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Sunday Baroque Conversations

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Sunday Baroque Conversations 36: Rachel Barton Pine and Jory Vinikour

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour are both internationally acclaimed musicians. They're also old friends. The warmth of their personal relationship is evident in their performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas on their 2018 CD, and it shines through in their easy, playful rapport when they spoke with Suzanne.

Sunday Baroque Conversations 35: Harry Bicket

Harry Bicket is an acclaimed conductor whose specialty is baroque music. He is Artistic Director of The English Concert (the British period instrument ensemble) and Chief Conductor/Music Director of Santa Fe Opera, and his international conducting engagements have included performances at the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Messiah with the New York Philharmonic. The Handel expert sat down for a conversation with Suzanne about his fondness for certain other Liverpool musicians, and how he achieved his "proper career" quite by accident.

Sunday Baroque Conversations 34: Thomas Demenga

Cellist Thomas Demenga is a renowned soloist, composer and teacher, whose own teachers and mentors include acclaimed musicians such as Leonard Rose and Mstislav Rostropovich. His repertory includes a full range of historical eras and styles of interpretation and composition, and he is an advocate for New Music. He is also passionate about historical performance practice of baroque music, and a virtuoso performer of the classical and romantic repertory for cello. Suzanne speaks with him about his broad ranging career.

Sunday Baroque Conversations 33: Michelle Ross

For 33 days, violinist Michelle Ross visited 33 public locations in NYC, performing Bach's Complete Sonatas and Partitas. Suzanne talked with Michelle about that project, her CD Discovering Bach, and her optimism and passion for the future of classical music.

Sunday Baroque Conversations 32: Robert Rawson

The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen is an ensemble formed in 2006, with a particular mission to research and present unfairly neglected baroque era composers and their music. Their recording of Concertos by Czech composer Josef Guretsky was released in 2016, and Suzanne spoke with the group's artistic director Robert Rawson about his colleagues and their process for finding their unusual repertory.

Sunday Baroque Conversations 31: John Bullard

Banjo is one of those ubiquitous musical instruments we see and hear in movies and bluegrass concerts, but without really knowing much about it. John Bullard is a banjo virtuoso, and his musical tastes and expertise include playing music from the classical tradition. He and Suzanne had a conversation about the history of the instrument, its unique qualities, and his path to playing a wide repertory, including baroque music, on the banjo.

Sunday Baroque Conversations 30: Ronn McFarlane

The lute enjoyed its greatest popularity from the late 15th through late 17th centuries, when many people played the instrument and composed music for it. But thanks to a handful of masterful contemporary lutenists, such as Ronn McFarlane, the instrument continues to thrive in the 21st century. Suzanne spoke with the versatile musician about the lute's history, and his passion for the instrument and its varied repertory.

Sunday Baroque Conversations 29: Ton Koopman

Ton Koopman began his musical education and career in the 1950s, at the leading edge of the revival of interest in baroque music. His outstanding reputation as a harpsichordist, organist, conductor and teacher has Johann Sebastian Bach's music as its foundation, yet it includes Bach's contemporaries and predecessors as well as many classical and romantic era musicians. Over the decades, Ton Koopman has collaborated with some of the world's most accomplished musicians and ensembles, and he joined Suzanne for a conversation about his experiences.

Sunday Baroque Conversations 28: Avi Avital

Avi Avital is a mandolin player and a composer with a broad repertory for his instrument, from many different genres. Suzanne spoke with him about the mandolin and his 2015 recording of Vivaldi Mandolin Concertos with the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

Sunday Baroque Conversations 27: Richard Savino

The visual arts and artists of the 17th century are much better known than the music and composers of that same time period, and guitarist Richard Savino wanted to address that oversight. He embarked on a comprehensive project to integrate the paintings of artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi and her contemporaries with music by composers such as Andrea Falconieri, Dario Castello, Giovanni Kapsberger and others. The result is the 2015 recording What Artemesia Heard featuring Richard Savino and his group El Mundo, and he spoke with Sunday Baroque host Suzanne Bona about it.

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