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Classical Conversations

Intimate conversations with world-renowned musicians, here at the Classical WETA studios.

Classical WETA's on-air hosts interview prominent classical music performers, composers and artists in this series of intimate audio conversations recorded for ClassicalWETA.org.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard by Marco Borggreve

Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays Bach Well-Tempered Clavier

For Bach month on Classical WETA, French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard mines the depths of Bach's enduring keyboard collection, "The Well-Tempered Clavier."

Antony Walker, Part II

Maestro Antony Walker, who is in town to conduct two operas (Richard Strauss' Guntram with WCO and Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites with WNO) shares his love for both operas and explains why Poulenc's "Dialogues" is such a dramatic and emotional masterpiece.  He also chats about what it's like to conduct a broad range of operatic repertoire.

Antony Walker

Antony Walker conducts Washington Concert Opera's presentation of Richard Strauss' first opera, the passionate Guntram, on Sunday, March 1st at 6 pm at Lisner Auditorium.  Featured are tenor Robert Dean Smith as Guntram, soprano Marjorie Owens as Freidhild and baritone Tom Fox as the Old Duke.  More information at ConcertOpera.org.
 

Gisèle Becker on Bach's St. John Passion

David Ginder chats with Cantate Chamber Singers Music Director Gisèle Becker about Bach's St. John Passion

Anne Akiko Meyers' Vivaldi Album

The recording debut of the historic 1741 "Vieuxtemps" violin by Anne Akiko Meyers is Classical WETA's CD Pick of the Week.

Layla Claire

Layla Claire

Soprano Layla Claire plays Blanche de la Force in Francis Poulenc's opera, The Dialogues of the Carmelites, presented by Washington National Opera. Ms. Claire discusses the haunting beauty of Poulenc's music, and the emotional power of the story which is based on the actual martyrdom of 16 Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution. 

Marin Alsop (Photo by Adriane White)

Marin Alsop on Off the Cuff

Marin Alsop talks about the next Off the Cuff--an examination of the Bach family.

Marin Alsop (Photo by Kym Thomson)

Marin Alsop on Strathmore

David Ginder chats with BSO music director Marin Alsop about Strathmore Music Center.

Nurit Bar-Josef

Nurit Bar-Josef plays Tchaikovsky

National Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef talks with Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix about performing the solo role in two Tchaikovsky pieces:  Sérénade mélancolique and Valse-Scherzo in the NSO's Fantasy and Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks series of concerts at the Kennedy Center January 22-24.

Ray Chen by Chris Dunlop

Violinist Ray Chen and Mozart

Violinist Ray Chen talks with Classical WETA's Marilyn Cooley about his Mozart album.