What's New on WKAR

Fridays 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

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2:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

What's New on WKAR, January 3

Xiayin Wang plays Gershwin's Concerto in F on this week's What's New on WKAR

It's not often that the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra takes center stage to fully showcase its brilliance.  Last May, the James Levine-led ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall and the concert was recorded and released recently by DG

  .  This week's What's New features the Met with Schubert's epic 9th Symphony.

Schubert/Symphony #9/Met Opera, Levine/DG

Grainger/Lisbon/New Sydney Wind Quintet/NSWQ

Gershwin/Concerto in F/Wang, Royal Scottish/Chandos

Lussier/Impressions del'Lamameda/Group of Twenty Eight/MSR

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Arts
2:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

What's New on WKAR, December 20

Violinist Joshua Bell demonstrates his amazingly versatile music making in his new release Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:07 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

What's New on WKAR, December 6

Things seemed to be going well in Gustav Mahler's life while he was composing his 6th Symphony.  Yet it became one of his darker, more brooding works for orchestra.  The Dallas Symphony's newest release highlights this week's What's New.  We'll also listen to new piano releases from rising star Rafal Blechacz and the well-seasoned Mitsuko Uchida.

Chopin/C# minor Polonaise/Blechacz/DG

Mahler/Symphony #6/Dallas, Van Zweden/DSO live

Schumann/Songs of Dawn/Uchida/Decca

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2:05 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

What's New on WKAR, November 22

We'll hear the flip side of Helene Grimaud's fantastic new Brahms piano concerto CD...this time it's No. 2 with the Vienna Philharmonic.  Also, a new take on Leopold Stokowski's famous Bach arrangements for the Philadelphia Orchestra, plus Gustavo Dudamel's Strauss and a tribute to the late John Tavener.

Brahms/Piano Concerto #2/Grimaud, Vienna, Nelsons/DG

Bach arr. Stokowski/Little Fugue in g min/Philadelphia Orch, Nezet-Segun/DG

Tavener/The Protecting Veil selections/Isserlis, BBC Sym, Rozhdestvensky/BBC

Strauss/Also Sprach Zarathustra/Berlin, Dudamel/DG

Radio Made in Michigan
2:41 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

What's New on WKAR, November 15th

As the holidays approach, new choral releases are arriving daily at WKAR.  One of my favorites (though more associated with the Easter season) is Gregorio Allegri's Miserere from Ensemble Caprice.  Also included  on the disc entitled Adagio are works by Albinoni, Barber, Part and many others.  It's a more serene, meditative take on  Christmas than some of the more brassy, tra-la-la stuff.   Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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1:50 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

What's New on WKAR, November 8

Helene Grimaud scales twin peaks by Brahms in her new release of both piano concertos...we'll hear his first on today's edition of What's New.  And speaking of great pairs, Ilya Kaler performed both Prokofiev violin concertos last month with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra...we'll also hear the first of the two.

Cellist Marta Bagratuni takes you on a musical journey in her latest recording from Lansing's Blue Griffin...Pieces of the World.  And the Cypress String Quartet brings us home with Antonin Dvorak's "American" Quartet.

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7:52 am
Mon November 4, 2013

What's New on WKAR, November 1

MSU's Derek Polischuk plays Schubert in his new Blue Griffin release

Several  local releases  are featured on this week's What's New.  Keith Jarrett and Michelle Markowski play a Bach

  violin and keyboard sonata from their new release of the complete duos and Alan Fiterstein again joins the San Francisco Symphony with a Weber Concerto.  Locally, The LSO is featured with violinist Ilya Kaler, MSU pianist Derek Polischuk performs and Ann Arbor's Dominican Sisters  sing from their latest release...

Bach/Violin and Keyboard Sonata in E/Makarski, Jarrett/ECM

Liszt/Benediction/Ohlsson/Bridge

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2:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

What's New on WKAR, October 25

Four great concertos make up today's show.  The electrifying pianist Lang Lang teams with the Berlin Philharmonic in Prokofiev's 3rd.  One of Weber's two clarinet concertos is new from Bridge Records

  .  And two of the four greatest German violin concertos come from violinists Tasmin Little (Bruch) and Rachel Barton Pine (Mendelssohn).  We'll hear the Brahms and Beethoven another time.

