Browse our audio archive of conversations with classical music artists and radio personalities. WGTE Program Director Brad Cresswell speaks with some of today's greatest musicians about their latest recordings and performances.
- Toledo Opera: Kathryn Lewek
Internationally acclaimed soprano Kathryn Lewek returns to Toledo Opera for the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Valentine Theatre. Listen to her interview session with WGTE's Brad Cresswell during Afternoon Classics on FM 91.Read more
- Itamar Zorman: Portrait
Israeli-born violinist Itamar Zorman discusses his first solo CD, entitled Portrait. An imaginative mix of music that is sometimes brash and stormy, sometimes up-close and intimate, Portrait offers up a provocative image of this dynamic young musician.Read more
- BGSU College of Musical Arts at 100
Bowling Green State University celebrates 100 years of the College of Musical Arts on March 28. We're joined by BGSU Professor Dr. Mary Natvig and Professor Emeritus Dr. Vince Corrigan to preview the events for the day.
Hosted by Brad Cresswell. Listen via our media player, above.
- Cypress String Quartet: Beethoven's Middle Quartets
Two members of the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet (violinist Tom Stone and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel) join us to discuss the latest recording in their Beethoven cycle, which includes the remarkable "Rasumovsky" quartets.
Interview by Brad Cresswell. Listen via our media player, above.Read more
Photo credit: Gregory Goode
- Toledo Opera: Mark Delavan
Opera star Mark Delavan joins us to discuss his character of Rev. Blitch in Toledo Opera's current production of Susannah by Carlisle Floyd.
Interview by Brad Cresswell. Listen via our media player, above.
Photo: Mark Delavan (upper left) as Rev. Blitch in "Susannah" (Toledo Opera)
- Noah Bendix-Balgley & Randolph Kelly in Performance: Mozart
Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley and Pittsburgh Symphony principal viola Randolph Kelly join us in the studio for conversation and performance. They appear together this weekend with the Bowling Green Philharmonia for Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for violin, viola and orchestra.
Interview by Brad Cresswell. Listen above via our media player.Read more
- Liechtenstein Academy Musicians on FM 91
This weekend, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra plays host to several young artists from the International Music Academy of Liechtenstein in a program at the Peristyle. Five of these stellar young artists join us in the studio for conversation and performance.
Hosted by Brad Cresswell. Listen via our media player, above.Read more
- Mason Bates: Jurassic Concerto
Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence Mason Bates joins us to talk about his Violin Concerto, written for (and recently recorded by) violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. Inspired by Jurassic themes, the concerto takes as its subject the ancient link between dinosaurs and birds, the Archaeopteryx. Interview by Brad Cresswell. Listen via our media player, above.Read more
- Amahl and the Night Visitors at BGSU
Opera instructor Kevin Bylsma and conductor Emily Freeman Brown join us to preview Bowling Green State University's production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, which opens this weekend at the Donnell Theatre.
Interview by Brad Cresswell. Listen via our media player, above.Read more
- Anne Akiko Meyers: The American Masters
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers joins us to preview her newest album, which features two world-premieres: Mason Bates' Jurassic-inspired violin concerto, and the exquisite Lullaby for Natalie by John Corigliano. Also included is Samuel Barber's seminal Violin Concerto, a work with which Anne made her recording debut at the age of 18.
Interview by Brad Cresswell. Listen via our media player, above.Read more
- Project Trio: Chamber Music Rock Stars
A chamber group with classical roots, Project Trio's music is flavored with a unique classical/rock/jazz aesthetic which has garnered millions of followers from around the world. The Brooklyn-based band is currently in town for a residency at BGSU, and they stopped by the WGTE-FM studios for conversation and performance (listen via our media player, above).Read more
- Toledo Opera's "Tosca": Michael Capasso
Director and Opera Impresario Michael Capasso (pictured) joins us for a conversation about Puccini's operatic thriller Tosca, which he directs for Toledo Opera. We also hear Tosca excerpts featuring his favorite singers, and hear a preview of his Opera Extra talk about one of history's greatest singers, called Composers, Caricatures and Concubines: The Fascinating Life of Enrico Caruso.
- Celebration of the Violin: Stephanie Arado
We're joined by Dr. Penny Thompson Kruse, Professor of Violin at Bowling Green State University, to hear about their year-long residency and concert series called Celebration of the Violin.
