Thursday, April 05, 2007

The New Classical WETA-FM, In Nation's Capital, Celebrates African Diaspora Classical Music As Long As It Sounds Like Mozart

Today, April 5, 2007, there is again no American classical music on the new Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation's Capital. [Also see Update below.]

There is however one fine movement of a work by African-European composer Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, whose style closely mirrors that of Mozart:

5:46pm: Violin Concerto #10 G Major: I
Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Qian Zhou (violin)
Toronto Camerata
Kevin Mallon (conductor)
[Naxos 557.322]

Besides Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, here are some other African, African-European, and African-American composers for the new Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation's Capital, to begin to explore as it develops classical music programming that reflects the American experience and the classical music interests of all of the members of its culturally rich and diverse regional audience (and not just those for whom classical music can be summed up in the bodies of work of Bach, Wagner, and Mahler -- excluding Josquin, Monteverdi, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner, Brahms, Stravinsky, and the Italian, French, Scandinavian, Russian, Soviet, British and American classical composers):

Adams, H. Leslie
Akpabot, Samuel Ekpe
Alberga, Eleanor
Bonds, Margaret Allison
Brouwer, Leo
Burleigh, Henry Thacker
Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel
Cunningham, Arthur
Dawson, William Levi
Dede, Edmond
Dett, R. Nathaniel
Elie, Justin
Ellington, Edward K. "Duke"
Euba, Akin
Garcia, José Mauricio Nunes
Hailstork, Adolphus C.
Holland, Justin
Jeanty, Occide
Johnson, James Price
Joplin, Scott
Kay, Ulysses Simpson
Khumalo, Mzilikazi
Lambert, Charles Lucien, Sr.
Lambert, Lucien-Leon G., Jr.
Lamothe, Ludovic
Leon, Tania
Moerane, Michael Mosoeu
Morel Campos, Juan
Perkinson, Coleridge-Taylor
Pradel, Alain Pierre
Price, Florence Beatrice Smith
Roldan, Amadeo
Sancho, Ignatius
Smith, Hale
Sowande, Fela
Still, William Grant
Verret, Solon
Walker, George Theophilus
White, José Silvestre
Williams. Julius Penson

Classical composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons. With thanks.



American, early, and choral music on WSHU Public Radio, Fairfield, Connecticut, today, April 5, 2007.


Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No.66, "Hymn to Glacier Peak" Op 428 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic /Gerard Schwarz Telarc 80604 CD

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring: Simple Gifts The Prairie Winds Albany 401 CD

Ned Rorem: Early in the Morning (Robert Hillyer) Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcom Martineau, piano Erato 80222 CD

George W. Chadwick: String Quartet No. 4 in e Portland String Quartet Northeastn 234 CD


Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga: Los Esclavos Felices Overture Le Concert des Nations /Jordi Savall Astree 8532 CD


Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium Hope in all things The Tallis Scholars /Peter Phillips Gimell 454906 CD


Blogger mberry said...

Later in 2007, Naxos will be releasing a new disc of music by Hannibal Lokumbe, including his "Dear Mrs. Parks," recently performed by VocalEssence in Minneapolis. Here's a link to an MPR story:

You can read more about Naxos' American Classics and other stuff at The Naxos Blog @ Sequenza21:

I post to this blog as the publicist for Naxos of America but am hoping to bring some composers on to post about their work, etc.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Thank you very much for commenting here, Mr Berry. I look forward to listening to Hannibal Lokumbe's new work "Dear Mrs. Parks".

I did, in fact, hear a memorable live performance of Mr
Hannibal Lokumbe's "African Portraits" a decade ago at the Kennedy Center in Washington; and I own the CD to the work, with the Chicago Symphony and Chorus performing -- I believe under Daniel Barenboim.

I have also, in fact, mentioned NAXOS a few times in the past week or so; highlighting, I recall, the newer CDs containing first and second Symphonies by Stephen Albert (who I met and remember fondly) and Michael Hersch.

I will try to follow your blog more closely now; and would, of course, appreciate any ideas you and others may have on getting more broadcast exposure for a living American classical music culture on public radio here in the U.S.

Thanks again for commenting.

8:29 AM  

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