• Classical Marathon 2014: Thank-you gifts

    DONATE NOW, and pick one of these 2014 Classical Marathon thank-you gifts: T-SHIRT: Long-sleeved WTJU T-shirt See image above. Sizes available: S-XXL Pledge: $100 CD: Dukas: Symphony in C; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; La peri RTE National Symphony Orchestra; Jean-Luc Tingaud, conductor Pledge: $75 CD: Sing Thee Nowell New York Polyphony Pledge: $75 CD: Vivaldi: Concerti […]

  • Stephen Douglas Burton – Symphony No. 2 “Ariel”

    The “Ariel” subtitle of this symphony doesn’t refer to the lovable Disney mermaid. Rather, it’s the favorite horse of Sylvia Plath, which inspired one of her poems, and the title of the poetry collection Burton selected his texts from. Burton matches the often disturbing beauty of Plath’s poetry with richly scored post-romantic music. He also […]

  • WTJU’s Classical Marathon starts Dec. 1

    Get ready for seven days of wonderful classical music from December 1st – 7th. If you’re an avid listener or new to classical, WTJU’s Classical Marathon is your time to experience the breadth, depth, and beauty of classical music.

  • Sing Thee Nowell — Yearround Pleasure

    New York Polyphony’s release “Sing Thee Nowell” is a little unusual. Despite its name, this is a release I’ll be enjoying throughout the year. The ensemble’s carefully chosen program includes many songs of the season, but few that have been done to death. Even the more familiar carols are heard in new and innovative arrangements. […]

  • Harry Partch: Plecta and Percussion Dances

    In my opinion, the only thing better than a recording of Harry Partch’s music is a new recording of Harry Partch’s music. Partch was an American original; he created a new system of tuning, a new set of music theory to describe its workings, new compositions using that theory, and new instruments to play them […]

  • Krzysztof Penderecki Chamber Music Revelatory

    This disc is a continuation of the Penderecki recording project from the Polish label DUX. Like the rest of the series, it features Polish artists performing the works of their countryman Krzysztof Penderecki. This volume features an interesting mix of his chamber music. It includes his Cadenza for solo violin, Per Slava for solo cello […]

  • Joseph Martin Kraus – Arias and Overtures

    Joseph Martin Kraus spent most of his professional career in the service of King Gustav III of Sweden. A contemporary of Mozart, there are many parallels between the two composers’ styles. This new release brings together arias and overtures from Kraus’ secular cantatas and other vocal works. Kraus’ gift for melody rivaled Mozart’s, and the […]

  • Archduke Rudolph – Clarinet and Piano Music

    If you want to get deep into the minutia of the classical repertoire, this is the disc for you. It’s a collection of mostly unfinished music by a student of Beethoven. But neither the music nor the composer is commonplace. Archduke Rudolph is best remembered as one of Beethoven’s patrons and students. He was quite […]

  • The Berlin Wall falls – and a celebration of Dame Joan too!

    This Friday, Vivace begins with a delightful piano quartet by Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia and a symphony by Antonio Rosetti. At 7:30 am, we’ll do our part to mark the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which occurs next Sunday, including an excerpt from a rare recording of cellist Mstislav Rostropovich […]