The Gershwin Moment

As I’ve had occasion to observe in my various George Gershwin blogs, Gershwin and J. S. Bach are the two composers most malleable in performance. There is no Gershwin style. And if there is, there’s full license to ignore it. The most recent “PostClassical” broadcast on WWFM includes two little-known but essential Gershwin performances that break the mold. […]

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A Wunderkind at 100

Leonard Bernstein prophesied an American classical music; his disillusionment and disappointments mirrored the nation’s. In 1980, at the age of 62, Leonard Bernstein undertook the composition of a formidable full-scale opera, commissioned jointly by La Scala, the Kennedy Center, and Houston Grand Opera. He called it A Quiet Place. It’s the story of an unquiet […]

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Shostakovich Trio No. 2 at Washington National Cathedral

Shostakovich Trio No. 2 performed at Washington National Cathedral in PostClassical Ensemble's MUSIC IN WARTIME Recorded at Washington National Cathedral on December 7, 2017 during the program MUSIC IN WARTIME: A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration. Alexander Shtarkman, piano Netanel Draiblate, violin Benjamin Capps, cello Shostakovich Trio No. 2https://postclassical.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Shostakovich-Trio-No.-2.mp3

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PCE December Newsletter

BEHROUZ JAMALI is now PCE's Resident Documentarian As you may have noticed, the last PCE trailer – Joe Horowitz talking about Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon – was professionally produced. This is the work of Behrouz Jamali, who this season becomes our Resident Documentarian/Photographer. Actually, Behrouz has been filming PCE for some time. One of his [...]

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WWFM Celebrating Bernard Herrmann

Herrmann Centenary Pt. 1https://postclassical.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Part1Web.mp3 Herrmann Centenary Pt. 2https://postclassical.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Part2Web.mp3 LISTENING GUIDE PART I 5:08: Bernard Herrmann speaks -- irascibly 6:33: His daughter Dorothy describes accompanying “Daddy” to Psycho 12:02: Herrmann’s Psycho Symphonic Narrative performed by PCE conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez (DC premiere) 28:30: An influence on Psycho? Bartok’s Divertimento, movement 2 41:10: Herrmann’s Sinfonietta for Strings [...]

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WWFM Copland and the Cold War

Copland and the Cold War Pt. 1https://postclassical.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/PCECopland090117Part1.mp3 Copland and the Cold War Pt. 2https://postclassical.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/PCECopland09017Part2.mp3 LISTENING GUIDE PART I – Copland the modernist turns populist 6:30 – Copland the wild man: Piano Variations (1930), performed by Benjamin Pasternack on Naxos 22:00 – Copland speaks at a Communist picnic in Minnesota (1934) 28:00 –  “Into the Streets” [...]

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