Classical Sessions

Till Fellner's Journey With Beethoven

WGBH Radio

The young Viennese native is on tour, playing all 32 of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. Hear Fellner at the WGBH studio, in Boston, where he plays the lyrical "pastoral" sonata and the cheerful Sonata No. 25.

Hear Till Fellner Play Beethoven At WGBH

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The Heavy: Sweaty British Soul

KEXP

Packing KEXP's studio with a wall of sound, The Heavy performs four gritty, funk- and soul-infused garage-rockers. Fronted by versatile singer Kelvin Swaby, the British band kept the walls vibrating, even after it left.

The Heavy In Studio On KEXP 10/30/09

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California Showers Colin Hay With 'Sunshine'

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Maybe it's the accent, but Hay doesn't want for charm. The former Men at Work founder makes his home in California nowadays, which gave him plenty of fodder for his compelling new album, American Sunshine. He performs some of his hits alongside new songs.

Colin Hay In Studio On WFUV 8/24/09

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Vijay Iyer Trio: Colliding With The Jazz Dialectic

WBGO

Historicism, as a philosophical premise, allows outside conditions to influence an organic process like improvised music. In a session from WBGO, the much-celebrated pianist Vijay Iyer (who just released an album called Historicity) conducts a conversation between his trio and the original creators.

Vijay Iyer In Studio On WBGO 10/9/09

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From Africa To Austin With Toubab Krewe

KUT 90.5

Asheville's Toubab Krewe is an instrumental band which fuses the music of Mali and other West African influences with American musical styles. In a session from KUT, the band augmented the standard rock formation with a kora, ngoni, djembe, krin and scraper.

Toubab Krewe In Studio On KUT

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Meat Puppets: 'Sewn Together' In The Studio

KEXP

Given their storied and troubled background, it came as a pleasant surprise that the members of Meat Puppets were such easygoing guys. In an acoustic session from KEXP, brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood were joined by drummer Ted Marcus, who banged on a recycling bin and a trash can.

Meat Puppets In Studio On KEXP 9/23/09

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Kristina Train: No Crying Over 'Spilt Milk'

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Train possesses a singing voice from another era, but her speaking voice is surprisingly youthful and down-to-earth — a compelling combination, to be sure. Hear the singer-songwriter in a session from WFUV.

Kristina Train In Studio On WFUV 9/10/09

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Ramsey Lewis: Opening Jazz To All

KNKX Public Radio

Since 1965, Lewis has recorded more than 80 albums, but only recently launched a new career as a composer. Still, he believes in the standards. In a session from Jazz24, the pianist performs one of his original compositions and covers a song by The Beatles.

Session Spotlight: Ramsey Lewis Performs 'Clouds In Reverie'

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Choir Of Young Believers: Stripped Bare At CMJ

KEXP

With the help of Cutting Room Studios, KEXP had to move into a tiny studio for this live CMJ broadcast. It turned out to be a blessing: Choir of Young Believers' every haunting sound and whisper was captured in an intimate, unforgettable session.

Choir of Young Believers In Studio At KEXP 10/23/09

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Erin McKeown Lets Out The 'Lions'

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

McKeown has quietly assembled an impressive musical resume in the past 10 years. Filled with great creativity and artistic diversity, McKeown's latest album, Hundreds of Lions, showcases her musically adventurous spirit. Hear a session from WFUV.

Erin McKeown In Studio On WFUV 9/24/09

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