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Classical Music Highlights for February

Spreading a little love of classical music in the month of February.

February 1st through 5th

From the lands of the frozen North comes a vocal ensemble of stunning beauty. On their latest CD Nordisk Vocal Musik, Singer Pur performs unaccompanied works by composers from their native Norway, including Einojuhani Rautavaara, Wilhelm Stenhammer, and several other fresh voices

February 8th through 12th

In his previous release Nuove Musiche, lutenist Rolf Lislevand and his colleagues presented an innovative approach to early music with an emphasis on improvisation. Now they’re back again with Diminuito, breathing new life into works from the 16th century as they fuse performance practice with the rhythms of world music and the tightness of a stellar jazz ensemble.

February 15th-19th

The EastWind Trio d’Anches is the resident faculty ensemble at The University of North Carolina at Greensburg. Consisting of oboist Mary Ashley Barret, clarinetist Kelly Burke, and bassoonist Michael Burns, the ensemble performs music from the Baroque to the present. On EastWind Looks East they perform selections from Eastern European composers including Witold Lutoslawski and Antoni Szalowski.

February 22n through 26th

Antonio Vivaldi’s primary instrument was the violin, but his works for cello are plentiful, and the instrument’s repertoire was greatly enhanced by his various compositions. He composed 10 sonatas for cello, at least 30 concertos for solo cello and strings, and another nine for two cellos. Cellist Benoît Loiselle performs several of these works as well as a concerto by J.S. Bach with organist Vincent Boucher.

Music Heard On This Episode

Elsabet Hermodsson (b. 1927): Visa till Fårö
Singer Pur — Ars Musici (WDR, 2009)
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Elsabet Hermodsson (b. 1927): Visa till Fårö
Singer Pur — Ars Musici (WDR, 2009)
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Anonymous 16th Century: Tourdion
Rolf Lislevand and Various Artists — Diminuito (ECM, 2009)
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Antoni Szalowski (1907-1973): Trio: Allegro
EastWind Trio d'Anches — Looks East: Reed Trios of Eastern Europe (Centaur, 2009)
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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Sonata for Solo Cello and Basso Contino RV42
Benoît Loiselle, cello; Vincent Boucher, organ — Vivaldi: Sonate e Concerti (Atma Classique, 2009)
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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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