Monday, October 10, 2016

Letter V Classical Radio this week

A hail and farewell edition:

– Remembering Neville Marriner, founder and longtime director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, who died at 92 on Oct. 2. We’ll hear three of his classic recordings with the academy, of works by Handel, Mozart and Vaughan Williams.

– Saluting Steve Reich, one of the most influential American composers of our time, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Oct. 3. We’ll mark that milestone with two of Reich’s finest works: “Tehillim,” his 1981 setting of Psalm texts (bracketed by contrasting Psalm settings of Anton Bruckner and Leonard Bernstein); and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet, played by eighth blackbird, the group that premiered the work on March 26, 2008 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center.

Oct. 12
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Past Masters:

Handel: Concerto grosso in A minor, Op. 6, No. 4
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/
Neville Marriner
(recorded 1967)

Mozart: Piano Concerto
No. 21 in C major, K. 467
Alfred Brendel, piano
Academy of St. Martin
in the Fields/
Neville Marriner

Past Masters:
Vaughan Williams:
“Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis”
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/
Neville Marriner
(recorded 1972)
Bruckner: Psalm 150
Juliet Booth, soprano

Jean Rigby, mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Gwynne Howell, bass
Corydon Singers

& Orchestra/
Matthew Best

Steve Reich: “Tehillim”
Percussion Group

The Hague
Schönberg Ensemble/

Reinbert de Leeuw

Bernstein: “Chichester Psalms”
Elizabeth Franklin-Kitchen, soprano
Victoria Nayler, alto
Jeremy Budd, tenor
Paul Charrier, bass
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus & Orchestra/
Marin Alsop

Mendelssohn: Octet
in E flat major, Op. 20
Shanghai Quartet
Bartók Quartet

Steve Reich: Double Sextet
eighth blackbird