Raymond Bisha introduces us to the contemporary Canadian composer Vivian Fung’s superb new recording Dreamscapes. Her Violin Concerto featuring soloist Kristin Lee is an intensely lyrical and virtuoso work in which West and East collide to create music of remarkably fresh sophistication. Glimpses and her piano concerto Dreamscape, for prepared piano, explore contrasts ranging from hauntingly sustained calm and tranquillity to moments of brutal power.
Kenneth Fuchs is one of America’s leading composers and his latest collaboration with award-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra reveals the breadth of his achievement. Its opening work, Atlantic Riband, evokes the struggle and ultimate victory of ocean-crossing immigrants to America in an orchestral showpiece of power and splendour. In this podcast, Raymond Bisha introduces us to this, and to Fuchs’ other orchestral and chamber works on this wonderful new recording.
In this podcast, conductor Gerard Schwarz first takes us through the transformation of Seattle Symphony during his 26 years tenure at the helm. He then talks to Gail Wein about the thrill of recording, and how he found the symphonies of the legendary American composer, educator and administrator William Schuman his most interesting project—‘a revolution and a great joy’! Listen to find out why Schwarz finds Schuman’s 8th Symphony “exquisite, brilliant and wonderful”!
In this podcast, Raymond Bisha helps you discover Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s delightful wind concertinos. The Italian composer is better known for his operatic compositions but he wrote a number of sublimely and expressive orchestral works, including the three melodic, rhythmically buoyant, and at times elegiac wind concertos featured on this new release.
‘As many of Weinberg’s works for solo piano have been virtually unknown until recently, by virtue of the fact that this music survived both Nazism and Communism they would merit further investigation. This music has themes to which anyone can relate—to survival in the midst of war and/or oppression, to love, to despair, and to hope. Weinberg’s music richly embodies these, often through the most seemingly simple, folk-like means that continue to engage one’s curiosity’. In this podcast, Allison Brewster Franzetti talks to Gail Wein about the enigmatic composer’s rich piano repertoire.
Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO’s Shostakovich series for Naxos has attracted critical acclaim and numerous plaudits, including ‘Orchestral Recording of the Year’ at the 2011 Gramophone Awards for Symphony No 10. In this fascinating podcast, Vasily Petrenko talks to Edward Seckerson of The Independent about his relationship with the Shostakovich symphonies and his insights into the great composer’s—and fellow Russian’s—life and work. They also discuss the 10th Symphony, which Petrenko describes as “a perfect piece”, “less extreme than the other symphonies”, but also “very difficult to perform”.