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Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great? - Volume 1: Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata

by Rob Kapilow

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For over 25 years, Rob Kapilow has performed his “What Makes It
Great?” series bringing the joy and wonder of classical music—
and unraveling some of its mysteries—to audiences around the
world, performing with the greatest orchestras and soloists alive
today. Now for the first time, these Lecture/Concerts are
available as digital media. The first to be released
is Kapilow’s lecture on Beethoven’s seminal Appassionata
Sonata performed by internationally renowned pianist
Igal Kesselman.


released May 26, 2015

Produced by Glen Roven
Executive Producers Mitch Yuspeh and Ira Yuspeh
Mixed and Mastered by Ira Yuspeh
Art Direction Margot Frankel
Photographs by Daniel Ashworth, Peter Schaaf and Marilynne Herbert



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Rob Kapilow River Vale, New Jersey

Kapilow’s "What Makes It Great?" made its debut on NPR’s "Performance Today" over 20 years ago, and with its accessible ten- minute format, it quickly attracted a wide base of fans; it developed into full-length concert evenings and was soon used by presenters looking to build new audiences. The latest installment of "What Makes It Great?" concerts are now being presented by the Toronto Symphony. ... more

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