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A monthly podcast dedicated to the best of independent classical musicians, composers, and labels from around the world. Each episode is typically 3-8 tracks, and includes a brief narrative. The music is always superb.

A monthly podcast dedicated to the best of independent classical musicians, composers, and labels from around the world. Each episode is typically 3-8 tracks, and includes a brief narrative. The music is always superb.
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A monthly podcast dedicated to the best of independent classical musicians, composers, and labels from around the world. Each episode is typically 3-8 tracks, and includes a brief narrative. The music is always superb.




Maestro 033: Sonatas for the New Year

Happy new year listeners. Welcome to indie classical spotlight. Todays episode we will be playing several sonata pieces from our classical collection. After 35 years of success the world over, including many award-winning recordings and newly commissioned works, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike with their performances. The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Joseph Kalichstein, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson "Trio in B-flat Major, D. 898: I....

Maestro 030: Bridge Records 30th Anniversary

Bridge Records was founded in 1981 by the classical guitarist David Starobin, and his wife, the violinist, Becky Starobin. The company celebrates its 30th anniversary with a catalog of more than 400 CD and DVDs, as well as a music publishing arm and an artist management division. Both of the Starobin's children, Robert Starobin and Allegra Starobin, work for the company, as well as a staff of engineers, designers and allied personnel. Bridge now issues between 35 to 40 discs per year,...

Maestro 029: Beethoven Symphonies

Today we will be showcasing some of Beethoven's symphonies, including two tracks from our very special featured release from Avie Records titled "Beethoven: Symphony Nos 6 and 8" performed by Manchester Camerata and Douglas Boyd.Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Tiboris "Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 in D Minor -1895 Gustav Mahler Edition: III. Adagio molto e cantabile" (mp3) from "Beethoven's 9th Symphony: 1895 Gustav Mahler Orchestration" (Bridge Records, Inc.) Buy at Amazon MP3 More On This...

Maestro 028: Romantic Period Pieces

This month on Maestro Independent Classical Spotlight we have a selection of four Romantic Period pieces from our classical collection. Amber Yiu Hsuan Liao "Piano Sonata No.18 in E-flat major, Op.31, No.3" (mp3) from "Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18; Granados: Goyescas; Schumann: Humoreske" (MSR Classics) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This AlbumThe three pieces in this recording were all written during difficult times in the lives of their composers. Beethoven composed the E-flat major...

Maestro 027: Opera Works & Songs

Today's episode will be centered around Opera Works Songs from our classical collection. We have 4 pieces for you today, and we will end with a piece from our featured release, "Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor." Nicolai Ghiaurov, Sesto Bruscantini, Alfredo Kraus, Gundula Janowitz, Sena Jurinac, Walter Monachesi, Dimitri Petkov, Olivera Miliakovic "Don Giovanni" (mp3) from "Mozart: Don Giovanni" (Opera d'Oro) Buy at Napster Buy at iTunes Music Store Buy at Rhapsody Stream from Rhapsody Buy...

Maestro 024: Spring

Welcome to Maestro Independent Classical Spotlight. On this episode we will be playing some pieces to celebrate the arrival of Spring. For more information on this episode, please read below.Carles Cases "Fotos" (mp3) from "Cine Espaol - vol.1 (Recomposed 6)" (Temps Record) Buy at iTunes Music Store Buy at Amazon MP3 More On This AlbumIt was during the nineties when Cases had more activity in the Panorama of Spanish Cinema. Many of those soundtracks were not edited in that moment, and now,...

Maestro 023: Choral Works

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers from "Monteverdi: Selva morale e spirituale, Vol. 1" (Coro) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This Album Without doubt, Monteverdi was the greatest of the early baroque European composers. He revolutionized the music of the theater and the church by his dramatic and imaginative use of voices and instruments and by his daring harmonies and rhythms. Next to his Vespers of 1610, the Selva morale e spiritual of 1641 is his most significant and virtuosic...

Maestro 022: Valentine Special

We have a few pieces selected for our Valentines Special. Enjoy and feel the love! Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra from "Prokofiev: Romeo Juliet" (LSO Live) Buy at Napster Buy at iTunes Music Store Buy at Amazon MP3 More On This Album LSO Live celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2010. The label's first release of the year features Prokofiev's spectacular score for the ballet Romeo Juliet conducted by Valery Gergiev. Romeo Juliet can lay a strong claim to being the greatest ballet...

Maestro 020: IODA Favorite Holiday Special

In this episode we wanted to celebrate the upcoming holidays with a few of our favorite pieces. We have also included a special sneak peak to Agustin Hadelich's new album, "Echoes of Paris"! We hope you enjoy the music. Everyone have a wonderful holiday and a fantastic New Year! Harry Christophers, The Sixteen "In Dulci Jubilo" from "A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection, Vol. II" (The Sixteen Productions Ltd.) There is such an abundance of festive music available to us that sometimes...

