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Classical Music Highlights for June

WFIU's Music Director David Wood has chosen some music to help keep it cool in June.

May 30 — June 4

Haydn Symphonies
Vienna Philharmonic — Wiener Philharmoniker Performs Haydn Symphonies Nos. 12, 22, 26, 93, 98, 103 & 104 (Vienna Philharmonic, 2010)
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In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn, the Vienna Philharmonic has released a special edition providing a brief insight into the magnitude of Haydn’s compositional output, while at the same time provided a well-rounded sampling of the Vienna Philharmonic’s own Haydn interpretations under five amazing conductors.

June 7 — June 11

Music of Barbara Harbach
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra — Barbara Harboach: Orchestra Music vol. 1 (MSR Classics, 2007)
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The body of work written for and dedicated to Harbach is substantial. Musical America has called her “nothing short of brilliant,” and Gramophone has cited her as an “acknowledged interpreter and, indeed, muse of modern harpsichord music.”  MSR Classics recognizes the contributions of this American composer with a focus on her orchestral output in this the first volume of a collection of her works.

June 14 — 18

Music of Canadian Composers
musica intima — Into Light (ATMA Records, 2010)
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After inspiration struck while performing at the Polyfollia festival in France, musica intima decided to record an entire CD devoted to Canadian choral music. The ensemble found its voice in the international choral scene with compositions from their country and since have made them a staple of their touring repertoire; into light is a celebration of this music.

June 21 — 25

Baroque Chamber Music
Robert Stallman, Edwin Swanborn, Karl Bennion — The Nightingale in Love: Flute Music of the Late French Baroque (Bogner’s Café , 2010)
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Bogner’s Café presents flute virtuoso Robert Stallman in a new album of musical gems from the golden age of the flute, the late French Baroque.  As Stallman points out, “this was an era in which the French and their music enjoyed a renaissance of the heart…As the French celebrated a more intimate expression, music became the messenger and the flute its ideal voice.” Stallman’s dedication of this recording to the great flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal reflects his long and happy association with the French school of flute playing.

June 28 — July 2

Solo Piano Music by Debussy, Franck, Messiaen, Poulenc and Ravel
Greg McCallum, piano — Voyage à Paris (MSR Classics , 2009)
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By the end of the 19th century Paris was arguably the centre of the artistic world. “The City Of Light” was like a magnet to the extraordinarily gifted of the age. World renowned American pianist Greg McCallum’s latest release sets out to capture the very essence of the era by exploring the evolution of French piano music from the late 1800’s through into the early part of the 20th century.

Haydn Symphonies
Vienna Philharmonic — Wiener Philharmoniker Performs Haydn Symphonies Nos. 12, 22, 26, 93, 98, 103 & 104 (Vienna Philharmonic, 2010)
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Music of Barbara Harbach
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra — Barbara Harboach: Orchestra Music vol. 1 (MSR Classics, 2007)
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Music of Canadian Composers
musica intima — Into Light (ATMA Records, 2010)
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Baroque Chamber Music
Robert Stallman, Edwin Swanborn, Karl Bennion — The Nightingale in Love: Flute Music of the Late French Baroque (Bogner’s Café , 2010)
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Solo Piano Music by Debussy, Franck, Messiaen, Poulenc and Ravel
Greg McCallum, piano — Voyage à Paris (MSR Classics , 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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