Also, guest violinist Stephanie Arado (pictured) and pianist Laura Melton perform Mozart in our studio and talk about their September 23rd recital at BGSU's Bryan Recital Hall.Read more
- Thomas Rosenkranz and Gregory Fulkerson: Beyond Minimalism
Pianist Tom Rosenkranz discusses his latest recital project, in which he teams up with violinist Greg Fulkerson for both established modern works and newly-minted commissions for violin and piano.
Beyond Minimalism premieres Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Bowling Green State University.Read more
- Time For Three
Crossover string trio Time for Three (Zach De Pue, Ranaan Meyer, and Nick Kendall) joins us for a conversation about their latest album, which features their own mash-ups and arrangements of popular contemporary music as well as performances by guest musicians.Read more
- Cypress String Quartet: Schubert
The San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet takes on the remarkable string quintet of Franz Schubert in their new album, joining forces with the eminent cellist Gary Hoffman. Two members of the ensemble join us to sample the disk and to talk about what makes this music so special.Read more
- Duo Gazzana: modern music with ancient ties
In their latest CD, violinist Natascia Gazzana and her sister, pianist Raffaella Gazzana tie together an ecletic group of modern composers through works which look to the past.Read more
- Quartetto di Cremona: Beethoven
One of the leading chamber ensembles of their generation, the Quartetto di Cremona has just released the second volume in their complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets. WGTE's Brad Cresswell chats with violist Simone Gramalia about the music on this disc, including the "Razumovsky No. 2," one of Beethoven's best-known and most original works.Read more
- Bernard Uzan: Faust comes to Toledo
Operatic factotum Bernard Uzan has been a General Director, Artistic Director, Stage Director, Artist Manager, Set Designer, Librettist, Actor, and most recently, published Novelist. Now he brings his modern take on Gounod's Faust to the stage of Toledo Opera.
- Chiara String Quartet: Brahms by Heart
Two members of the much-acclaimed Chiara String Quartet join us for a chat about their latest album, Brahms by Heart — which captures on disc their remarkable practice of performing completely from memory.Read more
- Daniil Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital
Still in his early twenties, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has conquered many of the world's finest concert halls and performed with the most prestigious orchestras. He joins us to discuss his latest album, a live concert recording of his Carnegie Hall recital debut. Listen via our media player, above.
- Simone Dinnerstein: Bach Inventions and Sinfonias
Star pianist Simone Dinnerstein once more tops the classical charts with the music of Bach. This time, it's Inventions and Sinfonias. She joins WGTE's Brad Cresswell for a chat about what makes these pieces so special. Listen to the audio archive via our media player, above.Read more
- Avi Avital: Between Worlds
In 2012, mandolin player Avi Avital made a splash with his first DG release, an all-Bach album. Now he offers up a boundary-crossing release which explores the intersection between folk and classical, called "Between Worlds." Fresh off his Carnegie Hall recital debut, the artist speaks with WGTE's Brad Cresswell about the new recording, which came out earlier this month.Read more
- Joshua Bell and Friends: Musical Gifts
Joshua Bell offers up a new album of musical holiday gifts, featuring a wide variety of special guests. The star violinist joins WGTE's Brad Cresswell for a preview. Listen via our media player, above.Read more
- Hélène Grimaud: Brahms Concertos
Pianist Hélène Grimaud talks with WGTE's Brad Cresswell about her latest release: an exciting new recording of Brahms' two piano concertos. Andris Nelsons conducts both performances, recorded live in concert with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Listen via our media player, above.
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- Rachel Barton Pine: Mendelssohn & Schumann Violin Concertos
The wonderful violinist Rachel Barton Pine joins WGTE's Brad Cresswell for a chat about her latest album, which includes violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann, along with the violin romances of Beethoven.
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- Michelle Makarski and Keith Jarrett: Bach Violin Sonatas
Violinist Michelle Makarski talks with WGTE's Brad Cresswell about her new collaboration with pianist Keith Jarrett for ECM records: the six violin sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach.Read more
- Philippe Quint and Lily Maisky: Opera Breve
Violinist Philippe Quint and pianist Lily Maisky have just released a standout album of operatic arrangements and transcriptions, called "Opera Breve." Both artists join WGTE's Brad Cresswell to talk about their collaboration, which includes some seldom-heard jewels of the repertoire.Read more
- Toledo Opera's Aida: Singers Roundtable
Stars of Toledo Opera's upcoming production of Verdi's Aida join WGTE's Brad Cresswell in the studio for conversation and music. Featured are soprano Othalie Graham (Aida - pictured), tenor Antonello Palombi (Radames), and baritone Mark Rucker (Amonasro).
