• Julian Wachner – Works for Orchestra and Voices

    In the liner notes for this three-CD set, Julian Wachner writes, “My music lives in a sound world that seeks to balance harmony and melody, movement with stasis, simplicity with chaos, and contemporary techniques with unabashed borrowing from the past.” And for the most part, he succeeds in achieving that balance, as this new three-CD […]

  • Seattle Symphony Shines in Hindemith Release

    The 1936 ballet “Nobilissima Visione” is the story of St. Francis. Hindemith crafted the music from folk songs, and combined them with the same rich spiritual language he used for his opera “Mathus der Maler” (completed just a year before). “Nobilissima Visione” paints each scene in vivid orchestral colors, and Hindemith effectively conjures up a […]

  • Kenneth Fuchs – Falling Man Stands Up to Comparison

    This release is the fourth such collaboration between Kenneth Fuchs and JoAnn Falletta — and it’s of the same high quality as the other three (see my review of Atlantic Riband). This time around, Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra present three Fuchs works for baritone and chamber orchestra. Roderick Williams is the baritone soloist, […]

  • Sept 27 Gather ‘Round: 2006 Alison Brown Quartet Concert

    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 concert features a 2006 Alison […]

  • Latvian Radio Choir Beautifully Express Sacred Love

    Sacred Love features the music of three Russian composers – Yuri Falik, Arturs Maskats, and Georgy Sviridov. And not just those composers, but choral works based on Russian poetry or literature by those three composers. It’s apt repertoire for the Latvian Radio Choir. The performers speak the language, and are steeped in the Russian choral […]

  • Jazz / Blues Adds – 9/18/2014

    Jazz / Blues Adds – 9/16/2014 Jazz Adds: The Bad Plus – Inevitable Western (OKeh): “The Bad Plus’ tenth studio recording, ‘Inevitable Western’, is comprised entirely of originals and continues the band’s committed belief in what Nate Chinen of The New York Times dubbed ‘avant-garde populism’ — the idea that serious music can be as […]

  • Sept 20 Gather ‘Round: Silly Wizard Concert (1988)

    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 concert features Silly Wizard recorded […]

  • Ralph van Raat performs Rzewski

    Pianist/composer Frederic Rzewski is best known for The People United Will Never Be Defeated!. Echoes of that massive set of piano variations can be heard in this program of shorter works by Rzweski. The Housewife’s Lament, like The People…, is a set of variations on a pre-existing tune. Although the scope of the variations is […]

  • RIP: iPod Classic

    As part of its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launch, Apple “gave away” copies of the new U2 album “Songs of Innocence,” instantly available to iTunes Store account holders (whether they want it or not) for five weeks prior to its official launch in physical and downloadable formats you have to pay for.  From a […]