NPR last week put up a tribute to McPartland’s long running show by creating a beautiful interactive grid of interviewees from the show. Its a very cool thing, and they chose a great variety for guests from Chick Corea to Willie Nelson. Click on a music celebrity and you’ll hear a roughly 6 minute piece from McPartland’s interview.
My three favorites are Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie and of course Bill Evans.
For anyone at all interested in an understanding of classical music, and in particular one of the following: the piano, musical form, harmony, orchestration, Beethoven, classical performance, I must recommend the free library of Andras Schiff’s lectures upon all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonata’s.
Andras Schiff is one of a handful of performers at this highest level of concertizing and interpretation. His lectures are joyful, truthful and entertaining. They are roughly fifty percent explaining the music and fifty percent playing the music. Schiff plays each theme, each melody, each unique part of the sonata and explains what is on the page that Beethoven wrote and also what needs to happen from the performer to bring that music to perfection. It is inspiring and profoundly insightful. I highly regard these as cultural treasures on the internet, enjoy.