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Building Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How To Teach It To Everyone) b y Elizabeth Green
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All Things Considered: 'Building a Better Teacher' - Dissecting America's Education Culture
The Brian Lehrer Show: The Science and Craft of Teaching
A guide for new educators describes the qualities that make great teachers, offers a set of techniques to help children pay attention and reveals the hidden science and dynamics behind the craft through the real-life experiences of the country’s best teachers.
Aranjuez by Milos
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Weekend Edition: A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain
The classical guitar we know today is a relatively recent development: the instrument took its modern form only at the end of the 19th century, after a centuries-long evolution, the penultimate manifestation of which was the smaller, six-string guitar popular in the 19th-century salon and much favored by aristocratic ladies. With the new instrument came a new repertoire, one that established the guitar as a serious recital instrument. This album Milos Karadaglics first concerto recording traces the modern guitars emergence in the strong light of Spain, the country where, more than any other, the guitar holds sway. Indeed, it is Spains national instrument.
The program is bookended by perhaps the two most popular works ever written for guitar and orchestra: Joaquín Rodrigos Concierto de Aranjuez (1939) and his Fantasía para un gentilhombre (1954). But the story of the guitar in the 20th century starts earlier than either of those much-loved works. The first major milestone is Manuel de Fallas Homenaje, a guitar solo composed in 1920 to the memory of the French composer Claude Debussy, whom Falla revered and who had died two years earlier. This was the first work for guitar by a major composer, and as such the first signal of the instruments renaissance. Debussy had offered Falla much encouragement during his seven years in Paris, where he had gone to study in one of the most creative atmospheres of the early 20th century. A great master of musical atmosphere, Falla wrote: I am interested in the relations between colors and sounds, and often melodic ideas and harmonic combinations have been suggested by a painting or an old stained-glass window. The simple gravity of the Homenaje belies its richness: many years later Benjamin Britten, after a performance by Julian Bream, expressed amazement at how much music was in so short a space.
Like many other composers at that time notably Bartok and Kodaly in Hungary, Vaughan Williams and Grainger in Britain, Canteloube in France Falla was given to incorporating folk music as part of the essentially classical language in which he wrote. His 1919 ballet El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-cornered Hat) abounds with glorious melodies and exudes a genuine sense of Spanishness, not least because it draws on traditional Andalusian melodies. From it comes the Danza del molinero (Millers dance), which takes the form of a farruca, a Flamenco form traditionally danced only by men. Not surprisingly, it makes the transition from orchestra to solo guitar with ease.
For Now I Am Winter by Ólafur Arnalds
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The major label debut of Icelandic composer Olafur Arnaldss features 12 original breathtaking surreal tracks.
On this album, composer Nico Muhly provided orchestral arrangements, and for the first time Arnalds introduces vocals to his soundworld. Icelandic singer Arnor Dan can be heard on four tracks.
Fresh off lauded performances at Iceland Airwaves, including an intimate KEXP live broadcast performance, Arnalds continues to steadily build a reputation as one of the worlds most bright and able young composers. On his past outings and last studio album …And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness, the basis was almost always piano and strings with electronic embellishments. Now the dynamic has shifted, with Arnalds thinking in terms decidedly more poppy than before. I think its by far the best thing Ive done. Im really happy that I made this decision to try something different.
The concept of evolution and seasonal change is one which has been ever-present in his music. Here it continues both musically and conceptually - a personal evolution as a composer and, for the first time, as a songwriter.
Purveying a neo-classical style with an array of influences which range from electronica to minimalism, Arnalds is an artist who draws from a variety of sources whilst maintaining his own unique sound. Since the release of his 2007 debut, Eulogy for Evolution, the26-year-old, has put his name to a variety of projects. Since 2009 he has scored films and TV shows including Another Happy Day, ITVs upcoming drama Broadchurch and the Vanessa Hudgens-starring feature film Gimme Shelter, as well as having tracks featured on the soundtracks to Hollywood hits The Hunger Games and Looper. Hes also released two EPs each composed in a week; Found Songs in 2009 and Living Room Songs in 2011.
