Topic: classical

Maroon 5's new song, 'Memories,' is basically Pachelbel's Canon

If you're going to copy, then copy the great masters, right?

Charles Richard-Hamelin: 'Chopin is usually all about grey areas'

On his new album, the Canadian pianist continues his exploration of Chopin's subtle shadings.

Haviah Mighty, Robbie Robertson, Drake and more: songs you need to hear this week

Six fresh tracks to add to your playlist right now.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin has renewed his contract with Montreal's Orchestre Métropolitain — for life

'The Orchestre Métropolitain is the first of my musical families,' says the famed conductor.

Surprise! Jan Lisiecki releases the complete Beethoven piano concertos

On this unexpected 3-CD set, he plays all 5 concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Clara Schumann essentials: 5 pieces you should know

A quick guide to one of the 19th century's great pianist-composers on the 200th anniversary of her birth.

Heavy metal and classical music have more in common than you think

From Beethoven to Vivaldi, metal artists have drawn inspiration from composers for years.

30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, 2019 edition

Meet the next generation of classical music stars.

Why the world needs more Bach

'It forces us to stop, listen and reconnect with our potential,' says Matthew White, executive and artistic director of the Vancouver Bach Festival.

You can now listen to all 555 keyboard sonatas by Scarlatti at the same time

A YouTube user mixed the audio and, well, it's a lot.

Joseph Rouleau, famed bass and champion of Canadian musicians, has died at 90

He sang for a quarter-century at Covent Garden, then returned to Canada to nurture young classical talent.

Is the recorder the most underrated musical instrument ever?

That instrument you learned in elementary school is much cooler than you think.

Here's the classical music you should be listening to this summer

Six recent albums from Canadian artists to discover during the coming dog days.

Here's how you can cheer on the Canadian contestants at the International Tchaikovsky Competition

It's the Olympics of classical music, and pianists Tony Yike Yang and Xiaoyu Liu are going for gold.

Expect a symphony of bids as Beethoven's hair gets put up for auction

The strands date back to 1826.

Vancouver's Chor Leoni has won the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence

'A testament to the choir’s ability to connect,' says artistic director Erick Lichte.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin's Philadelphia Orchestra receives $55 million donation

'Words are simply not enough to express my heartfelt gratitude,' says the Canadian conductor

Why this is the year to cross Angela Hewitt's Umbrian music festival off your bucket list

Gorgeous music (and food and wine and scenery) in the heart of Italy? 'It is pure magic,' she says.

Jean-Michel Blais receives honourable mention from Cannes Soundtrack

The Quebec pianist composed the music for Xavier Dolan's film Matthias et Maxime.

Canada's music community remembers Derek Holman

The conductor, organist and composer died on May 20, 2019, at the age of 88.

Organist and choral conductor Patrick Wedd has died

He was director of Montreal's Tudor Singers and a church musician of distinction.

Louis Lortie on work–life balance, figuring out Fauré and avoiding Netflix

The Canadian pianist, who turned 60 in April, is on a hot streak.
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Karina Canellakis conducts unrehearsed Tchaikovsky after OSM soloist Daniil Trifonov suddenly falls ill

A stressful debut for the star conductor, but the show must go on.

This video of 2 trombonists playing Bach in a basement is oddly satisfying

For a quick DIY video, it's pretty good!

5 Franz Schubert songs you should know better

Baritone Tyler Duncan explains why these hidden gems deserve a double-take.

The Met broadcast on May 11 will make you burst with Canadian pride

Don't miss Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites on CBC Music's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.

Guitars can imitate any instrument — this man proves it

His take on the bagpipe is really impressive.

Tulsa Opera's Don Giovanni makes history with trans woman in title role

Baritone Lucia Lucas "will stun audiences with her fresh take on the philandering protagonist."

Watch highlights from the 2019 Junofest classical showcase

Juno nominees including Gryphon Trio and Blake Pouliot performed at Aeolian Hall in London, Ont.

Is Alexandra Stréliski pop or classical? You decide

“I don't pretend to be doing classical music,” she says, and yet she's burning up the classical charts.

Here are the 10 quartets taking part in the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition

From Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, they'll compete for a prize package worth more than $300,000.

Here's what you'll find on CBC Music's new website

We're excited to show you our brand new website revamp.

Here are the Canadians to be featured at the 2019 BBC Proms

The world's biggest classical music festival runs from July 19 to Sept. 14.

Is this the last music recorded at Notre-Dame de Paris?

Organist Olivier Latry's all-Bach album was recorded in January and released on March 22, 2019.

