• Music of Ursula Mamlok, Vol. 5 — A study in contrasts

    Volume five of Bridge Record’s Ursula Mamlok survey is a study in contrasts. Mamlok moved from a neo-classical style at the start of her career in the 1940s to a highly personal version of atonality by the time of her death in 2016. This release presents some of Mamlok’s earliest compositions, as well as some […]

  • László Lajtha Series Starts Strong

    László Lajtha, along with colleagues Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály collected folk music in his native Hungary. Their aim was to not only preserve their cultural heritage but incorporate it into their own music. Lajtha may be the least famous of the three, but his music can be just as rewarding to listen to. Lajtha […]

  • Max Reger: Music for Clarinet and Piano

    In 1900, Max Reger heard Brahms’ Op. 120 clarinet sonatas for the first time. According to one of the performers, he said, ‘Fine, I am also going to write two such things.’ Three weeks later, Reger’s Op. 49 clarinet sonatas were completed. As one might expect, these sonatas are very similar to Brahms’, both in […]

  • Classical Harp Guitarist Muriel Anderson visits WTJU, Oct 21

    Muriel Anderson will stop by WTJU Friday afternoon, October 21, at 4 (edt) to kick off Sunset Road.  Later that evening Ms. Anderson will be at C’Ville Coffee for a concert presented by The Prism Coffeehouse (details). Just one hell of a great player …a great personality …the way she plays it like we all […]

  • Mark Kaplan – Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin

    It’s a decidedly crowded field. I did a quick check and found over 180 different recordings of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. Because of the rich possibilities of the music — and the fact that it’s for one performer — these pieces have become works that every serious violinist wants to record. They […]

  • Viva Italia – Sacred music of the 17th Century beautifully recorded

    This release focuses on the composers who trained, taught, or influenced the music at the Vatican’s Collegio Germanico during the 17th Century. It was a top-tier institution — Tomàs Luis de Victoria and Giacomo Carissimi taught at the college, and their sacred music is well-represented in this program. The 17th Century was a time of transition […]

  • Scott Wheeler – Portraits and Tributes

    “The piano is an instrument I play, sometimes in public, though hardly as a virtuoso or a recitalist.” That’s how Scott Wheeler begins his liner notes. As he explains, “I have always used the composer as a sketch pad, a place to explore ideas in two-minute pieces that might turn up in larger works.” The […]

  • Sacabuche! Performs 17th Century Italian Motet

    The early baroque practice of doubling voices with trombones is well-known. Although instruments weren’t always specified, there were plenty of woodcuts and paintings illustrating the practice. The baroque trombone, or sackbut, had a smaller bore than a modern instrument, but otherwise quite similar. Scholarship has led to informed performance practices that incorporate trombones into baroque […]

  • Hermann Goetz Piano Concertos – Brahms’ rival?

    According to George Bernard Shaw, “Hermann Goetz alone among the modern symphonists is easily and unaffectedly successful from beginning to end. He has the charm of Schubert… the refinement and inspiration of Mendelssohn… Schumann’s sense of harmonic expression… Brahms, who alone touches [Goetz] in mere brute musical faculty, is a dolt in comparison to him.” […]