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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


/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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Gray Graffman joins the Lark Quartet in a 1999 work of Jennifer Higdon just released by Bridge Records...and Alessio Bax plays Mozart's 27th Piano Concerto.