Recently, one of the premier American orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, underwent another personnel change that may affect, even if subtly, the sound of that esteemed ensemble.
Mexican composer Manuel Ponce wrote his Concerto of the South, which features native Mexican rhythms and harmonies combine with the composer’s own original themes will be featured on Fretworks Saturday night at 7pm on Classical 101.
Playing piano with your feet…your teacher would have been appalled!
On the next Fretworks program Saturday evening on Classical 101, we’ll hear the Divertissiment for Plucked Instrument Orchestra and Farewell to Stromness.
We’ll ring in the official start of summer on the next Fretworks program with banjo player extraordinaire Bela Fleck and his arrangement of J. S. Bach’s Prelude from the Violin Partita No. 3, a dazzling piece for any instrument. For a calmer musical experience, guitarist David Leisner will have American composer Lou Harrison’s lovely Serenade.
To paraphrase a famous line, friends don’t let friends play the oboe.
Composer/conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen has created an app so people from all walks of life, casual listeners and newbies to seasoned music lovers can enjoy classical music in a more satisfying, and much cooler, way.
June 11th is the 150th birthday of German composer and conductor Richard Strauss. Born in 1864, he lived until 1949. He was important in the musical developments of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He expanded the range of orchestral writing by both increasing the size of the orchestra and by enriching the complexity of harmonic language.
Watch the celebrated pianist play Bach’s Two-part Inventions, which can zing with the speed of a sewing machine, or unfold slowly like a gentle aria.
This evening on Symphony @ 7, I have one of the really grand works of the Late-Romantic Era, Symphony No. 2 in C minor, the Resurrection, by Gustav Mahler. It’s part of our Mahler Monday presentations on Classical 101, airing from now until August 1.