Sunday, June 30, 2013

Playlist: "Classics" Sunday 30th June 2013

 Ricky Ian Gordon: music & Mark Campbell: lyrics-"Gordon-Campbell: Rappahannock County" Naxos 8.669028-29-excerpts w/Kevin Moreno, Matthew Tuell, Aundi Marie Moore, Mark Walters, Faith Sherman-Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra-Rob Fisher, conductor

"apologetica- daniel lentz" New Albion Records NA 097-"Apologetica" excerpts w/Dana Marsh, singer-I Cantori-Edward Cansino, dir-The Archbishop's Ensemble-Zdenka Vaculovicova, director-Bradford Ellis, keyboards

Charles Wakefield Cadman-"Cadman: Chamber Music" Naxos 8.559067-"The Legend of the Canyon Op. 68" /"From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water, Op. 45 no 1" w/Paul Posnak, piano-Peter Zazofsky, violin

William Thomas McKinley "Divergence-modern concert for strings" (sic) Navona NV 5858-"Concert Variations" w/ Glenn Dicterow, violin-Karen Dreyfus, viola-Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra-Carl St. Clair, conductor

"Eric Moe-Meanwhile Back at the Ranch" New World Records 80741-2-"Preamble and Dreamsong from the 4-5 a.m. REM Stage" w/Moe, piano-Gabriela Diaz, violin

Alan Fletcher-"R. Strauss: Symphonic Poem 'Ein Heldenleben" Op. 40 etc.-Manfred Honeck cond. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra" Exton OVCL -00338
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra-Allegro (first movement) w/ Michael Rusinek, clarinet-Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra-Manfred Honeck, conductor

Leonardo Balada-"Balada; Caprichos Nos. 2, 3 and 4" Naxos 8. 572176-"Caprichos No.2: Samba" w/Andres Cardenas, violin-Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp-Jeffrey Turner, double bass


Playlist: "The Best of Broadway" 30th June 2013

George M. Cohan: music and lyrics-"George M." (original Broadway cast) Columbia CK 3200-excerpts w/Joel Grey, Jerry Dodge, Betty Ann Grove, Bernadette Peters, Jamie Donnelly, Jill O'Hara, Jacqueline Alloway-Jay Blackton, music director

Irving Berlin: music and lyrics-"Annie Get Your Gun"(1999 Broadway cast) Angel 7243 5 56812 2 5-excerpts w/ Tom Wopat, Ron Holgate, Peter Marx, Bernadette Peters-Marvin Laird, music director

Friday, June 28, 2013

My finale

Hello! My last WRCT broadcasts of “The Best of Broadway” and “Classics” are June 30th. I’m leaving Pittsburgh in a few months to move to Omaha.

I’ve been hosting programs on WRCT since 2003 and continue to admire and respect the CMU students who have kept the station going, taking on the many responsibilities which make its existence possible.

The great thing about WRCT is that it allows students and other local people opportunities to create broadcasts based on their own interests, interests they want to share. So much music on radio, including on public stations, is controlled and dictated by people who run the stations where program hosts have little or no such freedom or creative input. 

I have been able to share what appeals to me most and that's what has always motivated me. When listeners have commented it was much appreciated, showing me that I’ve been connecting with interested people. And I can see on my blog view-counts that someone has looked at my playlists, suggesting that they liked something they heard. That’s good to know.

My theatre reviews have likewise had the same motivation. And I hope that readers have been stimulated to attend the wonderful live theatre that enriches this community.

If you enjoy what program hosts present on WRCT, it would be great if you told them, so that they can know you're there. Because, when you love what we love, that’s a kind of bonding. We become close without ever meeting face to face.



Monday, June 24, 2013

Playlist: "The Best of Broadway" Sunday 23rd June 2013

Maury Yeston: music and lyrics

"Nine" (2003 Broadway cast) ps classics PS-312-
excerpts w/Mary Stuart Masterson, Antonio Banderas, William Ulrich, Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski-Kevin Stites, music director

"Titanic" (original Broadway cast) RCA Victor 09026-68834-2-excerpts w/ Brian D'Arcy James, John Cunningham, Ted Sperling, Michael Cerveris, Jennifer Piech, Theresa McCarthy, Erin Hill, David Elder, Martin Moran, Victoria Clark etc-Kevin Stites, music director

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Playlist-"Classics" Sunday 23rd June 2013

Helen Humes-"The Essential Count Basie-Volume 2" Columbia LP CJ 40835-"Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" w/Basie,p-Harry Edison,tp-Lester Young,ts

Helen Humes-"The Essential Count Basie-Volume 1" Columbia LP CJ 40608-"If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight" w/Buck Clayton,tp

