Classical Music Interviews
Listen Young Love In Ithaca, With Schumann's Help
Listen Ira Glass Interviews His Cousin, Composer Philip Glass
January 31, 2012 – To celebrate the composer's birthday, Fresh Air replays an interview conducted by his famous cousin.
Listen Philip Glass At 75: Listening With Heart, Not Intellect
January 31, 2012 – The composer who changed the landscape of American music says he finally knows what he's doing.
Listen Violinist Joshua Bell: 'French Impressions,' Yesterday And Today
January 16, 2012 – The violinist compares two recordings he made, 20-plus years apart, of the Franck Violin Sonata.
Listen Alsop Sprach Zarathustra: Decoding Strauss' Tone Poem
January 14, 2012 – Marin Alsop investigates the alluring power behind the grand opening of Also Sprach Zarathustra.
Listen Deathbed Music: The Final Works Of Famous Composers
January 8, 2012 – Mozart, Beethoven and others wrote bold, uncharacteristic pieces during their last days on Earth.
Listen Aretha Franklin Is Looking For The Next Great Star ... Of Opera MR
January 3, 2012 – The Queen of Soul is looking for a prince or princess of Puccini. MR
Listen Guest DJ Andreas Scholl: Friends, Collaborators And The Power Of Pop
December 29, 2011 – The elegant countertenor shares some of his favorite folk music, jazz and his own (!) club tune.
Listen The 'Guitar Passions' Of Sharon Isbin And Steve Vai
December 27, 2011 – Isbin's new album features collaborations with Vai, Stanley Jordan and Heart's Nancy Wilson.
Listen Taking Classical Off The Pedestal, And Into Black Communities
December 24, 2011 – Detroit Symphony Orchestra bassist Rick Robinson is taking leave in order to reach new audiences.
Listen Bill T. Jones Picks Schubert's 'Winterreise'
Listen Clouds, Concertos And A Trip To Fiji: New Classical Albums
December 11, 2011 – NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.
Listen Miracles Of Modern Science: No Guitars Necessary
Watch Classical Contemporaries Perform With A Ghost
Listen Robert Johnson And Pablo Casals' Game-Changers Turn 75
November 23, 2011 – Two hugely important recordings, made by pivotal musicians, were made on the same day in 1936.