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Jim Unrath, a longtime WFMT program host and producer, died this past Sunday in Stockton, California of heart failure. He was 78 years old. Jim served at various times as operations manager, music director, and morning program host. He was the first host of the station’s overnight show when WFMT went to 24-hour broadcasting in more... more...
Baritone John Brancy, left, and pianist Peter Dugan, right (Photo: Gerard Collett) WFMT salutes those who serve our country by broadcasting a special concert: Shropshire Lads: World War I Poets and Composers of Great Britain. Click above to stream the broadcast. The concert featured baritone John Brancy, pianist Peter Dugan, and poet John Wilkinson in a unique program that more... more...
Think you know the great symphonies? How about a round of Name That Tune, symphony style? See if you can guess each symphony by their famous themes or other special moments in their scores. Click one of the four multiple choice options below for each of the 10 questions to see if you're a Symphonic Master or a Symphonic Slacker. more...
Gustav Mahler, like many composers, wore many hats in order to make a living. Conducting was one of Mahler’s primary sources of income early in his career, and he quickly became known for his autocratic and often idiosyncratic style. For anyone who has performed Mahler’s music, his close attention to detail is apparent in the more... more...
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The late Claudio Abbado leads his Orchestra Mozart to balance Schubert’s symphony on the cusp of Romanticism
Claudio Abbado’s international career was launched with Schubert, when he won the Koussevitsky conducting competition in 1958 with a performance of the Unfinished Symphony, and the composer remained an important part of Abbado’s repertoire until his death. His performances of the complete symphonies with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe have been among the finest on disc since they were recorded for Deutsche Grammophon a quarter of a century ago. Abbado was also one of the few leading conductors to champion (and record) Schubert’s opera Fierrabras, and the Unfinished Symphony also began the programme of the final concerts he conducted in Lucerne in 2013.
Two years earlier he’d performed the Ninth Symphony, “the Great” C major, in concerts in Bologna and Bolzano, with the Orchestra Mozart, the chamber orchestra he founded in 2004. This disc has been assembled from those 2011 performances, his view of the work seems to have changed little over almost 25 years. As before, Abbado observes every repeat in the score, so that the symphony lasts over 60 minutes. The first and third movements take a little longer this time, the finale is a bit faster, and despite Abbado’s choice of a chamber orchestra for such a massive work, nothing ever seems underpowered.Continue reading...
Conceived in 2011, the Barenboim piano has taken 18 months and 4,000 people hours of work to build – and may one day go into wider production
“I’ve fallen in love with it,” beamed Daniel Barenboim as he unveiled what he believes is a groundbreaking new piano, one which he conceived and commissioned, and has been dreaming about since 2011. “I want to spend as much time with it as possible.”
To a small audience of journalists, Barenboim played 30 seconds from the slow movement of Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata on his traditional Steinway before playing the same notes on his new piano.Continue reading...
Argentinian pianist and conductor, Daniel Barenboim, unveils what he says is a ground-breaking new piano on Tuesday. Barenboim conceived and commissioned the instrument, which took around 4,000 working hours to build. He will perform with the new piano at London's Southbank Centre between 27 May-2 June, playing a complete cycle of Schubert's piano sonatas Continue reading...
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