Monday, July 24, 2017

Letter V Classical Radio this week

July 26
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Beethoven: “Leonore” Overture No. 1
Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard

Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5
Quatuor Mosaïques

Past Masters:
“Songs of a Wayfarer”
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Philharmonia Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler
(recorded 1952)
(EMI Classics)

Symphony No. 3
in D minor
Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig/
Andriss Nelsons
(Deutsche Grammophon)

“Tristan und Isolde”
– Prelude
Staatskapelle Dresden/Carlos Kleiber
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Past Masters:
Piano Concerto No. 2
in G minor
Earl Wild, piano
RCA Victor
Symphony Orchestra/
Massimo Freccia
(recorded 1967)

Fantasy in C major, D. 934
Jennifer Koh, violin
Reiko Uchida, piano

Monday, July 17, 2017

Letter V Classical Radio this week

July 19
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Peter Warlock: “Capriol Suite”
Camerata Wales/
Owain Arwel Hughes

Past Masters:
Haydn: Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI:20
Christian Zacharias, piano
(recorded 1977)
(EMI Classics)

“Little Suite” (Nonet), Op. 1
Young Danish Chamber Orchestra/
Gunnar Tagmose

Schubert: Introduction and Variations on “Trockne Blumen,”
D. 802
Wolfgang Schulz, flute
Stefan Vladar, piano

Quartet in
C sharp minor,
Op. 131
(orchestration by
Terje Tonnesen)
Camerata Nordica/
Terje Tonnesen

Prelude and Fugue in E minor,
Op. 35, No. 1
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

“Music for Strings,
Percussion and Celesta”
Scottish Chamber Orchestra/
Charles Mackerras

Handel: Concerto grosso in A major, Op. 6, No. 11
Academy of Ancient Music/Andrew Manze
(Harmonia Mundi)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Spare Air this weekend

What with one thing and another (and another . . . ), feels like a good time for a couple of hours of Mozart.

July 16
7-9 p.m. EDT
2300-0100 GMT/UTC
WDCE-FM, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Mozart: “The Magic Flute” Overture
English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner
(DG Archiv)

Mozart: Serenade in C minor, K. 388
winds of Orchestre de Champs Elysées/
Philippe Herreweghe
(Harmonia Mundi)

“Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio!”
K. 418
Diana Damrau,
Le Cercle de l’Harmonie/
Jéremie Rohrer

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, K. 451
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
English Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Leif Ove Andsnes,
piano & director
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
(EMI Classics)

Mozart: Mass in C major, K. 317 (“Coronation”)
Barbara Schlick, soprano
Elisabeth von Magnus, alto
Paul Agnew, tenor
Matthijs Masdag, bass
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/
Ton Koopman

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Symphony Summer Series reviewed

My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the opening concert of the Richmond Symphony Summer Series, featuring violinist Adrian Pintea and pianist Russell Wilson, at Dominion Arts Center’s Gottwald Playhouse:

Monday, July 10, 2017

Letter V Classical Radio this week

Symphonies, from early classical to neo-classical, centering on a singular performance of Beethoven’s “Eroica” by Jordi Savall and his period-instruments band, Le Concert des Nations.

July 12
noon-3 p.m. EST
1700-2000 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Past Masters:
William Boyce: Symphony No. 5 in D major
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/
Neville Marriner
(recorded 1976)

Past Masters:
Bizet: Symphony in C major
French National
Radio Orchestra/
Thomas Beecham
(recorded 1959)
(EMI Classics)

Past Masters:
Britten: “Simple Symphony”
English Chamber Orchestra/
Benjamin Britten
(recorded 1968)

Symphony in D major,
K. 95
Academy of
Ancient Music/
Christopher Hogwood
(L’Oiseau Lyre)

Symphony No. 3
in E flat major (“Eroica”)
Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall

Symphony No. 9
in E flat major
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/
Vasily Petrenko

Symphony No. 92
in G major (“Oxford”)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/René Jacobs
(Harmonia Mundi)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

No Spare Air this weekend

Spare Air taking a break this weekend, due to another commitment.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Letter V Classical Radio this week

When the weather gets hot, I go for baroque. (Sorry.) You’ll hear a surprising variety of idioms, tone colors and effects in this program, which mixes music by familiar figures – Bach, Handel, Telemann – with works by worthy lesser-knowns of the 17th and 18th centuries.

July 5
noon-3 p.m. EDT
1600-1900 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Johann Joseph Fux: “Processional Suite” in C major
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/
Gottfried von der Goltz

Giovanni Gabrieli:
“Jubilate Deo”
Gabrieli Consort & Players/
Paul McCreesh
(DG Archiv)

Antonio Bertali:
Sonata à 2 in G major
(Olde Focus)

Sieur de Saint-Colombe: Concert XXVII: “La Reporté”
Wieland Kuijken & Jordi Savall, bass viols

Andreas Hammerschmidt: Suite in G major à 5
Hesperion XX/Jordi Savall
(Ars Musici)

William Corbett: “Bizzarie Universali” –
“Alla Spagniola”
Andrew Manze, violin
European Community Baroque Orchestra/
Roy Goodman
(Channel Classics)

Charles Avison:
Concerto grosso No. 6
in D major
(after Domenico Scarlatti)
Pablo Valetti, violin & director
Café Zimmermann
(Alpha Classics)

J.S. Bach: “English Suite” No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
Christophe Rousset, harpsichord

Telemann: Overture-Suite
in B flat major, TWV 55:B5 (“Les Nations”)
Akademie für
alte Musik Berlin/
Stefan Mai
(Harmonia Mundi)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: “Second air de trompette”
Musica Antiqua Köln/
Reinhard Goebel
(DG Archiv)

Heinrich Biber: “Battalia à 10”
Le Concert des Nations/
Jordi Savall

“Dettingen Te Deum”
Christopher Tipping, alto
Harry Christophers, tenor
Stephen Varcoe & Michael Pearce, basses
Trevor Pinnock,
organ & director
Choir of Westminster Abbey
The English Concert
(DG Archiv)