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Oct. 6: "Seasons...Dreams..."

By Laura Carlo   |   Saturday, October 2, 2010
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There are performers who are so excellent at what they do that I think their performances define certain pieces of music. Anne Akiko Meyers’ rendition of “Meditation” from Massenet’s opera Thais is one of those. I have followed her career ever since that CD was issued back in 1993. Anne has released a new CD titled “Seasons...dreams...” with pieces as far ranging as Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5 “Spring” to George Gershwin’s “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess.  I’ll be playing a couple of cuts from her CD this morning. Meantime, she’s really good about updating her myspace page...check it out.

 

Here's a video Anne made with our friend Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops:

 

Oct. 5: Pablo Casals and Bach

By Ray Brown   |   Saturday, October 2, 2010
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Carolyn and Ian of Manchester, NH requested that we play a selection from Pablo Casals' legendary recording of Bach's Cello Suites, and Joseph of South Hamilton wanted to hear the Prelude to the first Bach Cello Suite. We'll fulfill both requests by playing the complete first Cello Suite as performed by Casals. We'll precede the Bach with the piece with which Casals ended every one of his concerts, his own arrangement of the Catalan folk song El Cant dels Ocells (The Song of the Birds), which he played as an expression of his solidarity with the people of his native Catalonia in the face of their oppression under the Franco regime. And in case you missed it here's Casals performing this song: 


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:

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