Dear Bill - Your week on music in Venice has been wonderfully enjoyable and uplifting. I think I never really appreciated the beauty and majesty of Gabrielli's music until I heard your selections this week. The recordings and artists you selected made even the music I know a new and enchanting experience. The excerpts from "Rigoletto" with Bjoering and others were stunning. Thanks for all your programs.
John Vaughan Unregistered guest
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 09:23 pm:
Dear Bill - Thank you for the current week's "mail bag" of unexpected CD's you've received, ranging all over the place. I didn't think there were many keyboard works more beautiful than the Chopin nocturne you played--until you played the great, profound, transfiguring Schubert sonata at the end of the program. Absolutely ethereal rendering by Fleischer. In between these two came Mdm. Lieberman's "Ich habe genug". What a voice, and what profound emotion is contained in her quiet pauses and her pleading intonations. Thank you for a superlative evening and an outstanding week of musical treasures. John Vaughan, Tulsa, OK.
Posted on Sunday, January 08, 2012 - 03:39 pm:
Bill, Is there any possibility you can "post" on the website the books you mention during the program?
Great show, keep up the excelent quality!
Posted on Sunday, January 08, 2012 - 12:13 pm:
Just want to say I love the show, especially last week's (Maurice Ravel). Please keep surprising me. Thank you.
C A Fisk Unregistered guest
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2012 - 02:09 pm:
Ravel as an Apache? So was Maurice Chevalier in Rodgers and Hart's 1932 "Love me Tonight", much to the dismay of Jeanette McDonald and very young and fetching Myrna Loy. It was an unusual slang term for a rough and passionate young man.
Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2012 - 11:07 am:
I've been listening for years. I enjoy the music but I'm also enriched by your direct and unaffected discussion of the music. I am now enriched by the "messengers" I read in this part of your programming. I grew up with the Cleveland Orchestra under Rodzinski and Szell, hears Rubenstein (in front row "extra seat") do the Brahms 2nd. Keep doing what you're doing. I'm listening.
Monona Unregistered guest
Posted on Monday, January 02, 2012 - 11:42 pm:
I stumbled upon your show for the first time today, while driving from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon. I found the exploration of Ravel to be so thought provoking! In particular, I am curious about the quote at the beginning of the program -- something about our auspicious and contradictory times. Hearing that quote felt like time travel. Could you, by chance, tell me where to find the whole quote, or perhaps post it here? I'd love to share it with friends.
john vaughan Unregistered guest
Posted on Monday, January 02, 2012 - 09:58 pm:
Dear Bill - Wonderful week's programming on Ravel. Thanks so much for workng up this unusually rich program. I have a good deal of Ravel's piano music and some orchestral works, but hadn't heard recently the orchestral version of "Alborada del Gracioso". It was a revelation to me, after hearing the first part on piano with Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Now I see why Ravel is, as you called him, one of the greatest orchestrators of all time. I'll be glued to the radio every evening this week. I read a biography of Ravel recently in which the author speculated that he had inherited his Swiss father's engineering skills and, like a Swiss watchmaker, put that gift to work in his finely "engineered" music. That may be stretching it a bit; but as a metaphor for Ravel's talent, it works--as long as we also give his momma credit for the Basque fire and imagination. Many thanks for all your programs and for this week's in particular. I also treasured your recent programs on French music circa 1890-1914--a creative explosion beautifully characterized by Ravel himself in your opening quotation from him this evening. John Vaughan Tulsa, OK.