rachel talks about who Paganini was. As it turns out, he was much more than just a classical music proto-goth with what some thought was a supernatural ability to play the violin.
Music in this episode:
- Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Nikolai Lugansky, Sakari Oramo City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
- Breaking The Rules: Pagan Annie Richard Greene, Jon Kurnick, Denny Seiwell
- All other music from Bel Canto Paganini by Rachel Barton Pine
Audio production by Todd “Sheriff Harry S. Truman” Hulslander with from Dacia Clay.