Bruch/Violin Concerto in g minor/Little/Orch of Wales/BBC Magazine

Prokofiev/Piano Concerto #3/Lang Lang, Berlin, Rattle/Sony

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2:15 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

What's New on WKAR, October 18

Rachel Barton Pine play Robert Schumann

Two exciting artists bring you new concerto releases

   on today's show.  First, Chicagoan Rachel Barton Pine performs the Robert Schumann violin concerto, a long-neglected work now growing in popularity.  Fellow Chicacagoan Wendy Warner then plays the C Major Joseph Haydn Cello Concerto with Camerata Chicago.

Rounding out today's What's New is the Canadian duo Anagnason and Kinton with Schubert's Fantasie and the Moscow String Quartet's take on Mozart...

Schumann/Violin Concerto/Pine, Gottinger Sym/Cedille

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8:43 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

What's New on WKAR, September 20th

Marta Bagratuni

Cellist Marta Bagratuni leads off with two selections from her new disc of diverse music called Pieces of the World.   The delightful new release pairs Marta with (among others) her father, MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni.  Epic Stravinsky, a Chopin sonata and the Stuyvesant quartet round out What's New.  And be sure to catch the bonus track at show's end from The New Friends of Rhythm...a 1940's classical/jazz ensemble that was certainly new to me!

Sonata for 2 cellos/Fratres/Bagratuni/Blue Griffin

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7:43 am
Tue September 10, 2013

What's New on WKAR, September 6

This edition of What's New takes you back more than 30 years to a 1982 London performance by the great Vladimir Horowitz - newly reissued by BBC Music Magazine.  Chicago cellist Wendy Warner plays two Classical era cello concertos...and the music world's 2010 Chopin bicentennial is reprised with the trio in g minor.

Haydn/Cello Concerto in D/Warner, Camerata Chicago/Cedille

Chopin/Trio in g minor/Wissick, Willis, Luby/Albany

Myslivicek/Cello Concerto/Warner, Camerata Chicago/Cedille

Rachmaninov/Piano Sonata #2/Horowitz/BBC Music Magazine

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:31 am
Sat August 31, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 30

Mozart's Gran Partita manuscript

Today's program showcases the MSU Wind Symphony with a major work by Mozart - his Gran Partita - plus the lively and popular Danzon #2 by Arturo Marquez.  New releases of music by Bach and Brahms round out this edition of What's New.

Mozart/Gran Partita/MSU Wind Symphony/MSU Recording

Bach/Suite #4 for cello/Costanza/MSR Classics

Marquez/Danzon#2/MSU Winf Symphony, Sedatole/MSU Recording

Brahms/String Quartet#1/Ceruti Quartet/MSR Classics

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2:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 23

Gwendolyn Mok plays Brahms on classic keyboards

A program of musical giants to inspire...on this week's edition of What's New.  Concertos by Sibelius and Mozart lead off each hour of today's show...first, the powerful Sibelius Violin Concerto, followed by Mozart's brilliant 12th Piano Concerto.  Colin Carr plays Beethoven's last

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  onata for Cello and Piano, and Gwendolyn Mok explores the piano world of Brahms on a rare instrument from the composer's era...

Sibelius/Violin Concerto/Schiff, MAV Sym/MSR Classics

Beethoven/Sonata for Cello and Piano op 102 #2/Carr, Sauer/MSR Classics

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2:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 23

Gwendolyn Mok plays Brahms on classic keyboards

A program of musical giants to inspire...on this week's edition of What's New.  Concertos by Sibelius and Mozart lead off each hour of today's show...first, the powerful Sibelius Violin Concerto, followed by Mozart's brilliant 12th Piano Concerto.  Colin Carr plays Beethoven's last

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  onata for Cello and Piano, and Gwendolyn Mok explores the piano world of Brahms on a rare instrument from the composer's era...

