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KWUR Saturday Opera Broadcasts, August 2012 Encore

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

One last gasp for this summer of broadcasts of opera recordings from KWUR, for the next 4 weeks, as follows:

a) Sat. Aug. 11: Verdi: Rigoletto. Robert Merrill (Rigoletto), Roberta Peters (Gilda), Richard Tucker (The Duke of Mantua), Mignon Dunn (Maddalena), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Sparafucile).  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus; Fausto Cleva, conductor (Sony 8697-91005-2).

b) Sat. Aug. 18: Handel: Il pastor fido. Lucy Crowe (Amarilli), Anna Dennis (Mirtillo), Katherine Manley (Eurilla), Madeleine Shaw (Dorinda), Clint van der Linde (Silvio), Lisandro Abadie (Tirenio).  La Nuova Musica; David Bates, direction (harmonia mundi 907585.86).

c) Sat. Aug. 25: Michael Berkeley: Baa Baa Black Sheep (libretto by David Malouf).  Malcolm Lorimer (Punch / Mowgli as a child), William Dazeley (Mowgli as a young man), Ann Taylor-Morley (Judy / Grey Wolf), George Mosley (Father / Father Wolf / Messua's husband), Eileen Hulse (Mother / Mother Wolf / Messua), Henry Newman (The Captain / Akela), Fiona Kimm (Auntirosa / Baldeo), Philip Sheffield (Harry / Sheer Khan), Mark Holland (Bhini-in-the-garden / Baloo), Clive Bayley (Meeta / Bagheera), Paul McCann (Captain Sahib snake-man / Ka), Brian Cookson (Priest).  English Northern Philharmonia; Chorus of Opera North; Paul Daniel, conductor (Collins Classics 70362).

d) Sat. Sept. 1: Hugo Weisgall: Six Characters in Search of an Author (libretto by Denis Johnston, after Pirandello). Elizabeth Futral, Nancy Maultsby, Gary Lehman, singers from the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists.  Members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra; Lee Schaenen, conductor (New World Records 80454-2.

Hope you can listen in.  Feel free to drop a line here, and thanks for reading.


Classical new releases @ KWUR, May-August 2011

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Very late update on classical new releases at KWUR, 90.3 FM for a 4-month spell, but better late than never, or some such cliche.  So here goes:

1. C.P.E. Bach: Sei concerti per il cembalo concertanto (Six Concerti for Harpsichord): Andreas Staier, harpsichord; Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; Petra Müllejans, leader (harmonia mundi HMC 902083.84)

2. Songs and Duets from Slovenija! (Slovenian Lieder and Duets): Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano; Marcos Fink, baritone; Anthony Spiri, piano (harmonia mundi HMC 902065)

3. Rose of Sharon – 100 Years of American Music, 1770-1870: Joel Frederiksen, Ensemble Phoenix Munich (harmonia mundi HMC 902085)

4. Stories – Berio and Friends (music of Luciano Berio, Cathy Berberian, John Cage, Roger Marsh, Jackson MacLow, and Sheldon Frank): Theatre of Voices; Paul Hillier, director (harmonia mundi HMU 807527)

5. The Songs of Johannes Brahms – 2: Christine Schäfer, soprano; Graham Johnson, piano (Hyperion CDJ33122)

6. Philipp Schoendorff – The Complete Works: Cinquecento (Hyperion CDA 67854)

7. Herbert Howells: The WInchester Service and other late works: Winchester Cathedral Choir; Andrew Lumsden, conductor; Simon Bell, organ (Hyperion CDA 67853)

8. Beyond All Mortal Dreams – American A Capella (music of René Clausen, Steven Stucky, Ola Gjeilo, Frank Ferko, Edwin Fissinger, Healey Willan, Stephen Paulus, and William Hawley): The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge; Stephen Layton, conductor (Hyperion CDA67832)

9. Constantinople & Françoise Atlan: Premiers songes (Early Dreams) (Analekta AN 2 9989)

10. Ernest Chausson – Concert, op. 21 and André Mathieu – Piano Trio & Piano Quintet: Alain Lefèvre, piano; David Lefèvre, violin; Quatuor Alcan (Alcan Quartet) (Analekta AN 2 9286)

11.  Jean-Philippe Rameau: "L'orchestre de Louis XV" (Suites for orchestra) – Les indes galantes, Naïs, Zoroastre, Les Boréades (Alia Vox AVSA9882A+B)

Any questions, feel free to drop a note at  Will try to blog more promptly in the future, and thanks for reading.


