Tom Huizenga

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Budapest Festival Orchestra Plays Carnegie Hall

Monday, February 22, 2016

Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer has strong opinions about his homeland, from its music to its politics.

On the musical side, he routinely makes a strong case for his compatriots. In Fischer's eight previous visits to Carnegie Hall, dating back to 1998, he has spotlighted pieces by


Singing For Life In A Crypt In Harlem

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Opera singer Lawrence Brownlee is known for portraying kings and princes. But lately he's been thinking about real people: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, to name a few.

He's been thinking about the Black Lives Matter movement and an old spiritual called "There's a ...


A Fearless Soprano's Case For Contemporary Music

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Squeamish about contemporary classical music? Meet Barbara Hannigan. With more than 80 world premieres to her credit, she has a knack for making modern music sound effortless and approachable. The intrepid soprano is unafraid to outfit herself as a dominatrix or a schoolgirl while singing, conducting and acting — all ...


Songs We Love: Nicholas McCarthy, 'The Man I Love'

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Nicholas McCarthy was born without his right hand. Pursuing the piano would not exactly appear to be the most intuitive career choice. And yet that is exactly what the 26-year-old British pianist has done. His debut album, Solo, will be released next week.

McCarthy's "Aha!" piano moment came relatively late, ...


First Listen: Daniel Wohl, 'Holographic'

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Daniel Wohl is a gifted alchemist in sound. His new album, Holographic, seems like the product of some wild-eyed professor mixing up aural compounds in a laboratory. The vast catalog of sounds Wohl has crafted mesmerizes. In Holographic he has created an arresting space where electronics and acoustic instruments commingle ...


The Philadelphia Orchestra Brings Vienna To Carnegie Hall

Friday, January 15, 2016

It was the day before Thanksgiving in 1902 when the Philadelphia Orchestra made its debut at Carnegie Hall. Music by Tchaikovsky was on the program and on the podium was Fritz Scheel, the first leader of an orchestra founded just two years before.

Since then, the Philadelphians have paid dozens ...


First Listen: Henryk Górecki, Symphony No. 4, 'Tansman Episodes'

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Remember Polish composer Henryk Górecki's Third Symphony, the one called "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs?" Its slowly churning melodies, soaring soprano lines and texts from prayers scrawled on Gestapo cell walls became an improbable hit in 1992 when a recording with soprano Dawn Upshaw, conductor David Zinman and the ...


Songs We Love: Daniel Wohl, 'Source'

Friday, January 08, 2016

The title of Daniel Wohl's "Source" is something of a play on words. The actual sources of his captivating array of sounds are not completely clear. But it doesn't really matter. Just let the meticulously crafted, slightly surreal music from the Paris-born, Los Angeles-based composer soak in.

With its ...


Classical Music In 2015: The Year In Review

Monday, January 04, 2016

Although 2015 produced arguably fewer big headlines in classical music than its predecessors, there were still surprising stories. The Minnesota Orchestra played Havana, Alan Gilbert announced his departure from the New York Philharmonic and pianist Valentina Lisitsa's politically volatile tweets boiled up a lot of hot ...


Our 10 Favorite Classical Albums Of 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Say what you will about the demise of the CD and the battles between downloads and streams, in 2015 the flow of classical music recordings seemed as full and rich as ever.

Devising a list of just 10 was downright painful. We were forced to leave so many terrific albums ...


Snowflakes and Troubled Hearts: A New Holiday Song By Nico Muhly

Friday, December 11, 2015

Amid the ubiquitous din of annual chestnuts like "Jingle Bells" and "Let it Snow," you may be surprised to learn that people are actually writing new holiday songs. And as it turns out, some of them are pretty great.

Whether young, prolific composer Nico Muhly's new song "Whispered ...


Finland's Finest: The Seven Symphonies Of Jean Sibelius

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Jean Sibelius, born 150 years ago on Dec. 8, 1865, was the first Finnish composer to reach an international audience, but his popularity began at home. In the late 1890s, Finland was a part of the Russian empire and its people were striving for independence. Sibelius, who would ...


Teddy Abrams: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, November 30, 2015

If we're relying on the younger generation to help boost interest in classical music, look no further than Teddy Abrams. The 28-year-old pianist, clarinetist, conductor and composer has just begun his second season as music director of the Louisville Orchestra and he's brimming with ideas on what to ...


Hans Abrahamsen Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A 30-minute song cycle for soprano and orchestra called let me tell you, by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, has been named the winner of the 2016 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The prize, which includes $100,000, was slated to be announced Nov. 30 by the University of Louisville, ...


Beethoven Symphonies At Carnegie Hall Via Berlin

Monday, November 23, 2015

Why do Beethoven's symphonies remain so appealing? It's a question we put to Simon Rattle a few years ago after he had finished conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in all nine of them.

"There's nothing harder," Rattle said, "and at the end of it all, nothing more rewarding. This ...


Silvestrov's Ukrainian Nostalgia

Friday, November 06, 2015

The Brazilians call it saudade. It's an elusive, almost intoxicating mix of emotions suffused with longing, loss and memory, best evoked in music. Perhaps Ukrainians have their own word for it. But if not, it can surely be heard in Valentin Silvestrov's Nostalghia, a solo piano work from ...


A Teasing Trumpeter: Jeffrey Curnow's Cartoons

Friday, October 30, 2015

Jeffrey Curnow has a serious funny bone. In his cartoons, he pokes fun at symphony orchestras, conductors and musicians from his perch as the associate principal trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Watch for Curnow's off-kilter perspectives on NPR Classical's Twitter and Facebook feeds. He ...


Richard Strauss' Musical Mountain Climb

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Marking the 100th anniversary of An Alpine Symphony, take a guided tour through Strauss' evocative music with conductor Semyon Bychkov and author David Hurwitz as trail guides.


A Tale Of Two Sergeys: Boston Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

Friday, October 23, 2015

Andris Nelsons, the Latvian conductor now in his second season as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has a taste for Russian music.

The orchestra's opening concert, earlier this month, was an all-Russian program that included pianist Evgeny Kissin. Nelsons has peppered the remainder of ...


Music From The Shadows: Ancient Armenian Hymns And Piano Jazz

Friday, October 09, 2015

Tigran Hamasyan won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in 2006, but the music that resonates even deeper for him is centuries removed — and a sound world away — from jazz.

Hamasyan's new album, Luys I Luso (Light from Light), is an arresting exploration of ancient ...