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Archive for January 22, 2014

Sergei Eisenstein on the Morning Program

Segei Eisenstein

[Thursday on WFMT] “It is a propaganda film!” Battleship Potemkin creator Sergei Eisenstein was uncompromising about the power of music, mandating a new score every twenty years to keep the film’s propagandist message alive. Since then devotees have applied everything from Shostakovich to Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys

Reflections: Claudio Abbado

Claudio Abbado (1933-2014)

[Hear Abbado recordings Wednesday afternoon on WFMT] Italian Maestro Claudio Abbado declined his salary; he had been honored with the title Senator for Life, an appointment to Italy’s upper house of parliament. He accepted the post, but wouldn’t accept compensation, redirecting the funds to music education. That was typical

American Opera Gets Some Air

George Gershwin

American opera houses, singers and conductors all enjoy the international recognition they deserve. No one would deny the stature of the Met or Maria Callas, or Thomas Hampson. What does not play around the world is the American opera; the music of American composers. No question, it is a tough field for composers of any nationality, but the job of celebrating America’s composers

Three Cellists Back-to-Back

Yo-Yo Ma

It’s cello month on WFMT, which means we’re exploring all things related to that soulful, lower member of the strings family. There are many great players, each bringing to the instrument an individual voice. On Wednesday in the one o’clock hour today, you’ll have the opportunity to hear three generations of cello players