Julia Kociuban delivers spectacular performances of two 20th Century piano concertos. Alexander Tansman’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Grazyna Bacewicz’s Piano Concerto are, in my opinion, greatly under-appreciated. I came to that conclusion after hearing this recording. Alexander Tansman wrote his Piano Concerto No. 1 while living in Paris. Its neo-classical styling strongly reminded me […]
Many musicologists credit Josef Myslivecek with providing the compositional models Mozart was to follow. The Czech composer was a friend of Leopold Mozart and close to the family until they fell out in 1778. The chamber works in this release certainly bear a strong resemblance to Mozart’s early work. And they’re just as enjoyable. For […]
New Blues News – 11/24/2020 Leyla McCalla – Vari-Colored Songs (a tribute to langston hughes) – (Smithsonian Folkways): “Leyla McCalla’s Vari-Colored Songs is a celebration of the complexity of Black culture and identity, and a tribute to the legacy of poet and thinker Langston Hughes. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, McCalla sets Hughes’ poems to her […]
New Jazz News – 11/24/2020 Joanna Berkebile – Love Me Or Leave Me (Self-produced):”Each tune in Love Me or Leave Me contains a completely different personality and perspective, much like meeting someone and getting their candid take on the whole complicated subject of love. “These songs are fresh imaginings of some of my favorite tunes”, Joanna says. “I love […]
What I like best about Poul Ruders is that he’s his own man. Ruders picks and chooses from all the various contemporary compositional trends. He mixes and matches them, all in service of the idea he wants to express. And Ruders makes it all sound not only cohesive but logical — as if it simply […]
The director of the Albemarle Orchestras, Carrie Finnegan, spoke with WTJU about her concerts, students, and daily life. For 19 years, the Orchestras at Albemarle High School, Jack Jouett Middle School, and Sutherland Middle School have been directed by Carrie Finnegan. Albemarle Orchestras is committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment to serve students […]
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