Dave Brubeck: Sacred Choral Works - Songs of Praise
WRTI's New Releases host reviews a new classical CD from a jazz legend!
Jazz improvisation is a prominent feature of some of Dave Brubeck's early choral works, but it's his mastery of counterpoint that is on display in the fervent and complex pieces recorded on Songs of Praise. This disc of Brubeck's sacred choral works, some of which receive their world-premiere recordings, offers much to chew on, so to speak, and definitely much to appreciate. Read More...
Holiday Spending in 2010: Expectations and Options
Philadelphia, PA – Will consumers have a different approach to buying holiday gifts in these recessionary times? WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at this year's anticipated holiday spending, and at gift alternatives that may reduce consumers' stress levels.
Paul Juon was born in Russia and died in Switzerland, but is a German composer. His music is influenced by Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and Sibelius, so of course he was called "the Russian Brahms"! Well, Taneyev, Glazunov, and Medtner have all been called that, but it was a schoolmate, Sergei Rachmaninoff, who pinned the nickname on Paul Juon. So who is he?
Our "BP with the GM" brings his knowledge and charm to another must-read CD review!
Singer Joe Williams bounced around for quite a number of years before he became a recognized entertainer. He was thus familiar with hard times - once having to undergo electric-shock treatment for an emotional disorder, perhaps brought on by the frustrations of trying to obtain recognition. Read More...
David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to a December 5, 2010 performance celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Monteverdi Vespers.
As The Philadelphia Shakespeare Company's Classical Cabaret festival gets underway, Susan Lewis considers connections between the classics and contemporary theater.
Jim Cotter speaks with David Contosta and Carol Franklin, who are the authors of Metropolitan Paradise: The Struggle for Nature in the City. The book is about Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley, 1620-2020.
Two musicians discover secrets about one another - and learn about themselves - through their work on a song cycle by 19th-century German composer Robert Schumann. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers this award-winning drama about the power of music to bridge differences.
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