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'Frozen' Thawing Disney's Musical Deep Freeze

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Entertainment Weekly reporter Marc Snetiker explains why Frozen -- a hit at the box office and on the Billboard charts -- has been able to do what other recent Disney musicals haven't -- and what's ahead for the Frozen franchise.

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Tracing The Career Of Claudio Abbado, A Consummate Conductor

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

One of the great post-World War II conductors, Abbado had a searching musical intellect that he employed in orchestral and operatic music from Mozart to Verdi to contemporary composers. He founded festivals and ensembles including the Lucerne Festival Orchestra — see them play Mahler's First.

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Guess Who's Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

We won't guess what her odds were, but it's superstar soprano Renee Fleming.

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Robbie Fulks On World Cafe

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The singer discusses flat-picking, his frustrating career in Nashville, and Gone Away Backwards.

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Soundcheck

Peter Morén Explores A Stockholm Ski Slope In 'Say My Name'

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Here's your chance to discover Sweden's version of our favorite Beatle. His name is Peter Morén, of Peter Bjorn & John fame, and his newly released single and music video is a singular blend of soul, New Wave and infectious pop hooks. Watch it here.

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A Rational Conversation With Ebro Darden, Program Director Of Hot 97

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The "old man" who oversees all music and content on the commercial hip-hop station in New York City has become an increasingly public figure as an interviewer and part of Hot 97's morning show and Internet presence.

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Soundcheck

Fighting Crime, One Lyric At A Time; Diane Birch Plays Live; Disney's New Juggernaut 'Frozen"

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

In this episode: Hip-hop lyrics almost always describe life on the streets -- or what it feels like to get away from it. But some rappers in New York are describing life in a little too much detail, which is catching the attention of the NYPD. We hear about how detectives are decoding lyrics to solve crimes – or prevent them from occurring in the first place. 

Then: Diane Birch performs songs from her second album, Speak A Little Louder -- a record full of songs she could “dance around the house to and sing into a hairbrush” -- in the Soundcheck studio.

And: In case you hadn’t heard, Disney’s latest animated musical, Frozen, is killing it at the box office and on the pop charts. Its soundtrack has been at the top of the Billboard 200 for two weeks and is now set to be adapted for the stage.

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New Sounds

"Psychedelic Appalachia"

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hear fingerstyle guitar music with a wash of drones - "Psychedelic Appalachia"- from steel string shredder Daniel Bachman. His playing has evoked the names of both John Fahey and Robbie Basho, in both the technicality and the emotional depth.  However, it’s actually the late fingerstylist Jack Rose to whom he has been most often compared in that Bachman also relocated from Fredericksburg, VA to Philadelphia and the American Primitive guitar spirit runs strong in him.

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Soundcheck

NYPD Decoding Hip-Hop Videos On YouTube To Track Gang Crime

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The New York Times crime reporter talks about how YouTube videos are helping investigators track and prosecute gang-related crime. 

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New York Now

Yefim Bronfman and Friends' Underground Showcase of New Music

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Q2 Music streams "CONTACT! Yefim Bronfman and Friends" – the latest installment of the new-music series presented by the New York Philharmonic and the 92nd St. Y and featuring Yefim Bronfman.

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Soundcheck

Hear: Diane Birch, Live On Soundcheck

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hear Diane Birch perform pared-down renditions of songs from her album, Speak A Little Louder, in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Takeaway

Looking Back at Motown's Civil Rights Recordings

Monday, January 20, 2014

Motown has become an American institution. But Motown also had a spoken-word label called Black Forum, which was set up in 1970. Two years after he was assassinated, the label released a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Television and radio broadcaster, Alvin Hall recently completed a half hour story on the Black Forum label for the BBC. He shares what he learned and describes why Motown got involved in civil rights recordings.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Martin Luther King Day Gospel Hour

Monday, January 20, 2014

Leonard Lopate marks Martin Luther King day by playing great Gospel music from the Civil Rights era.

How I Got Over, Mahalia Jackson (under billboard)

We Shall Overcome, Marion Williams

I'll Be All Right, Angelic Gospel Singers

Precious Lord, Rev. C. L. Franklin

Precious Lord, Aretha Franklin

God's Amazing Grace, J. Robert Bradley

No Restricted Signs in Heaven, Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet

Move on Up a Little Higher, Part 2, Mahalia Jackson

Get Away Jordan, Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes

Trying Time, Gladys McFadden and the Loving Sisters

Pilgrim of Sorrow, Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers

Build Me a Cabin, Mm. Edna Gallmon Cooke

Blessed Assurance, Clara Ward

Bad News, Bad Times, Marion Williams

Mary Don't You Weep, Claude Jeter with Swan Silvertones

God Be With You, J. Earle Hines with St. Paul's Baptist Church Choir

 

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The Takeaway

Looking Back at Motown's Civil Rights Recordings

Monday, January 20, 2014

Motown has become an American institution. But Motown also had a spoken-word label called Black Forum, which was set up in 1970. Two years after he was assassinated, the label released a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Television and radio broadcaster, Alvin Hall recently completed a half hour story on the Black Forum label for the BBC. He shares what he learned and describes why Motown got involved in civil rights recordings.

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Singer Jennifer Holliday On Making The Best Of Each Day

Monday, January 20, 2014

Jennifer Holliday was the original dreamgirl - she won a Tony for her performance in the 80s. But the singer's life wasn't always glamorous: she speaks with host Michel Martin about battling depression, pushing through the low points in her life, and her new album The Song is You. This segment originally aired Dec. 12, 2013 on Tell Me More.

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Robert Glasper Experiment: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, January 20, 2014

The pianist builds R&B with old-school values: singers who don't need software, live improvising, hand-built beats. They're jazz aesthetics, essentially — readily evident when members of his Grammy-winning Experiment band jam with singer Marsha Ambrosius.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

An I.O.U. to Music

Monday, January 20, 2014

In the April, 1942 WQXR Program Guide, distinguished American pianist and composer Abram Chasins wrote about the obligations of performers, composers and listeners to the art of music. In July, 1943 he was appointed WQXR's Music Consultant, and in 1946, its Music Director, a post he held for nineteen years.

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Chamber Music Society

Czech Masterworks

Monday, January 20, 2014

Elliott Forrest co-hosts with Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week features a program of Czech masterpieces by Smetana and Janacek.

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Pipedreams

Still More Concertos

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beyond the standard repertoire, many extraordinary works for organ and instruments remain to be (re)discovered.

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Fresh Air

Lafayette Gilchrist: An Old Soul, At Ease In A Modern World

Monday, January 20, 2014

On Gilchrist's The View From Here, go-go dance beats inform his piano the same way freight-train boogie-woogie does.

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