Jill Pasternak http://wrti.org en Legendary Man of Music: Lorin Varencove Maazel, 1930-2014 http://wrti.org/post/legendary-man-music-lorin-varencove-maazel-1930-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maestro </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Lorin Maazel&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">passed away last Sunday at the age of 84. &nbsp;This legendary man of music devoted over 75 years to his craft. To him, music was a bridge-builder - a way to bring peace to the world and its people. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:43:25 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7502 at http://wrti.org Legendary Man of Music: Lorin Varencove Maazel, 1930-2014 Star Soprano Diana Damrau Scratches An Itch http://wrti.org/post/star-soprano-diana-damrau-scratches-itch <p>Soprano Diana Damrau usually sticks with her forte of mainstream opera. Indeed, she's made her name&nbsp;in such demanding roles as Mozart's Queen of the Night, Strauss' Zerbinetta, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi's Violetta. But not long ago, she had this itch that needed scratching. And scratch she did, to excellent result.</p><p>http://youtu.be/cGeHCvPDVMc</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:23:13 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7230 at http://wrti.org Star Soprano Diana Damrau Scratches An Itch Igor Levit: The Next-Generation Pianist Tackles Beethoven http://wrti.org/post/igor-levit-next-generation-pianist-tackles-beethoven <p></p><p>Born in 1987, and now in his 20s, he's been called, "...the finest pianist of his generation," by the <em>UK Telegraph</em>, who also commented that, ..."[he] shows that he's set to be one &nbsp;of this century's big names." He's<strong> Igor Levit.</strong> And his latest CD of the last five piano sonatas of Ludwig von Beethoven has been creating quite a stir.</p><p>http://youtu.be/TfoAQXKqzJ4</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:14:22 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7100 at http://wrti.org Igor Levit: The Next-Generation Pianist Tackles Beethoven Mandolinist Avi Avital: Between Worlds http://wrti.org/post/mandolinist-avi-avital-between-worlds <p></p><p>"Forgetting borders" is what he calls it in the liner notes of his latest CD. He's mandolin virtuoso <a href="http://aviavital.com/"><strong>Avi Avital</strong></a>, and that CD on the Deutsche Grammophon label is, <em>Between Worlds</em>.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:09:52 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 6918 at http://wrti.org Mandolinist Avi Avital: Between Worlds Genre Bender: Guitarist Jason Vieaux http://wrti.org/post/genre-bender-guitarist-jason-vieaux <p></p><p>Virtuoso classical guitarist Jason Vieaux tends to go anywhere his mind can take him. From J.S. Bach to Issac Albeniz, to David Ludwig to Astor Piazaolla, to Pat Metheny to Duke Ellington, it's hard to pin Jason Vieaux down. But, perhaps, that's his plan.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:45:45 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 6613 at http://wrti.org Genre Bender: Guitarist Jason Vieaux The Duo Gazzana: It's The Trip That Counts http://wrti.org/post/duo-gazzana-its-trip-counts <p>When traveling, some take the main routes - the safe, predictable, comforting roads. But others eschew the main routes, venturing off the beaten path. They're curious where the "roads less traveled" can lead them, and excited to share the discoveries most may not know about. This describes the <strong>Duo Gazzana,</strong> pathbeaters&nbsp;who say it's the trip that counts, not just the destination.</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 15:25:03 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7338 at http://wrti.org The Duo Gazzana: It's The Trip That Counts Songs from the Guitar of Milos http://wrti.org/post/songs-guitar-milos <p></p><p>Montenegrin guitarist <strong>Miloš Karadaglić</strong>, or simply&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miloš ("mee-lohsh") is </span>taking the classical guitar music world by storm.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His debut CD from 2011, <strong><em>Mediterráneo</em></strong>,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in the space of just a few months, topped classical charts around the world, became an internationally best-selling sensation, and earned Miloš Gramophone’s prestigious Young Artist of the Year Award. &nbsp;Not a bad start.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:09:07 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 6868 at http://wrti.org Songs from the Guitar of Milos Blowing Her Own Horn: Norway's First Lady Of The Trumpet http://wrti.org/post/blowing-her-own-horn-norways-first-lady-trumpet <p>When you think <em>female trumpeters,</em> Alison Balsom usually comes to mind first. But there's another lady that's about to give Ms. Balsom a run for her money. Enter Norwegian-born <strong>Tine Thing Helseth</strong>. In urgent demand as a&nbsp;fast-rising soloist, the 26-year-old trumpeter, whose first name is pronounced "<em>tina ting</em>," has already performed with&nbsp; the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and the list goes on...</p><p>http://youtu.be/9Jj_cOFQpEw</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 13:27:20 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7291 at http://wrti.org Blowing Her Own Horn: Norway's First Lady Of The Trumpet A Virtuoso Violinist With A Legendary Violin: Anne Akiko Meyers Makes History http://wrti.org/post/virtuoso-violinist-legendary-violin-anne-akiko-meyers-makes-history <p>Virtuoso&nbsp;violinist <strong>Anne Akiko Meyers</strong> tells the story of seeing an old Jack Benny routine on TV. Mr. Benny had two violins: an <em>el cheapo</em> model, and an expensive Stradivarius. He wanted to show the difference between the two instruments. &nbsp;The comedian launches into Mendelssohn&nbsp;on the <em>el cheapo</em>&nbsp;and gets, "...squeak, SQUEAK, SQUONK, squeal..." Benny then picks up the Strad and plays the same piece. Fri, 02 May 2014 18:12:28 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7264 at http://wrti.org A Virtuoso Violinist With A Legendary Violin: Anne Akiko Meyers Makes History Can Chinese Classical Pianist Di Wu Play Jazz With The Pros? You Bet! http://wrti.org/post/can-chinese-classical-pianist-di-wu-play-jazz-pros-you-bet <p>The more you look and listen, the more you realize that classical music and jazz tend not to stay in separate lanes. &nbsp;Sometimes they won't even use turn signals.&nbsp; A good example is "With A Gentle Touch," from the CD, <em>Classic Encounter</em> by the Ramsey Lewis Trio with the Philharmonia Orchestra under James Mack. Warning: this is a habit-forming tune, as is the whole CD. &nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/0agQyFkdhQY</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:08:13 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 7198 at http://wrti.org Can Chinese Classical Pianist Di Wu Play Jazz With The Pros? You Bet!