• Get Ready for the Classical Marathon Next Week

    We’re going to bring in December with a triumphant symphony of exquisite Classical music and you’re invited to a front row seat. From December 3-6, join WTJU Radio’s 2015 Classical Music Marathon! Celebrate with us: everything from an Early Music Christmas Special to Modern Women Composers. Experience music that enchants and music that soothes. Thrill […]

  • Colonna – Triumphate Fideles

    Giovanni Paolo Colonna (1637-1695) is not well-known today, although he one of the most well-respected (and interesting) figures of the mid-1600s. He was a composer, teacher, organist and organ builder. His fame as a composer rested mainly on his large-scale sacred works — oratorios and masses. This release, however, features a collection of his sacred […]

  • Jedermann – a rediscovered gem from Sibelius

    The latest installment of Naxos’ Sibelius series features a rare and wonderful treasure — the music from Hugo von Hofmannthal’s play “Jedermann.” “Jedermann” is a re-imagining of “Everyman,” a medieval mystery play. The drama is an allegory of original sin and redemption, and Sibelius was inspired by the subject matter as he wrote. Unfortunately, what […]

  • Stephen Paulus: Far in the Heavens

    The choral works on this release were all composed or revised within the last four years of Stephen Paulus’ life. Their originality, quality, and expressiveness show just how great a loss the classical music world suffered with Paulus’ early death. “Prayers and Remembrance” is the largest work on the album, written to commemorate 9/11. According […]

  • A Festival of Fucik

    Most people have never heard of Julius Ernst Wilhelm Fucik — although they’re very familiar with his music. Fucik, sometimes called the “Bohemian Sousa” wrote a work entitled “Entrance for the Gladiators” in 1887. It was quickly adopted by circus bands, and is now known almost exclusively as the clown’s entrance music. Neemi Jarvi and […]

  • Roger Sessions Music for Violin and Piano – transitional classics

    For me, this release works on many levels. First, it chronicles an important phase of Roger Session’s career when his style moved from neo-classical to embrace — however lightly — serialism. It also is an enjoyable listening experience, as pianist David Holzman and violinist David Bowlin perform together and separately, bring some variety to the […]

  • Gubaidulina Complete Guitar Works — Essential Listening

    Sofia Gubaidulina hasn’t written much for the guitar — it all fits handily on a single CD. But what a CD! Her unique voice seems well-suited to the instrument, as this new release shows. Repentance, from 2008, is the biggest work on the album. To my ears it seemed a study on held and repeated […]

  • Ives Quartet continue outstanding Quincy Porter series

    Quincy Porter was a well-respected American composer and pedagogue. Although he composed several concertos and two symphonies, his reputation rests primary on his nine string quartets. A contemporary of Aaron Copland and Howard Hanson, Porter wrote absolute music that tended to use established forms. But that didn’t limit his imagination at all. This is the […]

  • Seattle Symphony excels in Dutilleux recording

    This is the second of three planned releases of Henri Dutilleux’s music by the Seattle Symphony. The first volume demonstrated that the symphony, under the direction of Ludovic Morlot, understands Dutillaux’s idiosynchratic musical world. And this release simply reconfirms that impression. The orchestra plays with precision, energy, and — more importantly — delicacy. The release […]