Our next Fretworks broadcast on Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101 will feature an interesting mix of sounds, including Bach played on a mandolin and part of a symphony for guitar and orchestra by Alan Hovhaness.
Russian composer Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936) lived through a very tumultuous period of his country’s history and remains a pivotal figure between the 19th and 20th centuries in Russian music. This evening on Symphony @ 7, we have his last completed symphony from 1906.
The next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7pm on Classical 101 will feature among the musical offerings, Canadian guitarist Jerome Ducharme with Three Spanish Pieces by Joaquin Rodrigo, and Nicola Hall will play the popular Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
People still flock to the Louvre in Paris to see perhaps the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. Now, people can hear a musical instrument conceived by the same brilliant mind, the “viola organista” from Leonardo da Vinci.
For this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, we have the Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser on the next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101. This wonderful collection of 8 pieces for flute and guitar from 1984 is a setting of traditional Appalachian melodies that was written for flutist Paula Robison and guitarist Eliot Fisk.
I am always amazed when performing artists such as pianist Andras Schiff can play a long and complex collection of keyboard works such as J. S. Bach’s Well-Temepered Clavier, all in one evening, live in concert, and entirely from memory. That’s what took place at London’s Wigmore Hall this past weekend.
Our next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 will feature Paul Galbraith, who plays an 8-string guitar of his own design. It’s held like a cello with a metal endpin coming out of the bottom of the guitar and rests on a specially-designed resonating box that adds to the full, rich sound he produces on this unusual instrument. Galbraith will be heard in Bach’s Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998.
The Cleveland Orchestra was recently voted the “world’s favorite orchestra” by the London-based website Bachtrack.com, an international concert finder that ran a poll to find out which group the world loves best. After a month of on-line voting with nearly 12,000 votes from 97 countries, the Cleveland Orchestra clearly emerged in the top spot. You can see all of the rankings on their website.
Seventy years ago today, November 14, 1943, 25 year old Leonard Bernstein made a triumphant debut conducting the New York Philharmonic. He had been an assistant conductor with that great orchestra for only two months, but fate intervened to give his career a huge boost.