• Joachim Nikolas Eggert: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4

    If Joseph Martin Kraus (1758-1792) is known as the “Swedish Mozart,” it might seem logical to consider his successor, Joachim Nikolas Eggert (1779-1813), the “Swedish Schubert.” While there’s a strong stylistic resemblance between Schubert and Eggert, to my ears Eggert’s music more closely resembles Beethoven’s. That’s not surprising. Eggert was a forward-looking composer and music […]

  • Aleck Karis plays Poulenc with humor and wit

    Aleck Karis delivers some fine performances of Francis Poulenc’s piano music with this release. Karis plays with a lightness of tone and just the right amount of emotional restraint to make these works sound absolutely charming. And Karis pays just as much attention to the program. The works aren’t arranged chronologically, but rather in a […]

  • Jean Sibelius: Scaramouche, Op. 71

    Leif Segerstam’s traversal of Sibelius’ orchestral scores has been a real treat for me. While I was familiar with the big hits (the symphonies, the Karelia Suite, the violin concerto, et al), I didn’t have a complete picture of Sibelius’ output, and where those great works fit into it. This series has helped me gain […]

  • Stefan Wolpe – Music for Violin and Piano

    Volume seven of Bridge Record’s on-going Stefan Wolpe series focuses on music for violin and piano. And it also presents a capsule summary of the composer’s development. As a young man, Wolpe was enamoured of Schoenberg and his 12-tone technique. The Duo for Two Violins, Op. 2 (1924) comes from that period, but it’s no […]

  • Greg Brown on Lambeth Live, Apr 22

    Guitarist Greg Brown will put on the April 22 edition of Lambeth Live (heard each Friday night from 8-9 on WTJU), and you are invited to be part of the studio audience for this FREE concert broadcast! 350 Emmet St N, Charlottesville on ye olde GPS will get you to the large lot (do NOT […]

  • Harpeth Rising stop by Folk & Beyond, Apr 7

    Progressive chamber folk trio Harpeth Rising, in town for a concert at C’Ville Coffee presented by The Prism Coffeehouse in partnership with WTJU (details), will stop by WTJU‘s Lambeth Lounge on Thursday, April 7, around 4 pm (edt) to kick off Folk & Beyond.  You are invited to come down and be part of the […]

  • John Rutter – The Gift of Life

    If you like John Rutter, then you’ll enjoy his latest album, “The Gift of Life.” Rutter’s style has remained stable and consistent for decades, and these new works run true to form. That consistency can be a plus or a minus, depending on how much you like Rutter’s basic style, that can be either a […]

  • Danish Romantic Piano Trios

    If you’re familiar with Denmark’s rich musical heritage, then you might already be pre-disposed to give this release a listen. If not, then let me encourage you to do so. These works compare favorably (I think) to those by the famous composers that inspired them — Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Wagner. Peter Lange-Muller was a […]

  • Kaija Saariaho: Let the Wind Speak

    The cover for this release perfectly represents its contents. It’s a photograph of Camilla Hoitenga playing her flute. The image has been manipulated, though, with added layers and textures. And it’s been slightly distorted, giving the flute a very gently S-curve. Saariaho’s music for the flute seems to do the same — it ever so […]