• Charles Villiers Stanford Piano Trio 2, Piano Quartet 1

    To my ears, Stanford’s music has always sounded like Brahms with an Irish accent. That’s not a bad thing. Like Brahms, Stanford constructed his music within accepted classical frameworks. But within those frameworks he crafts his motifs and harmonies with a great deal of imagination. Which is what makes this new Naxos release a pleasure […]

  • Piano Quintets by Pierné and Vierne

    The pairing of these two French piano quintets is a logical one. Gabriel Pierné studied with Gabriel Fauré, and Louis Vierne audited his courses as a teenager (Vierne was to formally study with Fauré but Fauré died shortly after Vierne was enrolled). And superficially, both quintets share similarities with Fauré’s style. Both works share a […]

  • Venetian Christmas Good for All Seasons

    Don’t let the title mislead you. Yes, “Venetian Christmas” is a compilation of music that was played during the Christmas season in Venice during the 1750’s. But there’s nothing that would make it sound “seasonal” to modern ears. Many of the selections feature the psaltery, an ancestor of the hammered dulcimer. The soft, warm tones […]

  • Jack Gallagher – Symphony No. 2 Ascendant

    What better way to present a new work than with a world-class orchestra and conductor? Jack Gallagher’s second symphony gets such a treatment, and the results are stunning. JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra perform with assurance, bringing out all the expressive energy of the music. And there’s a lot for them to work […]

  • Dora Pejačević – Works for Violin and Piano

    Croatian composer Dora Pejačević was a fascinating figure. A member of the nobility, she started composing in 1897 when she was 12 years old. Although she was only 38 when she died in 1923, she left behind a body of work that’s impressive for its quantity and quality. This release focuses on a minor portion […]

  • Rued Langgard string quartets – wonderfully strange

    Danish composer Rued Langgard was not well- regarded during his lifetime. And even after his death, recognition has been a long time coming. The Nightingale String Quartet continue to do their part to rectify that by performing and recording Langgard’s string quartets. Volume three features Langgard’s first numbers quartet, his last multi-movement quartet (No. 6 […]

  • On With The Show now weekly .. and a new Thursday morning host

    On With The Show, our biweekly program devoted to musical theater, has been such a success with listeners that it will now be heard every Friday evening 6-8 pm, here on WTJU. Thom Pease is your Master of Ceremonies, ably assisted by Charles Peale and Brad Sayler.  We hope you’ll tune in, get your feet […]

  • Renee Fleming and Olga Kern at the Paramount

    When it was announced that opera star Renee Fleming and pianist Olga Kern would appear at the Paramount in Charlottesville on February 20, a sellout was virtually guaranteed. Renee Fleming is one of opera’s brightest stars, and having an internationally known soloist like Olga Kern as her accompanist was an added bonus. Fleming is one […]

  • Franz Ignaz Beck Symphonies Anticipate Mozart

    Franz Ignaz Beck was part of the Mannheim School of the mid-1700’s. It was there that Johann Stamitz and his colleagues and students developed the language of the modern symphony, particularly with their use of dramatic contrasts and crescendoes (the famed “Mannheim Rocket”). Beck was a student of Stamitz, and fully embraced the new innovations. […]