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Classical new releases at KWUR, 9/2010 edition

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

For this month’s recent classical CD arrivals at KWUR, the quotient of contemporary music is higher than usual, as most classical CDs tend to feature composers long departed.  The first two listed of this month’s selections, however, buck that feature:

* Marc-André Hamelin (composer and pianist): 12 Études in all the minor keys; Little Nocturne; Selections from Con intimissimo sentimento; Theme and Variations (‘Cathy’s Variations’) (Hyperion CDA67789)

* Arvo Pärt: (a) Symphony No. 4 (“Los Angeles”) and (b) “Fragments from Kanon Pokajanen“, with (a) Los Angeles Philharmonic; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; and (b) Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (ECM New Series 2160)

* Robert Schumann: Spanisches Liederspiel op. 74; Minnespiel, op. 101, Spanische Liebeslieder, op. 138; with Marlis Petersen (soprano), Anke Vondung (mezzo-soprano), Werner Güra (tenor), Konrad Jarnot (bass-baritone), Christoph Berner (piano) and Camillo Radicke (piano); (harmonia mundi HMC 902050)

* Lang Lang: Live in Vienna; music of Beethoven, Albéniz, Prokofiev and Chopin (Sony Classical 88697719012)

Plus, in anticipation of Christmas (what, already?), these recent vocal ensemble recordings:

* Anonymous 4: The Cherry Tree (14th & 15th Century English Christmas carols and early Americana) (harmonia mundi 807453)

* stile antico: Puer Natus Est, including Thomas Tallis’ Missa Puer natus est and selections by John Taverner, William Byrd, Robert White and John Sheppard (harmonia mundi HMU 807517)

As always, comments and feedback are welcome here or by e-mail at classical@kwur.com.  You can also IM me or call the station (314-935-5987) during my Saturday show (normally 11 AM to 2 PM; subject to change and/or football).  Thanks for reading.

Classical new releases at KWUR, 8/2010 edition

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

More good (actually, much better than good) new classical CD releases have arrived at KWUR, from which I am happy to broadcast for your listening pleasure:

* The Songs of Johannes Brahms – 1, with mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager and pianist Graham Johnson (Hyperion CDJ33121), the newest “compleat” song series masterminded by Graham Johnson, Hyperion’s resident lieder scholar/pianist extraordinaire
* Britten: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake and other selections, with baritone Gerald Finley and pianist Julius Drake (Hyperion CDA 67778)
* The Romantic Piano Concerto – 51: piano concertos by Wilhelm Taubert and Jacob Rosenhain, with Howard Shelley as soloist and conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Hyperion CDA67765)
* Henri Dutilleux: “D’ombre et de silence”: music for solo piano and one selection for two pianos, with Robert Levin (all tracks) and Ya-Fei Chuang (second pianist in Figures de résonances (ECM New Series 2105)
* Thomas Larcher: Madhares: featuring Till Fellner (solo piano in Böse Zellen), Kim Kashkashian (solo viola in Still), Larcher (piano in Still), and the Munich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies (Böse Zellen and Still), and the Quatour Diotima in Madhares (String Quartet No. 3) (ECM New Series 2111)
* Krysztof Penderecki: Violin Concerto No. 1 and Horn Concerto (Winterreise), with violinist Robert Kabara and horn soloist Radovan Vlatkovic, and the composer conducting the Sinfonietta Cracovia (Channel Classics CCS SA 30310)
* Ferdinand Ries: Piano Sonatas and Sonatinas – 3, with pianist Susan Kagan (Naxos 8.572204)
* Mi Alma Mexicana (My Mexican Soul): music of José Pablo Moncayo, Gustavo Campa, Ricardo Castro, Candelario Huízar, Manuel Ponce, Juventino Rosas, Arturo Márquez, Silvestre Revueltas, Carlos Chávez, Federico Ibarra, Eugenio Toussaint, Mario Lavista and Enrico Chapela, with Alondra de la Parra conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (Sony Classical 88697755552)
* El Nuevo Mundo: Folias Criollas: music from the era of Spain’s colonization of the Caribbean lands, with Monserrat Figueras, the Tembembe Ensamble Continuo, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hesperion XXI, led by Jordi Savall (Alia Vox AVSA 9876)

As always, comments and feedback are welcome. Please feel free to drop me a line at classical@kwur.com, or you can IM me during my regular Saturday show (11 AM-2 PM). Thanks for reading.

