On the latest episode of The Answered Question, conductor Bramwell Tovey looks at works by Samuel Barber, Terry Riley, and Edward Elgar - all on his January 2017 Boston Symphony Orchestra program - from the perspective of a composer, and, in a 2014 interview, Murray Perahia describes the magnetic pull of music by Robert Schumann..
Over the past few weeks I have been blissfully “nerding out” to The Beethoven Compendium, an in-depth, all-encompassing Beethoven biography. It’s a deep dive into what we know about the man, his daily habits, his influences, and what made him tick.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra announced the schedule for the 2017 Tanglewood season, in which Music Director Andris Nelsons leads 10 concerts over several weeks that begin and end the season, and Artistic Partner Thomas Adès conducts his own music with both the BSO and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.
Ennio Morricone is as about close as a film composer can come to being a household name — and, at age 88, he's still going strong. This year, he was signed to a new record label and has now released a new recording, Morricone 60, named for the number of years he's been in the business.
Jazz great Wynton Marsalis, a virtuoso trumpet player and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, has written — wait for it — a violin concerto.
As the daughter of the late virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg, I was intrigued and wanted to know more. So I spent an hour with Marsalis — and the violinist he wrote his concerto with and for. (More on that later.)
Do you believe in ghosts? The age-old question pops up this time of year when Halloween looms — the answer for opera composers seems to be a resounding "yes." Many of them, from Mozart to Corigliano, have given ghosts a few choice moments on stage. Operatic apparitions arrive suddenly in the middle of the night, crash dinner parties or do their ghostly duty simply by playing tricks on the minds of the living.