• Tippett Quartet perform Two Polish Masters

    The Tippet Quartet is a young ensemble that continues to explore the under-recorded portions of the string quartet repertoire. I enjoyed their Naxos recording of Miklos Rozsa’s music, and I enjoyed this release — albeit for different reasons. On paper, Andrzej Panufnik and Witold Lutoslawski may seem like a good match. Both composers are from […]

  • October 31st: It’s not just Halloween!

    This Friday, there are three special days in one and we’ll celebrate them all on Vivace. Of course, it’s Halloween, and we’ll enjoy the Symphonie Fantastique in the first hour.  After that, we’ll focus on the other two special days: All Saints’ Eve and Reformation Day.   At about 7:15 am, we’ll hear the beautiful […]

  • 2014-15 Orchestra Season by the Numbers

    The Baltimore Symphony’s blog released an amazing infographic by Rachel Upton and Ricky O’Bannon that quantifies the 2014-15 season for 21 major symphony orchestras. It’s well-worth exploring.  It shows a little more diversity than one may assume — almost 10% of the music performed was written after 2000. That’s pretty significant, though 1886 remains the […]

  • Peter Lieberson Concertos

    Peter Lieberson: Piano Concerto No. 3; Viola Concerto Steven Beck, piano; Roberto Diaz, viola Odense Symphony Orchestra; Scott Yoo, conductor Peter Lieberson admitted that, as a student, he could spend the day studying the twelve-tone music of Stravinsky, then go home and enjoy a Barber concerto. He thought it important to balance asceticism with sensuality. […]

  • Boris Papandopulo – Croatian Master

    Boris Papandopulo was one of most prolific composers in Croatia, with over 440 works in his catalog. And thanks to a new release from CPO, his music might gain the wider audience they deserve. Papandopulo (1906-1999) eschewed the atonal revolution of the 20th century, and instead developed his own form of tonal composition. To my […]

  • Your Friday Breakfast Buffet: Enchanting Music!

    Nino Rota and Christoph Weyse We have a superb buffet of Friday morning music for you on this week’s Vivace.  We begin with music of Italian composer Nino Rota, his Symphony of Love Songs, followed by the delightful Morning Songs by Danish composer Christoph Weyse.At 7 am, we’ll hear one of those splendid rondos by […]

  • Leon Fleisher – All the Things You Are

    Listen to this album very carefully. Otherwise, it’s easy to forget that  Leon Fleisher is performing with just his left hand. The chords are so artfully arpeggiated, and the movement up and down the keyboard so swift, that Fleisher maintains the illusion that he’s playing with both hands. And that’s sort of the point. These […]

  • Manfredini String Quartets – They’re OK

    Vincenzo Manfredini (1737-1799) spent most of his professional life at the Russian Imperial Court, before retiring to Bologna to write and teach. During that time he published his set of six string quartets, which are performed on this album. The quartets aren’t ground-breaking like those of Haydn and Mozart written around the same time. Manfredini’s […]

  • A Morning of Marvelous Musical Treats!

    This Friday on Vivace, we have some special musical treats for you. We start gently at 6 am with a Sonata for Flute and Piano by Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau and, for viola fans, a viola concerto by Carl Stamitz. We will also salute British composer Herbert Howells on his 122nd birthday – appropriately with […]