Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Off the air

I’ve come down with a case of upper-respiratory miseries; so, alas, there will be no Letter V Classical Radio this week and no Spare Air next weekend.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Spare Air this weekend

Music of the Romani – the gypsies – and of the cultures with which they interacted in central Europe and the Balkans. In this program, a sampler of traditional songs and dances, popularized takes on those folk styles, and adaptations
in orchestral and chamber music by composers from the 18th to 20th centuries –
Georg Phillipp Telemann, Joseph Haydn, Pablo de Sarasate, Béla Bartók, Zoltan Kodály and György Ligeti.

June 18
7-9 p.m. EDT
2300-0100 GMT/UTC
WDCE-FM, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Kodály: “Dances of Galanta”
London Symphony Orchestra/
István Kertész
(Decca Eloquence)

trad. (Collection Uhrovska):
Dance 322
trad. (Collection Saltus Hungarici):
trad. (Collection Uhrovska):
“Ach ma myla co Myslis”
trad. (Collection Annae Szirmay-Keczer):
Dance 325,
“Melodiarium B-14”
trad. (Collection Uhrovska):
“Hungaricus 35”
Miloš Valent, violin & director
Jan Rokyta, cimbalom, hammered dulcimer & winds
Holland Baroque Society
(Channel Classics)

“Oh, the Road Is Long”
“If I Were a Rose”
Marta Sebestyén, vocals

Haydn: “Rondo à l’Ongarese”
Franz Paul Rigler:
“Gipsy Dances”
Gypsy Devils

Sarasate: “Ziguenerweisen”
Julia Fischer, violin
Milana Chernyavska, piano

Bartók: “Contrasts”
Joseph Szigeti, violin
Benny Goodman, clarinet
Béla Bartók, piano

trad.: “Hajdut Songs”
Péter Dabasi:
“The Poacher”
trad.: “Together Again”

“Perpetuum mobile”
“Concerto Polonois”
3 polonaises
trad. (Collection Annae Szirmay-Keczer):
Dance 90
“Pode Dworem”
“Melodiarium G-10”
“Melodiarium G-11”
Miloš Valent, violin & director
Jan Rokyta, cimbalom, hammered dulcimer & winds
Holland Baroque Society
(Channel Classics)

György Ligeti:
“Concert Românesc”
Berlin Philharmonic/
Jonathan Nott

NEA grants to 18 Virginia groups

Three Richmond organizations are among the recipients of grants in the Art Works program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Richmond Symphony received $10,000 to support performances under its Big Tent portable stage and educational initiatives.

1708 Gallery received $20,000 to support InLight Richmond, an exhibition of of light-based video, sculpture, interactive projects and new media works on building façades, storefronts, sidewalks, green spaces and alleyways.

The Latin Ballet of Virginia received $10,000 to support its EverybodyReads! program, which promotes a love of reading, writing and literature through dance.

The NEA’s Art Works program is disbursing $82 million this spring to 1,029 organizations and programs in music, dance, theater, visual arts, folk and traditional arts and media programs, as well as institutions such as museums, arts agencies and festivals.

Other Virginia recipients of Art Works grants:

– Virginia Commission for the Arts: $701,500.

– Virginia Symphony, Hampton Roads: $15,000 to support the commissioning of “Steel, Smoke, Stars and Steam,” a concerto for orchestra by Michael Daugherty.

– Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Vienna: $65,000 to support professional training for singers and opera performances.

– Synetic Theater, Arlington: $10,000 to support the premiere of “The Mark of Cain,” a company-devised distillation of human history as seen through the eyes of Cain, civilization’s first criminal.

– The Art League, Alexandria: $20,000 to support Injured Military Personnel and art (IMPart), a visual-arts educational outreach program for wounded soldiers and their families and caregivers.

– Jefferson School Foundation, Charlottesville: $34,000 to support the commissioning of a sculpture by Melvin Edwards commemorating Vinegar Hill, which was the principal African-American business district in Charlottesville from the 1920s until it was razed in 1962.

– James Madison University, Harrisonburg: $20,000 to support a study examing potential impacts of arts programs that uses songwriting to explore issues of incarceration, equity, justice and community.

– Longwood University, Farmville: $25,000 to support the exhibition “Rural Avant-Garde: the Mountain Lake Experience” and accompanying catalogue.

– The Crooked Road (Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail), Abingdon: $30,000 to support the Mountains of Music Homecoming concert series.

– Town of Pulaski: $75,000 to support the Spectrum, Scheme, Synergy cultural planning initiative for the town’s central business district.

– National Arts Strategies, Alexandria: $75,000 to support the Creative Community Fellows program.

– National Arts Education Association, Alexandria: $25,000 to support professional leadership development programs.

– Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Fairfax: $75,000 to support an annual conference, online literature resources and publication and promotion of “The Writer’s Chronicle.”

– Fall for the Book, Fairfax: $10,000 to support the Fall for the Book literary festival.

– WETA (Greater Washington Telecommunications Association), Arlington: $50,000 to support “Art Takes Us,” a series of video segments on artists to be broadcast of PBS’ “NewsHour.”

In addition, eighth blackbird, the Chicago-based new-music sextet that maintains a residency at the University of Richmond, received a $10,000 grant to support workshops and performances of “Olagon: a Cantata in Doublespeak” by Dan Trueman, Paul Muldoon and Iarla Ó Lionáird. The piece will be performed on March 23, 2018 at UR.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Letter V Classical Radio this week

June 14
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Vivaldi: “The Four Seasons” – “Summer”
Daniel Hope, violin & director
Zurich Chamber Orchestra
(Deutsche Grammophon)

“Acante et Céphise” Suite
Orchestra of
the 18th Century/
Frans Brüggen

Concerto in F major,
Op. 9, No. 3
Gail Hennessy & Rachel Chaplin, oboes
La Serenissima/Adrian Chandler

“Introduction and Variations
on ‘Nel cor piu non mi sento’ from ‘La molinara’ ”
(after Giovanni Paisiello)
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

Quartet in A minor,
Op. 41, No. 1
Pacifica Quartet

Jan Dismas Zelenka:
Trio Sonata in G minor, ZWV 181:4
Xenia Löffler &
Michael Bosch, oboes
Jane Gower, bassoon
Luděk Braný, double-bass
Shizuko Noiri, lute
Václav Luks, harpsichord

Johann Joseph Fux: Concerto in A minor
(“Le dolcezze e l’amerezze della notte”)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/
Gottfried von der Goltz

Symphony No. 60
in C major
(“Il Distratto”)
Il Giardano Armonico/
Giovanni Antonini

Quintet in C major
(“La Musica notturna della Strade di Madrid”)
Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall

Friday, June 9, 2017

Spare Air this weekend

Roots and branches of jazz, from the piano music of 19th-century African-American and Creole composers to the ragtime of Scott Joplin, stride piano of James P. Johnson and early New Orleans jazz of Joe (King) Oliver to two concert-hall echoes, George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Johnson’s “Yamekraw:
a Negro Rhapsody.”

June 11
7-9 p.m. EDT
2300-0100 GMT/UTC
WDCE-FM, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Albert Gumble: “At the Mississippi Cabaret”
Dick Hyman & His Orchestra
(New World)

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: “Bamboula”
Alan Feinberg, piano

Blind Tom Bethune:
“The Rainstorm”
John Davis, piano
(Newport Classics)

Charles Lucièn Lambert Sr.:
“Bresiliana, Grande valse brilliante de salon”
Michael Linville, piano

Scott Joplin:
“Maple Leaf Rag”
“Weeping Willow”
“Magnetic Rag”
Joshua Rifkin, piano

E.L. Bowman:
“Kansas City Blues”
Clarence Gaskill:
“Waltzing the Blues”
Roy Turk & Maceo Pinkard: “Sweet Man”
Dick Hyman
& His Orchestra
(New World)

James P. Johnson:
“Sweet Lorraine”
“St. Louis Blues”
“Twilight Rag”
James P. Johnson, piano
(Asch/Smithsonian Folkways)

Joe (King) Oliver:
“Dippermouth Blues”
“St. James Infirmary”
“Shake It and Break It”
King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band
King Oliver’s
Savannah Syncopators
(RCA Victor)

Gershwin: “Rhapsody in Blue”
George Gershwin, piano roll

Fats Waller: “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ”
Duke Ellington: “Solitude”
Bix Beiderbecke: “Candlelights”
Fats Waller: “Squeeze Me
Zez Confrey: “Kitten on the Keys”
Alan Feinberg, piano

Joe (King) Oliver:
“West End Blues”
Great American
Music Ensemble/
Doug Richards

James P. Johnson:
“Yamekraw: a Negro Rhapsody”
James P. Johnson, piano
(Asch/Smithsonian Folkways)

Gershwin: “Scandal Walk”
George Gershwin, piano roll

Monday, June 5, 2017

Letter V Classical Radio this week

In the second hour of the program, remembering two notable but underappreciated conductors, Jeffrey Tate and Jiří Bělohlávek, who died last week.

