Mark Pinto http://wrti.org en Check Out These Classical New Releases! http://wrti.org/post/check-out-these-classical-new-releases <p>WRTI's Mark Pinto, your host for the <a href="http://wrti.org/programs/classical-new-releases" target="_blank"><em><strong>Classical New Releases </strong></em></a>show, has several newly released CDs to recommend for your listening pleasure...</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:03:30 +0000 Mark Pinto 7191 at http://wrti.org Check Out These Classical New Releases! Mark Pinto Suggests: Canadian Brass, CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE http://wrti.org/post/mark-pinto-suggests-canadian-brass-christmas-time-here <p>Like hands and gloves, brass music and Christmas were made for each other. This new album from the always imaginative Canadian Brass is an affectionate tribute to the classic animated TV specials that continue to delight young and old during the holiday season.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:46:21 +0000 Mark Pinto 6807 at http://wrti.org Mark Pinto Suggests: Canadian Brass, CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE Mark Pinto Suggests: Pianist Michael Landrum's NOCTURNES http://wrti.org/post/mark-pinto-suggests-pianist-michael-landrums-nocturnes-0 <p>A little night music, please. Actually, there's a lot of it to enjoy on this beautifully conceived and performed two-disc set dedicated to the art of the piano nocturne. The French word means "nocturnal" or "of the night."&nbsp; Though far from being lullabies, these single movement miniatures typically do begin and end softly and reflectively. But like an evening’s sleep interrupted by a bad dream or bout of insomnia, there is often much restlessness and turmoil within.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:55:48 +0000 Mark Pinto 6626 at http://wrti.org Mark Pinto Suggests: Pianist Michael Landrum's NOCTURNES 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Barber, Adagio for Strings http://wrti.org/post/60th-anniversary-classical-cd-highlight-barber-adagio-strings <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Samuel Barber's </span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Adagio for Strings</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, performed by </span>Capella<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>Istropolitana<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, is featured on CD 3 in the </span>WRTI<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>60th<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.</span></p><div>This iconic masterpiece by West Chester, Pa. native Samuel Barber began its existence in 1936 as the slow movement of his only <em>String Quartet</em>. Barber immediately recognized the expressive possibilities of his music and rearranged the movement for string orchestra later that same year. A continuous ebb and flow of sustained-note cadences that only gradually resolve produces an effect of a great heaving or sighing.<br><br>The deep sadness the music evokes has led to the work’s performance as an anthem of mourning for heads of state and during national tragedies. It has also been used to great effect in many film soundtracks.</div><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; "> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 03:29:02 +0000 Mark Pinto 6441 at http://wrti.org 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Barber, Adagio for Strings 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending http://wrti.org/post/60th-anniversary-classical-cd-highlight-vaughan-williams-lark-ascending <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "><em>The Lark Ascending</em>, by&nbsp;Ralph Vaughan Williams, performed by&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">David Greed, violin, and the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">English Northern Philharmonia conducted by David Lloyd-Jones</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, is featured on CD 2 in the </span>WRTI<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>60th<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.</span></p><div>Has there ever been a musical portrait of such beauty, grace, and tranquility? Inspired by George Meredith’s poem, this gorgeously meditative piece, originally written for violin and piano, was rearranged for violin and orchestra by Vaughan Williams in 1920. Between folksong-like orchestral interludes, the solo violinist takes flight playing soft, fluttering ascending and descending pentatonic (five-note) scale patterns, “ever winging up and up.”<br><br>Vaughan Williams’s free use of rhythm in the cadenzas enables the soloist to “lift us with him as he goes,” vividly depicting the song and motion of the lark as he takes wing out over the horizon.</div><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; "> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 02:28:24 +0000 Mark Pinto 6437 at http://wrti.org 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending Mark Pinto Suggests: Gustavo Dudamel & Mahler's Ninth Symphony http://wrti.org/post/mark-pinto-suggests-gustavo-dudamel-mahlers-ninth-symphony <p>The Wunderkind has come of age! Gustavo Dudamel, the young, Venezuelan conductor known for his flashy and energetic performances with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, and, since 2009, as music director with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has turned in a deeply considered performance of Gustav Mahler’s profoundly personal symphonic statement. &nbsp;The recording captures the 32-year-old (31 at the time of this live concert recording) tackling repertoire conductors 20 years his senior are just now finding themselves ready to take on.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:06:50 +0000 Mark Pinto 6280 at http://wrti.org Mark Pinto Suggests: Gustavo Dudamel & Mahler's Ninth Symphony Mahler's Ninth on New Releases, Saturday, June 15th http://wrti.org/post/mahlers-ninth-new-releases-saturday-june-15th <p>Tune in this&nbsp;<strong>Saturday, June 15th</strong>, after the opera, when Mark Pinto will host a special <strong>New Releases</strong>. He's stretching out and broadcasting for us Mahler's last completed symphony, the Ninth. We can't spill the beans on whose recording it is, but it's gotten raves!&nbsp;You will not be disappointed.</p><p>If you have the time to tune in just for this monument of orchestral literature, get to your radio or point your browser to <a href="http://wrti.org/listen-live-wrti">wrti.org</a> by about 4:15 pm.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 01:39:06 +0000 Mark Pinto 6068 at http://wrti.org Mahler's Ninth on New Releases, Saturday, June 15th Mark Pinto Recommends: Tchaikovsky's 4th and 5th Symphonies http://wrti.org/post/mark-pinto-recommends-tchaikovskys-4th-and-5th-symphonies <p>I admit I approach any new recordings of these, my favorite Tchaikovsky symphonies, with a bit of trepidation. Over the years I’ve encountered one too many recordings, as well as concert performances, that lay on the incurable Romanticism a bit too thick. Thematic presentations are muddled and tempos are stretched so that each movement, regardless of the tempo indication, seems to plod at the same pace.</p><p>It’s as if some conductors believed that Tchaikovsky, who always wore his heart on his sleeve, needed help expressing his feelings.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:51:46 +0000 Mark Pinto 6067 at http://wrti.org Mark Pinto Recommends: Tchaikovsky's 4th and 5th Symphonies Mark Pinto Recommends: Game Music http://wrti.org/post/mark-pinto-recommends-game-music <p>Let me make one thing clear: I am not a gamer. I am, however, an admirer of the recordings of La Pieta, the Canadian all-female string orchestra, and their leader, violinist Angele Dubeau. In particular, I appreciate their impeccable musicianship and the good taste of the arrangements that are composed for the ensemble. In recent recordings, they've championed the music of notable contemporary composers Philip Glass, John Adams, and Arvo Part, all favorites of mine. &nbsp;<br> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:08:12 +0000 Mark Pinto 5015 at http://wrti.org Mark Pinto Recommends: Game Music Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace http://wrti.org/post/karl-jenkins-armed-man-mass-peace <p>Landing at No. 1 of a 2008 top-10 list of works by living composers in the U.K. was <em>The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace</em> by Karl Jenkins. I was fortunate to be in the audience last fall as the Main Line’s Wayne Oratorio Society performed it in concert. I was transfixed.<br><br>Commissioned for the new millennium and premiered in 2000, <em>The Armed Man </em>uses the medieval French song “L’Homme Armé” (The Armed Man), the basis of innumerable 15th- and 16th-century Mass settings.<br> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:43:06 +0000 Mark Pinto 4654 at http://wrti.org Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace