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Reference Recordings

A fantastic new recording features the Kansas City Symphony and music director Michael Stern in the music of Schoenberg: no, not Arnold but Adam Schoenberg. [He's not related to Arnold but actually is related to another famous composer, George Gershwin!] Three world premiere recordings of American Symphony, Finding Rothko, and Picture Studies are on the Reference Recording. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Adam about this release.

Minnesota Orchestra

Over 150 years ago "The Great Migration" of Finns to the United States began, with many of the immigrants settling in the Midwest - especially in the "Finn Hook,"  that is, parts of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. To celebrate this, the Minnesota Orchestra and its Finnish music director Osmo Vänskä commissioned the composer Olli Kortekangas for a work on the theme of migration, suitable for performance alongside Jean Sibelius’s massive Kullervo. Vänskä spoke with WBAA's John Clare about these works and his new release.

jethrotull.com

It's a new way for chamber music fans, and for prog rock fans to unite: a 'stand up' new release from Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull - String Quartets is a collaboration with the Carducci String Quartet, Anderson, and John O'Hara. While Anderson has worked in the classical realm with A Classic Case, and An Orchestral Jethro Tull before, this March 2017 recording is a creative and clever re-imagining of Jethro Tull (and sometimes Bach!) WBAA's John Clare spoke to Anderson about the new release.

cypressquartet.com

The latest from the Cypress String Quartet is a recording of Johannes Brahms, his String Sextets. Despite their breakup in June 2016, the group recorded their final release in front of an audience at Skywalker Studios. WBAA’s Music Director John Clare spoke with cellist Jennifer Kloetzel about their final recording on Avie.

Holger Hage

Jan Lisiecki ("Remember the name." - The Financial Times) just turned 22 years old and has released his fifth recording, Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra. You may have seen the young Canadian with Polish roots not long ago with the Indianapolis Symphony, and this latest disc is led by conductor Krzysztof Urbanski!

Lisiecki spoke with Music Director John Clare about the release.

http://visionintoart.com/

Passionate Pilgrim is a "rock-infused song cycle" with Baroque instrumentation created by composer/performer collective Oracle Hysterical. This new release, out on VIA Records March 17, features Oracle Hysterical with Juilliard-trained period ensemble New Vintage Baroque. While texts from the album are drawn from The Passionate Pilgrim, a poem cycle once attributed to “W. Shakespeare,” WBAA Music Director John Clare thinks Keats is appropriate to describe this amazing new album: "with voice sweetly bland." Clare spoke to Majel Connery from Oracle Hysterical about Passionate Pilgrim.

Rounder Records

Co-commissioned by the Canton, Colorado, South Carolina, and Louisville Symphony Orchestras, Juno Concerto was composed in 2015 by Béla Fleck. Named for his son Juno, “every note of the concerto is colored by the experience of being a new father, and how that has changed what is important to me as a person, as well as what I wish to express through music,” says Fleck, who became a father for the first time at 55, with his wife, musician Abigail Washburn.

martinafiljak.com

A new release from Solo Musica caught the attention of Music Director John Clare. Martina Filjak Piano includes music by Bach, Schumann, and Scriabin. John noticed something about the cover photo and asked how it came about...

Decca

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor latest release, Homage, features musical tributes. Among these are Felix Mendelssohn and Cesar Franck looking back to Bach; Busoni transcribing Bach’s monumental Chaconne; Frederic Chopin reviving the traditional Barcarolle of Venetian gondoliers; and Franz Lizst’s tribute to Italian folksong, Venezia e Napoli. Finally in the digital release only, Maurice Ravel looks to the baroque for his Tombeau de Couperin.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Grosvenor about Homage.

KarlJenkins.com

January 15th, 2017 marked the US premiere of Karl Jenkins's Cantata Memoria. The 55 minute work was written for the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster (October 21, 1966) when a coal spoil tip enveloped a school and houses in the South Wales village, killing 116 children and 28 adults. Cantata Memoria is a large composition -  that includes chorus – both mixed and young voices,  baritone and soprano soloists, orchestra with prominent solos for violin, euphonium and harp, and has a libretto by poet Mererid Hopwood.

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