Sibelius/Violin Concerto/Schiff, MAV Sym/MSR Classics

Beethoven/Sonata for Cello and Piano op 102 #2/Carr, Sauer/MSR Classics

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2:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 16

Cerutti Quartet plays Debussy

Baroque,  Impressionist and diverse 20th century styles make for a wide variety of sounds on this edition of What's New...

Bach/Keyboard Concerto in d/Pierce, Capella Istropolitana/MSR Classics

Debussy/String Quartet/Cerutti Qt/MSR Classics

Barber/Violin Concerto/Schiff, MAV Sym, Eisenberg/MSR Classics

Bloch/Concerto Grosso/Pierce, Slovak Radio/MSR

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2:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 9

Pianist Paul Lewis plays Beethoven

An historic new release of the 1973 Adrian Boult classic recording of Gustav Holst's The Planets highlights today's show.  The flip side of the new BBC Magazine release features the brilliant and prolific pianist Paul Lewis with Beethoven's Piano Concerto #1.  A new Mahler disc and Bach round out this edition of What's New on WKAR.

Holst/The Planets/BBC Sym/BBC Magazine

Mahler/Das Lied von der Erde excerpt/Martingale Ensemble, Selden, Zeller/MSR Classics

Beethoven/Piano Concerto #1/BBC Sym, Lewis/BBC Magazine

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12:38 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

What's New on WKAR, August 2

Violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio plays Brahms with pianist James Winn

The giants of Germany and Scandinavia figure prominently on this edition of What's New.  The BBC Symphony of Wales brings two high-voltage live recordings of fifth symphonies by Sibelius and Nielsen.  Plus, new chamber music from MSR Recordings of Brahms and Beethoven.

Brahms/Sonata #3 for violin and piano/Sant'Ambrogio, Winn/MSR

Nielsen/Symphony #5/BBC Sym. Wales/BBC Magazine

Sibelius/Symphony #5/BBC Sym. Wales/BBC Magazine

Beethoven/Sonata in D for Cello and Piano/Carr, Sauer/MSR

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7:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

What's New on WKAR, July 26

Pianist Anne Marie McDermott highlights todays's What's New - with two concertos from her latest all-Mozart release.  You'll also hear recent performances from here in Mid-

  Michigan  with excerpts from the MSU Symphony's 2013 Honors Concert and the MSU Chorale.

Mozart.Piano Concerto #13/McDermott, Calder Quartet/Bridge

Debussy/Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans/MSU Chorale, Rayl/MSU Recording

Ravel/Tzigane/Bezuglov, MSU Sym/MSU Recording

Mozart/Piano Concerto#14/McDermott, Calder Quartet/Bridge

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12:54 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

What's New on WKAR, June 28

The Emerson Quartet's newest release Journeys is featured on this week's show - with incredible recordings of music by Tchaikovsky and Schoenberg.  And MSU pianist Minsoo Sohn plays Kreisler/Rachmaninoff from his late 2012 joint concert with cellist Suren Bagratuni - plus Beethoven and Gershwin...

Beethoven/Piano Sonata #28/Masi/Consezio

Schoenberg/Verklartenacht/Emerson, Neubauer, Carr/Sony

Gershwin/Three Preludes/Cockrell/Troy

Tchaikovsky/Souvenir de Florence/Emerson, Neubauer, Carr/Sony

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2:54 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

What's New on WKAR, June 14

Rachmaninoff

/Piano Concerto #1/Lansing Sym/O'Reilly/Muffitt/MSU recording

Respighi/Berceuse/Pine, Hagle/Cedille

Chopin/Piano Sonata #3/Kolesnikov/Honens

Thompson/Alleluia/Ying Quartet/Sonos Luminus

Hanson/Concerto Da Camera/Ying Quartet, Neiman/Sonos Luminas

Barber/Adagio/Ying Quartet/Sonos Luminus

Barber/Souvenirs/Zofo/Sonos Luminus

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1:08 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

What's New on WKAR, May 31

Trio Solisti

Two Midwestern groups figure in this edition of What's New.  The Jackson Symphony plays a suite from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet from their May 4th concert at Potter Center Music Hall.  We'll also sample some of the Winnetka Illinois-raised Ying Quartet's new all-American release entitled American Anthem.  Plus, chamber music from the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition and a Dvorak Trio from Trio Solisti.

