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On Being with Krista Tippett is a public radio project delving into the human side of news stories + issues. Curated + edited by senior editor Trent Gilliss.

We publish guest contributions. We edit long; we scrapbook. We do big ideas + deep meaning. We answer questions.

We've even won a couple of Webbys + a Peabody Award.

We are in the final stages of producing our episode with the classical superstar cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. After more than a decade working on this radio project, I continue to marvel at Krista Tippett’s prowess in creating conversational spaces with the most famous of people and in the magic of the production process. This interview demonstrates how the crafting of a podcast and a radio program can elevate a conversation and elevate the mind. Here’s a two-minute preview to whet the appetite!

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Easy listening on this Sunday evening from allegroassai:

Joseph Haydn:

Concerto for Piano in D major, H 18 no. 2 - I. Vivace

Martha Argerich, Piano

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What a gorgeous piece of music to wake up to: “Gayane’s Adagio” by the  Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian. He’s better known for his frenetic "Sabre Dance" but this performance by the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Andre Anichanov) is a welcome contrast.

(Thanks for the introduction, antoniopolophotography!)

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Hélène Grimaud plays Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude in D minor BWV 875

(via allegroassai)

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allegroassai:

Maurice Ravel:

Vocalise - Étude

 Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano

An enchanting recording.

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amusiclibrary:

The Rite of Spring: Igor Stravinsky’s own hand-written manuscripts are published for the first time in 2013

And at no time is it more vital to think about the coming season. Winter be gone!
~Trent Gilliss, senior editor
amusiclibrary:

The Rite of Spring: Igor Stravinsky’s own hand-written manuscripts are published for the first time in 2013

And at no time is it more vital to think about the coming season. Winter be gone!
~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

amusiclibrary:

The Rite of SpringIgor Stravinsky’s own hand-written manuscripts are published for the first time in 2013

And at no time is it more vital to think about the coming season. Winter be gone!

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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trentgilliss:

“O Come, Emmanuel”

For so many Christians, this song was sung and played this past weekend on the first Sunday of Advent. But I’m going to guess that very few church services featured such a stirring pairing of piano and cello.

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Now, this is good news for a Friday morning! Thanks to wgbhnews:

Grammy-winning musician Esperanza Spalding releases her new album Radio Music Society next week. (Photo by Johann Sauty.) Story…

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Now, this is good news for a Friday morning! Thanks to wgbhnews:

Grammy-winning musician Esperanza Spalding releases her new album Radio Music Society next week. (Photo by Johann Sauty.) Story…

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Now, this is good news for a Friday morning! Thanks to wgbhnews:

Grammy-winning musician Esperanza Spalding releases her new album Radio Music Society next week. (Photo by Johann Sauty.) Story…

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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Fast forward four decades later and you can still see Michael Barone striking much the same pose. Although the turntable isn’t positioned in quite the same way and the hair color has blanched a bit (and a digital mixing board has entered the equation but the typewriter’s an artifact)
Cool idea from nprfreshair:

Going to start a series called: Awesome vintage pictures from public radio stations. This is MPR host Michael Barone, in the late 1970s.
(via MPR’s Michael Barone talks pipe organs and Pipe Dreams | Minnesota Public Radio News)

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Fast forward four decades later and you can still see Michael Barone striking much the same pose. Although the turntable isn’t positioned in quite the same way and the hair color has blanched a bit (and a digital mixing board has entered the equation but the typewriter’s an artifact)
Cool idea from nprfreshair:

Going to start a series called: Awesome vintage pictures from public radio stations. This is MPR host Michael Barone, in the late 1970s.
(via MPR’s Michael Barone talks pipe organs and Pipe Dreams | Minnesota Public Radio News)

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Fast forward four decades later and you can still see Michael Barone striking much the same pose. Although the turntable isn’t positioned in quite the same way and the hair color has blanched a bit (and a digital mixing board has entered the equation but the typewriter’s an artifact)

Cool idea from nprfreshair:

Going to start a series called: Awesome vintage pictures from public radio stations. This is MPR host Michael Barone, in the late 1970s.

(via MPR’s Michael Barone talks pipe organs and Pipe Dreams | Minnesota Public Radio News)

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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Celebrating Mozart’s birthday.
Photo by Mohamed Nanabhay. (Follow “onbeing” on instagram)
Celebrating Mozart’s birthday.
Photo by Mohamed Nanabhay. (Follow “onbeing” on instagram)

Celebrating Mozart’s birthday.

Photo by Mohamed Nanabhay. (Follow “onbeing” on instagram)

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A Magic Classical Music Roller Coaster Ride (video)

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Isolate the musical notes of the first violin playing the fourth movement of Ferdinand Ries’ second symphony. Then create a visualization that gives the most untrained ear an idea of the sweeping undulations and dynamic energy of the German composer’s piece. What you get is this smart, real-time look at the Zurich Chamber Orchestra (Zürcher Kammer Orchester) in the shape of a roller coaster:

"The camera starts by showing a close-up of the score, then focuses on the notes of the first violin turning the staves into the winding rail tracks of the rollercoaster. The notes and bars were exactly synchronised with the progression in the animation so that the typical movements of a rollercoaster ride match the dramatic composition of the music."

(h/t Julia Schrenkler)

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“Maria Durch Ein Dornwald Ging” by Calmus

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

CalmusAfter the warm reception to yesterday’s selection from Performance Today's free repository of classical music goodness, why not post one from the Leipzig ensemble Calmus? Arranged by Ludwig Bohme, this traditional Christmas carol dates back to the sixteenth century. If there are any music scholars out there, please tell us more about the origins of this lovely piece.

We’ll post one final track from New York Polyphony this evening, but I highly recommend you head over to PT’s website and download them for yourself before the link expires on January 1, 2012.

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"Magnum Mysterium" by Chanticleer

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Fred Child and the producers of Performance Today have created a substantial repository of free music from the live concerts and in-studio performances they broadcast on public radio. This year, three ensembles — Calmus, New York Polyphony, and Chanticleer — are offering free downloads of some of these performances.

I’ll post one track from each group during the course of the day, but I recommend you head over to PT’s website and download them for yourself.

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Do you know the name of the choir and the director?

Hello. I assume you’re referring to yesterday’s enchanting Tuesday evening melody highlighting Gregorio Allegri’s “Misere mei, Deus,” non? The piece you heard was produced for BBC Four with Harry Christophers conducting a choir named The Sixteen.

~answered by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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