June 7
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Mahler: “Das Lied von der Erde” –
“The Drinking Song of Earthly Woe”
Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
Vienna Philharmonic/
Jonathan Nott
(Sony Classical)

Past Masters:
Double Concerto
in A minor
Zino Francescatti, violin
Pierre Fournier, cello
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/
Bruno Walter
(recorded 1959)
(Sony Classical)

Alfred Schnittke:
“(K)ein Sommernachtstraum”
Russian State
Symphony Orchestra/
Valery Polyansky

Symphony No. 34
in C major, K. 338
English Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate
(EMI Classics)

Martinů: Symphony No. 6
(“Fantasies symphoniques”)
Czech Philharmonic/
Jiří Bělohlávek

Martin Luther:
“Ein feste Burg
ist unser Gott”
Dresdner Kreuzchor/
Martin Flämig
Capella Fidiciana, Leipzig/
Hans Grüss
(Berlin Classics)

J.S. Bach: Cantata, “Ein feste Burg is unser Gott,” BWV 80
Barbara Schlick,
Gérard Lesne, countertenor
Howard Crook, tenor
Peter Kooy, bass
Collegium Vocale
La Chapelle Royale/
Philippe Herreweghe
(Harmonia Mundi)

Symphony No. 5
in D major
Orchestra of the 18th Century/Frans Brüggen

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Spare Air this weekend

Berlin in light: cabaret, dance-band and theater music from Berlin in the 1920s and early ’30s. Kurt Weill is the composer looming over this time and place, but many other artists and composers (not all of them German) figured prominently in this singular musical scene. We’ll hear voices from the period – notably the amazing vocal sextet the Comedian Harmonists – and leading current-day interpreters, including Max Raabe & Das Palast Orchester and the chanteuse Ute Lemper.

June 4
7-9 p.m. EDT
2300-0100 GMT/UTC
WDCE-FM, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Kurt Weill: “Berlin im Licht”
Rosemary Hardy, vocalist
Ensemble Modern/HK Gruber

Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht:
“Die Moritat vom Mackie-Messer” (“Mack the Knife”)
Lotte Lenya, vocalist
Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht: “Pirate Jenny”
Lotte Lenya, vocalist
Lewis Ruth Band/Theo Mackeben
(Intense Media)

James P. Johnson:
“Original Charleston”
Das Palast Orchester

Michael Jary-Rosita Serrando:
“Roter Mohn”
Herman Hupfeld:
“As Time Goes By”
Max Raabe, vocalist
Das Palast Orchester

Sholom Secunda-
Jacob Jacobs:
“Bei mir bist du schön”
Max Raabe, vocalist
Das Palast Orchester

Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht: “Alabama Song”
Max Raabe, vocalist
Das Palast Orchester
(RCA Red Seal)

Hindemith: “Neues vom Tage” Overture
BBC Philharmonic/
Yan Pascal Tortelier

Rudolf Nelson-
Kurt Tucholsky:
Mischa Spoliansky: “Maskulinum - Femininum”
Friedrich Hollaender:
“Sex Appeal”
Kurt Weill-Roger Fernay: “Youkali Tango”
Ute Lemper, vocalist
Matrix Ensemble/Robert Ziegler

Milton Ager-Charles Amberg: “Wochenend und Sonnenschein” (“Happy Days Are Here Again”)
Friedrich Hollaender: “Wir sind von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt” (“Falling in Love Again”)
Duke Ellington: “Creole Love Call”
W.R. Heymann-
Jean Boyer:
“Quand la brise vagabonde”
Comedian Harmonists

Wagner-Hindemith: “The Overture to ‘The Flying Dutchman’ as Sight-Read by a Bad Spa Orchestra
at 7 o’clock in the Morning by the Village Well”
Kocian Quartet

Brahms: “Hungarian Dance” No. 5
Kreisler: “Liebeslied”
Dvořák: Humoresque (“Eine kleine Frühlingsweise”)
Comedian Harmonists

trad. (Kurt Weill arr.): “Klops-Lied”
Kurt Weill-Felix Gasbarra: “Die Muschel von Margate” (“Petroleum Song”)
Kurt Weill-
Lion Feuchtwanger:
“Das Lied von den braunen Inseln”
Teresa Stratas, vocalist
Richard Wollach, piano

Kurt Weill-Ogden Nash: “Speak Low”
Kurt Weill-Maxwell Anderson: “September Song”
Kurt Weill-Langston Hughes:
“What Good Would the Moon Be”
Max Raabe, vocalist
Das Palast Orchester
(RCA Red Seal)

Elisio Grenet: “Espabilate”
Jacques Dallin:
“Sous le ciel d’Afrique”
Josephine Baker, vocalist
Comedian Harmonists
(Turn Again Records)

Norbert Schultze-Hans Leip: “Lili Marleen”
Lale Andersen, vocalist
male chorus & orchestra
(EMI Electrola)