Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Unlike Classical WETA-FM In Washington, D.C., San Francisco Bay Area Classical Music Radio Celebrates Non-Noisy And Meaningful 20th Century Music

Last night Bay Area classical radio audiences were treated to a delayed broadcast of Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in Sibelius's Symphony #7, Shostakovich's Symphony #9, and two works by Tilson Thomas, including his flute concerto, Notturno. [The Sibelius #7 and the Shostakovich #9 are on Alex Ross's Top Ten recommended recordings of 20th century music.]

At the same time, "Greater Washington" classical music radio audiences were treated to President and CEO Sharon Rockefeller's staff's classical recorded music favorites:

8:13pm: Trumpet Concerto D Major
Leopold Mozart
Maurice Andre (trumpet)
Jean Francois Paillard Chamber Orchestra

8:26pm: Symphony #1
Camille Saint-Saens
French National Radio Orchestra
Jean Martinon (conductor)

8:58pm: Cello Concerto #2 D Major
Joseph Haydn
Mischa Maisky (cello)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe

9:22pm: Lute Concerto, SC 53
Silvius Leopold Weiss
Richard Stone (lute)
Tempesta di Mare


Turning to more living classical and new music culture, the following Bay Area concerts, song cycles, and chamber operas catch my eyes and, maybe, will also catch my ears:

Chanticleer and the Shanghai Quartet
From the Path of Beauty by Chen Yi (World Premiere)
March 13 to 16, 2008

Oakland East Bay Symphony, Michael Morgan, Music Director
NOTES FROM PERSIA Works by Rachmaninoff, Strauss, and Persian Composers (Do these composers have names?)
March 14, 2008

Paul Dresher Ensemble
Paul Dresher's solo chamber opera "The Tyrant" and songs from Amy X Neuberg's The Secret Life of Subways
March 12, 14, and 15, 2008.


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