To celebrate the bicentennial of one of the most important musicians of the Romantic Era, 91Classical held a two-week festival of concerts, broadcasts and storytelling in her honor. Join Vanderbilt history professor Jim Lovensheimer to learn all about the remarkable life of Clara Schumann in a special two-part episode of Classically Speaking.
Pianist Stephen Hough can’t stop talking about fire. He treats each aspect of his creative life as a furnace – with all of his many milieu fueling the fire. And when he visited Nashville to perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, he pointed directly to the repeated expression marking – “con fuoco” – in his conversation with host Colleen Phelps for this episode of Classically Speaking.
Banjo. Lavta. Tamborello. Already a collection of instruments that don’t seem to go together at first glance. But Rhiannon Giddens wants you to know that they do. And as she says, “that’s the point of the whole thing.”
Looped and layered rhythmic lines give Cristina Spinei’s music an amazing amount of motion. This is what has put her work in demand with choreographers.
Since being used to commemorate the funerals of the likes of FDR, JFK and Albert Einstein, Samuel Barber’s famous, lush tearjerker Adagio for Strings has become an unofficial anthem of communal mourning. But the work has also elicited some very different emotions by appearing in some unexpected places, like an episode of Seinfeld or the floors of a dance club.