WRTI Spotlight

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
11:00 am
Sat March 5, 2011

Composer and Pianist Ferruccio Busoni

Ferruccio Busoni. He was the first to perform all 18 Franz Liszt Preludes together, the first to play all 24 Chopin Preludes together, and, over four nights in Berlin, he soloed in 14 concertos with orchestra. Fourteen. They couldn't invent words big enough to describe this new star among pianists. Not only did they call him star, but also sun, giant, and king - tripping over themselves to find superlatives.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
3:28 pm
Sat February 12, 2011

Widor and Copland

Charles-Marie Widor circa 1900

Works for Organ and Orchestra by Charles-Marie Widor and Aaron Copland

The organ world in Paris - in January of 1870 - was buzzing when the top names in the business saw to it that a 25-year-old got the biggest job in the city. St. Sulpice Church was looking for someone to pilot its newly installed five-manual organ, the greatest and largest instrument by Aristide Cavaille-Coll, known as the greatest organ builder of the 19th century.

Camille Saint-Saens, Charles Gounod, and Cavaille-Coll himself all said that there was only one person for the job: Charles-Marie Widor. The church offered Widor the appointment on a temporary basis. He kept the job for 64 years.

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WRTI Spotlight
9:11 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Thank You for Supporting the Music You Love


The WRTI Winter Drive was a Success!


We raised $265,347 because of the commitment of 2,593 new and renewing members who invested in classical music and jazz on WRTI. It's not too late to contribute. Click Here to pledge.

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WRTI Spotlight
2:27 pm
Mon January 17, 2011

Classical Lost and Found: String Quartets in the Shadow of Shostakovich


From Deceptive Cadence - NPR's new classical music blog. Bob McQuiston writes about Dmitri Shostakovich's influence on the Polish-born composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Three of Weinberg's string quartets are performed on the young Danelo Quartet's latest album.

Polish-born composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg (also spelled Vaynberg) was of Jewish decent, and the only immediate member of his family to get out of Poland alive, following the Nazi occupation of 1939. Initially he fled to Minsk, but as the Nazis "panzered" into Russia, he moved further east to Tashkent in 1941.

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WRTI Spotlight
12:50 pm
Sun January 9, 2011

First Listen from NPR: Simone Dinnerstein, <i>Bach: A Strange Beauty</i>


Pianist Simone Dinnerstein earned international acclaim with her 2007 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Her second album comes out on January 18th. Here's an exclusive "First Listen" from NPR. Listen to the entire album, or individual tracks.

Click Here for an Exclusive First Listen to Dinnerstein's Bach: A Strange Beauty

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
9:51 am
Sat January 8, 2011

Only in America!

Only in America...in the midst of WW II, Columbia Pictures was deciding who would compose the score to a film about an Allied battle in Norway. Two Russian-born composers were in the running. Igor Stravinsky, the most famous composer alive, had the inside track. Yet, the other composer got the job. Who did Stravinsky lose out to?

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WRTI Spotlight
2:26 pm
Fri December 31, 2010

<a><h3>Peace and Joy in 2011</h3></a>

Happy New Year from all of your friends at your favorite radio station! We wish you health and prosperity, and many hours of enjoyment listening to the programming you love on WRTI.

Happy New Year!

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WRTI Spotlight
12:42 pm
Fri December 31, 2010

<a><h3>Peace and Joy in 2011</h3></a>

Happy New Year from all of your friends at your favorite radio station! We wish you health and prosperity, and many hours of enjoyment listening to the programming you love on WRTI.

Happy New Year!

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WRTI Spotlight
12:38 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

<a href=http://www.wrti.org/holiday2010.html>Music for the Holidays on WRTI</a>


Looking for the perfect mix of classical music and jazz to add cheer to your season? We've got it!

Happy Holidays From All of Your Friends at WRTI!

We wish you peace, health, and happiness in the New Year, and many joyful hours of music brought to you by your favorite radio station.

Click Here to see highlights of our holiday schedule and CD gift suggestions from WRTI hosts

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
4:16 pm
Sat December 4, 2010

Paul Juon: The Russian Brahms

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?

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