More information at http://www.toledoopera.org/events/main/aida/
- Views: 2 "Exploring Music" on Demand
Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin reaches an estimated 500,000 listeners around the globe through its daily broadcasts (which are heard weekday mornings at 11 on WGTE-FM). Now the program is offering its treasure trove of audio archives to the public for on-demand listening through its website.
Host Bill McGlaughlin joins WGTE's Brad Cresswell to talk about this new and exciting chapter in the program's development. Listen to the conversation via our media player, above.Read more
- Bill McGlaughlin on FM 91 (video)
Performer, conductor, composer, and radio personality Bill McGlaughlin visits the FM 91 studios for a conversation with WGTE's Brad Cresswell. Watch the video archive!
- Views: 1 Rachel Barton Pine: Violin Lullabies
Acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine's musical tastes run deep, from Classical and Baroque to Rock and Heavy Metal. In her latest recording, Pine returns to her roots, with music she first heard sung to her by her mother - and which she is now passing along to her own infant daughter. WGTE's Brad Cresswell talks with Pine about her new CD of "Violin Lullabies."Read more
- Views: 168 Listen on Demand: Michael Capasso
Opera impresario Michael Capasso, in town to direct Toledo Opera's "La Boheme," talks with WGTE's Brad Cresswell about opera composer Giacomo Puccini and his three great loves: beautiful women, duck hunting, and music (in that order).
Capasso is founder and General Director of New York's reknowned Dicapo Opera Theatre, a professional, non-profit company that produces repertoire ranging from the traditional to the rarely performed, with at least one 20th-century work each season.Read more
- Samuel Ramey on FM 91 (video)
Opera legend Sam Ramey joins us in the WGTE studios for an extended chat about his life and career. Watch the video archive!
- Views: 316 Listen on Demand: Pianist Martina Filjak
One of the most exciting young artists to emerge in recent years, pianist Martina Filjak joins WGTE's Brad Cresswell in the studio to talk about her season-opening performances of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Toledo Symphony.
Filjak is garnering international praise for her poetic passion and technical mastery at the keyboard as well as for her charismatic personality and magnetic stage presence.Read more
- Views: 72 Toledo Opera: Turandot
WGTE's Brad Cresswell interviews soprano Amy Yekel and tenor Adam Herskowitz, stars of Toledo Opera's upcoming production of Puccini's "Turandot."
- Views: 144 CD Spotlight: "Air" - The Bach Album
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers talks with WGTE's Brad Cresswell about her latest release, a collection of favorites by J.S. Bach.
Preview "Air" on Anne Akiko Meyers' website (includes sound and video clips): http://www.anneakikomeyers.com/html/disc-air.htmlRead more
- Views: 134 Sharon Isbin and Friends: Guitar Passions
Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin won the Grammy Award last year for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance. Now she has a new CD out which pays tribute to her own favorite guitarists. WGTE's Brad Cresswell reports (listen via our audio player at right).
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- Views: 148 Jane Eaglen: Romance of the Ring
Superstar Wagnerian soprano Jane Eaglen has performed in the world's greatest opera houses and in front of the world's most famous orchestras. In February, she comes to Toledo to give a pre-performance talk at the 2011 Toledo Opera Gala, which features an all-Wagner program.
Ms. Eaglen recently spoke by phone with WGTE's Brad Cresswell, to talk about her love affair with the operas of Richard Wagner, her first Ring Cycle, and more. Listen to the full interview via WGTE's media player, at right.Read more
- Views: 158 Charles Coleman: American Portrait
Composer Charles Coleman talks with Brad Cresswell about two of his orchestral works, which are featured on a new CD release from Paavo Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Listen to interview audio excerpts via WGTE's Media Player, at right.Read more
- Views: 64 Angèle Dubeau: Portrait
Violinist Angèle Dubeau talks with Brad Cresswell about her latest CD release, a portrait of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
Listen to the full interview via WGTE's audio player (above, or at right). Also, buy/download Arvo Pärt: Portrait from amazon.com and part of your purchase goes to support Public Radio!Read more