What's New on WKAR

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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.

What's New #100 with Rachel Barton Pine

Feb 18, 2015
Portrait:Rachel Barton Pine

Fri. Feb. 20 at 2pm on 90.5FM | Peter Whorf celebrates episode #100 with Chicago violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

Peter Whorf

Live From Studio S, WKAR's newest live music series premieres this Friday, November 7th, just after our 3pm NPR newscast. MSU College of Music faculty preview their upcoming Schubert concert with commentary by piano professor and chair Deborah Moriarty.  On the opening broadcast are Franz Schubert's A flat Impromptu and excerpts from a Schubert Sonatina, plus Dr. Moriarty's Schubert insights and a quick trip into the "Trout" Quintet...also on the program during this weekend's West Circle Series concert.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


  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