Afternoon Classical Host Cale Wiggins brings variety into this week's Sound Advice. Below are notes and commentary on each piece he'll preview on Insight. He'll also mention musicians and groups that will perform the piece.
Vincenzo Bellini - Norma Overture - Ricardo Chailly & the Philharmonic of La Scala
This piece is from a new collection of orchestral music for the opera that all had their premiers in one of the world’s great opera cities, Milan (most premiered at La Scala).
Most of the works included have often been treated like confections: sweet and stimulating, but lacking any deep substance. Chailly and the Philharmonic of La Scala have taken a sharper approach, infusing the works with drama and emotion.
The interpretations feel somehow more urgent, more present than most recorded antecedents.
John Mackey - Kingfishers Catch Fire - Eugence Corporon and the North Texas Wind Ensemble
A first-rate composer of music for wind ensemble meets one of the style's most prolific and respected living interpreters.
Eugene Corporon’s various ensembles have recorded more than a thousand works, many of which have featured the North Texas Wind Ensemble.
They’re at their best in the titular final movement from John Mackey’s "Kingfishers Catch Fire." It’s an ebullient, full-blooded work that rises and ignites as it progresses.
John Williams - BFG from The BFG - John Williams and Steven Spielberg's new CD set
Williams has had a long, healthy collaborative relationship with Steven Spielberg.
This new triple-CD set features a reissue of two previous Williams/Spielberg collections and an entirely new third disc featuring music from more recent films like Lincoln, Cath Me If You Can, Munich, War Horse and more.
This selection is from The BFG, the pair’s most recent collaboration.
Michael Gordon - Timber Remixed - Mantra Percussion and Hauschka
A boundary-pushing percussion piece gets attention from a select group of Avant-Gardists.
An interesting melding of avant-garde concert music and remix culture, championed by visual artists like Marcel Duchamp long before audio remixes were a thing.
It was originally performed live by Mantra Percussion at a Bang On A Can Marathon.