Classical New Releases en Passage Through a Dream <p>We dream our lives and live our dreams on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, April 19th at 9 pm</strong> at and WRTI-HD2. Bright Sheng's romantic orchestral work <em>China Dreams</em> includes movements called The Stream Flows and The Three Gorges of the Long River. The tragedy of U.S. duplicity before and after the Battle of the Little Bighorn is the subject of <em>We Need to Dream All This Again</em>. Jerome Kitzke writes, "let's dance, and call it praying," as he honors the Native American building of a new life by dreaming that life.<br /><br />Clarinet and four-hand piano unfold through digital delay in the evocative <em>Passage Through a Dream</em> by Phillip Schroeder, and Zeitgeist closes out the show with the humorous and quirky <em>Getting Your Z's (Or Not)</em> by Janika Vandervelde.<br /> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:45:45 +0000 Kile Smith 7217 at Passage Through a Dream Check Out These Classical New Releases! <p>WRTI's Mark Pinto, your host for the <a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>Classical New Releases </strong></em></a>show, has several newly released CDs to recommend for your listening pleasure...</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:44:20 +0000 Mark Pinto 7191 at Check Out These Classical New Releases! Jazz Dance Suite <p>We arrive at the corner of Jazz and Classical on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, April 12th at 9 pm</strong> at and WRTI-HD2. Chicago a cappella scats with <em>Pleasure</em> the music of Malcolm Dalglish, and solo piano tries out David Baker's <em>Jazz Dance Suite</em> as well as <em>The Blue Hula</em> by Tobias Picker.<br /><br />John Musto's <em>Divertimento</em> for chamber ensemble has jazz and popular music overtones, but there's no mistaking the straight-ahead jazz worldview in three works by Philadelphia's Adam Berenson&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">(even if he turns a corner here and there)</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, from his brand-new 2-CD release </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Lumen</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He's the pianist, along with bass and drums, in his <em>L</em></span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">ate 20th Century Stomp</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Emotional Idiot</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Respectable People</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:45:04 +0000 Kile Smith 7201 at Jazz Dance Suite Preludes <p>So done with March and feeling like a new start, we've got all preludes on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, April 5th at 9 pm</strong> at and WRTI-HD2. Stephen Paulus writes comfortably in every genre; we start the program with a short, sassy work played by pianist Lara Downes, his <em>Prelude No. 3: Sprightly</em>. Guitarist David Starobin and composer William Bland go way back to their school days. Starobin loves playing Bland's music, and we'll hear six of a projected cycle of 48 <em>Preludes</em>.<br /><br />Then we return to the piano for the 12 <em>Preludes</em> of Bernard Rands, covering a wide landscape of emotional and tonal range. Included are two movements in memoriam of composer colleagues of Rands, Luciano Berio and Donald Martino.<br /> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:25:45 +0000 Kile Smith 7171 at Preludes An Exaltation of Larks <p>Let the larks play! They sing us into spring on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, March 29th at 9 pm</strong> at and WRTI-HD2. Jennifer Higdon considered "exaltation" not only to be a wonderful collective noun but also a pretty good title, so she wrote the romantic and soaring <em>An Exaltation of Larks</em> for string quartet. We get to hear, appropriately, the Lark Quartet in this recording.<br /><br />Daniel Goode loves birds, too, and weaves examples of different thrushes into one mega-birdsong for an unusual orchestra in <em>Tuba Thrush</em>. Benjamin Beirs describes circles, whorls, and storms in <em>Fluidity</em>. It's for his instrument, the guitar, and is inspired by the paintings of Sunny Gibbons, who is his sister. Book-ending the program are two works—one for marimba, one for vibraphone—by Alvin Singleton. He titles them <em>Argoru</em>, which is the Ghanaian word meaning "to play."<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:23:11 +0000 Kile Smith 7147 at An Exaltation of Larks First Leaves of Spring <p>It is spring, finally, we hope, we really do, on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, March 22nd at 9 pm</strong> at and WRTI-HD2. It engenders all sorts of good thoughts as we consider <em>Circling Permutations</em>, a flute and double bass improvisation by Robert Ackerman, and a concert rag for piano, <em>Spring Beauties</em>, by Brian Dykstra. Always elegant, the music of Paul Chihara seems appropriate for our turn to the warmth; we’ll hear his <em>String Trio</em>.