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.