Written in my Own Heart’s Blood: A Novel by Diana Gabaldon
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Morning Edition: Aye, Sassenach- Gabaldon’s Appeal is Timeless
Michigan Public Radio: National Writer’s Series - Diana Gabaldon
Interviewing Authors: Diana Gabaldon
After being presumed dead, Jamie Fraser returns to find that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered who is real father is and his nephew has decided to marry a Quaker.
Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff
Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!: Play Ball! Comedian Amy Schumer Plays Not My Job
A ratings hit! Amy Schumer debuts her one-hour special in front of a live audience at the Historic Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco. Nothing is off limits as Schumer airs every hilarious, messed up detail of her dating and sex life, from encounters with unexpected body parts to hate-filled personal grooming appointments. In her matter-of-fact raunchy style, at odds with her self-described “Cabbage Patch Kid” appearance, Schumer tells stories of a boyfriend who makes dirty requests over dinner, the way she outsmarts her birth control, and a shocking ending to a seemingly innocent cab ride.
Variations: Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann by Emanuel Ax
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Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!: Not My Job: Pianist Emanuel Ax Takes A Quiz On Axe Body Spray
Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax releases his new solo recital album Variations, featuring the artist’s premiere recordings of pieces from Haydn, Beethoven and Schumann. Throughout 2013, Ax will be performing repertoire from Variations in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh. Additionally, as an Artist in Residence with the New York Philharmonic, Ax will appear frequently throughout 2013 at Lincoln Center. From a string of early career successes in the 1970s, Emanuel Ax has emerged as one of the most versatile, brilliant, and universally respected pianists on the international concert scene. As a soloist, Ax has demonstrated a particular affinity for the Romantics, nonetheless, his repertoire is among the most diverse of any pianist today. He is also a particular champion of contemporary music, and has played and commissioned works from such composers as Joseph Schwantner, John Adams, and Christopher Rouse. Ax is considered by players and audiences alike to be a chamber musician par excellence and his frequent partners include Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo and Richard Stolzman. His regular collaborations with cellist Yo-Yo Ma have earned Ax three of his seven Grammy® Awards.
Itzhak Perlman: Concertos, Sonatas and More by Itzhak Perlman
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Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!: Violinist Itzhak Perlman Gets Quizzed On Ron Perlman
This nine-disc box contains much of the same material in Sony’s Perlman Original Jacket Edition, plus his early RCA recordings, which provide the most compelling reason for acquiring the set. In particular, his first versions of concertos by Prokofiev (No. 2), Tchaikovsky, Lalo, and Sibelius, mostly with Leinsdorf and Boston (the Lalo features Previn and the LSO) are generally finer than his numerous remakes, offering playing that is gutsy and shamelessly virtuosic, and with a sharper rhythmic focus than Perlman often achieved subsequently. The finale of the Sibelius remains a potent example of the playing’s youthful fire. On the other hand, the much later triple and double concertos by Vivaldi and Bach, featuring Stern, Zukerman, and the NY Philharmonic under Mehta are, shall we say, pleasant but very occasional pieces.
The rest of the set consists of chamber works. Some of the more important items include the two Prokofiev Violin Sonatas with Ashkenazy, the three Brahms sonatas in which Perlman is lovely but Barenboim’s sometimes soggy pianism is an acquired taste, and a very consequential recording of the Chausson Concert with the Juilliard Quartet and Jorge Bolet. The two Mozart Duos for violin and viola, with Pinchas Zukerman on viola, are also very substantial pieces, and these are beautiful performances of them. Two discs of delightful but very miscellaneous chamber works and encores, including the Serenade in C by Dohnányi and that in D by Beethoven, as well as Hindemith’s Sonata in E-flat major and some Paganini favorites, complete the classical offerings.
The final disc is a compilation of mostly lyrical film score extracts, which you will either love or hate. I alternate between the two, but don’t expect to play that disc often–it does seem a bit out of place in the collection as a whole. Still, the price is dirt cheap and the performances are mostly splendid, even of the “crossover” material. A good deal.
Seeders: A Novel by A. J. Colucci
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NPR: 'Seeders' Imagines A Pulpy Planet Of The Plants
In the aftermath of a recluse botanist’s suicide, his six heirs arrive on his isolated island estate, only to discover that he had made critical discoveries in plant intelligence and may have trapped them on the island with a monster.
