Classical Music Highlights for July

From patriotism to a bicentennial, WFIU's Music Director David Wood has offers up some tasty treats for July.

July 5th-9th

Canadian Brass Salute American
Canadian Brass (Opening Day, 2010)
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This new recording by our friendly brass ensemble from the north is full of patriotic flavor for the holiday season.  The gentlemen of the Canadian Brass have teamed up with period percussionist Robin Engelman to recreate the sounds of some of the older national tunes. And how could they resist a little patriotism themselves, as they conclude the album with an arrangement of “O Canada”?

July 12th-16th

Molino: Chamber Works for Flute Violin & Guitar
Sérénade à trois (Cpo Records, 2010)
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Francesco Molino was one of many guitarists to leave Italy during the early nineteenth century to find a new home in the bustling musical metropolises of Paris and Vienna.  He straddled the line between composer and performer delicately with a creative sensibility much like his contemporary, Gioacchino Rossini. The ensemble Sérénade à trois presents a small sampling of his chamber works here with a charming result.

July 19th-23rd

Mozart: Complete Church Sonatas
Daniel Chorzempa, organ; German Bach Soloists; Helmut Winschermann, conductor (Pentatone, 2010)
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Mozart’s Church Sonatas came from some strict provisions put forward by the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, Count Hieronymus von Colloredo.  He had already decided to dismiss the young Mozart due to intense friction between their two personalities, but Mozart’s father Leopold convinced him otherwise.  As a result, Mozart was to “faultlessly execute his duties” to the court and the cathedral by means of new compositions, including the 17 sonatas included here.

July 26th-30th

Circle of Robert Schumann
Gudrun Schaumann, violin; Christophh Hammer, fortepiano (Capriccio, 2010)
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July 29th marks the 200th year since the birth of Robert Schumann, and musicians around the world will be celebrating this occasional through performances of his music.  Schumann’s life was as tempestuous as you would expect from a Romantic composer, and his influence was felt by both his companions and successors. Gudrun Schaumann and Christoph Hammer have tried to captured a bit of that existence on this 2-CD recording of the music of Schumann and those near to him.



Canadian Brass Salute American
Canadian Brass (Opening Day, 2010)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Molino: Chamber Works for Flute Violin & Guitar
Sérénade à trois (Cpo Records, 2010)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Mozart: Complete Church Sonatas
Daniel Chorzempa, organ; German Bach Soloists; Helmut Winschermann, conductor (Pentatone, 2010)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Circle of Robert Schumann
Gudrun Schaumann, violin; Christophh Hammer, fortepiano (Capriccio, 2010)
Buy from Amazon »
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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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