Forget Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain and Chick Corea's Spain. There's a whole other world of so-called "flamenco jazz" out there that lives unrecorded, often inside quaint, tiny rooms (in caves, quite literally) on the mountainside near Granada. There and in other cool Andalusian clubs, nightly musical experiments are taking place, where flamenco palos mix with other jazz influences.--from NPR
Superstar Hungarian pianist and composer of the 19th century, Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811 - July 31, 1886) was an enormous figure in the history of Western music, revolutionizing people's ideas about what was possible on the piano. The German poet Heinrich Heine coined the term "Lisztomania" to describe the intense frenzy of Liszt's fans during a performance. Yes, he was a precursor to the modern-day rock star! Take a listen to an interesting story from NPR about Liszt's impact on the classical music world - 200 years after his birth!
The Gramophone Awards are a huge deal within classical music. Watch videos and read an article about all of the contenders. A few of the winners: Montenegran guitarist Milos Karadaglic, and the omnipresent Gustavo Dudamel.--from NPR Classical
We've been asking for instruments....and you've been delivering! To date, we've received dozens of instruments on behalf of Musicopia. Tyrone Wims, a listener who recently donated several instruments, wrote us an email letting us know his feelings about the importance of this project. "I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for sponsoring a Musicopia instrument drop-off location. I was more than happy to donate the nine instruments I collected in my brother's name, James R. Wims.
It's easy to romanticize or oversimplify the relationship between jazz and Prohibition, but the banning of alcohol and the subsequent rise of speakeasies clearly played a role in the music's evolution during its early days.--from NPR
Did you listen to the WRTI broadcast of the Academy of Vocal Arts' popular Giargiari Bel Canto Operatic Competition on October 9th? Many of you voted in our online poll for the competition's star singers. Here are the results...
Let Your Voice Be Heard - In Our Live, Online Poll
Sunday, October 9
3 to 5 pm
Today you're in the judge's seat! You're invited to listen to the Academy of Vocal Arts' popular Giargiari Bel Canto operatic competition on WRTI, and then choose your favorite operatic singer, right here, in our live, online poll. Jim Cotter hosts the broadcast and interviews last year's winner, soprano Corinne Winters. The top three winners of the online poll will be announced on the air following the broadcast.
The word "unique" is overused, but Aleksandr Scriabin (1872 - 1915) was one unique composer. Tune in to hear two works of Scriabin that were written only ten years apart, but show the great evolution in his artistic identity - from modernist Russian to universal philosopher. It's the Piano Concerto and The Poem of Ecstasy of Aleksandr Scriabin on the next Discoveries...join us!
You needed a ticket to get into the funeral. All the services and all the tributes and all the writings bear witness that when Aleksandr Scriabin died in 1915, at the age of 43, Russia believed its standard-bearer of art had been taken away.
Ten years earlier, Russia could hardly have cared less.
The WRTI Fall Member Campaign is over...and it was a big SUCCESS! You came through, as always, with the vital support needed to keep WRTI strong. Over 2,400 new and renewing members invested in classical music and jazz on public radio - for our entire community to enjoy. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Listen to the San Francisco Opera's Complete "Ring" Cycle on WRTI
On consecutive Saturdays at 1 pm, from September 24th to October 15th, tune in to hear Richard Wagner's epic four-opera cycle "Ring of the Nibelung." Recorded in June and July of this year, the performances were critically acclaimed. Don't miss it!
Das Rheingold on September 24 - Die Walkure on October 1 - Siegfried on October 8 - Gotterdammerung on October 15 (at 12:30 pm)