According to O'Connor, “The three poles or sources of my music are classical, folk and jazz. My two mentors were the great Texan and south western style fiddler Benny Thomasson and the French jazz violinist Stephan Grappelli. As to classical, I have to say that I’m a Beethoven man.”
After reading Hans Bethge’s The Chinese Flute, Gustav Mahler was struck by the depiction of earthly beauty and chose to set verses to set in "Das Lied von der Erde", (The Songs of the Earth).
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704) was one of the most important composers of the during the late 17th century. His compositional output has kept many baroque musicians in gigs, so when René Clemencic and his Clemencic Consort were deciding on music for trumpet and violin, there wasn't too much guesswork as to what they'd be recording.
Leroy Anderson is a name you don't normally hear outside of the Christmas season. He's probably best known for his holiday classics like "Sleigh Ride" and "Bugler's Holiday", but he was no one trick pony. Anderson composed well over 60 concert works, many of them programmatic in nature with themes ranging from The Typewriter to the songs of Scotland.
Violinist Susie Park will be appearing with the Terre Haute Symphony this Valentine's Day. She with George Walker about er career and tells us that she was rejected from violin lessons when she was two, but started just a year later.
Our classical recording this week features 22 year-old British violinist Chloë Hanslip and pianist Caspar Frantz performing Antonio Bazzini's works for violin and piano.
Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" has been a staple of violin and string repertoire since its composition. Many virtuosi have cut their teeth on this charming set of four violin concertos, including Indiana native, Joshua Bell. WFIU's Annie Corrigan has more.
This week we take a listen to the new recording of Sitkovetsky’s arrangment of J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” Jonanthan Crow, Douglas McNabey and Matt Haimovitz perform the version for string trio with incredible artistry. Our quick pick is music by Mark O’Connor.
Fifteen year-old violinist Shannon Lee makes her first mark on the recording world with a stunning performance of violin classics.
Violinist Rudens Turku and cellist Wen-Sinn Yang work in tandem on this recording featuring music from Kodaly to Dotzauer.