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Classical Music Highlights for January

Highlighting the featured recordings at the beginning of the year.

January 4th through 9th

Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau’s previous release of music by Philip Glass was critically acclaimed! On her latest, titled Virtuose, she takes on the challenge of repertoire from the 18th through the 20th centuries from composers such as Locatelli, Martinú, and Sarasate.

January 11th through 15th

The arias of Giacomo Puccini have enthralled opera fans for decades, but a handful have gone unnoticed for many years. These forgotten Pucccini arias were unearthed by musicologist Michael Kaye and chosen for this recording by tenor Plácido Domingo. Puccini Rediscovered includes duets, trios, and a number of purely orchestral works, all of which fall on the ear like a long-lost friend.

January 18th through 22nd

With the release of volume three, Naxos completes its acclaimed recordings of Peter Breiner’s powerful and evocative orchestral suites from Leoš Janáček’s operas. In different ways, The Cunning Little Vixen and From the House of the Dead both reflect on love and loneliness, life and death, good and evil, and the human condition—with some of the composer’s most engrossing music.

January 25th through 29th

Back in 1992, Telarc issued the Boston Baroque’s first six concertos of Handel’s Concerti Grossi, Opus 6. The label has now released the remaining half-dozen of these brilliant, inventive concerti. The Grand Concertos (as they were called in English) could be described as Handel’s greatest hits and they remain among the composer’s most popular works.

Music Heard On This Episode

Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908): Navarra, Op. 33
Angèle Dubeau, violin — Virtuose (Analekta, 2009)
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Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908): Navarra, Op. 33
Angèle Dubeau, violin — Virtuose (Analekta, 2009)
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Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): Ed ora bevo all'amor from "La Rondine"
Plácido Domingo, tenor; Violeta Urmana, soprano; Stefano Secco, tenor; Annamaria Dell'Oste, soprano. — Puccini Rediscovered (Deutsche Grammaphon, 2009)
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Leoš Janá?ek (1854-1928): Am I Really that Beautiful? from "The Cunning Littel Vixen"
Peter Briener/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra — Janacek: Operatic Orchestral Suites, Vol. 3 (Naxos, 2009)
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George Frideric Handel (1685-1789): Concerto Grosso in d, Op. 6, No. 10: Oveture
Martin Pearlman/Boston Baroque — Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Part 2 (Telarc, 2008)
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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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