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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.

J. Reilly Lewis on J.S. Bach

David Ginder chats with Bach Consort music director J. Reilly Lewis about the very long line of musicians in the Bach family.

Iestyn Davies

Countertenor Iestyn Davies

Countertenor Iestyn Davies' album The Art of Melancholy:  Songs of John Dowland is our Vocal CD Pick of the Week on VivaLaVoce.org.
 

Cecelia Hopkins Porter

Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix talks with Washington Post critic Cecelia Hopkins Porter about her book:  Five Lives in Music:  Women Performers, Composers, and Impresarios from the Baroque to the Present.  Ms. Porter presented a series of lecture-recitals last spring at the National Gallery of Art, featuring performances of the music composed by four of the women, Duchess Sophie-Elisabeth von Mecklenburg, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Josephine Lang and Maria Bach.  In addition, the fifth woman, Ann Schein, was featured in recital on Front Row Washington on Classical WETA.

During her research in Vienna, Ms. Porter came across 30 to 40 women musicians who had been active in Vienna between 1918 and 1945.  On Tuesday, March 24th at 7:30, she will give a lecture-recital featuring the music of three of these musical discoveries at the Austrian Embassy.  Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux will be the featured artist.
 

Faure's Requiem at Washington National Cathedral

The Cathedral Choral Society presents an all-French program at the National Cathedral on Sunday, March 8 at 4pm. J. Reilly Lewis talks about the concert, which will include Faure's Requiem.

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.