Saturday, June 25, 2016

O . . . No!

Penguins in Antarctica flee in alarm as man sings
“O Solo Mio.”

(The New York Times’ Gail Collins linked to this in a column about the impact of cruise ships on nature and the environment.)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ralph Stanley (1927-2016)

Ralph Stanley, the Southwest Virginia singer and banjoist, one of the last surviving first-generation figures who transformed Appalachian balladry and string-band music into the bluegrass style, has died at 89.

The Stanley Brothers, Ralph and Carter, led one of the most successful bluegrass bands in the 1940s and ’50s. After Carter Stanley’s death in 1966, Ralph Stanley took over as a leader of the band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, in time becoming a mentor to a new generation of bluegrass and “neo-traditional” country musicians.

Late in life, Ralph Stanley achieved mass popularity through performances in the soundtrack of the film
“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000), and was recognized as an icon of American folk music.

Among the honors he received were a National Medal of Arts, a Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress, and the Traditional American Music Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

An obituary by Terence McArdle for The Washington Post:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Letter V Classical Radio this week

June 23
3-5 p.m. EDT
1900-2100 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Holst: “St. Paul’s Suite”

Camerata Wales/
Owain Arwel Hughes

Janáček: “In the Mists”
Piotr Anderszewski, piano (Virgin Classics)

J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite
No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Ernst-Burghard Hilse, flute
Akademie für alte Musik Berlin
(Harmonia Mundi)

Beethoven: Quartet
in C sharp minor, Op. 131
Cypress String Quartet

“Symphony of Psalms”
Collegium Vocale Gent
Royal Flemish Philharmonic/
Philippe Herreweghe

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Letter V Classical Radio this week

June 16
3-5 p.m. EDT
1900-2100 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Glinka: “Ruslan and Lyudmila” Overture
London Symphony
Georg Solti

Past Masters:
Mozart: Quartet
in B flat major,
K. 458 (“Hunt”)
Quartetto Italiano (Philips)
(recorded 1966)

Piano Concerto No. 4 in C minor
Stephen Hough, piano
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/
Sakari Oramo

Jennifer Higdon:
“String Poetic”
Jennifer Koh, violin
Reiko Uchida, piano (Çedille)

Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
Les Musiciens du Louvre, Grenoble/
Marc Minkowski (Naïve)

George Butterworth:
“On Banks
of Green Willow”
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Grant Llewellyn (Argo)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

J. Reilly Lewis (1944-2016)

J. Reilly Lewis, the longtime Washington choral director and organist, has died at 71.

A onetime boy chorister at Washington National Cathedral, Lewis had been director of the Cathedral Choral Society for more than 30 years. He had served as organist and choirmaster of Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington since 1971.

Beyond the Washington area, Lewis was best-known as director of the Washington Bach Consort, which he founded in 1977 and developed into one of the most highly regarded early music ensembles in the US.

A remembrance by The Washington Post’s Anne Midgette:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Crutcher & Kong add date

After their July 7 concert opening the Richmond Symphony Summer Series sold out, cellist Ronald Crutcher and pianist Joanne Kong have added a second performance, 6:30 p.m. July 6 in the Gottwald Playhouse of Dominion Arts Center, Sixth and Grace streets.

Crutcher, who is president of the University of Richmond and cellist of the Klemperer Trio, will join Kong in Glazunov’s Elegie, Op. 17, and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G minor, Op. 19. Kong will play Scriabin’s Prelude in B major, Op. 16, No. 1, and Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 42, No. 5.

Tickets are $20 and may be ordered by calling the Richmond Symphony box office at (804) 788-1212.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Letter V Classical Radio this week

Another tweak in the WDCE summer schedule: The show moves to 3-5 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 18.

June 9
3-5 p.m. EDT
1900-2100 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Wagner: “Rienzi” Overture
MET Orchestra/
James Levine
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Martinů: Symphony No. 3
Czech Philharmonic/
Václav Neumann

Chopin: Ballade in F minor, Op. 52
Lucas Debargue, piano (Sony Classical)

Mozart: Symphony No. 23 in D major, K. 181
Geneva Chamber Orchestra/David Greilsammer
(Sony Classical)

Josef Suk: Serenade
in E flat major
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/
Mariss Jansons
(BR Klassik)

Boccherini: Quintet
in D major (“Fandango”)
Rolf Lislevand, guitar; José de Udaeta, castanets
Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall (AliaVox)