Dvorak/Piano Trio No. 3/Trio Solisti/Brideg

Mendelssohn/Sonata for Cello and Piano/Kolesnokov, Moser/Honens

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10:03 am
Tue May 28, 2013

What's New on WKAR, May 24

Conrad Tao

We explore the world of new classical recordings outside of Michigan on this edition of What's New.  The Midwest is represented by both the Indianapolis Symphony with Antonin Dvorak's tone poem The Water Goblin and Illinois native Conrad Tao's new disc of music by California composer Gordon Getty.  Also, Portugal's Dryads Duo and pianist Edward Auer and the Shanghai Quartet play Chopin.

Chopin/Piano Concerto #1/Auer, Shanghai Quartet/Culture Demain

Janacek/Sonata for Violin and Piano/Dryads Duo/Fundacao

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2:49 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

What's New on WKAR May 17

MSU Symphony and Kevin Noe
Credit Peter Whorf

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.

Berlioz/Symphonie Fantastique/MSU Sym, Noe/MSU recording

Beethoven/String Qt No.11/Moscow Quartet/Finer Arts

Beethoven/Piano Sonata #14 "Moonlight"/Kolesnikov/Honens

Telemann/Sonata in A minor/Field and Franz Duo/Yellow Tail

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10:21 am
Mon May 13, 2013

What's New on WKAR, May 10

Quartetto di Cremona

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....

Beethoven/Piano Son #15/Masi/Concezio Prod.

Corelli/Sonata #3 in C/Trio Corelli/Bridge

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3:24 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

What's New on WKAR, May 3

Hope you enjoy program 21 - dominated by local recordings from Lansing and Jackson.

Mozart/Fantasy in d minor/Sergei Kvitko/Blue Griffin

Mussorgsky/Trepak/Kvitko/Blue Griffin

Chopin/Piano Concerto #2/Auer, Shanghai Qt/Culture/Demain

Barber/First Essay for Orchestra/Lansing, Muffitt/MSU recording

Dvorak/Sym #7/Jackson, Osmond/Jackson Sym recording

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10:30 am
Tue April 23, 2013

What's New on WKAR, April 26

Timothy Muffitt and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra

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.

Schumann/Kinderszenen excerpts/Kolesnikov/Honens

Dvorak/Sym #9/Lansing, Muffitt/MSU recording

Tchaikovsky/Piano Concerto #1/Calgary Philharmonic, Kolesnikov, Minczuk/Honens

Dvorak/Cypresses excerpts/Cypress String Qt/Avie

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3:42 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

What's New on WKAR, April 12

Local, live recordings once again highlight this week's edition of What's New, from the MSU Symphony, to the Jackson Symphony...plus 20th and 21st century music from both ensembles.

Beethoven/Symphony #1/MSU Symphony, Noe/MSU recording

Adams/The Chairman Dances/MSU Symphony, Noe/MSU recording

Schumann/Overture, Scherzo and Finale/Atlantic Classical Orchestra/Artek

Dvorak/String Quartet #13/Cypress String Quartet/Avie

Mozart/Quintet for Piano and Winds K452/JSO members/Jackson Symphony Recording

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3:49 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

What's New on WKAR, April 5

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.

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9:45 am
Fri March 22, 2013

What's New on WKAR, March 22

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.

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3:01 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

What's New on WKAR, March 15

This week on What's New:

Mozart/Piano Concerto #24/Alessio Bax, Southbank Sinfonia/Signum Classics

Dvorak/Trio #4/Trio Solisti/Bridge

Beethoven/Eroica Variations/Ax/Sony

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