Monday, April 02, 2007

Like Vasily Kalinnikov's Two Symphonies, The Two Symphonies Of Stephen Albert And Michael Hersch Deserve Broadcasting On Classical WETA-FM

Last night, we enjoyed listening, on the new Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation's Capital, to Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov's Symphony #1 (he wrote two symphonies before dying of tuberculosis just before his 35th birthday), as well as John Tavener's Song for Athena (the former more than the later.)

Which leads me to wonder whether listeners in the Nation's Capital will ever, given reasonable lifetimes, be able to hear, on the new Classical WETA-FM, Stephen Albert's Symphonies #1 and #2 (now available on Naxos American Classics); or Michael Hersch's Symphonies #1 and #2 (also now available on Naxos American Classics). [The Albert and the Hersch Symphonies were recorded by, respectively, Russian Federation and British Orchestras.]

Today, the new Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation's Capital, again programmed no American classical music.

Canadian sculptor and anthropologist Bill Reid's masterpiece, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, graces the entrance plaza of the Canadian Embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington, D.C.

Photo credit: With thanks.


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