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Saturday, June 20, 2009

DCD 071 - Token Creek 2001

Episode 71 of the "DCD Classical 'Cast" features music from the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival. The festival's series of recordings document some of the performance highlights since the founding in 1989. In this podcast we play selections from three works featured on a single release.

The three performances featured in this program all come from the 2001 season, and demonstrate the far-ranging programming of the festival.

- Ralph

In this program we play:
Igor Stravinsky: Sonata for Two Pianos, mvts. 1 and 2
Judith Gordon and Robert Levin, pianos
Token Creek Recordings

Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio in D, Hob. XV:23 (first movement)
Rose Mary Harbison, violin; Ronda Rider, cello, and Robert Levin, piano
Token Creek Recordings

John Harbison: Between Two Worlds: Part Four
Margorie Elinor Dix, soprano, Rhonda Rider and Karl Levine, cello; Judith Gorden and Robert Levin, pianos
Token Creek Recordings

Thursday, June 11, 2009

DCD 070 - Das Jahr

Episode 70 of the "DCD Classical 'Cast" features music by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel; specifically, "Das Jahr." This musical cycle for solo piano was completed in 1842 and remained unpublished during Fanny's lifetime. 

The work has twelve movements, each named for a different month of the year, and each with a different character. Wolfram Lorenzen, the pianist for this recording, clearly has an affinity for the work, balancing technical brilliance with a lightness of touch required for this mid-century masterwork.

This Troubadisc release is actually the first recording of the original manuscript version of this work, which makes Wolfram's performance of "Das Jahr" doubly enlightening.

And remember, you don't need an iPod to enjoy a podcast -- just a computer.

 - Ralph

This program we play selections from:
"Das Jahr" by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel
Wolfram Lorenzen, piano
A Troubadisc release