<br /><br />Avner Dorman brings along his <em>Azerbaijani Dance</em> for piano, and if you feel like a play on words, David Gunn’s always good for that, so a <em>Missing Inn March</em> could fit the bill this month. New music for old instruments symbolize a change of seasons; Will Ayton’s <em>Songs of the British Isles</em> is for the consort of viols, Parthenia. And in a similar vein, Dick Hensold breaks out his Northumbrian pipes for <em>First Leaves of Spring</em>.<br /> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:08:12 +0000 Kile Smith 7120 at First Leaves of Spring The Ides of March <p>Julius Caesar had better watch his back on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, March 15th at 9 pm at and WRTI-HD2</strong>. Brutus doesn't show up, but look out for the <em>Silver Dagger</em> of Stacy Garrop, an Appalachian somebody-done-somebody-wrong song. Eric Moe channels comic-book philosophy of "they said it couldn't be done" in <em>Dead Elf Tugboat</em>, and Andy Teirstein throws a bright light on fate with the narrated drama <em>The Shooting of Dan McGrew</em>.<br /><br />Michael Daugherty's <em>Dead Elvis</em> romps through one corner of pop culture, and Dan Visconti's <em>Lawless Airs</em> through another, with a violin accompanied by a harp sounding like a broken guitar played by a cowboy. The percussion quartet ensemble, et al. cautions with <em>No Matter How Fast You Run Today, you will Never Catch up to Tomorrow</em>, Joshua Rosenblum offers a tonic to the Ides with <em>Forward March</em>, and Mark Zuckerman clears the air of fate with the canon, <em>Grant Us Peace</em>.<br /> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:17:13 +0000 Kile Smith 7094 at The Ides of March A Suite of Etudes <p>We study etudes, "studies," on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, March 8th at 9 pm</strong> at and WRTI-HD2. No idea what <em>Defensive Chili</em> means, but this second etude for piano by Marc Mellits really sets the table. John McDonald comes in with two pieces for violin and piano, the poetic studies he calls&nbsp;<em>Lily Events</em>, and <em>Lyrical Study</em>.<br /><br />Tomas Svoboda plays his own powerful music for piano, the <em>Nine Etudes in Fugue Style, Vol. 2</em>, and then we include an etude for an instrument not nearly as ubiquitous, the bassoon. John Steinmetz's <em>Etude No. 5</em> is a lovely fantasy on the cowboy lament "Streets of Laredo," how about that?<br /> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:27:26 +0000 Kile Smith 7073 at A Suite of Etudes String Circle <p>All kinds of strings are circling on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, March 1st at 9 pm</strong> Eastern on the all-classical stream at and WRTI-HD2. The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet starts off with Daniel Bernard Roumain's homage to places he's lived and loved. <em>Ghetto Strings</em> visits Harlem, Liberty City in South Florida, the Motor City, and the land of his parents, Haiti. Ethel is the string quartet playing <em>String Circle 1</em> by Kenji Bunch, who, since he's also an accomplished violist, knows his way around strings.<br /><br />But we go to Phillip Rhodes for a solo viola dance suite, and inspired by Bach. It's the <em>Partita</em>, from 1977. Full circle is how we'll finish the show, with guitars, but this time two of them, the wonderful Anderson-Fader Duo. From their CD <em>Le Cirque</em> is <em>Fantasy on 12 Strings</em> by Martin Rokeach.<br /> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:24:24 +0000 Kile Smith 7047 at String Circle Valentines <p>We hope it's not too late for Valentines on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, February 15th at 9 pm</strong> Eastern on the all-classical stream at and WRTI-HD2. We start with soprano and guitar, and with an orphan's dream of an angel in <em>Romance</em> by William Ortiz. Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful" is the inspiration behind <em>Love Twitters</em> by Augusta Read Thomas, for piano, but Morten Lauridsen asks, "Against whom have you formed these thorns?" in <em>Contre qui, rose</em>. A lover asks for a handkerchief (she'll return it when no one's looking), in a four-hand piano setting of the Italian folk song <em>Amor dammi quel fazzolettino</em> by Andrew Violette.<br /><br />David Bennett Thomas works with some of the greatest love poetry in his <em>Juliet: Five Songs from Shakespeare</em>, and we hear Eric Whitacre's first published choral work, <em>Go, lovely Rose</em>. Finally, Allen Shawn sends us into the evening with a last-minute Valentine's Day present for his wife, titled simply, <em>Valentine</em>.<br /> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:43:52 +0000 Kile Smith 7009 at Valentines