Leon Botstein

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Leon Botstein: 'Rite Of Spring' A Quantum Leap Forward

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Soundcheck enlists Leon Botstein, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra and president of Bard College, to explain how Rite of Spring took classical music into the modern world.


American Idol Scoop; Ira Berkow Picks Three; Leon Botstein On Stravinsky; French Horn Rebellion

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In this episode: Season 12 of American Idol wraps up this week, and writer Jethro Nededog recently reported that the show will have all new judges next year. He talks about why Idol is making the change and how it can reverse the show's ratings slump.

Plus: Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter Ira Berkow just published Summers at Shea: Tom Seaver Loses His Overcoat and Other Mets Stories. He joins us with a few of his favorite songs -- and some sports lore.

And: American Symphony Orchestra music director Leon Botstein explains why 1913 was the right time for Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Also: Unofficial candidates for “best band name in recent memory” French Horn Rebellion bring their strobe lights, glowing jackets, and irresistible dance beats to the studio. (Oh, and yes, French horns are involved.)

Botstein on Sibelius

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Conductor Leon Botstein has built his considerable reputation by shining the spotlight on neglected composers, overlooked masterworks, and unexpected musical connections.  Today, he joins us to explain why the popular Finnish composer Jean Sibelius deserves a new look.   

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Leon Botstein

Friday, August 13, 2010

Twenty years ago, Leon Botstein started the annual Bard Music Festival. This year the festival focuses on the Viennese modernist Alban Berg. Botstein pitches Berg's difficult, dissonant work to audiences who normally can't stand 20th-century music. He tells Kurt that music suffers ...

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Another Look at Henry Cowell

Friday, January 29, 2010

Conductor and musicologist Leon Botstein has made a specialty of tracking down forgotten gems in music. His latest venture focuses on the music of Henry Cowell, a revolutionary composer who helped create a modernist American music. Botstein talks about the neglect of Cowell’s work, his life as president of Bard ...

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Who Says He's Elgar the Great?

Friday, July 27, 2007

2007 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Edward Elgar, the composer of works like Pomp and Circumstance. But it's also the year that the bank of England has removed him from the 20 Pound note. Today, a debate over his merits with Bard College president Leon Botstein ...

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