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42 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
The Life of Sergei Rachmaninoff
Linda and John uncover details about Rachmaninoff's life, like early influences that stayed with him his entire career, his comeback story after a disastrous symphony premiere, and what led to him emigrating to the United States. Plus, we hear some recordings of Rachmaninoff himself at the piano from the early 1900s.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
34 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
What is a Clarinet?
It's a popular instrument, but how much do you really know about the clarinet? Principal Clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra, Lin Ma, joins John Banther to talk all about the clarinet. Lin tells us everything, from what it's made of, its predecessor, how it was used over time, and he even plays some of his favorite examples!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
41 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Tchaikovsky's triumphant Symphony No. 5
This symphony is one of the most popular and triumphant in the repertoire, and for good reason! It takes us on a journey using a simple melody that appears in every movement, transforming from the opening in E minor to the triumphant E Major finale. John and Bill go through Tchaikovsky's personal correspondence during the months he was writing the symphony, show you what to listen for, and teach you a compositional technique used still today. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
42 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
The Life of Leonard Bernstein
How much do you really know about one of America's most treasured artists? There is a lot to explore in his early life in Massachusetts, his meteoric rise to fame in New York, and the unique characteristics we find all over his music.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Season 3 starts September 7!
It's been a nice summer break, but we are excited to be back with your favorite classical music podcast! We kick things off on September 7 as Matthew Dayton joins John Banther to explore the life and music of Leonard Bernstein. The following episode, September 21, is all about one of the most popular symphonies, the No. 5 by Tchaikovsky. Bill Bukowski and John Banther explore the symphonies insecure origins and what to listen for in the music.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
New classical albums to listen to this summer!
We wrap up Season 2 of Classical Breakdown with some recommended recordings for you to explore this summer. These recently released albums feature a diverse range of composers, styles, ensembles, and even world premiere recordings. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
What is a Viola? Daniel Foster, Principal Viola of the NSO tells us everything!
The viola is somewhat of an enigma and from a distance can be hard to tell apart from the violin. Daniel Foster explains how composers used the viola over the centuries, what his role as Principal Viola entails, and plays for us some extraordinary parts written for the viola. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
47 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique. A story of obsession, betrayal, and execution.
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38 minutes | May 18, 2021
The Life of Johannes Brahms
He's considered one of the greatest composers of the 19th century. But can you hum a tune by Brahms? We dive into the life and music of Brahms to better understand what set him apart from others, how his personality affected his music, and how he still appears in popular music and commercials today. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
34 minutes | May 4, 2021
What is a Concerto?
Where did the concerto come from and how did it evolve? We explore its origins, development through Haydn and Mozart, some of the most challenging concertos of the 19th century, and a couple of "hidden gems."See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
42 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. A masterpiece and tribute to a friend.
This masterpiece, originally for piano, was inspired by the tragic loss of a friend, and Ravel's orchestration is a work of art in itself. While roughly half of the original pictures have been lost, we do have descriptions of the originals that give insight to Mussorgsky's music and Ravel's orchestration.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
41 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
What is a Bassoon? Sue Heineman, Principal Bassoon of the NSO, tells us everything!
How does a bassoon make a sound and what is its purpose? Principal Bassoonist of the National Symphony Orchestra Sue Heineman doesn't just tell us; she also plays her favorite moments and discusses how it all fits together in the orchestra. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Appalachian Spring, an American classic by Aaron Copland
There is so much to discover about this masterpiece, like its collaborative and ballet origins, Copland's inventive use of an unknown folk tune, and even how it got its name. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
48 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
The Life of Bach
Today we know him as one of the greatest and most influential composers, but that wasn’t always the case. Learn how a teenager became responsible for Bach’s revival, how is music changed from job to job, and even how he wound up in jail for nearly a month!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
The life of Florence Price
Dr. Karen Walwyn discusses the life and music of Florence Price, the first woman African American composer to have a symphony played by a major orchestra in the United States.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
40 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World." The origins and inspirations you didn't know.
There is a lot you may not know about the origins, inspirations and influencers when it comes to this masterpiece by Dvorak. We get into the details and music with examples from the latest recording from the National Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Noseda.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
It's fun and it's virtuosic! Exploring Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21
You might not know this concerto by its number, but you're surely familiar with one of its aria-like melodies that has appeared in film and popular music.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
What does a Concertmaster really do? Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef of the NSO explains.
It's one of the most competitive positions in all of classical music. Learn more about the role of a concertmaster from Nurit Bar-Josef, Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra. She plays her favorite concertmaster solosSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
The life of Strauss Jr. aka "The Waltz King"
His music is celebrated today, especially around New Year's, and his waltzes are bound to put a smile on your face. Learn about Strauss Jr.'s life, his music, and a surprising answer he gave a New York reporter about his visit to Boston.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
45 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
The Nutcracker, how it became a holiday classic, and what to listen for
This holiday classic has helped define the "Christmas" sound for generations, but there's more to the music than you think.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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