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Archive for January 30, 2014

Yo-Yo Ma, Riccardo Muti: Have You Heard This Guy?

Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma, photo by Todd Rosenberg

It’s the cellists’ lament: composers favor the piano. Dvorak, Elgar and Tchaikovsky wrote great cello pieces, but they were pianists first, writing reams of piano music. You’ll notice cellists are always trying new works; which sadly tend to be forgotten. Wouldn’t it be nice if WFMT’s cello month concluded with a new, winning piece for cello? Maybe it will.

Feminist Lens

Billie Holiday

The song Aint Nobody’s Business is an early eight-bar blues standard. Two pianists are credited for writing it: Everett Robbins and Porter Grainger. Billie Holiday had a hit with the song. It’s her version, plus one with Rihanna that will be heard on the radio show Aint

Palestrina on Baroque&Before

Palestrina

WFMT’s weekly early music series Baroque&Before takes us to the Abbey Church, Maria Laach in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The abbey goes back to 1093! The show’s music, by comparison is much newer, coming from 16th century composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Performances were recorded during last summer’s RheinVokal Festival with the Alamire Chamber Chorus