December 3, 1998 Commentator John McDonough recalls an interview he had with the late film composer Bernard Herrmann some years ago. He's prompted to this remembrance on the eve of the opening of a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The new movie follows the first very closely, including the use of Herrmann's score. At the time of the original Psycho, critics were not impressed by the music — no soundtrack album was released. Today, though, Herrmann's work stands out.
October 8, 1998 Host Renee Montagne talks with members of the band, Los Super Seven. The Mexican-American super group, composed of members of Los Lobos as well as Tejano singer Ruben Ramos, country-pop star Freddy Fender, and Joe Ely, came together to play the music they remember from their youth, growing up along Texas border towns. (7:08) [CD is Los Super Seven, on RCA Records] Due to Internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its original broadcast form .
September 15, 1998 Violinist, singer and composer Andrew Bird tries to re-create another time and place with his music. His new CD, Thrills, combines modern composition with an old sound: swing.
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September 13, 1998 Liane Hansen speaks to rising piano star Helene Grimaud (ay-LENN gree-MOH). The French pianist"s new cd features Brahms" Concerto No. 1, Opus 15. (Erato 3984-21633-2) 13:50 NOTE: Due to internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its original broadcast form.
September 12, 1998 Jacki talks with country music singer Connie Smith. Smith's first album in 20 years is being released in October. ("Connie Smith" Warner Brothers/Nashville, 1998). Beginning in 1964 rode a wave of successful country hits. She had five top-ten albums, 12 top 20 albums, and 48 Billboard chart singles. Then she stopped recording to order to devote time to her family and religion. (10:00) (S
September 5, 1998 Daniel speaks to Paul Richards, Bert Lams, and Hideyo Moriya, also known as the California Guitar Trio. The group uses a unique method of tuning their guitars which enables them to hit higher high notes, and lower low notes. This allows them to play classical compositions, such as Bach"s Moonlight Sonata, which are normally impossible on guitar. They play some songs from their latest CD "Pathways", demonstrating that they play not only classical music but rock and surf tunes as well. They kick off their tour of the western US tonight in Salt Lake City. For tour dates, visit their webpage www.cgtrio.com ("Pathways"; 1998 Discipline Records)
July 25, 1998 Last year, critics called the English pop scene hip and groovy. But now, a leading British music magazine says music in the country is passe. NPR"s Matthew Cowan investigates the fickle trends of British bands.
June 13, 1998 We meet Fugazi, a seminal punk rock band. Their new album is called End Hits It's their ninth album in the last 11 years...and as they've done from the beginning, they've recorded and sold their records themselves, shunning the record industry. The band says you can be artistically and economically independent and still succeed.
March 2, 1998 -- NPR's Susan Stamberg remembers baritone Todd Duncan, who created the role of Porgy in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess."
December 20, 1997 Scott Simon speaks with Irish composer and singer Enya about her new album, Paint the Sky With Stars. A best-of collection, the disc also features two new songs.
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August 15, 1997 Composer, conductor and pianist Lukas Foss turns 75 today. He wrote his first composition at age 7 and was an acclaimed performer by the time he hit his teens. Foss has been a force in classical music and a tireless champion of contemporary composers. Susan Stamberg has an interview.
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May 21, 1997 Martin talks with James Drake, author of a new biography of American soprano Rosa Ponselle. Born 100 years ago, in January of 1897, Ponselle is considered one of the finest singers of the century: Maria Callas herself declared "Ponselle was the greatest singer of us all."
April 2, 1997 The conclusion of Linda Wertheimer's conversation with singer Andy Bey.
April 2, 1997 Linda talks with Andy Bey, a singer and piano player. Bey has been singing and playing boogie-woogie since he was a child. He became known for his powerful voice and piano work with Horace Silver and Max Roach. After a 20 year absence from recording, he has released a CD of ballads and standards.
September 11, 1996 Renata Tebaldi is Desdemona and Herbert von Karajan conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in the object of Rob Kapilow's "What Makes it So Great?" attention: the "Ave Maria" from Act Four of Verdi's "Otello." (London 411 618-2)
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