The Kills: Sutler, The Massive, The Kill, and The Hit by Richard House
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NPR: 'The Kills' Sustains Suspense Across A Massive Structure
Follows the experiences of a man on the run from a conspiracy that takes him from the ashes of war-torn Iraq through multiple continents into Italy.
Upside Down Mountain by Conor Oberst
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The Current: Conor Oberst and Dawes perform in The Current studio
The Current: Interview: Conor Oberst
NPR: Conor Oberst: Newport Folk 2014
All Songs Considered: Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert
Dinner Party Download: Conor Oberst Moves Midwestern Mountains
World Cafe: Conor Oberst On World Cafe
NPR First Listen: Conor Oberst, ‘Upside Down Mountain’
Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst’s debut album for Nonesuch Records, Upside Down Mountain, is, as its title implies, a study in contrasts, a glance up to the heavens and a glimpse into the abyss. “There’s a certain solitude to this record,” Oberst admits, and themes of loneliness, dislocation and regret repeatedly surface. Yet the making of the album was far from solitary, as Oberst gathered friends old and new for the recording, including producer Jonathan Wilson, engineer Andy LeMaster, bassist Macey Taylor, multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills and the Swedish sibling folk-rock vocal duo First Aid Kit. The overall warmth of the sound tempers the starkness of the stories being told and Oberst renders his carefully detailed lyrics with an easy intimacy, the still youthful quaver in his voice poignantly underscoring the rueful, decidedly mature words.
Stay Gold by First Aid Kit
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The Current: Album Review: First Aid Kit, ‘Stay Gold’
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Dinner Party Download: Friday Cozy Time with First Aid Kit
The Swedish duo sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have honed their lush arrangements and blossomed as vivid storytellers in creating this ambitious 10-song collection of originals. Recorded at ARC studios in Omaha and produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk), the duo also enlisted The Omaha Symphony Orchestra to play on the record, with arrangements by Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Broken Bells, Rilo Kiley). They say of the recording process, “We took new directions and turns with the arrangements, building them up and creating more dynamics, yet always following where the songs wanted to go.”
Hailing from a southern suburb of Stockholm, Klara and Johanna began composing songs as teenagers in 2007. Their heart-wrenching song “Emmylou” off The Lion’s Roar was chosen by Rolling Stone as a ‘Single of the Year’ in 2012. They have performed on Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and shared the stage with artists including Jack White, Lykee Li, and Bright Eyes.
A God in Every Stone: A Novel by Kamila Shamsie
NPR: An Heir To E.M. Forster’s Vision In ‘Every Stone’
Falling in love with an archaeologist during a dig in 1914 Turkey, a young Englishwoman joins his quest to find an ancient silver circlet, only be separated from her friends by the outbreak of war in Europe.
The Angel of Losses: A Novel by Stephanie Feldman
All Things Considered: With Magic And Fables, ‘Angel Of Losses’ Breathes Life Into History
When she discovers her grandfather’s notebook, which is filled with stories of a miracle worker named the White Rebbe in league with the mysterious Angel of Losses, Marjorie embarks on a journey into the past to unlock the secrets he kept.
There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll by Lisa Robinson
Dinner Party Download: Lisa Robinson Takes Lou Reed to See CBGB’s Best Act
Weekend Edition: How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass
A longtime music columnist presents an insider’s assessment of major rock ‘n’ roll personalities while tracing her career and the genre’s evolution over the past four decades.
Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl
Dinner Party Download: Ruth Reichl’s Art Imitates Her ‘Delicious’ Life
KPCC’s Off-Ramp: 'Delicious!': Ruth Reichl's time at Gourmet mag inspires her first novel
KPBS: Writer Ruth Reichl Sees The World Food First
The Leonard Lopate Show: Delicious! Ruth Reichl’s Novel
Fresh Air: Ruth Reichl: Dining In Disguise And Going ‘Gourmet’
WGBH: Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth
Ruth Reichl is a born storyteller. Through her restaurant reviews, where she celebrated the pleasures of a well-made meal, and her bestselling memoirs that address our universal feelings of love and loss, Reichl has achieved a special place in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers. Now, with this magical debut novel, she has created a sumptuous, wholly realized world that will enchant you.
Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.
To Billie’s surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love.