Listener Directed Productions, Inc.

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Listener Directed Productions, Inc. is the producer of Virtuoso Voices, an interview clip service for classical music stations, presenting preeminent and upcoming classical music performers, conductors and composers talking in 20 to 35 second clips. These topical and evergreen sound bites enable announcers to bring an additional perspective to the music they play on their shifts.

Virtuoso Voices is also Public Radio's primary source for classical music fundraising messages, providing stations a variety of fundraising material featuring most of the performers we interview. Virtuoso Voices was the most downloaded PRX Series in 2007. Please listen to both our enanced intro clips and fundraising spots by visiting our website www.virtuosovoices.org .  There you can also see and hear how stations are using Virtuoso Voices on their air.

HOW DOES VIRTUOSO VOICES WORK? We're continually interviewing leading classical music performers around the country. Every month, a new collection of clips from these interviews is available on our ftp site, on CD and here on PRX. You have access to an ever increasing bank of content from a wide variety of performers whose views and experiences you can access anytime.

For more information send an e-mail to "info (at) listenerdirect (dot) org".

Series

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A 60-second introduction and invitation to enjoy the best moments and best pieces in classical music.

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An ongoing series and collection of Public Radio Fundraising Messages with celebrities, icons and other public figures your listeners love.

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The 2009 Classical Music Grammy Award winners: Use these brief performer clips to enhance your introductions to the Grammy Award winning recordings by this year's winners, or for use during your local arts-magazine programming.

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Virtuoso Voices is a collection of timely and topical sound bites from classical music's leading performers. Each sound bite (or clip) will bring your listeners an insider's perspective to the classical music they enjoy on your station. Virtuoso Voices offers classical music announcers an additional way to enhance their breaks by using the voice of the artist whose recording they're about to play on their shift.

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Virtuoso Voices offers you three types of classical music fundraising messages: Produced Funder Spots, Un-hosted Funders and Straight-read Funder Spots. All feature classical music's leading performers and conductors. Use these Funder Spots during your classical music fundraising shifts to add variety, credibility and authority to your on-air fundraising sound. The Virtuoso Voices Funders Series includes Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Evelyn Glennie, Stephen Hough, Richard Stoltzman, Yolanda Kondonassis, Andrew Litton, Leila Josefowicz, Roy Goodman, Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Andre Watts, the Canadian Brass, Riccardo Muti, Menahem Pressler, Garrick Ohlsson, Marin Alsop, Sharon Isbin and many others.


Pieces

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Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman talks about the evolution of his interpretation of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. Putting old recordings by his clari...

Bought by WHRV, WITF, and WFCR


  • Added: Dec 21, 2006
  • Length: :21
  • Purchases: 3
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For your Fundraising campaign, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman reminds your listeners of the power of music. He adds that "finding music that appeal...

Bought by KTXK, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, New Hampshire Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 20, 2006
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 28
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Violinist Joshua Bell was excited when his record label asked him to record music by two "great melody writers," Leonard Bernstein and George Gersh...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :36
  • Purchases: 2
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Violinist Joshua Bell speculates he's performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto a thousand times. And each time he plays it, he's reminded of why it...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :24
  • Purchases: 2
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Pianist Stephen Hough talks about his approach to making transcriptions of well known music. It's a long-standing tradition that often got out of ...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :32
  • Purchases: 2
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Certain pieces of classical music are known to be soothing and even healing for the listener, but it can have similar effects on the composer who a...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :32
  • Purchases: 2
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Before Madonna, Brittany and Paris, there was Godowsky. Leopold Godowsky was a piano virtuoso who dazzled audiences around the world in the early ...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :35
  • Purchases: 2
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Sergie Rachmaninoff's music has been called everything from sappy and sentimental to over-done romantic gush. Pianist Stephen Hough strongly disag...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 2
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"Asturias" is one of those rhythmically passionate Spanish guitar pieces you've heard a hundred times, but may not know by name. But when you've h...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :23
  • Purchases: 2
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Sometimes music is not just about melody, it's about creating a scene or portraying a character that often redefines the boundaries of "beauty". G...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Dec 01, 2006
  • Length: :26
  • Purchases: 2