KWUR Saturday opera broadcasts, May-July 2011

Monday, May 16th, 2011

When I was growing up and listening to WFLN, 95.7 FM in the Philadelphia area, after the end of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday season broadcasts, WFLN would air recordings of operas on Saturday afternoons to keep opera on the radio throughout the year.  Here in the St. Louis area, KFUO, 99.1 FM did the same.  Sadly, both stations are gone. 

So, in a modest attempt to keep Saturday opera broadcasts alive on terrestrial radio from the St. Louis area, KWUR will be airing 8 weeks of opera recordings, starting this coming Saturday, May 21 and continuing through Saturday, July 9, starting at 11 AM.  As luck would have it, these recordings are all recent releases from Sony Classical and are remastered archive recordings of past Metropolitan Opera performances and broadcasts.  All of the recordings feature the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, of course, and 7 of the 8 also feature the Metropolitan Opera Chorus (the exception is the opera on July 2, for those who don't already know).  The schedule is as follows, with the principal artists and the conductor:

Saturday, May 21: Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville).  Lily Pons (Rosina); Giuseppe di Stefano (Count Almaviva); Giuseppe Valdengo (Figaro); Salvatore Baccaloni (Dr. Bartolo); Jerome Hines (Don Basilio); Alberto Erede, conductor (live performance from December 16, 1950; Sony Classical 88697 80462 2)

Saturday, May 28: Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro).  Roberta Peters (Susanna); Lucine Amara (Countess Almaviva); Mildred Miller (Cherubino); Regina Resnik (Marcellina); Cesare SIepi (Figaro); Kim Borg (Count Almaviva); Ezio Flagello (Don Bartolo); Gabor Carelli (Don Basilio); Erich Leinsdorf, conductor (live performance from January 28, 1961; Sony Classical 88697 85310 2)

Saturday, June 4: Beethoven, Fidelio. Birgit Nilsson (Leonore/Fidelio); Laurel Hurley (Marzelline); Jon Vickers (Florestan); Oskar Czerwenka (Rocco); Hermann Uhde (Don Pizarro); Giorgio Tozzi (Don Fernando); Karl Böhm, conductor (live performance from February 13, 1960; Sony Classical 88697 85309 2)

Saturday, June 11: Gounod, Roméo et Juliette (Romeo and Juliet).  Bidú Sayão (Juliette); Mimi Benzell (Stéphano); Jussi Björling (Roméo); John Brownlee (Mercutio); Nicola Moscona (Friar Laurence/Frère Laurent); Emil Cooper, conductor (live performance from February 1, 1947; Sony Classical 88697 80465 2)

Saturday, June 18: Puccini, La bohème.  Licia Albanese (Mimi); Laurel Hurley (Musetta); Carlo Bergonzi (Rodolfo); Mario Sereni (Marcello); Norman Scott (Colline); Clifford Harvuot (Schaunard); Thomas Schippers, conductor (live performance from February 15, 1958; Sony Classical 88697 80463 2)

Saturday, June 25: Puccini, Tosca.  Leontyne Price (Tosca); Franco Corelli (Cavaradossi); Cornell MacNeil (Scarpia); Norman Scott (Angelotti); Ezio Flagello (Sacristan); Kurt Adler, conductor (live performance from April 6, 1962; Sony Classical 88697 80468 2)

Saturday, July 2: Wagner, Die Walküre (The Valkyrie). Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde); Leonie Rysanek (Sieglinde); Christa Ludwig (Fricka); Phyllis Brill (Gerhilde); Gwendolyn Killebrew (Waltraute); Louise Pearl (Schwertleite); Carlotta Ordassy (Ortlinde); Clarice Carlson (Helmwige); Barbro Ericson (Siegrune); Rosalid Hupp (Rossweisse); Joann Grillo (Grimgerde); Jon Vickers (Siegmund); Karl Ridderbusch (Hunding); Thomas Stewart (Wotan); Berislav Klobucar, conductor (live performance from February 24, 1968; Sony Classical 88697 85308 2)

Saturday, July 9: Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg).  PIlar Lorengar (Eva); Shirley Love (Magdalene); James King (Walther von Stolzing); Theo Adam (Hans Sachs); Benno Kusche (Beckmesser); Loren Driscoll (David); Ezio Flagello (Pogner); Thomas Schippers, conductor (live performance from January 15, 1972; Sony Classical 88697 85304 2)

Any questions or comments, feel free to post on the blog or drop me an e-mail (  Thanks for reading.



