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Episode 1.9 - Hannibal Lokumbe

On episode 1.9 we talk to trumpeter and composer Hannibal Lokumbe, whose compositions tell the stories of ordinary people with the courage and strength to stand up to racism and to fight for social justice. We take a look at two of his oratorios, one inspired by his own family's history and the other by Mrs. Rosa Parks. Our Deep Cut is James Price Johnson's Yamekraw Rhapsody, composed as a more authentic response to George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.


Episode 1.8 - Oliver Davis

On episode 1.8 we talk to composer Oliver Davis, whose extensive resume of television and film scoring includes the couch gag sequence for an episode of The Simpsons, which you can watch below. He's also released four highly regarded albums, the most recent of which, Liberty, came out in February 2018. Our Deep Cut is Kurt Atterberg's Suite No. 3, a short set that packs an emotion punch and shows why Atterberg should be considered an important Scandinavian composer of the 20th century.


Episode 1.7 - Anna Thorvaldsdottir

On episode 1.7 we talk to composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir about her work In the Light of Air, which will be performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble at the upcoming Big Ears Festival. We also discuss the music scene in her homeland of Iceland. Our Deep Cut is Rued Langgaard's Music of the Spheres, a stunning work for orchestra and choir that was about fifty years ahead of its time.


Episode 1.6 - Cristina Spinei

On episode 1.6 we talk to Cristina Spinei, a rising composer who makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. We discuss her album Music For Dance, her Blind Ear Music project, and the classical scene in Music City. In place of a Deep Cut, we're featuring a Grammy-nominated recording by Nashville's ALIAS Chamber Ensemble of Gabriela Lena Frank's Hilos for piano, clarinet, violin, and cell


Episode 1.5 - Marin Alsop

On episode 1.5 we talk to Marin Alsop, one of the top conductors in the world. We discuss her recent Prokofiev recording on Naxos as well as the work she does promoting and encouraging classical music in São Paulo. Our Deep Cut is Symphony No. 1 in E Minor by Florence Beatrice Price, which upon its premiere in 1933 became the first work by an African-American woman to be performed by a major orchestra.


Episode 1.4 - Boris Giltburg

On episode 1.4 we talk to pianist Boris Giltburg about his newest release on Naxos Records, a recording of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2, and about what it's like to be a top-level pianist. Our Deep Cut is the Piano Concerto in G Minor by Croatia's Dora Pejačević, composed in 1913.


Episode 1.3 - Christopher D. Lewis

On episode 1.3 we talk to Welsh harpsichordist Christopher D. Lewis about his love for the instrument, and about his recordings on Naxos Records. Our Deep Cut is a cantata for soprano, violin, and continuo by French composer Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, which was published in 1708.


Episode 1.2 – Steven Fox

Special guest: Steven Fox Deep cuts: Jón Leifs – Requiem; Erfiljóð On our second episode we talk to American conductor Steven Fox about his recent recording of Maximilian Steinberg‘s Passion Week with The Clarion Choir from New York City. Our Deep Cuts are two choral works by Icelandic composer Jón Leifs, titled Requiem and Erfiljóð, … Continue reading Episode 1.2 – Steven Fox →


Episode 1.1 – Jennifer Higdon

Special guest: Jennifer Higdon Deep cut: Grażyna Bacewicz – Violin Concerto No. 3 On our very first episode we talk to American composer Jennifer Higdon about her new release All Things Majestic featuring Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony, along with soloists Roberto Díaz (viola) and James Button (oboe). Our Deep Cut is Grażyna … Continue reading Episode 1.1 – Jennifer Higdon →