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Conductor Christopher Hogwood Dies at Age 73

2:59PM
September
24, 2014

The English conductor Christopher Hogwood died today after a long illness at the age of 73. He was the noted founder of the early-music orchestra The Academy of Ancient Music, a group he started in 1973 and directed for some 30 years.

From Astor Piazzolla to Stanley Myers on the Next Fretworks

Jason Vieaux (left) and Julien Labro
Jason Vieaux (left) and Julien Labro will be featured on the next episode of Fretworks.
1:40PM
September 18, 2014

On the next Fretworks, we’re seeing in the beginning of autumn with Astor Piazzolla’s Otono Porteno, from the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires featuring Jason Vieaux, Julien Labro.

Mariachi Flash Mob

8:59AM
September
9, 2014

Would you participate in a flash mob?

Dvorak, Stephen Foster and Hawaiian Guitar on Fretworks

12:08PM
August
28, 2014

For the Labor Day weekend on Fretworks, we’ll hear the Modern Mandolin Quartet play their arrangement of music by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak written while he was in the United States in Spilville, Iowa in 1893.

Where are All of the American Composers?

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Augusta Read Thomas with composer and OSU Professor Emeritus Donald Harris before a performance of Ms. Thomas' work 'Jubilee' by the New Albany Symphony in 2012.
5:00AM
August
20, 2014

Most of us can name a fair number of American composers – Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, John Williams.  All have written great music which has become part of the musical landscape.   How about these composers?   Nico Muhly, Amy Wurtz, Michael Daugherty, Augusta Read Thomas and Joan Tower?  Possibly not so familiar.That will [...]

Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto on Fretworks

Heitor Villa-Lobos at the end of a concert in Tel Aviv, 1952
Heitor Villa-Lobos (center) at the end of a concert in Tel Aviv, 1952
1:19PM
August 14, 2014

This Saturday evening on Fretworks, I’ll have the Guitar Concerto from Brazil’s best-known composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. This piece was written for Andres Segovia, who gave the first performance of this popular work in 1956. We’ll hear the Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez in a recording with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Franz Schubert: A Jazz Inspiration?

5:46PM
August
13, 2014

If one of the primary aims of jazz improvisation is the creation of melody, could there be a more inspirational concentration of examples than in Franz Schubert’s Quintet in C?

A Danish Affirmation of Life from Carl Nielsen: Sinfonia Espansiva

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Carl Nielsen listening to the rehersal of Saul og David in Gothenburg in 1928.
2:48PM
August 13, 2014

Danish composer Carl Nielsen spoke of the first movement of his Sinfonia espansiva as “a gust of energy and life-affirmation blown out into the wide world,” and called the finale of his Third Symphony “a hymn to work and the healthy activity of everyday life.”

Paganini Concerto for Guitar with Nicola Hall on Fretworks

1:19PM
August
7, 2014

The next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7pm will feature British guitarist Nicola Hall as the soloist for an arrangement of Niccolo Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor in a recording made in 1992.

Music of Peace from Great Composers in the First World War

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Cortot Landscape 1870
3:08PM
August 6, 2014

It was called “The Great War,” then “The War to End All Wars,” and finally, “The First World War,” a dubious distinction considering what it implies about the future. But even in times of great destruction and turmoil and its aftermath, music has the power to supply much needed solace and beauty.