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Classical Music Highlights For March

March's featured recordings come in like a lion and go out like a lamb.

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Soothe the stormy weather with a round of classical music.

February 27-March 5

Russian Overtures & Orchestral Works
Mikhail Pletnev/Russian National Orchestra (Newton Classics, 2011)
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This two discs release by the Russian National Orchestra seeks to redefine the works of Russian composers apart from the traditional nationalistic vs. western approach. Mikhail Pletnev leads the ensemble in magnificent performances which beg the listener to judge them purely for their musical content.

March 6-12

Telemann: Wind Concertos Vol. 5
Michael Schneider/La Stagione Frankfurt (Cpo Records, 2011)
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You really can’t go wrong with these appealing concertos by Telemann, especially the bouncy and delightful Concerto for 2 Horns in F major or the lovely Concerto for Two Oboe d’Amore, Strings & Continuo. The musicians of La Stagione Frankfurt under Michael Schneider are known for fine performances of Baroque music.

March 13-19

Song of the Birds: Spanish & Latin Cello
Nancy Green, cello; Tannis Gibson, piano (Cello Classics, 2011)
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Featuring music by de Falla, Sarasate, Piazzolla, Granados, Cassadó, Ginastera and Casals, cellist Nancy Green and pianist Tannis Gibson give stunning virtuoso performances overflowing with Latin fervor.

March 20-26

Trumpets & Organ: Barocco Italiano
Trio Rippas (Divox, 2007)
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What makes the program of this CD especially interesting is the fact that none of the works recorded here were originally written for trumpets and organ. They are arrangements for these instruments. The transcriptions were in great demand for ‘everyday’ needs of music making in the 18th-Century, whether for princely courts, the privacy of the home or for use in the church.

March 27-April 2

Fête Galante
Karina Gauvin, soprano; Marc-André Hamelin, piano (Atma Classique, 2011)
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Gauvin and Hamelin explore the French mélodie with the composers that brought art song back to prominence in France. Composers like Fauré, Ravel, and Debussy reimagined the romance genre and gave the German lieder tradition a parallel during the 19th and early 20th-Centuries.

Russian Overtures & Orchestral Works
Mikhail Pletnev/Russian National Orchestra (Newton Classics, 2011)
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album cover
Telemann: Wind Concertos Vol. 5
Michael Schneider/La Stagione Frankfurt (Cpo Records, 2011)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Song of the Birds: Spanish & Latin Cello
Nancy Green, cello; Tannis Gibson, piano (Cello Classics, 2011)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Trumpets & Organ: Barocco Italiano
Trio Rippas (Divox, 2007)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Fête Galante
Karina Gauvin, soprano; Marc-André Hamelin, piano (Atma Classique, 2011)
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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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