29 July 2009

Music on the down low. Music for deep voices.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Elizabeth Raum: The Legend of Heimdall (1991)
John Griffiths - tuba, Richard Raum - conductor, Orchestra of the Capella of St. Petersburg
Raum's The Legend of Heimdall
Elizabeth Raum, LOH-14342

2. Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor op.38 (1862-65)
Transcribed for double bass by Volkan Orhon
Volkan Orhon - double bass, Rose Chancler Feinbloom - piano
Centaur Records, CRC 2878

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

3. Elizabeth Raum: Fantasy (1985)
Brad Howland - trombone, Frances Perriam - piano
Northern Soundings: Music for Trombone by Canadian Composers
Lassus Audio, LPCD314

4. Alex Shapiro: Music for Two Big Instruments (2000)
Alan Baer - tuba, Bradley Haag - piano

5. Alex Shapiro: Deep (2004)
Leslie Lashinsky - contrabassoon, Dan Morris - percussion, Alex Shapiro - electronic track

Tracks 4-5
Alex Shapiro: Notes from the Kelp
Innova Recordings, 683

6. Christopher Roberts: Trios for Deep Voices (2002-04)
Christopher Roberts, Mark Morton & James Bergman - double basses
Cold Blue Music, CB0030
(The composer emailed me this description: "The Trios for Deep Voices in their present form were composed between November 2002 and June 2004, with the solo introductory "preambles" being added in June 2007, and final details all around composed and tucked in just ahead of the recording sessions in the summer of 2008. I first went to Papua New Guinea with the bass in 1981, and first improvised the pieces in the jungle there, and then for years since, imagining the voices of the other two basses. The pieces paced themselves, and seemed to tell me when they were ready to move from improvisations to the form of a written score. Each trio then seemed to focus on a particular bowing pattern or fingering technique, almost like a bassists' "Well-Tempered" collection of instrumental approaches. Motifs and tactile references moved freely between the trios, and I just let them. People in New Guinea reference each other in songs daily, and the Trios follow this idea into chamber music.")

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

7. Aaron Copland: Sonata for Violin & Piano (1943)
Transcribed for double bass by Gary Karr
Volkan Orhon - double bass, Rose Chancler Feinbloom - piano
Centaur Records, CRC 2878

8. Elizabeth Raum: Concerto del Garda (1996)
John Griffiths - tuba, Richard Raum - conductor, Orchestra of the Capella of St. Petersburg
Raum's The Legend of Heimdall
Elizabeth Raum, LOH-14342

9. Meira M. Warshauer: Shevet Achim (Brothers Dwell) (2001)
Richard Nunemaker & Timothy Zavadil - bass clarinets
Richard Nunemaker: The Louisville Project
Arizona University Recordings, AUR CD 3127

22 July 2009

Apologies, radio friends. No Komodo Dragon Show this morning. That harmonium of pleasure resumes next Wednesday from 8-11am CT on 101.5 www.umfm.com.

15 July 2009

"Hale Seize Air!" Shakespeare's historical tragedies are the inspiration for this week's episode. There's a word for it, as always, Wednesdays from 8-11am CT on 101.5 www.umfm.com.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Musique de la Grèce antique (rec. 1978)
Gregorio Paniagua - director, Atrium Musicae de Madrid
Harmonia mundi, HMA 1901015
(Fanciful recreation of unheard music.)

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

2. Elliot Goldenthal: Titus (2000)
Steven Mercurio & Jonathan Sheffer - conductors, London Metropolitan Orchestra, English Chamber Choir et al.
Titus Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Sony Classical, SK 89171

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

3. Lee Hyla: We Speak Etruscan (1992)
Tim Berne - baritone sax, Tim Smith - bass clarinet
New World Records, 80491-2

4. "Twenty-Three Knives against Caesar" from Crime Classics (broadcast CBS 10 Feb. 1954)
Bernard Herrmann - music
Lou Merrill - host

5. Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart: "This Can't Be Love", "You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea" & "The Ballet" from The Boys from Syracuse (1938)
Lehman Engel - conductor, Jack Cassidy - Antipholus, Holly Harris - Luciana
Sony, SK 53329
(A convoluted plot. First use of split screen in the theatre.)

08 July 2009

A special 4-hour edition of the broadcast awaits you today, from 8am - 12noon Central Time. And no Glenn Gould: that would be too obvious.

1. J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (1741)
Arranged by Ferruccio Busoni (1914)
Sara Davis Buechner - piano
Bach-Busoni Edition Vol.1
Koch International Classics, KIC-CD-7739
(Gather the women and children! Run for the hills!!! A Busoni edition of Bach!!)

2. J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (1741)
Arranged by Uri Caine (1999-2000)
Uri Caine Ensemble
Winter & Winter, 910 054-2
(More like the Rube Goldberg Variations. Reviewers who panned this recording as an abominable excrescence need to relookup the definition of Baroque.)

3. J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (1741)
Ralph Kirkpatrick - harpsichord
Deutsche Grammophon, 469 673-2
(What's your favourite? Mine is No. 25, played beautifully here by Kirkpatrick on two manuals, the black pearl of the Goldbergs.)

01 July 2009

You might want to wear all black and wristbands with rivets. Here's Havergal Brian's sprawling Gothic Symphony, inspired by the Faust legend and late medieval architecture. You'll never confuse your Gothic with your Romanesque.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 10:00am

1. Havergal Brian: Symphony No.1 "The Gothic" (1919-27)
Text: Roman Catholic hymn Te Deum laudamus (c. 5th century)
Ondrej Lenárd - conductor, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Opera Chorus, Slovak Folk Ensemble Chorus, Lúčnica Chorus, Bratislava City Choir, Bratislava Children's Choir, Youth Echo Choir, Pavol Procházka - chorus master, Eva Jenisová - soprano, Dagmar Pecková - alto, Vladimír Doležal - tenor, Peter Mikuláš - bass
Naxos, 8.557418-19
(Karl Schmidt-Rottluff: Patroklisturm in Soest, Germany, painted 1922. I know, I know it's Romanesque, so sue me.)

Set #2 - 10:00am - 11:00am

2. Eduard Lassen: "Osterhymne" & "Hoffest: Marsch und Polonaise" from Incidental Music to Goethe's Faust (1876)
Transcribed by Franz Liszt (1878-79)
Leslie Howard - piano
Liszt: The Complete Music for Solo Piano 18: Liszt at the Theatre
Hyperion Records, CDA66575
(The Patroklisturm as it appeared in 1921. Gone is that sense of space and colour.)

3. Michael Matthews: Symphony No.1 (1996-97)
Virko Baley - conductor, Kiev Camerata
Out of the Earth: Music of Michael Matthews
Troppe Note/Cambria Recordings, CD-1415