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Twelve Celebrated Fantaisies and Aires Varies

This week, we’ll look back, however briefly, at the featured CDs for July.

We’re back from vacation, but if you’ve been following the WFIU website, you’ll have noticed we didn’t stop featuring recordings. So this week, we’ll look back, however briefly, at the featured CDs for July.

During the first week of the month, we took a trip back to early 17th century for the ensemble La Folia’s ode to the Spanish Baroque, “Instrumental Music in the Age of Velazquez.”

The following week, we jumped across the Atlantic with young piano virtuoso Joel Fan as he explored the realm “West of the Sun” with music from the Americas.

Then it was back across the pond to Praque and the “Love Songs and Folk Duets” of Antonin Dvorak. Katherine Cieskinski, Grayson Hirst, and John Ostendorf were accompanied by pianist Rudolph Palmer.

And that brings us to this week’s featured recording and the music of Jean-Baptiste Arban. Arban was inspired by the virtuosic stylings of violinist Niccolò Paganini, and he thought, I can do the same thing with the cornet. Arban was the first to take the versatility and agility of the new valved cornet to extreme heights. On this recording, cornetist Charles Gates and pianist Stacy Rodgers perform “Twelve Celebrated Fantaisies and Airs Varies” of Jean-Baptiste Arban.

Music Heard On This Episode

Andrea Falconiero (c. 1585-1656): Battaglia de Barabaso yerno de Satanás
Pedro Bonet/La Folía — Instrumental Music in the Age of Velázquez (Dahiz, 2006)
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Andrea Falconiero (c. 1585-1656): Battaglia de Barabaso yerno de Satanás
Pedro Bonet/La Folía — Instrumental Music in the Age of Velázquez (Dahiz, 2006)
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Dario Castello (c.1590-c.1658): Sonata nona
Pedro Bonet/La Folía — Instrumental Music in the Age of Velázquez (Dahiz, 2006)
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Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869): Suis-moi! Caprice
Joel Fan, piano — West of the Sun: Music of the Americas (Reference Recordings, 2009)
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Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904): V Tak Mnohém (From the Heart)
John Ostendorf, bass; Rudolph Palmer, piano — Antonin Dvorak: Love Songs & Folk Duets (Lyrichord, 2008)
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Jean-Baptiste Arban (1825-1889): Fantasy and Variations on a German Tune
Charles Gates, cornet; Stacy Rodgers, piano — Twelve Celebrated Fantaisies & Airs Varies (Centaur, 2008)
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Jean-Baptiste Arban (1825-1889): Air Varie on a Folk Song
Charles Gates, cornet; Stacy Rodgers, piano — Twelve Celebrated Fantaisies & Airs Varies (Centaur, 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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