Ludwig van Beethoven towers as one of history's greatest composers. He triumphed over a total loss of hearing to write some of the most heroic, uplifting music the world has ever known. His repertoire includes nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, sixteen string quartets, and one opera.
Today is Beethoven's birthday! We're celebrating from 6 am to 6 pm with "Lots of Ludwig!" - including the glorious Symphony No. 9, and much more. It's 12 hours of must-listen radio! Join us.
Jim Cotter speaks with composer Behzad Ranjbaran. Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs his piano concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts on December 10, 11, and 12, 2010.
David Patrick Stearns profiles the female a capella group Anonymous 4, who perform in Philadelphia and Elizabethtown, PA as part of their Noel tour.
We speak with composer Bill Cunliffe. He's been nominated for a Grammy for his "fourth stream?la banda" - a work commissioned for the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and trumpet soloist Terell Stafford.
Songs for the Soul Organist Radam Schwartz and Conspiracy for Positivity Featuring Vocalist Miles Griffith
The voice was the first instrument. The ear, by logical progression, ranks second. Drums were used to communicate over long distances, so they're third. The fourth is the Hammond B-3 organ, with roots that are firmly embedded in the church. During the 1950s and '60s, it became the main voice for "soul jazz," providing a hand-clapping, feet-tapping, rise-up-out-of-your-seat-and-celebrate style that commands your attention. Read More...
The virtuoso jazz saxophonist and flutist James Moody died Thursday, December 9th, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 85. Read More...
Moody is best known for "I'm in the Mood for Love," but will be forever remembered for his inventive, earthy tone, humorous take on life, and his solos that critic Gary Giddins called "mini-epics in which impassioned oracles, comic relief, suspense and song vie for chorus time."
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...