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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.