• 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. […]

  • Leonardo Balada – a unique compositional voice

    Leonardo Balada is a Catalan-American composer who blends elements both from his native and his adopted countries in a fascinating way. This release features two of his symphonies, as well as a concerto for three cellos. All have Balada’s highly idiosyncratic style, which can take a little getting used to. Like other post-modern composers, Balada’s […]

  • Nadia Shpachenko – Woman at the New Piano

    Pianist Nadia Shpachenko commissioned four composers to write music for her. But they weren’t just any four composers, and it wasn’t just for any reason. To usher in the new era (according to the Mayan calendar), Shpachenko asked four close friends to write works that would represent a new look at piano literature. Although the […]

  • Jorge Bolet: Rediscovered Master

    To connoisseurs of pianism, the name of Jorge Bolet (1914-1990) is legendary.  Cuban-born, his career blossomed only later in his life.  His technique was flawless, his lyrical tone was legendary, but he did not attain the renown he was due until late in his career. He was not at his best in the recording studio, […]

  • Zdenek Fibich overtures delight

    Zdenek Fibich was almost an exact contemporary of Antonin Dovrak. And like his fellow Czech, Fibish’s music in infused with the energy of his country’s folk music. Volume Four of Naxos’ ongoing traversal of Fibich’s orchestral music is perhaps the most exciting installment so far. The disc collects several of Fibich’s overtures, as well as […]

  • Koppel marimba concertos welcome additions to repertoire

    The marimba can easily be an instrument of cliche, primarily because of it’s close association with Latino music (think: Baja Marimba Band). Danish composer Anders Koppel approaches the instrument from a slightly different direction. Some if it may be due to The marimba is often an instrument of cliché, primarily because of its close association […]

  • Woldemar Bargiel — Romantic masterworks

    Music talent definitely ran in the family. Woldemar Bargiel wasn’t just a well-respected composer. He was also the half-brother of Clara Wieck Schumann, a pianist and composer of no mean ability herself. Woldemar also won the respect of her husband Robert. He also worked closely with Brahms, co-editing editions of works by Chopin and Schumann. […]