Classical New Releases @ KWUR, March 2011 Edition

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Short & sweet for new classical CDs at KWUR last month, because all of them are from one label, ECM New Series:

(1) Trio Mediaeval: "A Worcester Ladymass" (ECM New Series 2166)

(2) Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana (first edition, 1838) / Heinz Holliger: Partita (1999), with pianist Alexander Lonquich (ECM New Series 2104)

(3) Giya Kancheli: "Themes from the Songbook", with Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon), Gidon Kremer (violin) and Andrei Pushkarev (vibraphone) (ECM New Series 2188)

(4) Erkki-Sven Tüür: "Strata" – Symphony No. 6 ("Strata", 2007), No?sis (Concerto for clarinet, violin and orchestra; 2005), with Jörg Widmann (clarinet), Carolin Widmann (violin), and the Nordic Symphony Orchestra; Anu Tali, conductor (ECM New Series 2040)

As always, thanks for reading.

Classical New Releases @ KWUR, Feb. 2011 Edition

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

I mentioned in the last classical new release post for Dec. 2010-Jan. 2011 that the February list would be somewhat out of control, in a good way.  This is what I meant, with these new releases newly arrived for last month:

1. "John Adams: Portrait", with Angèle Dubeau (violin), La Pietà, and Louise Bessette (piano) (Analekta AN 2 8732)

2. Johann Ludwig Bach: Trauermusik, with Anna Prohaska, Ivonne Fuchs, Maximilian Schmitt, Andreas Wolf; RIAS Chamber Choir; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; Hans-Christoph Rademann, conductor (harmonia mundi HMC 902080) (BTW, J.L. Bach is from an offshoot branch of the J.S. Bach family line)

3. Brahms: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; Scherzo, op. 4; with Alexander Melnikov (performing on a Bösendorfer from 1875) (harmonia mundi HMC 902086)

4. "The Romantic Violin Concerto – 10", concertante works by Frédéric d'Erlanger and Frederic Cliffe, with Philippe Graffin (violin) and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; David Lloyd-Jones, conductor (Hyperion CDA 67838)

5. Ginastera: Estancia (extended suite), Suite de Danzas Criollas, Panambi (extended suite), Ollantay, Popol Vuh: The Mayan Creation; London Symphony Orchestra; Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Gisèle Ben-Dor, conductor (Naxos 8.570999)

6. "Sound the Bells! American Premières for Brass", with music by John Williams, Michael Tilson Thomas, Morten Lauridsen, Bruce Broughton, Kevin Puts, and Scott Hiltzik; The Bay Brass, various guest artists, and conductors Alasdair Neale, Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Ward, Jeffrey Budin, Bruce Broughton, Paul Welcomer, and Charles Floyd (harmonia mundi HMU 807556)

7. "Ray Chen: Virtuoso", music by Tartini, J.S. Bach, Wienawski, and Franck, with Ray Chen (violin) and Noreen Polera (piano) (Sony Classical 88697829672)

8. "Matteo: 300 Years of an Italian Cello", music of Domenico Gabrielli, Luciano Berio, Luigi Dallapiccola, Brian Cherney, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Claudio Ambrosini; with Matt Haimovitz, cello (Oxingale OX2018)

9. "Meeting of the Spirits", arrangements of fusion jazz pieces by John McLaughlin, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, John Lewis, Billy Strayhorn, David Sanford, George Gershwin, and Charles Mingus; with Uccello, Matt Haimovitz (cello), and guest artists John McLaughlin (electric guitar), Matt Wilson (drums) and Jan Jarczyk (keyboard) (Oxingale OX2017)

10. Gounod: Roméo et Juliette, with Jussi Björling, Bidú Sayão et al.; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Emil Cooper, conductor (live radio broadcast from February 1, 1947) (Sony Classical 88697 80465 2)

11. Puccini: La bohème, with Licia Albanese, Carlo Bergonzi, Mario Sereni, Laurel Hurley et al.; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Thomas Schippers, conductor (live radio broadcast from February 15, 1958) (Sony Classical 88697 80463 2)

12. Puccini: Tosca, with Leontyne Price, Franco Corelli, Cornell MacNeil et al.; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Kurt Adler, conductor (live radio broadcast from April 7, 1962) (Sony Classical 88697 80468 2)

13. Rossini: Il barbiere di Sivilgia, with Lily Pons, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Giuseppe Valdengo et al., The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Kurt Adler, conductor (live radio broadcast from December 16, 1950) (Sony Classical 88697 80462 2)

I doubt that March will top this; we shall see.  Thanks for reading.