Classical Breakdown

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John Banther takes classical music fans behind the scenes with interviews, deep dives, and analysis. Episodes released bi-weekly on Tuesdays. Produced by Classical WETA in Washington, D.C.

The Life of Sergei Rachmaninoff

Linda and John uncover details about Rachmaninoff's life, like early influences that stayed with him his entire career, his comeback story after a dis...
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What is a Clarinet?

It's a popular instrument, but how much do you really know about the clarinet? Principal Clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra, Lin Ma, joins Jo...
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The Life of Leonard Bernstein

How much do you really know about one of America's most treasured artists? There is a lot to explore in his early life in Massachusetts, his meteoric ...
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Season 3 starts September 7!

It's been a nice summer break, but we are excited to be back with your favorite classical music podcast! We kick things off on September 7 as Matthew ...
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The Life of Johannes Brahms

He's considered one of the greatest composers of the 19th century. But can you hum a tune by Brahms? We dive into the life and music of Brahms to bett...
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What is a Concerto?

Where did the concerto come from and how did it evolve? We explore its origins, development through Haydn and Mozart, some of the most challenging con...
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