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Sunday Baroque Conversations 25: Matthias Maute

German-born musician Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation as conductor, recorder and flute player and as a composer. He is artistic director of Ensemble Caprice in Canada, and performs all over the world at festivals and with other ensembles. His many recordings are regularly featured on Sunday Baroque, and Suzanne had the chance to welcome him in the studio to discuss his creative approach to being a musician.

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Sunday Baroque Conversations 24: Gut, Wind and Wire

Ronn McFarlane and Mark Cudek are among the most sought-after performers specializing in baroque and early music. The founding members of the Baltimore Consort spoke with Suzanne about their trio with Mindy Rosenfeld -- Gut, Wind and Wire. They explained the inside scoop on the group's name, talked about some of the unusual instruments they play, and revealed of their surprising and diverse musical tastes.

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Sunday Baroque Conversations 23: Yale Baroque Opera Project

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) is often called the first great opera composer, and the opera Il ritorno d'Ulisse (The Return of Ulysses) was one of Monteverdi's late masterpieces. Unfortunately it's not often performed, so The Yale Baroque Opera Project's production in early May 2012 marks its New Haven premiere. The semester-long preparations have brought together talented undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty from Yale's Music and Theatre departments as part of a larger project to promote the study and performance of Baroque opera. Three Yale professors who are working on YBOP, Ellen Rosand, Toni Dorfman and Grant Herreid, had a lively and informative discussion with Suzanne about this thrilling production and their ongoing baroque opera collaboration.

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Sunday Baroque Conversations 22: Lara St. John and Marie-Pierre Langlamet

Canadian violinist Lara St. John and French harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet are old friends who enjoy making music together for fun, and decided to share their enthusiasm and talent on an album featuring Sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach. Since Bach didn't compose any violin and harp music, their collaboration features intriguing arrangements. Hear their conversation with Suzanne about adapting these lovely works, what is special to them about Bach's music, and which Sonata is their favorite.

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Sunday Baroque Conversations 21: Rick Steves

Rick Steves is a tried and true expert on European travel, so Suzanne invited him to share his advice about hearing great, live music while you're on vacation in Europe. He talked about some of his favorite musical destinations, and gave suggestions for finding the kinds of venues and concerts to suit your tastes. (Make sure you listen for his insider's tip about getting the best seat in the house at Saint-Sulpice in Paris.)

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Sunday Baroque Conversations 19: Dennis Keene

With its 6,183 pipes, 95 stops, 111 ranks, 2 consoles and 7 keyboards, installation of the new French organ at New York City's Church of the Ascension was completed in early 2011. Master builder Pascal Quoirin was chosen to design the instrument by the Church's Music Director, distinguished organist and conductor Dennis Keene. Suzanne Bona visited Dr. Keene to discuss the magnificent new instrument, what makes it so special and his plans to introduce it to the musical community.

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Sunday Baroque Conversations 18: Simone Dinnerstein

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein made a big splash in 2007 with her recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations. Jan. 2011 brings her first recording for the Sony label, BACH: A Strange Beauty. The all-Bach recording includes the English Suite #3, transcriptions of three Chorale Preludes, and Keyboard Concertos #1 and #5. Once again, she demonstrates her artistry and her sensitivity to Bach's musical line and harmonic genius. Dinnerstein invited Suzanne Bona for a conversation in her parents' Brooklyn home, where she talked about her passion for Bach's music, her newest recording and her upcoming projects.

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Sunday Baroque Conversations 17: Nicholas McGegan

Nicholas McGegan is a man of many talents and interests: an art aficionado, avid gardener and epicure, to name just a few. He's also one of the most sought-after experts in baroque and early music - a conductor, harpsichordist and scholar. His zest for life is evident in everything he does, especially when he's leading an ensemble in music he knows and loves as much as George Frideric Handel's oratorio MESSIAH. Nicholas McGegan guest conducted the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus in Handel's beloved masterpiece, and joined Sunday Baroque host Suzanne Bona in the studios of WGUC Cincinnati to discuss his work and Handel's genius.

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Sunday Baroque Conversations 16: Jeannette Sorrell

Harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell founded the successful period instrument ensemble Apollo's Fire - The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra in 1992 after an interview for a job as assistant to a famous conductor went terribly wrong. Sorrell spoke with Sunday Baroque host Suzanne Bona about how her passion for music drove her to finagle free piano lessons as a child, what it's like to work with some of the world's leading early music instrumentalists, and why she thinks baroque and early music resonate with so many people.

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Sunday Baroque Conversations 15: Rebel

Karen Marie Marmer and Jorg-Michael Schwarz are co-directors of Rebel, a baroque ensemble they formed in 1991. The group is named after Jean-Fery Rebel, a French baroque era musician who was a daring musical innovator. They talked with Suzanne about how they fell love with baroque music, and each other, and how their provocative performance practices have given the group's name a double meaning.

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