Classical 101

Guitartist Anton Baranov
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This week on Fretworks,  I'll start the hour with a British group, the Pro Arte Guitar Trio in a recording from the early 1990s.  They'll play Le Grand Tango by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.  This Grand Tango was originally written for cello and piano and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich.

American guitarist Brandon Yip has, Sakura, Theme and Variations by Yuquijiro Yocoh.  It's a beautiful setting of the popular Japanese folk song "Sakura," or "Cherry Blossom."

Zubin Mehta
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On Symphony @ 7 this week, you can hear some thoughtful music from Franz Joseph Haydn and a poetic piano concerto from Frederic Chopin.  Haydn's Symphony No. 22 in E flat, The Philosopher, begins the hour and Chopin's longer Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor meanders through more emotional realms on Classical 101 Thursday evening beginning at 7 pm.

Symphony No. 22 in E flat from 1764 by Haydn is probably his most popular early symphony.  Keep in mind this comes from a man who has 104 numbered symphonies to his name.  


If your answer to the question posed above was, "He was in Showboat," you have one part of the answer. Yes, Paul Robeson performed THE version of Old Man River by which all others must be measured. Whether you believe Robeson or William Warfield, or someone else sings it better is not so much the point as all of the turmoil and intrigue which surrounded Paul Robeson during his life.

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Stinney tells the story of George Stinney, Jr. who was fourteen years old when he was executed in North Carolina's electric chair on June 16, 1944.

George was five feet tall and weighed 90 pounds. He was too small for the adult sized electric chair, and had to be propped up on books including his own bible. Stinney remains the youngest person to be executed in the United States. 

Thomas Hampson
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American Baritone Thomas Hampson will present a recital with pianist Wolfram Rieger called "War Cries and Lamentationsons" on Classical Showcase Friday evening at 7pm on Classical 101.  It's part of the "Carnegie Hall Live" series recorded earlier this year in New York City.

portrait of Mozart in which he wears a bright red coat

Picture it: Mozart at a masquerade ball gussied up as an ancient Middle Eastern prophet and spouting a made-up philosophy of riddles and off-color aphorisms.

Too silly even for Mozart? Nope.


The Johnstone Fund for New Music presents Olivier Messiaen’s Hawari, with Liz Pearse, soprano and Karl Larson, piano, Wednesday, May 27 at 7pm at the Short North Stage. 

Anton Bruckner
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A single work is scheduled for the next Symphony @ 7 on Thursday evening on Classical 101: Symphony No. 6 in A by the Late-Romantic, Austrian composer Anton Bruckner.

Antonin Dvořák with his wife Anna in London, 1886
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The next Fretworks program this Saturday evening will feature music with an American theme for the Memorial Day weekend, as well as music of J. S. Bach, and a guitar concerto by Ferdinando Carulli.

The Modern Mandolin Quartet will play their arrangement of the opening movement of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak's  American String Quartet.  Dvorak wrote his most popular chamber work while in the United States for three years in the 1890's as head of the newly formed National Conservatory of Music in New York City.

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Summertime. That season of sun and relaxation is nearly upon us here in Columbus, but with its vacations and balmy tidings, summer may bring certain pressures for working parents.