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Thursday, July 3, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Capitol Chat / Jacqueline Schwab and McAvoy Layne / Kushman By The Bottle / Sound Advice: Kent Teeters





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Kim Conley celebrates after winning the women's 10,000 meters at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Will there be a recount in California’s Controller’s race? Betty Yee is currently leading John Perez for second place in the primary race – the top two finishers will face off in November. Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler updates us on the latest numbers. Plus, we’ll hear about some of the new laws that went into effect on July 1.


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Pianist Jacqueline Schwab joined us with Mark Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne earlier this year to discuss their latest collaboration, “Mark Twain’s America.” We’re rebroadcasting that interview this 4th of July to honor Schwab’s patriotic piano music that has earned her the trust and praise of filmmaker Ken Burns. 

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0409 Kushman By The Bottle

Capital Public Radio’s resident wine expert (and occasional guest host) Rick Kushman explains how to get the best experience out of your next visit to a tasting room.  And since the best way to teach is to demonstrate, we joined Rick at Andis Winery’s tasting room in Amador County with winemaker Mark McKenna for a little hands-on learning. 


In this week’s Sound Advice Capital Public Radio’s classical morning host Kent Teeters shares new recordings featuring music for winds by Richard Strauss, orchestral music by Dvorák, piano works by Schumann, and John Dowland’s music played on mandolin and lute.

Kent's selections this week:

Richard Strauss:
Sonatinas for Winds 
Armonia Ensemble
Berlin Classics

Antonin Dvorák:
Symphony Number 8
Janácek’s "Jenufa Suite."
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck conducting
Reference Recordings

Robert Schumann:
Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Abegg Variations, Phantasie in C minor
Naïve Records

Joe Brent and Alon Sariel:
An Englishman in New York, Impressions of John Dowland’s lute music.
Orlando Records

An Englishman in New York is a collection of John Dowland lute repertoire just released by New York City-based mandolinist Joe Brent and Israel-based Alon Sariel who doubled on lute in addition to mandolin.

"I prefer to think of this recording as a collaboration not merely between Alon and myself, but between the two performers and the luthier who created these beautiful and unique instruments.” - Brent on his reverence for the mandolin.

Brent demonstrating his prowess in a video by Brian Dean:


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    Capitol Chat: State Controller's Race And New Laws

    CapRadio's Ben Adler has this week's Capitol Chat.

  • Jacqueline Schwab And McAvoy Lane On Mark Twain

    From the "Best of Insight" files, a conversation with Mark Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne and the extraordinary pianist Jacqueline Schwab, who played for the Ken Burns documentary "Mark Twain."

  • Kushman By The Bottle: Amador County

    We listen again to our Insight wine-tasting trip to Andis Winery in Amador County with Rick Kushman as our guide.

  • Sound Advice: Kent Teeters

    Kent Teeters joins Insight with nostalgia from Strauss and Schumann, a symphony by Dvorak, and a mandolin/lute duo plays the music of John Dowland.

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