The Complete Choros and Bachianas Brasileiras Heitor Villa-Lobos Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and soloists
One of my favorite composers is the underrated Brazilian, Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). This multi-disc set of instrumental music offers masterful performances of his two great nationalistic series, the Choros and the Bachianas Brasileiras. The Brazilian musicians playing here feel the music deeply, and speak it fluently. A final disc is devoted to his complete works for solo guitar - exquisitely performed.
Music for Un-Romantics: "Clair de Lune" from Claude Debussy's Suite bergamasque
Not being romantic is the mark of certain men, of a certain age. I never buy flowers on Valentine's Day; I do so whenever I see really nice flowers for sale. This is why Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune," the third movement of his Suite bergamasque, is the perfect piece of music for me and for all fellow un-romantics. Read More
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...
Stephen Tirpak - Musician, Composer, Arranger is a WRTI Member
A New Jersey-based trumpet and trombone player, Stephen has toured worldwide playing with John Legend since 2007 as the horn section leader and arranger. He's appeared on Good Morning America, Late Show with David Letterman, Jay Leno Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brian, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ellen DeGeneres Show, The View, NBA All-Star Halftime Show, the Super Bowl Tailgate Party, and more.
Alondra De La Parra, conductor Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas
Mexico celebrated 200 years of independence on September 16, 2010. To mark the occasion, Sony Classical released this thoroughly enjoyable two-disc sampling of orchestral music written by Mexican composers over the last two centuries. Okay, 125 years, to be precise. The program was assembled by the young, Mexican-born, New York-based conductor Alondra de la Parra, who founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in 2004 at age 23.
In the 1950s heyday of network television - some call it TV's "Golden Age"- there were many people prepared to write radio's obituary. Everyone from Ozzie and Harriet to The Lone Ranger had migrated to the living room screens. Yet radio survived, and thrived.
Now, through the first decade of the 21st century, radio is still with us, and in many ways, more flexible, more valuable, and as ubiquitous as ever. Read More...
The 30 Rock Actor Has a New Gig with the New York Philharmonic
Have you noticed anything slightly unusual when listening to WRTI's Sunday Afternoon Concert broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic? A familiar voice, perhaps? But not one you'd associate with Mendelssohn or Mahler or Mozart? Yes, that's the Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin you're hearing - he's now the official announcer of the New York Philharmonic's weekly radio broadcasts.
New York Magazine recently covered the breaking-news story. Read more...
Are you curious about the legendary "BP with the GM" who keeps you company throughout the week? Read all about the life and times of our beloved Mr. Perkins in a very interesting article on the popular jazz website All About Jazz.