Classical new releases at KWUR, 7/2010 edition

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

So it’s now come to this: as of July 7, 2010, thanks to actions by the leaders of the Lutheran Church-MO Synod and Joy-FM best summarized by the ghost of Hamlet’s father in line 27 of Act I, Scene 5 of Shakespeare’s play, one station remains in St. Louis that broadcasts a locally hosted classical music show to any extent. For as long as I can, to recycle the cliche from my earlier KWUR blog post, I’ll try to keep the flame going in St. Louis, with help from fellow KWUR DJ’s as needed.

Some recent classical new CD releases being aired from KWUR include these:

* Blasco de Nebra: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-6 with pianist Javier Perianes (harmonia mundi HMC 902046)
* Baltic Runes: choral music of Erik Bergman, Cyrillus Kreek, Sibelius, and Veljo Tormis, with Paul Hillier directing the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (harmonia mundi HMU 807485)
* Dvo?ák: Requiem/Symphony No. 8; with Mariss Jansons conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Mihoko Fujimara, Klaus Florian Vogt and Thomas Quasthoff, and the Wiener Singverein (KCO Live, RCO 10001)
* Handel: “Handel in Darmstadt”, with harpsichordist Geneviève Soly (Analekta AN 2 9121)
* “The Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol. 8″, Henry Vieuxtemps, Violin Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 and the Fantasia appassionata: with Viviane Hagner and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, conducted by Martyn Brabbins (Hyperion CDA 67798)
* “Revelation”, solo harp music by Britten, Ginastera, Felix Godefroid, Hindemith, Caroline Lizotte, Ravel, Henriette Renié, and Carlos Salzedo; with harpist Valérie Milot (Analekta AN 2 9974)

As always, any comments are welcome, and please feel free to drop me a line at classical@kwur.com, or you can IM me during my regular Saturday show (11 AM-2 PM). Thanks for reading.

Recent classical new releases at KWUR

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

With the pending (and thoroughly unwarranted and corrupt) demise of KFUO, 99.1 FM next month, that will leave one station left in St. Louis that will have any locally hosted classical music radio programming (both terrestial radio and internet[#]), namely this one. Classical music radio from KWUR has been a somewhat under-the-radar situation for quite a while, but with this turn of events, it is perhaps time to emerge a little bit more from under the radar. If anyone wishes to listen in, the classical show is normally on Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM, hosted by myself, barring pre-emption by sports or other circumstances. This is no substitute for 99.1 FM, of course, and I certainly can never fully fill the shoes of 99.1 FM. But I would like people to know that one local low-power student station is keeping the flame of locally based classical radio alive in St. Louis.

Some of the recent releases that KWUR has received include these recordings:

* Beethoven: Piano Trios, with the Gryphon Trio (Analekta AN 2 9858)
* Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5, with Till Fellner, Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony (ECM New Series 2114)
* Marco Dall’Aquila: “Pieces for Lute” (harmonia mundi HMU 907548)
* Ernst Krenek: “Six Motets After Texts of Franz Kafka” and other choral works (harmonia mundi HMC 902049)
* André Mathieu, Felix Mendelssoh, Dmitri Shostakovich: Concertos and Concertino, with pianist Alain Lefèvre (Analekta AN 2 9283)
* Frank Martin: Golgotha (harmonia mundi HMC 902056)
* Astor Piazzola & Luis Bacalov: “The Soul of Tango” (Delos DE 3345)
* “Telemann and the Baroque Gypsies”, with the Ensemble Caprice (Analekta AN 2 9919)
* Matthias Weckmann: “Sacred Motets” (harmonia mundi HMC 902034)
* Oswald von Wolkenstein: “Songs of Myself” (harmonia mundi HMC 902051)

I’ll continue to post lists of new classical recordings at KWUR as often as warranted. Feel free to comment or drop a line to classical@kwur.com. Thanks for reading.

[#] Edit on 7/12/10: there is still internet classical music radio broadcasting from www.classic99.com, as of this date.

Mark O’Connor interview on KWUR, Sat. 1/17/09

Friday, January 16th, 2009

For fans of the great folk/bluegrass/swing/jazz violinist Mark O’Connor, I will be conducting a live interview with him this Saturday, 1/17, around 1 PM. We’ll be talking about his new CD and hopefully lots more. Feel free to listen in on the radio at 90.3 FM, or on the web from the KWUR website. I might even pass along your questions to him if you want to IM them in :) .