Steinway & Sons record label recently released a new album featuring the world premiere recording of American contemporary classical Composer Nico Muhly’s Cello Concerto. The album was recorded by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jun Märkl and features premiere cellist Zuill Bailey. It was commissioned by The Barbican, Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue and preimered by Britten Sinfonia with cellist Oliver Coates at the Barbican Center on March 16, 2012. It then was performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on January 25, 2013. The concerto is 18 minutes in length and in three parts, alternating fast-slow-fast. When 33 year-old Muhly studied music at the Julliard School he worked with American Composer Phillip Glass who is known for his minimalist works. Muhly demonstrates minimalist techniques in this concerto beautifully with drones and steady motoric rhythmic and lyrical development.
Here is Composer Nico Muhly with his London Premiere of Gait.
Here is cellist Zuill Bailey performing on the NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert series.
Featured along with this premiere is Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo: Habraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra and Three Jewish Poems. Bloch was a Swiss-born American composer of the 20th century who passed away in 1959. He is most well-known for his works that reflect Jewish culture. His compositions are approachable, yet challenging. These two pieces from Bloch compliment Muhly’s Cello Concerto perfectly.
Here is cellist Sol Gabetta performing Bloch’s From Jewish Life: Prayer accompanied by pianist Andreas Kern.
You can purchase the world premiere recording of Muhly’s Cello Concerto on iTunes or Amazon.
Composer Steve Reich drew concepts for his piece Radio Rewrite from Composer Perotin’s Proverb, composed in 1995. He also allowed Radiohead songs Jigsaw Falling into Place and Everything in Its Right Place influence the piece as well. This is the third track on his 2014 album titled after the piece itself, Radio Rewrite. The piece is in five movements, alternating in Reich’s typical fashion: Fast, Slow, Fast, Slow and Fast. Longtime friends of Reich ensemble Alarm Will Sound recorded this work under direction of Alan Pierson. The work calls for flute, clarinet, two vibraphones, two pianos, electric bass, and string quartet.
Electric Counterpoint and Piano Counterpoint are also featured on this album. Electric Counterpoint was composed in 1987 and originally performed and recorded by Pat Metheny. On this album it is recorded by Radiohead’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood. Reich heard Greenwood perform his work live and enjoyed the performance and then became interested in Radiohead’s music.
Piano Counterpoint is an arrangement of Reich’s Six Pianos by Vincent Corver in 2011. It is recorded by Pianist Vicky Chow. In this arrangement, four of the six piano voices are played as a recording while the performer plays the two remaining piano voices live.
Violinist Jinjoo Cho joined us in the Performance Studio of Classical 90.5 to perform a concert on February 3rd. Ms. Cho received the gold medal at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in September. The Gheens Great Expectations Program welcomed her and the administrator of the Gheens series pianist Jeff Jamner accompanied her. She gave an outstanding concert of “Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003” by J.S. Bach, “Sonata in E Minor, K. 304” by W.A. Mozart, and “Fantasy for Solo Violin” by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Daniel Gilliam hosted the concert, and spoke with Ms. Cho and Glen Kwok, Executive Director of ICVI.
Classical music is around us more than you think! From TV commercials, to famous movie scenes, to sporting event entrance announcements, classical makes our free time more dramatic and exciting than any of us could ever expect. Join Classical 90.5’s Daniel Gilliam and Salon97′s Cariwyl Hebert for a fun and laid-back evening exploring some of the most famous uses of classical music in the popular culture universe. Atlantic No. 5 will provide food and beverages for purchase.
What: Classical Music Goes Pop! (part of IF University)
When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Atlantic No. 5, 605 W Main St., Louisville, KY 40202
Cariwyl Hebert is the founder of Salon97 (@salon97 on Twitter), a San Francisco-based non-profit making classical music fun and approachable for listeners across the U.S. and around the world. She is a two-time SXSW speaker and has presented events at venues across the country, including WQXR in New York, the San Francisco Public Library, and San Francisco’s de Young Museum. Because two lives are better than one, Cariwyl is also a web consultant specializing in social media and search engine marketing. More at salon97.org
Daniel Gilliam is a composer (danielgilliam.com), and afternoon host and program director of Classical 90.5 WUOL (wuol.org). He’s currently working on new works for the Kentucky Center Chamber Players and violinist Rob Simonds. As a radio producer, Gilliam’s African American Voices won bronze in the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Awards. Follow him on Twitter @danielgilliam.
Twenty pieces of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have been discovered 220 years after he died.
The Vienna-based International Mozart Academy said yesterday that the compositions have been identified as works composed by Mozart in the year before his death. The works include 2 complete symphonies, a 28th piano concerto, a Masonic hymn, songs, and an opera based on the play The Stolen Kiss by Pierre Beaumarchais.
Mozart, who was born in Salzburg, lived from 1756 to 1791. He played the piano from an early age and began composing when he was five. He eventually created more than 600 works, including operas, chamber music, orchestral works and choral pieces.
You can listen to the finale to the Piano Concerto No. 28 in A major here.