The emotionally searing pianist Valentina Lisitsa celebrates Philip Glass in her latest release. As the liner notes attest, "Lisitsa explores the temporal and orchestrational range of Glass's work over some three decades. The effect of hearing such a multidudinous effort expressed through one piano, two hands and eight-eight keys is haunting and staggering." Hear highlights of this 2-CD recording on Wednesday's program.
The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra presents "Northern Lights" Saturday, April 11, with music including Grieg's famed piano concerto. Conductor Steven Byess elaborates on engaging with the community via this concert, which also involves the winner of the APO-UA concerto competition winner and a new venue -- the Berry Performing Arts Center in Siloam Springs, as well as what makes Grieg's piano concerto so special in today's program.
The Cypress String Quartet explores the middle quartets of Beethoven in their latest recording. "During the tumultous early years of the 19th century, Beethoven created a distinctive musical voice characterised by urgent exhortation, lofty artistic intent and massiveness of scope ..." state the liner notes regarding Beethoven's three 'Razumovsky' quartets, op. 59. Find out in the quartet's own words how Beethoven was able to accomplish such a feat and listen to 'Razumovsky' No. 1 in F from the Cypress' new recording in Friday's program.
The Icelandic pop/classical musician Olafur Arnalds reinvents the Chopin sound in his new project with pianist Alice Sara Ott. Frustrated with the pristine characteristics of Chopin recordings Arnalds uses the room and microphones--much as the way other genres of music such as rock, country and blues have--as part of the actual interpretation. Hear music from The Chopin Project on Thursday's program.
The redbuds are in bloom. Daffodils are everywhere. Spring has officially reached the Arkansas Ozarks. In celebration of the season I pair Anne Akiko Meyers's recording of Vivaldi's "Spring" alongside Daniel Hope's release of Max Richter's Vivaldi Recomposed "Spring." That's all coming up on Wednesday's program.
Robert Stallman's new release, titled Cosi fan Flauti: Mozart for Flute and Orchestra, explores the ever amorous instrument via the lens of Mozart and includes a debut recording of his Sinfonia Concertante in D majr, k. 448 for two flutes and orchestra. Catch the piece on Monday's program.
UA Music professor Er-Gene Kahng and composer Ryan Cockerham explore the universe of non-narrative film and music with the music of Alvin Lucier and short films of Stan Brakhage in their first event for the Fuse New Music series.
Rodion Shchedrin's description of cantabile is "to express firstly a certain tension in the 'soul' of the notes, and also the manner in which they are produced. The term also refers to the juxtaposition, interweaving, conflict and resolution of the soloist's singing lines against the orchestra." Hear the fascinating work performed by Maxim Vengerov, violin, and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich on Tuesday's program.