Richard Strauss

Sharp Ears with Michael Barone

Michael Barone, the host and senior executive producer of the national radio show Pipedreams, visited Rochester, New York and talked with WXXI’s Brenda Tremblay about some of his favorite recordings.

Sharp Ears with Michael Landrum

In these podcasts Michael Landrum talks about his favorite recordings and a young pianist he's heard in London who's considered by many to be one of the finest pianists of his generation. Michael is Professor of Piano and Film Studies at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Feedback

Being able to take constructive criticism well is a gift.  Especially in publishing and broadcasting, feedback often feels personal, and no matter how reasonably it’s delivered it can reduce one to a quivering, gelatinous mass .

In the radio business, the general rule is every single comment from a listener probably represents what hundreds of others think, too.  Good and bad.  For the most part, the radio program managers I know take listeners pretty seriously.

Criticism from peers sounds even more loudly.  So when the Public Radio Program Directors Association released contest judges’ reactions to a piece I produced, I braced myself.

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Party like it's 1499

Sex is yummy, drinking is fun, and we’re all gonna die, so party like it’s 1499. That’s the basic message in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Since it comes wrapped in Latin, you get a veneer of respectability. Click here to hear conductor Christopher Seaman talk about Carmina and the womanizer that inspired composer Richard Strauss. You’ll also hear Christopher's advice for the pure of heart attending next week’s exciting, final RPO concert of the season.

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