Why Montreal researchers are measuring the brain activity of opera-goers

A new study aims to get inside the heads — literally — of people viewing opera performances.

Vladimir Orloff, famed cellist and U of T professor, has died at 90

"A true gentleman of music, as elegantly beautiful a person as he was a cellist," a former student recalls.

Angel Blue rehearsing Puccini's La bohème will warm your sun-starved heart

She stars in the Canadian Opera Company's production that opens April 17.

Wallis Giunta is taking over CBC Music's Instagram on April 4

The mezzo-soprano takes us behind the scenes on opening night of Mozart's Idomeneo at Opera Atelier in Toronto.

Jarred Dunn: 5 things I learned from pianist Maria João Pires

"Freedom to explore comes first, formats and rules second."

Here are 10 of the weirdest pianos ever built

From imposing modern designs to folding keyboards, here are some unusual ones.

Dominic Gregorio, choral conductor and Regina music professor, has died

Canada's choral community is in mourning.

Charles Richard-Hamelin: 5 pieces that changed my life

What music has shaped the personality of the hot young Montreal pianist?

10 videos that prove baroque music sounds amazing on marimba

Mallets make the magic in the music of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.

Watch Chilly Gonzales break down Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Stick around for the surprise Britney Spears comparison.

This opera singer still sounds amazing at 70

Watch Mariella Devia raise the roof at her Naples concert.

Watch this trumpeter's awesome performance of 'Flight of the Bumblebee'

Paul Merkelo whips off the popular encore in a flurry of double-tonguing.

Huawei used AI technology to complete Schubert's unfinished symphony

"If our smartphone is smart enough to do that, how far can it go?" asks Huawei's Walter Ji.

A guide to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1

Pianist Tony Yike Yang talks us through this "grand and majestic" masterpiece.

Gryphon Trio is taking over Banff's classical music summer program

They've been named directors designate, with 2020 set as their official start date.

5 classical pieces to get you through the polar vortex

Add some soothing music to your coping strategy.

10 seriously underrated pieces for piano and orchestra

Move over, Rachmaninoff, and make way for these overlooked gems.

Meet Cameron Crozman, Canada's next big cello star

With a debut album out, and a string of concerts coming up in four provinces, he's a musician on a mission.

Watch Montreal group Quartom meet (and sing with) Céline Dion

The "Queen of Las Vegas" harmonized beautifully with the quartet.

Gymnopédie No. 1: watch pianist Jamie Parker play Satie

You may have poked away at this piece at home, but when a pro plays it, it's pretty cool.

First Play Live: Chilly Gonzales, Solo Piano III (Part II)

Enjoy more of Chilly Gonzales' live performance at CBC Music.

Watch Gryphon Trio play Mozart, Haydn and Piazzolla

A studio session with Canada's pre-eminent chamber group, to mark its 25th anniversary.

Viola essentials: 10 pieces you should know

Teng Li, principal violist of the L.A. Phil, provides an introduction to this misunderstood instrument.

10 Canadian albums turning 10 this year

Time to feel old.

Remembering Neil Crory, former CBC Music senior producer

Friends and colleagues pay tribute to a seminal figure in Canada's classical music community.

Jan Lisiecki is the 9th busiest classical pianist in the world, and other facts

Bachtrack's annual roundup of classical concert stats contains some surprises.

In memoriam: A tribute to the musicians who left us in 2018

A salute to the talented, inspiring, groundbreaking artists who passed on this year.

2018: the year Canadians won big at international music competitions

The stars aligned in 2018 for Canadians taking part in international classical music competitions.

'Jingle Bells' on tabla is our new Christmas obsession

Watch Seon Almeida's mesmerizing medley of Christmas tunes.

Joy to the World: a guide to CBC Music's Christmas special

This special broadcast is one of the most popular events of the year on the CBC Music airwaves.

'Hallelujah': Yo-Yo Ma gives heartwarming free performance in the Montreal Metro

Yo-Yo Ma performed Bach and Leonard Cohen in the Montreal Metro.

2019 Grammys: Drake, Shawn Mendes and Diana Krall lead Canadian nominations

Kendrick Lamar's Black Panther soundtrack leads with 8 nominations, but Canadian rapper Drake is not far behind.

8 things you may not know about Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

The music is so iconic and an important part of the holiday season. But how much do you know about it?

Our favourite Canadian albums of 2018

Drake, the Sorority, Bonjay, Charlotte Day Wilson, Milk & Bone and more are on our minds as we end the year in music.

Canadians love the arts and now we have the numbers to prove it

Study: 86 per cent of Canadians attended an arts event in 2016.

