• Bizet – Roma Symphony

    There’s more to Bizet than “Carmen.” And while the works on this new collection aren’t likely to replace Bizet’s greatest hit, they do provide insight into the composer’s style and make for some enjoyable light listening. The disc starts with the Marche funébre in B minor. It’s not quite the downer you might think. Bizet’s […]

  • Friedrich Kalkbrenner Op. 4 Sonatas echo Beethoven

    In his day, he was one of the most famous pianist/composers in Europe. Friedrich Kalkbrenner ruled the stage until the 1830’s. When Chopin arrived in Paris, it was recommended that he study with Kalkbrenner. Robert Schumann wasn’t quite as impressed — he thought Kalkbrenner was a show-off who wasted whatever talent he had. But perhaps, […]

  • Classical Music: A few program changes

    As we start a new academic year, we are pleased to announce a few program changes in the Classical Department. Classical Sunrise Six months after the morning shows were combined under one name, they are drawing more listeners than ever.  We are now strengthening our team of hosts.  As from this week, Andrew Morgan has […]

  • The Renaissance Keyboard – Fabio Antonio Falcone

    Fabio Antonio Falcone turns in a compelling program of Italian renaissance keyboard music. It traverses the complete keyboard output of two composers; Andrea Antico and Marco Antonio Cavazzoni. Both composers have their merits. Antico was active primarily as a publisher and arranger. His 1517 collection Forttole features keyboard arrangements of the then-new vocal form of […]

  • Powerhouse Pianists Deliver Once Again

    I haven’t heard the original Powerhouse Pianists album, but after listening to this release, I’ll be searching it out. This release features the same type of programming as the first Powerhouse Pianists, although it can be enjoyed on its own merits. Pianists Stephen Gosling and Blair McMillen present a collection of contemporary works that push […]

  • Il Trovatore at the Salzburg Festival

    A revival production from 2014 of Verdi’s Il trovatore opened August 8 in sweltering Salzburg. With temperatures in the 90s and no air conditioning in the Grosses Festspielhaus, it required a dedicated opera goer, not to mention the artists, to endure the heat. For those attending, it was a memorable evening, and not just for the […]

  • Florent Schmitt – Sonate libre

    Florent Schmitt was a near-contemporary of Claude Debussy, though he lived much longer. Debussy died before the end of the First World War, while Schmitt lived on through the Second World War as well as the start of the Cold War (he died in 1958). . While their contemporaneous music has some similarites, Schmitt’s music […]

  • Joan Tower – Violin Concerto

    This new release serves up three outstanding orchestral works by American composer Joan Tower. Stroke is a 2010 musical portrait of a stroke, and the disruptive effect it has on the victim. Tower’s music upends itself early on, and over the course of the piece moves through several violent emotions before settling on serene acceptance […]

  • Paul Lansky – Contemplating Weather

    The more I hear Paul Lansky’s post-serial music, the more I like it. This new release features three such works: Contemplating Weather for chorale and 11 instruments; Travel Diary for percussion duo; and It All Adds Up for piano duo. Contemplating Weather has what I would describe as a post-tonal Copland character to it. The harmonies are very modal […]