Featuring the latest classical recordings from around the globe, across the country and here in mid-Michigan. WKAR's Peter Whorf is your host for the latest orchestral, chamber, choral and contemporary music, plus interviews with today's best-known and emerging artists.
Hector Berlioz's monumental Symphonie Fantastique dominates our 23rd edition of the show - Kevin Noe conducts a November 2012 performance from the Wharton Center. Also, more of Pavel Kolesnikov's new release of his performances fom the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition....and the Moscow Quartet with Beethoven.
We venture outside of Mid-Michigan for much of this edition. First, NYC-based pianist Steven Masi plays Beethoven's 15th Sonata - Steven is recording the complete piano sonatas. We'll also have Beethoven's early Quartet op18.#6 from the Quartet of Cremona. These fellas are also recording a Beethoven complete cycle. From home, the MSU Symphony and Kevin Noe play Debussy's La Mer, and we fill out What's New with Corelli and Krommer....
The Lansing Symphony and Timothy Muffitt headline our latest What's New with Antonin Dvorak's beloved Symphony #9 "From the New World"...and two selections from Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov feature piano music of Robert Schumann and another crowd-pleaser...Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1.
Three MSU performances highlight today's What's New. First, Richard Sherman and A Ram Lee bring you a February performance from the Jackson Symphony's Classical Cabaret series of Richard Strauss' Flute and Piano Sonata. Then, Kevin Noe leads the MSU Symphony in a brilliant reading of Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid Suite. And the MSU Wind Symphony plays Percy Grainger's Colonial Song.
This week we have two new releases from eastern Europe and two from the eastern U.S. The Moscow Quartet plays one of Beethoven's most popular chamber works, the string quartet #10 called the "Harp" quartet. Then, Bulgarian pianist Hristo Kazakov plays selections from Claude Debussy's Images. The rarely heard Robert Schumann Violin Concerto comes to you in a new live performance by Elmar Olivera and Boca Raton's Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and the renowned Eastman Wind Ensemble celebrates 60 years with a new Stravinsky disc.
MSU assistant professor and pianist Minsoo Sohn is not only one of our state's most-talented musicians, he's also a rising star on the global classical music stage with recent acclaimed recordings and a Carnegie Hall debut. What's New features one of our newest "in-house" recordings - from Minsoo's January recital at Cook Hall. Also, Daniel Barenboim conducts Bruckner's epic 7th Symphony, plus Beethoven and Handel...
Brahms/Variations on a Theme by Handel/Minsoo Sohn/MSU archive recording
This week on What's New, Peter brings you more from the Vienna Philharmonic's 2013 opener. The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra crosses over to Brahms, the San Francisco Ballet performs Delibes and pianist Rosa Antonelli plays Granados from her new release, Remembranza.
Wagner/Prelude to Act 3 from Lohengrin
Verdi/Prestissimo from Don Carlo/Vienna Phil, Most/Sony Classics
Brahms/Serenade #1 in D op. 11/Philharmonia Baroque, McGegan/PBP
The next edition of Peter Whorf's What's New on WKAR features one of the great pianists of our age - Emanuel Ax. He plays music on his new Sony Classical disc by Haydn and Beethoven - and this week's What's New feature, Robert Schumann's Symphonic Etudes. Also, the Banff Competition award-winning Cecelia String Quartet and more...
This week at 2pm on What's New - MSU's Verdehr Trio celebrates 40 years, Lansing-based pianist Sergei Kvitko looks forward to Carnegie Hall as he releases the new disc, Ad Libitum...and we hear new releases from the Cecelia String Quartet and the Claremont Trio's new Beethoven Triple Concerto.
Beethoven/Triple Concerto op. 56/Claremont Trio, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Martin West
This Friday on What's New on WKAR we anticipate Mozart's January 27th birthday. Actually, our entire morning and afternoon of music will be dedicated to Mozart. Mark Schwitzgoebel starts the festivities at 10am, and Peter Whorf brings the party home on What's New from 2-4pm. What's New also showcases five audio Postcards from Salzburg - sonic tours of the many historic musical locales from Mozart's home town produced by Peter at Mozartwoche 250 in 2006.