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Shostakovich

Shostakovich as a “Calling Card”

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The pairing of performers and compatriot composers is such a satisfying notion (like having a French meal at l’Ecole Le Cordon Bleu Paris) that in a field crowded with artists carving out an identity, it happens a lot. It almost seems cliché for a Russian quartet to focus on Shostakovich – except so many reviewers

Music’s Fathers

Sergei Rachmaninoff with granddaughter Sophie

WFMT honors fatherhood this weekend with opera, film music, and one artist’s journey to connect with his late dad. View an online photo exhibition of musical dads and their children and grandchildren, including Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Jean Sibelius, Sergei Prokofiev, and Richard Strauss.

Bruno Bartoletti (June 10, 1926 – June 9, 2013)

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Bruno Bartoletti, longtime conductor and artistic director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, died Sunday in Florence, Italy, just one day before his 87th birthday. Bartoletti first conducted there in 1956 at the age of 30; Lyric was a fledgling company of two years when founder Carol Fox required a replacement conductor

Singing with Maestro Muti

Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov is in Chicago to sing the rarely performed Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti by Dmitri Shostakovich with the Chicago Symphony.  He sang the Verdi Requiem with the Orchestra several years ago and has frequented the world’s stages with Maestro Muti.  Here Abdrazakov talks about learning music with the Maestro. Ildar more…

Gerard McBurney and Shostakovich Part 1

(click here) Moscow Cheryo Part 1 Gerard McBurney, Creative Director of the CSO’s Beyond the Score series joins Noel Morris as Guest Host. Gerard discusses his long working relationship with Dmitri Shostakovich’s widow, Irina, and his orchestration of the composer’s operetta “Moscow, Cheryomushki” being staged by Chicago Opera Theater.

Gerard McBurney and Shostakovich Part 2

C(click here) Moscow Cheryo Part 2 Gerard McBurney, Creative Director of the CSO’s Beyond the Score series, joins Noel Morris as Guest Host. Gerard discusses his long working relationship with Dmitri Shostakovich’s widow, Irina, and his orchestration of the composer’s operetta “Moscow, Cheryomushki” being staged by Chicago Opera Theater.

Happy Anniversary Shostakovich Cello Sonata Op. 40

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q350N0Y9KyE Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife, pianist Elena Rostropovich, (piano) Olga Rostropovich