Our 10 favourite Canadian classical recordings of 2018

These recordings are representative of the breadth and strength of the classical music being created by Canadian musicians here and around the world.

How menstruation affects opera singers

This video, produced by France Musique, provides a good explanation.

Here are the latest musicians to join the Order of Canada

Two musicians were among the 41 Canadians invested into the order on Nov. 20.

How Maurice Ravel became a WW I soldier

As Tom Allen explains in this video, the 91-pound composer was not exactly prime soldier material.

When There is Peace: a guide to Zachary Wadsworth's new armistice oratorio

We prepare you for the world premiere by Chor Leoni, and its broadcast on CBC Music's Choral Concert.

Just sit back and watch accordionist Michael Bridge play 'Asturias'

Albéniz wrote it for solo piano, but don't you think it sounds even better on accordion?

Watch this trumpeter entertain stranded motorists during Alberta snowstorm

"There are literally 1,000 cars, if not more, stuck out here. We've got nothing to do, so we're having fun."

Here's the arrangement of Bach's Violin Partita in E Major you didn't know you needed

Watch accordionist Michael Bridge and clarinettist Kornel Wolak and be amazed.

How will people react to Rufus Wainwright's new opera?

"I have to gird myself," says the acclaimed singer-songwriter/composer. Hadrian opens Oct. 13 at the Canadian Opera Company.

How Christina Petrowska Quilico finds the flow in Ann Southam's music

On Soundspinning, the celebrated pianist continues her project to champion Southam's solo piano works.

How one couple's dream is coming true at the Metropolitan Opera

For Canadian baritone Etienne Dupuis and his wife, soprano Nicole Car, work and life converge in Puccini's La bohème.

We can't stop watching this hilarious Vivaldi Guys video

Are there any bigger nerds than baroque music nerds? The final 20 seconds will crack you up.

6 things to know about violinist Kerson Leong

As a new concert season gets underway, we catch up with one of Canada's busiest young classical musicians.

'She didn't really think she had talent': one filmmaker's quest for the real Maria Callas

Filmmaker Tom Volf talks to us about the making of Maria by Callas, showing Sept. 10 and 13 at TIFF.

Watch Jean-Michel Blais transform Feist's 'Mushaboom' into a beautiful piano piece

The Quebec pianist, who is nominated for the Polaris Music Prize this year, covers the song by previous Polaris winner Leslie Feist.

30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, 2018 edition

Meet the young Canadian musicians burning up the classical music scene.

Canadian Timothy Chooi wins Paternot Prize at 2018 Verbier Festival

The $32,600 prize goes to the annual festival's most accomplished young musician.

Watch Jennifer Lim play Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca and Sonata in C Major

We invited her to our Vancouver studio to play two classic Mozart "hits."

Pianist Peter Longworth dead at age 53

The classical soloist and chamber musician died from cancer.

What's the best recording of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg?

To mark the opera's 150th anniversary, we put the question to some notable Canadian opera types.

The 5 weirdest fathers in opera

If you're looking for tips on being a good father, opera is not the place to turn.

Our favourite backstage moments from the Montreal International Music Competition

From superhero handshakes to dancing pianists, there was a lot of action behind the scenes.

Mario Bahg wins 1st prize (aria) at the Montreal International Music Competition

Ka-ching! The South Korean tenor's prize comes with a cash award of $80,000.

John Brancy wins 1st prize (art song) at the Montreal International Music Competition

The American baritone collects a cash prize of $80,000.

Meet Melody McKiver, the Anishinaabe musician changing the way we think about the viola

McKiver's debut EP, Reckoning, is nominated for a 2018 Indigenous Music Award for best instrumental album.

2018 Honens Piano Competition announces its 10 semifinalists

Just announced by artistic director Jon Kimura Parker, they represent nine countries (but not Canada) from four continents.

Marc-André Hamelin: 'This CD almost means more to me than everything I've ever done, combined'

The star pianist has finally released his first Schubert album, and it's awesome.

Why people are going bonkers over Sondra Radvanovsky

After an overwhelming experience in Barcelona, the star soprano headlines the Canadian Opera Company's Anna Bolena.

This is what happens when you actually follow Beethoven's metronome marks

On its latest abum, the Eybler Quartet does exactly that — and the result may surprise you.

Watch Johannes Moser play excerpts from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1

On his beautiful 1694 Andrea Guarneri cello, to boot.

Watch Caroline Gélinas sing Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis

The video, directed by François Racine, was produced by ICI Musique to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Debussy's death.