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Live: Beethoven, Enescu, Chopin
The spotlight this week is on the second recording by the young Canadian pianist, Charles Richard-Hamelin. The 27-year-old is from Quebec and studied at McGill University. He was silver medalist and winner of the Krystian Zimerman award for best sonata at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015. Chopin's music is featured on this new disc, along with two Rondos by Beethoven and a rarely-heard Suite by the Romanian composer, George Enescu.
Week of January 9th
Melody's Mostly Musical Day
Spend a Musical Day with little Melody and Taiwanese-American pianist Jenny Lin. In "Melody's Mostly Musical Day", Lin has put together an album of short, charming pieces for children, that illustrate
a day in the life of the imaginary little girl, Melody. There are favorites from Lin's own childhood, including selections by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, and others. There are also some contemporary surprises that kids are sure to respond to, like Bumble Boogie
, Walking the Dog
, and even Spaghetti
Week of January 2nd
Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas
With his extraordinary pianistic talents, Turkish pianist Fazil Say has been touching audiences and critics alike for more than twenty-five years. He is a pianist, composer and director known throughout Europe, Asia and the US. On this recording, he returns to a composer with whom he has a unique affinity, Mozart. The 6-CD set contains the complete Piano Sonatas of Mozart.
Week of December 19th
One of this year's notable Christmas releases is Jubilo, from trumpet sensation Alison Balsom. Balsom lets her trumpet resound with the famous Choir of King's College, Cambridge in a selection of beloved carols and other seasonal pieces. Jubilo will be featured this week as part of the KDFC Sounds of the Season!
Week of December 12th
The King's Singers
The renowned a cappella singing group, The King's Singers, has released a new album for Christmas featuring 16 holiday favorites in sparkling new arrangements, written especially for the group. Christmas Songbook
includes traditional carols like Silent Night
and The First Nowell
, as well as modern Christmas hits like Santa Claus is Coming to Town
and even something called Frosty vs. Rudolph!
Enjoy selections throughout this week as part of KDFC's Sounds of the Season.
Week of November 28th
Alice Sara Ott
Young German pianist Alice Sara Ott returns with an all-new recording of works by Edvard Grieg. She is joined by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for Grieg’s famous Piano Concerto, and then completes the disc with selections from the Lyric Pieces and Peer Gynt.
Week of November 21st
After her release earlier this year of the popular Royal Harp String
s, harpist Claire Jones returns with Screen Serenade
, featuring favorite movie themes arranged for solo harp. Can you imagine the big sound of Jurassic Park
on a harp? You can hear it this week on KDFC! One of Wales' most outstanding harpists, Jones became a household name in the UK in 2011 following her performance at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and she also held the position of Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales from 2007 to 2011.
Week of November 14th
Yevgeny Kutik, violin/John Novacek, piano
Hans Christian Andersen once said, "When words fail, music speaks." Using that idea as a jumping off point, the young Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik has put together a program of works that "speak". Kutik teams up with pianist John Novacek for several of the Songs without Words
by Felix Mendelssohn, a violin/piano version of the Mahler Adagietto
, as well as selections by Prokofiev, Lera Auerbach, and Messiaen; plus a brand new work entitled Words Fail
by Timon Andres.
Week of November 7th
Popular Bay Area pianist Lara Downes' latest release is an album of music for solo piano that embraces America in all its forms. The title "America Again" comes from a Langston Hughes poem, "Let America be America Again". Composers on this inclusive compilation run the gamut from female and male, to white, black, and Latino, to gay and straight. Click here
to listen to KDFC's Jeffrey Freymann in conversation with Lara.
Week of October 31st
Summer Night Concert 2016
Semyon Bychkov / Vienna Philharmonic
This year's Summer Night Concert by the renowned Vienna Philharmonic took place on May 26, which, the last time I looked, is still Spring! No matter, it's a super fun tradition which takes place annually in the gardens of the Schönbrunn Palace on the outskirts of Vienna. The conductor for this concert was Semyon Bychkov, who brought along his wife, Marielle Labeque and her sister Katia for French favorites like Daphnis and Chloe and Bolero by Ravel, Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals, the Double Piano Concerto by Poulenc, and more.
Week of October 17th
Love Story: Piano Themes from Cinema's Golden Age
Valentina Lisitsa, piano
Dubbed the YouTube sensation of classical music, pianist Valentina Lisitsa has used social media to move her career into the stratosphere. She has just released a new recording called "Love Story: Piano Themes from Cinema's Golden Age". She joins the BBC Concert Orchestra for such favorites as The Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell, the theme from Murder on the Orient Express by Richard Rodney Bennett, plus music from On Golden Pond, The Apartment, and more.
Week of October 3rd
Moszkowski: From Foreign Lands
SF Ballet Orchestra with Conductor Martin West
This week's featured recording is the latest from the wonderful San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, with Martin West conducting. It's a collection of neglected works by the Polish-German composer, Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925). Although best known for his scintillating piano pieces, Moszkowski wrote all kinds of music, much of which is heard on this disc and much of which is a revelation.
Week of September 26th
Dvorak: From the Bohemian Forest; Dumky
This week we explore music for piano duo by Antonin Dvorak, performed by the duo of Artur Pizarro from Portugal and the Trieste-born Rinaldo Zhok. The disc includes a work called From the Bohemian Forest
and Dvorak's own transcription of his Dumky Trio
. Listen for excerpts all this week on KDFC.
Week of September 19th
Fernando Sor: 24 Progressive Lessons & 6 Little Pieces
Soundtrack Norbert Kraft and Jeffrey McFadden
Fernando Sor was not only one of the great guitarists of his era but a major composer for the instrument, described by a contemporary critic as "the Beethoven of the guitar". His desire for the guitar to represent a miniature orchestra in timbre is a distinctive feature of his many compositions. The 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31 offer a panoramic lexicon for the student, moving from a simple waltz to perpetual motion, whilst the charming Six Little Pieces, Op. 32 further explore technical efficiency and musical expressiveness.
Week of September 12th
Mozart in the Jungle: An Amazon Music Original
Soundtrack Various Artists
At long last, fans of the Amazon original series Mozart in the Jungle
can download the official soundtrack to seasons one and two of the acclaimed series. The anticipated soundtrack is comprised of 10 of the most celebrated songs from the series, bringing together classical favorites and modern renditions, with tracks ranging from Roger Neill's inspired arrangement of "Listzomania," to fan favorite "Clair de Lune," beautifully performed by the Attacca Quartet.
Week of September 5th
Brahms: Works for Solo Piano
Barry Douglas, piano
Irish pianist Barry Douglas wraps up his extensive Brahms series with this 6th volume of works for solo piano. The repertory on the disc is eclectic, ranging from Hungarian Dances and an arrangement of the Rakoczy March, to several Gigues, Capriccios, and Intermezzi. BBC Music said of this series, “Douglas’s tone is a deep velvet cushion, the legatos full of affection and the rhythms galvanized with great energy.” Bit of Barry Douglas trivia, he won the gold medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1986, the first non-Russian pianist to do so since Van Cliburn in 1958.