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8:03 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Graham Dechter: Youth, Steeped In Tradition

Music Interviews
9:43 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

A Trove Of Chats With Music Icons, Now Online

Joe Smith poses with Rod Stewart, circa 1974. The former record executive conducted informal interviews with dozens of musicians in the mid-1980s.
Jeff Smith

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 1:26 pm

In the mid-1980s, a record executive and former DJ named Joe Smith saw that a lot of the big-band greats were disappearing: Count Basie, Harry James and others.

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Music
4:57 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Nuns Top '50 Shades' In Classical Music Smackdown

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 6:44 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And now to a classical takedown.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

BLOCK: That's Pachelbel's "Canon in D," and it appears on one of the hottest releases of the year, "Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album."

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Yes, the classical album. It's composed of works that inspired author E.L. James while she was writing her steamy best-selling trilogy. And it has spent 11 weeks on Billboard's Classical Traditional Albums chart, 10 of those in the top slot.

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World Cafe
4:13 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Freelance Whales On World Cafe

Freelance Whales.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 5:43 pm

Freelance Whales' members make huge tiny music. Their instruments tend to produce delicate sounds: banjos, violins, xylophones, drums played delicately with brushes. But their songs are arranged in such a way that these small sounds form grand, swelling passages that start out softly, then build to something majestic.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:12 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Mulgrew Miller Trio On JazzSet

Mulgrew Miller.
Jean Francois Laberine

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 1:57 pm

When the pianist Mulgrew Miller died on May 29, 2013, following a cerebral hemorrhage, the jazz world grieved the loss of this "wonderful musician and great spirit," in the words of his fellow pianist Kenny Barron.

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Music Reviews
1:17 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Tracey Thorn: 'Secular Carols' For The Holidays

Tracey Thorn, famous for her work in Everything but the Girl, has a new solo album of seasonal tunes called Tinsel and Lights.
Edward Bishop Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 2:24 pm

Tracey Thorn's interpretation of "Maybe This Christmas," by the Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, is typical of her new holiday album, Tinsel and Lights: It's simply arranged, emphasizing Thorn's lovely, delicate voice and bolstered by a firm intelligence; it avoids the fatty treacle that weighs down lots of Christmas albums. Tinsel and Lights mixes familiar songs with new ones, such as the title song written by Thorn.

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Guitarist Mickey Baker Dies; Had Hits In The '50s, Played On Hundreds Of Records

Mickey Baker in Copenhagen in 1975.
Jan Persson Redferns

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 12:48 pm

  • A bit of "Love Is Strange"

Mickey Baker, one half of the hit-making duo Mickey and Sylvia in the late '50s and an influential guitarist whose work can be heard on hundreds of records, has died at his home near Toulouse, France.

He was 87.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:55 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Please Approach The (Piano) Bench

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Music
11:17 am
Fri November 30, 2012

David Ruhf of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents music for the Christmas season with Benjamin Britten's "St. Nicolas" and J.S. Bach's "Magnificat" on Saturday, December 8 at 8pm and Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 4pm.  David Ruhf of the Bach Choir previews the concerts with WDIY's Classical Coordinator, Waldemar Vinovskis.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:31 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

The New York Philharmonic performing at the current incarnation of Avery Fisher Hall in January 2011.
Chris Lee courtesy of the New York Philharmonic

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 12:08 pm

  • Lincoln Center and the New York Phil have confirmed plans for a (long, long overdue) major overhaul of 50-year-old Avery Fisher Hall that "aims to redefine what it means to be a concert hall at a time of challenging orchestra economics and changing audience habits." This will be the third attempt at addressing the venue's acoustical challenges.
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