Spring Drive Premium: Beethoven Symphonies

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With your sustaining membership of $20 or more a month, we’re giving you the latest recording of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano, with all of Beethoven’s ground-breaking symphonies.

It’s only available during the 2016 Spring Membership Drive. Call (502) 814-6565 or give online by clicking the banner at the top of the page.

Adding a New Voice to Bach

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(Photo credit Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has not only recorded JS Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, she’s also edited the scores for publication. I had the chance to talk to Rachel and ask her about her musical journey with Bach and how her interpretation of his music has changed since she won the Bach Competition in 1992. Listen for her new release during our regular programming on Classical 90.5.

An Italian Jew from Spain with German in his Name

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Monday’s Guitar Pick featured the first concerto for guitar and orchestra by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. An Italian Jew of Spanish decent, his concerto No.1 was the first concerto to be published after a drought of concertos for the instrument for 100 years. He was a prolific composer of music for the concert stage and for film. It’s suspected that he wrote more film music than has been given credit due to the large demand for his services by the studios. When Mussolini started to target Jews, Castelnuovo-Tedesco (literally “Newcastle-German”) fled to America. He spent the rest of his life in southern California, writing for stage and film. His music pupils included Andre Previn and Henry Mancini. Castelnuovo-Tedesco later wrote a 2nd concerto for guitar and one for 2 guitars with orchestra. Listen to the Guitar Pick weekdays at 10:30am.

This week’s picks:

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco – Guitar Concerto No. 1 – John Williams
Edvard Grieg – Holberg Suite – Arabesque Duo
JS Bach – Sinfonia No. 6 in E Major, BWV 792 – David Russell
Manuel de Falla – Homenaje Le tombeau de Claude Debussy – Eduardo Fernandez
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata, K.175 – Eliot Fisk

This week’s ukulele pick features the French ukulele player Ukulollo with guest Siwar.

A Lively Dance from Spain

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Every weekday morning I play what I call a “guitar pick.” It’s a work featuring the guitar. It can be as a solo instrument, in a chamber setting or with orchestra. This week I played two works called Fandango.

The Fandango is a quick Spanish dance intended originally for 2 dancers. The more popular fandangos of today are accompanied by castanets or hand-claps. The earliest known form of the form appeared int eh early 1700’s. It was quickly developed into a musical form by the time the two fandangos I presented were written, around 1800. Rameau and Scarlatti were the first well-known composers to use the fandango in their compositions. Fandangos are still be written today as a lively dance piece or as a showy concert work.

This week’s guitar picks:
Louis Moreau Gottschalk – Fantasy on Brazilian National Anthem – Alvaro Henrique, guitar
Cesar Franck – Prelude, Fugue and Variation, Op. 18 – Amadeus Guitar Duo
Salvador Castro de Gistau – Fandango – Thomas Schmitt
Edvard Grieg – Valse Melancolique – Peter Fletcher
Dionysio Aguado – Fandango – Thomas Schmitt

My ukulele pick this week is an original song by a very original Miami-based artist, Rachel Goodrich.

Anne Richardson: Where is She Now?

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Classical 90.5’s Young Artist Competition showcases our region’s top musical talent. Every fall kids ages 8-18 compete for a spot in our live on-air studio recital.

But where do our winners go from there?

I caught up with Anne Richardson, a previous Young Artist Competition Winner who has performed at Classical 90.5 over the years. Hear about her current studies at The Juilliard School of Music, why she plays music, and why you should never give up.

And what was Anne’s favorite moment in her recital?

Hear her full in-studio performance at Classical 90.5 below