• Pepe Romero and Vicente Coves deliver on Torroba release

    This is an interesting release. Vincent Pepe and his student Vicente Coves work in tandem, each performing a concerto and a solo guitar work by Torroba — and what works! The Concierto en Flamenco was composed for Romero, who easily melds the discipline of classical playing with the fire of flamenco. Coves’ style is complementary […]

  • Something New on WTJU starting May 6 at 4 pm

    Starting in May, there will be a few changes in WTJU Folk programming.  Something New will join the 4-6 pm weekday programming, while the Cosmic American Jamboree moves to Thursdays at noon. Sophie and Brett will bring you the newest folk tunes each Wednesday afternoon from 4-6, while occasionally delving back to the early days […]

  • May 2 Gather ‘Round: Roosevelt Dime (2014)

    Gather ‘Round each Saturday night from 8-9 for WTJU Folk‘s concert series; both archived and live. There will be shows from The Prism Coffeehouse and VA Folklife archives mixed in with some from our announcers’ own libraries. And you never know when a live concert might pop up! This week’s program comes from a Roosevelt […]

  • Praga Magna – Music in Prague During the Reign of Rudolph II

    When Rudolph II, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia, moved his court from Vienna to Prague in 1583, he made it an unparalleled showcase for arts and intellectual activity. Rudolph  patronized artists such as Dürer and Brueghel, amassed a collection of exotic animals, historical curiosities, and employed some of the best […]

  • Zemlinsky Piano Music – A Ray of Light

    Alexander Zemlinsky is best remembered for his Lyric Symphony, his tone poem Die Siejungfrau and his operas — all works that take full advantage of orchestral color and the inherent lyricism of the human voice. I was quite interested, then, to hear his solo piano works. What would Zemlinsky’s music sound like stripped down to […]

  • New Blues News – 4/28/2015

    New Blues News – 4/28/2015 New Blues Adds: Isaiah Brunt – Just The Way It Goes (Self-produced): Australian producer and sound man Brunt shares his love of blues with this set of nine original songs featuring his singing and guitar and backup support from bassist Richard Bird, drummer Mark Whitaker, and keyboard player Mike Hood.  […]

  • jazz adds april 22, 2015

    cassandra wilson.  coming forth by day.  sony legacy.  Spectacular.   the jazz whisperer is back in a groove that suits her mysterious voice and contemplative delivery.  once again, we have a billie holiday homage but there the similarity to other  holiday tributes ends.  wilson, working with nick cave’s longtime producer nick launay, has inverted the […]

  • Ferdinand Ries Violin Sonatas – Elegant and refined

    Ferdinand Ries was many things to Beethoven; student, assistant, copyist, colleague, champion. He was a virtuoso pianist went on to have a successful career both as a performer and as a composer. Reis’ 18 sonatas for violin and piano were mostly composed between 1807-1809, while he was living in Paris. And perhaps for that reason, […]

  • New Blues News – 4/21/2015

    New Blues News – 4/21/2015 New Blues Adds: Paul Benjaman Band – Something (Horton): This disc is a mix of country and country rock in a lighter musical style than the frequent harder country rock often promoted. The more uptempo songs have more elaborate arrangements and tha tballads are fairly stripped down and focus on […]