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Oct. 5: In Performance

By Brian McCreath   |   Tuesday, October 5, 2010
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Here is more information about the performers and presenters featured on today's program:

Jupiter String Quartet

Richard Stoltzman

Robert Honeysucker, who's performing at tomorrow evening's memorial concert for Charles Ansbacher

Pro Musicis


And here are the lyrics for Sing Aho:

Sing-a ho that I had the wings of a dove,
Sing, ho that I had the wings of a dove,
Sing-a ho that I had the wings of a dove,
I'd fly away and be at rest.

1. The Virgin Mary had one son;
I'd fly away and be at rest.
The unbelievers had him hung.
I'd fly away and be at rest.

2. Zion's daughters wept and moaned,
I'd fly away and be at rest.
When their dying Savior groaned.
I'd fly away and be at rest.

3. Sinner man, see what a shame,
I'd fly away and be at rest.
To trample down your Savior's Name!
I'd fly away and be at rest.

Oct. 5: Cellist Alban Gerhardt

By Brian McCreath   |   Tuesday, October 5, 2010
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Welcome to the new 995allclassical.org!  We're hoping that this site is already easier and more fun to use, and we'll continue to develop it in the coming weeks and months.  Feel free to leave comments about what you think about the site as well as everything else we do here at Boston's All Classical station.


I'm really pleased to feature Schumann's Cello Concerto this afternoon in a performance with cellist Alban Gerhardt.  He's a terrific artist, and we were thrilled to have him in the studio a couple of years ago.  He played Bach's Cello Suite No. 6 and Ligeti's Cello Sonata, and you can hear that performance below.  Also, he'll be back in Boston in February, playing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which we'll bring to you live from Symphony Hall.


And to hear the Bach/Vivaldi Concerto in A minor, BWV 593, listen to The Bach Hour:

Oct. 5: The Lives of Children

By Cathy Fuller   |   Monday, October 4, 2010
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This morning at 10:00am, I’ll pay tribute to Claude Debussy's warm observance of the lives of children with his Children’s Corner Suite.  Debussy so tenderly captured the secret worlds that children inhabit. He understood the essence of the sweet quickness that moves children from universe to universe when they are deeply absorbed – a determined little dance that melts the heart.

I hope you can take a moment for a short film – it captures that determined little dance, too. It includes three of the pieces from the Children's Corner Suite, which  Debussy dedicated to his little daughter Claude-Emma (“Chouchou”). And it represents a  layering of great minds:  Emile Vuillermoz, music critic, biographer of Debussy and friend and student of Ravel; filmmaker Marcel L'Herbier;  pianist Alfred Cortot; and composer Claude Debussy.   What sweet magic!

Oct. 5: Do you love October?

By Laura Carlo   |   Friday, October 1, 2010
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Do you love October? I do. Make that LOVE. If September sees the official start of autumn, it’s in October the changing leaves heighten in intensity, the air feels crisper, cleaner, the days sparkle. My sister and I share this month as our birth month, and I further share my actual birthday with my best friend since 3rd grade. It is the month of my wedding anniversary. It’s Italian Heritage Month. It’s my little one helping me pick the perfect sugar pumpkins for pie and of me helping him come up with an awesome Halloween costume (nothing decided yet). And... it’s the start of the concert season. Listen this morning for violinist Christina Day Martinson with the Boston Baroque playing “Autumn” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and please check out what Maestro Martin Pearlman has planned for the upcoming season which starts October 15th.  You’ll see that Christina is the featured performer for BB’s New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day concerts of Baroque masterworks.

Here's Christina talking about her ornamentation:


And here are Christina and Martin with three of Biber's Mystery Sonatas from our Fraser Performance Studio:

Oct. 6: Support your local library

By Ray Brown   |   Saturday, October 2, 2010
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Today's 4:00 request comes from Stephanie, a retired music librarian and a dear friend of our own music librarian here at 99.5, Alice Abraham. Stephanie requested the Fifth Symphony of the eighteenth century Swiss composer Joseph Franz Xaver Dominik Stalder (figures that a librarian would send us such a fabulous name, eh?). Alice found a recording of it in the last of the boxes of 13,000 CDs we acquired after last year's merger of WCRB and WGBH, adding it to the WGBH library, a collection of around 90,000 titles, half of which are classical.

And as you might expect, a lot of that WCRB collection was already in our own WGBH collection, so what happened to all those duplications?  Glad you asked.  Alice had the brilliant idea of sharing these gorgeous recordings with other libraries near and far (how's that for collegiality?).  So she managed to sort through everything and send off the thousands of CDs we didn't need to local music schools and nursing homes. One of those institutions was the New England Conservatory. NEC’s Library Director Jean Morrow wrote “With the many demands on the acquisitions budget we have at NEC, it would have taken us years to amass such a treasure...This wonderful collection from ‘GBH will be a terrific resource for students and faculty.”

Libraries, like so many institutions, have come under increasing financial pressure in the last few years, so if you value them (and I bet you do!), support your local library!

And to celebrate all that libraries and librarians do to enrich our lives, our opening piece is the overture to Handel's opera Tolomeo. Tolomeo is the Italian form of Ptolemy, the Egyptian king who founded the Library of Alexandria.

Monday, October 4

By Ray Brown   |   Saturday, October 2, 2010
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Today's 4:00 Request comes from Laura, of Boston, who wanted to hear one of the pieces the Boston Philharmonic will be playing on their first concerts of the season coming up on October 21, 23 and 24, conducted by Benjamin Zander. The program consists of Gershwin's An American in Paris, Ravel's Piano Concerto in G with soloist Steven Drury, Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, and Debussy's La Mer.  For more info on the coming season, visit the Boston Philharmonic

We'll fulfill this request by playing the classic 1956 recording of La Mer by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Munch. To learn more about this recording, vist NPR Music.

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