Maestro 019: New World Records

New World Records We will be featuring New World Records in today's episode. New World started in 1975; they were given a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation with a mandate to produce a 100-disc anthology of American music. New world continues to preserve neglected music of the past and support the creative future of American music with over 400 recordings, representing up to 700 American composers. Rick Benjamin from "Black Manhattan: Theater and Dance Music of James Reese Europe, Will...

Maestro 018: London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra Today's episode will be a special feature on the London Symphony Orchestra, also known as LSO. LSO is widely regarded to be one of the world's leading orchestras, with over 100 years of performing experience. LSO has performed all across the world and even recorded soundtracks for films, such as Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. In 2000, LSO launched their own classical label, LSO Live. Since then LSO Live has become one of...

Maestro 017: harmonia mundi

harmonia mundi France harmonia mundi was born in 1958 in Paris. In 1986 the group moved to Arles France, where they are still headquartered today. This group has always been known for their support for independent artist and classical music. Additionally they have been growing recognition for various sections within the publishing business. Olga Kern "Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 58" (mp3) from "Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 3" (harmonia mundi) Buy at Napster Buy at iTunes Music Store Buy at...

Maestro Classical 016: Nocturnes for Summer Nights

More about Nocturnes Leon Bosch, Sung-Suk Kang "Nocturne" (mp3) from "Virtuoso Double Bass" (Meridian Records) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This Album The working relationship between Sung-Suk Kang and the distinguished double bass player Leon Bosch goes back to 1982, when both were students at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. Sung-Suk accompanied Leon during lessons and at scholarship auditions. 'At the end of our courses of study,' Leon remembers, 'the RNCM...

Maestro 015: Composers in 2010 pt. 2

Maestro Classical Podcast 015: Composers in 2010 pt. 2 featuring Max Richter, Rachel Grimes and Quartet San Francisco Max Richter "infra 4" (mp3) from "Infra" (Fat Cat Records) More On This AlbumOriginally conceived as a Royal Ballet-commissioned collaboration between composer Max Richter, choreographer Wayne McGregor and artist Julian Opie, Max Richter's gorgeous score to 'infra' is deservedly given life of its own in this album-length release from FatCat's instrumental/orchestral imprint...

014: Solo Feature: San Francisco Symphony

Todays episode will be our first ever, solo focus feature on the San Francisco Symphony aka SFS. SFS has a long history of presenting world premieres and receiving various awards. They recently received 3 Grammy awards for an album we will play today for Best Classical Album, Best Engineered Classical Album, and Best Choral Performance. SFS The Black and White Ball SFS Season Schedule and Tickets San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas "Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat...

Maestro 013: Composers in 2010

Florent Ghys "Soli" (mp3) from "Baroque Tardif: Soli" (Cantaloupe Music) Buy at iTunes Music Store Buy at Napster More On This Album Album Notes: Cantaloupe Music continues its series of EPs. These are available via digital music services and in a limited edition physical pressing available to members of our subscription-only Cantaloupe Club. After receiving a traditional French diploma in music, Florent Ghys researched experimental and minimalist music--leading him to Bang on a Can's...

Maestro 012: New Signings to IODA, feat: Violinjazz Recordings, The Philade

Quartet San Francisco Take Five (mp3) from QSF Plays Brubeck (Violinjazz Recordings) Buy at iTunes Music Store Buy at Rhapsody Buy at Amazon MP3 More On This Album In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of Time Out, QSF pays tribute to the mastery of Brubeck with the first-ever all Brubeck string quartet CD! Grammy nominees for their last two releases (2006 and 2007)and International Tango competition winners (New York , 2004), Quartet San Francisco expresses itself in its...

Maestro 011: feat. Apolkalypse Now’s new album Polkastra!

Polkastra from Apolkalypse Now (Ancalagon LLC) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This Album Polkastra An eclectic and international cast of characters including a Canadian folk fiddler, the Met's contrabassoonist, an Israeli accordionist and percussionist, a jack-of-all-trades bassist, a French Horn playing record store clerk and an internationally renowned violin soloist met in a New Jersey studio to record a polka album just for fun. An idea that began as a lark quickly grew into an...

Maestro 010: feat. Indie Classical Artists

George Zacharias Nel cor pi√π non mi sento, Op. 38, MS 44 (mp3) from Unaccompanied (Divine Art) Buy at iTunes Music Store Buy at Rhapsody More On This AlbumArtist: George ZachariasIt takes a particular and extreme level of skill and dedication to perform virtuoso works for unaccompanied solo violin; suffice it to say these are qualities held by George Zacharias without doubt. This is a tour-de-force of musicianship and technique - and wonderful music too. Bartok's Sonata is presented in...

Maestro 009: feat. Indie Classical Artists-String Soloists

Fabio Biondi Les Quatre Saisons (L'Ete) (mp3) from Violon X (Naive) Buy at iTunes Music Store Buy at Rhapsody Stream from Rhapsody More On This AlbumFabio Biondi – violin: Born in Palermo, Fabio Biondi began his international career at the age of twelve, performing his first solo concert with the RAI symphony orchestra. Driven early on by an inexhaustible cultural curiosity, Fabio Biondi was introduced to pioneers of the new approach to baroque music, an opportunity that was to expand his...