Monthly Archives: September 2009

Changes Coming to NY’s Classical Music Station, WQXR

The New York Times is reporting that WQXR, New York City’s only classical music station, will unveil a new sound next week (when it also moves to a new position on the radio dial). The good news is that classical music will remain the focus. But WQXR may no longer be a place to discover unfamiliar or challenging music.
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Watch Your Radio 9/30/09 – Lycians Turned to Frogs

Funny how frogs capture the human imagination. Maybe it’s the green skin; perhaps it’s the warts, protruding eyes, peculiar life-cycle, the whole amphibian thing…or the sounds they make and what they look like when they make them. Today in the … Continue reading

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Watch Your Radio 9/29/09 – Violinist Julian Rachlin

Get to know Lithuanian violinist Julian Rachlin – whose recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D lights up our air and stream this afternoon – a little better through this joyful finale from the 2007 Rachlin Presents festival, documented in … Continue reading

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Alicia de Larrocha Dies at 86

A diminutive Spanish pianist with a giant talent passed away Friday night. Alicia de Larrocha was beloved as an interpreter of both Mozart and Spanish composers, and played with a lightness and subtlety that seemed to match her small stature.
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Watch Your Radio 9/28/09 – Stravinsky’s Pulcinella

Trying to make my own wish (to see this ballet, not just hear it) come true, I went looking for a good performance of Pulcinella online. Here are parts I and V of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet with choreography by Richard … Continue reading

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Hear Chris Thile Today at 10:30 AM on WDAV

You can hear an exclusive interview with the Punch Brothers’ mandolin virtuoso, Chris Thile, today, September 29, at 10:30 on WDAV. Listen over the air at 89.9 FM, via the Public Radio App with your iPhone or via live streaming through iTunes or wdav.org.
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Watch Your Radio 9/25/09

This morning I’m airing a piece by an almost “unGoogleable” German composer, David Funck (1648-1699) , whose Suite in D, originally for bass viol consort, has been arranged for cello ensemble. It’s as much fun to watch as to hear:

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More Classical Public Radio Consolidation: This Time, Boston

This word just in from WGBH in Boston, MA: Public service broadcaster WGBH today announced plans to acquire New England’s leading all-classical music station WCRB 99.5fm.
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