Monday, January 26, 2009

Great Conversations in Music

Before he died in 2003, the late classical musician Eugene Istomin sat down with some of his musical compatriots to record a series of programs titled "Great Conversations in Music". These four wonderful programs are included here on this website, which is maintained by the Library of Congress. The programs were produced and directed by Peter Rosen, and visitors may wish to start their travels through the site by reading a bit about Istomin in the short essay titled "Remembering Eugene Istomin". Moving on, visitors will find the full-length programs "The Pianists", "The Composers", "Chamber Music", and "The Virtuosos". Each program contains performances and conversations with people like Emmanuel Ax, Leon Fleisher, Charles Rosen, Lynn Harrell, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Frigid Fingers Were Live, but the Music Wasn’t

Published: January 23, 2009 NYtimes
Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and two colleagues performed at the inauguration, but the music had been recorded. more

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

check out ITunes U

ITunes U is a part of the ITunes Store featuring free lectures, language lessons, audio books, and more, Explore over 75,000 educational audio and video files from top universities, museums and public media organizations from around the world. Click on ITunes Store and follow the links by educational institution, academic interest, or top downloads.

Topics available in music range from classical guitar recitals at the University of Utah to The Folkways Collection at Smithsonian Global Sound to lectures and performances at Yale School of Music. Check it out!!