The Next Track, Episode #181 – Classical Music Critic Anne Midgette

Anne Midgette resigned as classical music critic for the Washington Post a few months ago, but she is well placed to discuss the dangers facing live performances of classical music in The After. And she tells us about the historical novel she’s writing about the woman who built pianos for Beethoven.

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The Next Track, Episode #180 – Harpsichordist and Conductor Richard Egarr

We talk with harpsichordist, conductor, and “general music addict” Richard Egarr, about original performance practice in early music.

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The Next Track, Episode #179 – Pianist Marc-AndrĂ© Hamelin

We talk with pianist Marc-André Hamelin, whose repertoire, in more than 60 recordings, covers many little-known composers, as well as a number of twentieth-century works, by composers such as Ives, Rzewski, and Feldman.

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The Next Track, Episode #178 – Lieder and Opera Singer Ian Bostridge

We talk with Ian Bostridge, Kirk’s second-favorite lieder singer, about life in lockdown, and about Schubert’s Winterreise, the song cycle that Bostridge is best known for, through his many performances, recordings, films, and a book he wrote about it.

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The Next Track, Episode #177 – Author Michael Connelly on Music in the Harry Bosch Novels and TV Series

Michael Connelly writes crime fiction, and his character Harry Bosch loves jazz. We talk with Michael about how he decided what music Bosch liked, and how he uses music in the novels and TV series.

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The Next Track, Episode #176 – How to Stream Music From Your Home

A lot of musicians, suddenly faced with no opportunities for public performance, are opting to stream live from their homes. Andy Doe joins us to discuss what it means for all the musicians to have to build streaming studios in their homes from scratch, and gives tips on how best to set up cameras, lights, and microphones.

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The Next Track, Episode #174 – Pianist, Composer, and Author Stephen Hough

In this episode, we talk with the pianist, composer, and author Stephen Hough, about how the lockdown is affecting him, how he has “the backside of a rhinoceros,” and we discuss how classical concerts could change in the future.

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The Next Track, Episode #173 – Pianist Angela Hewitt

In the first of a number of out-of-band episodes that we’re planning to release in the coming weeks, we talk with pianist Angela Hewitt, best known for her extraordinary recordings of all of Bach’s keyboard works.

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New Bob Dylan Song: Murder Most Foul

Bod Dylan has released a new 17-minute song, Murder Most Foul, about the killing of John F. Kennedy. It’s a slow, haunting, dirge-like ballad, essentially a talking song, where the lyrics sound almost improvised as the song goes on. There’s a playful use of rhyme and cultural reference, and in this time of great sadness, it brought tears to my eyes.

Dylan fans have transcribed the lyrics, which can be found on the Expecting Rain website.

Dylan scholar Scott Warmuth has found a book about the Kennedy assassination that may have been an influence on the song, or at least its tittle.

Murder most foul