"Helen Humes" Contemporary LP M3571-"T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do", "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good," "When The Saints Go Marching In" w/Benny Carter,tp-Frank Rosolino, tb-Teddy Edwards, ts-Andre Previn, p-Leroy Vinnegar,b-Mel Lewis or Shelley Manne, dms

"Johnny Smith Quintet Featuring Stan Getz" Fresh Sound Records FSR CD 37-"Yesterdays," Cavu" w/ Stan Getz,ts-Sanford Gold, p

"Johnny Smith and His New Quartet" Fresh Sound Records-FSR CD 80-"Blue Lights," "Bag's Groove' w/Johnny Rae, vibes

"Johnny Smith" Verve LP V 8692-"The Shadow of Your Smile," "My Favorite Things" w/Hank Jones, p-George Duvivier, b-Don Lamond, dms

Sahib Shihab-"Howard McGhee" Bethlehem LP N-11-21-YP7126-BE (reissue)-"Transpicuous," "Tweedles" w/ McGhee, tp-Duke Jordan p

Sahib Shihab-"The Modern Art of Jazz-Tony Scott" Seeco LP CELP 425-"Blues for Three Horns"w/Scott, cl-Shihab, bs-Jimmy Knepper, tb-Bill Evans, p

 Sahib Shihab-"Mal Waldron Sextets with John Coltrane-MAL 2" Prestige OJCCD-671-2-"From This Moment On" w/John Coltrane, ts-Idrees Sulieman, tp-Sahib, as-Waldron, p-Art Taylor,dms

Sahib Shihab-"Milt Jackson-Plenty, Plenty Soul" Atlantic LP SD 8811-"Plenty,Plenty Soul" w/ Jackson, vibes-Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. as-Frank Foster,ts-Sahib, bs-Joe Newman,tp- Jimmy Cleveland, tb-Horace Silver, p-Art Blakey, dms

 "George Russell-The Jazz Workshop" RCA LP LPM 1372-"Ye Hypocrite, Ye Beelzebub," "Jacks' Blues," "Ezz-Thetic," "Night Sound," "Round Johnny Rondo" w/Hal McKusick, as-Art Farmer, tp-Barry Galbraith,g-Bill Evans, p-Milt Hinton, b-Joe Harris,dms

George Russell -"The Gil Evans Orchestra-Out of The Cool" MCA Impulse LP MCA 5653-"Stratusphunk" w/Ray Crawford, g-John Coles, tp-Ron Carter,b-Evans,p-Charlie Persip, dms

Monday, June 17, 2013

Playlist:"Classics"-Sunday 16th June 2013

All the music is by Igor Stravinsky (born 17th June 1882)

"Stravinsky: Chamber Music & Historical Recordings" Sony SM2K 46297-"Ragtime" w/Columbia Chamber Ensemble-Toni Koves, cimbalom-Stravinsky, conductor

"Stravinsky:The Nightingale-Mavra-35 Songs" Sony SM2K 46 298-The Nightingale" Act 1-w/ Donald Gramm, tenor-Reri Grist, sop-Donald Gramm, bar-Marina Picassi, sop-Kenneth Smith & Herbert Beattie, bass-CBC Symphony Orchestra-Stravinsky, conductor

"Stravinsky: Ballets-Rattle" EMI 50999 9 677 11 2-"Apollo" w/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra-Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

"Igor Stravinsky-Works for Piano & Orchestra-Crossley-London Sinfonietta-Esa-Pekka Salonen" Sony SK 45797-Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra w/Paul Crossley, -London Sinfonietta-Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

"Stravinsky: Symphonies -Rehearsals and Talks" Sony SM2K 46 294-"Symphony of Psalms: Laudate Dominum" w/Festival Singers of Toronto-CBC Symphony Orchestra-Stravinsky, conductor

"Stravinsky: Symphonies-Berliner Philharmoniker-Rattle" EMI 50999 2 07630 0-Symphony in Three Movements-w/ Berlin Philharmonic-Rattle, conductor

Playlist: "The Best of Broadway-Sunday 16th June 2013

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul: music and lyrics-"Dogfight" (original off-Broadway cast) Ghostlight 8-4470-excerpts w/Linda Mendez, Derek Klena, Josh Segarra, Nick Blaemire, Anna Leigh Ashford-Bryan Perri, music director

Billy Goldenberg: music & Alan & Marilyn Bergman: lyrics:"Ballroom" (original Broadway cast) Sony Broadway SK 35762-excerpts w/ Dorothy Loudon. Lynn Roberts, Bernie Knee,Vincent Gardenia-Don Jennings, music director