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Clarke Bustard
The Virginia Classical Music Blog
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Oct. 26
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Mozart: “The Abduction from the Seraglio” Suite
(arrangement by Johann Nepomuk Went)
Netherlands Wind Ensemble
(Philips)

Barber:
“Capricorn” Concerto
Basel Chamber Orchestra/
Christopher Hogwood
(Arte Nova)

Poulenc: Sextet
for piano and winds
Pascal Rogé, piano
Patrick Gallois, flute
Maurice Bourgue, oboe
Michel Portal, clarinet
Amaury Wallez, bassoon
André Cazalet, French horn
(Decca)

Haydn: Symphony No. 82 in C major (“The Bear”)
Handel and Haydn Society, Boston/
Harry Christophers
(Coro)

Past Masters:
Beethoven: Quartet
in E flat major, Op. 127
Hungarian Quartet
(recorded 1953)
(Regis)

Rameau:
“Hippolyte et Aricie” Suite
Swedish Radio
Symphony Orchestra/
Daniel Harding
(Harmonia Mundi)

Janácek: Sonata
for violin and piano
Jessica Lee, violin
Reiko Uchida, piano
(Azica)

Tchaikovsky: “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture
Czech Philharmonic/Semyon Bychkov
(Decca)
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Nov. 2
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Michael Torke: “Bright Blue Music”
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/David Zinman
(Argo)

Brahms: Horn Trio
in E flat major, Op. 40
Isabelle Faust, violin
Teunis van der Zwart,
natural horn
Alexander Melnikov, piano
(Harmonia Mundi)

Past Masters:
Stravinsky: Capriccio
for piano and orchestra
John Ogdon, piano
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/
Neville Marriner
(recorded 1970)
(Decca)

Berlioz:
“Symphonie fantastique”
Cleveland Orchestra/
Lorin Maazel
(Telarc)

Liszt:
“Transcendental Études” –
IV: “Mazeppa”
Kirill Gerstein, piano
(Myrios Classics)

Prokofiev: “Lieutenant Kijé” Suite
London Symphony Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Past Masters:
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4
in A major (“Italian”)
Philharmonia Orchestra/
Guido Cantelli
(recorded 1955)
(EMI Classics)

Peter Warlock: “Capriol” Suite
Camerata Wales/Owain Arwel Hughes
(BIS)
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My review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of the Richmond Symphony with pianist Anton Nel, performing at Dominion Arts Center:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_07754249-37b0-5d4b-ab80-ae0f8b04878f.html
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This week, I trade time slots with Mark Lederway, my fellow WDCE highbrow. On Tuesday I’ll survey new and recent classical recordings – Brahms from violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk; Mozart from fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; Stravinsky from JoAnn Falletta and the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players; Tchaikovsky from Vasily Petrenko abd the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Debussy from Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Oct. 18
noon-4 p.m. EDT
1600-2000 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

Debussy: “Jeux”
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/
Michael Tilson Thomas
(SFS Media)

Mozart:
Piano Concerto No. 12
in A major, K. 414
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/
Gottfried von der Goltz
(Harmonia Mundi)

Vijay Iyer: “Run”
J.S. Bach: Suite in C major, BWV 1009 – Prelude
Matt Haimovitz, cello
(Pentatone/Oxingale)

Dan Visconti: “Black Bend”
Fifth House Ensemble
Baladino
(Çedille)

Schumann:
“Märchenbilder,” Op. 113
Jodi Levitz, viola
Eric Zivian, fortepiano
(Avie)

Brahms: Piano Trio
in B major, Op. 8
(original version)
Joshua Bell, violin
Steven Isserlis, cello
Jeremy Denk, piano
(Sony Classical)

Stravinsky: “L’histoire du soldat” Suite
Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players/
JoAnn Falletta
(Naxos)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony
No. 2 in C minor
(“Little Russian”)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/
Vasily Petrenko
(Onyx)

George Onslow:
Quintet in D minor, Op. 45
Elan Quintet
(Naxos)

Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Yolanda Kondanassis, harp
Oberlin Orchestra/Raphael Jiménez
(Oberlin Music)
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My reviews for the Richmond Times-Dispatch of programs exploring Latin-American music by the Richmond Symphony at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland and the Sphinx Virtuosi and Catalyst Quartet at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center, and of the Parker Quartet with violist Kim Kashkashian, performing in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rennolds Chamber Concerts series:

http://www.richmond.com/entertainment/music/article_7502d88b-2103-5709-8d19-9566be6035b9.html

CORRECTION (Oct. 18): The Catalyst Quartet’s management sends word that the ensemble’s first violinist, featured in Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas brasileiras” No. 5, was Suliman Tekalli. The print review credits a former member, who was listed in the Modlin Center brochure.
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As Bob Dylan is tapped for a Nobel Prize in literature – not an unreasonable choice, at least for his song lyrics from the 1960s (e.g., “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”) – The New Republic’s Ryu Spaeth wonders why there isn’t a Nobel for music:

http://newrepublic.com/minutes/137764/nobel-prize-literature-wants-recognize-musician-create-award-music

Gordon Ball, visiting associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, writes for The Washington Post that since 1996 he has been writing to the Nobel Prize committee recommending Dylan for the literature prize. As have others:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/10/14/i-nominated-bob-dylan-for-the-nobel-prize-youre-welcome
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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
http://www.wdce.org

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

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

Past Masters:
Vaughan Williams:
“Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis”
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/
Neville Marriner
(recorded 1972)
(Argo)
 
Bruckner: Psalm 150
Juliet Booth, soprano
Jean Rigby, mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Gwynne Howell, bass
Corydon Singers
& Orchestra/
Matthew Best
(Hyperion)

Steve Reich: “Tehillim”
Percussion Group
The Hague
Schönberg Ensemble/
Reinbert de Leeuw
(Nonesuch)

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

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

Steve Reich: Double Sextet
eighth blackbird
(Nonesuch)
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Registration is now underway for Come and Play, an annual event in which some 300 community musicians perform alongside members of the Richmond Symphony.

Come and Play will be staged on Nov. 20 at the Verizon Wireless Arena
of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center, Broad and Harrison streets.

Chia-Hsuan Lin,
the symphony’s associate conductor, will lead a rehearsal from 2:30 to 5 p.m., with the concert beginning at 6 p.m. Admission to the concert is free.

Repertory includes classical and pops selections, to be announced later.

Positions for community musicians are filled on a first-come, first-seated basis, with a limited number of openings in each instrumental section. Once sections are filled, applicants may join a waiting list. The registration fee is $6.

Come and Play, now in its 10th year, is presented in support of music education in Richmond area schools.

To register, or obtain more information, visit http://www.richmondsymphony.com/education-engagement/come-play/
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After a medical procedure, I’m temporarily out of commission. Letter V Classical Radio is taking an enforced week off.
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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 over the weekend. 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. 5
10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
1400-1700 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://www.wdce.org

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

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

Past Masters:
Vaughan Williams:
“Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis”
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/
Neville Marriner
(recorded 1972)
(Argo)
 
Bruckner: Psalm 150
Juliet Booth, soprano
Jean Rigby, mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Gwynne Howell, bass
Corydon Singers
& Orchestra/
Matthew Best
(Hyperion)

Steve Reich: “Tehillim”
Percussion Group
The Hague
Schönberg Ensemble/
Reinbert de Leeuw
(Nonesuch)

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

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

Steve Reich: Double Sextet
eighth blackbird
(Nonesuch)
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