WBFO-FM 88.7 is introducing a new weekly segment to its morning news lineup during the Buffalo Sabres season.
WBFO’s “Behind the Bench” will provide enlightening and lively analysis on the Sabres. The weekly chats will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 8 and will be heard Thursdays at 5:45 a.m., 7:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. WBFO’s Omar Fetouh and Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe will discuss developments and trends both on and off the ice.
Bill Hoppe is a well-known reporter who has been covering the Sabres for numerous media organizations for more than a decade. They include the Olean Times Herald, The Niagara Gazette, the Associated Press and MSG. The St. Bonaventure University graduate lives in Williamsville.
Omar Fetouh is a Buffalo native and a life-long Sabres fan who has been covering news for public radio in Buffalo for more than a decade.
Concertos for Harp by Handel, Boieldieu & Mozart: (Valerie Milot, harp; Clare Marchand, flute; Les Violons de Roy, Bernard Labadie; Analekta CD 9990)..
Schubert: String Quintet in C (Cypress String Quartet; Gary Hoffman, cello; Avie CD 2307).
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony (Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev; Pentatone SACD 5186387).
Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 22 in B-flat, K482 & No. 24 in C minor, K491 (Angela Hewitt, piano; National Arts Centre Orchestra, Hannu Lintu; Hyperion CD 68049).
Respighi: The Birds; Three Botticelli Pictures; Suite in G(Chamber Orchestra of New York; Salvatore Di Vittorio; Kyler Brown, organ; Naxos CD 8.573168).
Wallace: William Wallace Symphonic Poem No. 5; Villon Symphonic Poem No. 6; The Passing of Beatrice Symphonic Poem No. 1; Sister Helen Symphonic Poem No. 3 (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins; Helios CD 55461).
Film Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams vol 3: Vaughan Williams: music from The Story of a Flemish Farm; The Loves of Joanna Godden; and Bitter Springs (BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba; Chandos CD 10368).
Joseph Achron: Music for Violin and Piano (Michael Ludwig, violin; Alison d’Amato, piano; Naxos CD 8.573240).
Panorama of American Piano Music 1911 – 1991 Ives thru Cage; Antheil to Zappa (Yvar Mikhashoff, piano; Mode 3 CDs 262).
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence String Sextet. Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet (Emerson String Quartet, Paul Neubauer, viola; Colin Carr, cello; Sony CD 5470600).
Schubert: Unfinished Symphony (Vienna Philharmonic) Beethoven: Symphony No 2 Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado; Audite CD 95627).
Brahms: Symphonies 1-4; “Haydn” Variations; Academic Festival Overture; Tragic Overture (Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccado Chailly; DG 3 CDs B002121502).
Dvorak: Cello Concerto; and works for cello and piano (Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlávek Decca CD B001976502).
Shore: Music from film scores “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Hobbit” trilogy, “Hugo:The Thief”, “The Twlight Saga”, ”The Departed”, “Gangs of New York”, “Ed Wood”, “Silence of the Lambs” and “Dead Ringers” (The City of Prague Philharmonic; Silva Screen CD 1396).
Mozart: Requiem (Dunedin Consort, John Butt; Linn CD 449).
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4; Dona nobis pacem; The Lark Ascending (Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano; ASO Media CD 1005).
Elina Garanca Meditation: music by Gounod, Ugis Praulins, Mascagni, Gomez, Vaskas, Puccini, Bizet Vavilov and Mozart (Elina Garanca, mezzo soprano; Deutsche Radio Philharmonic, Karel Chichon; Deutsche Grammophon CD B00213270).
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491 (Yevgeni Sudbin, piano; Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä; BIS SACD 1978).
Schumann: The String Quartets Op. 41: No. 1 in A minor, No. 2 in F, No. 3 in A (Ying Quartet; Sono Luminus CD 92184).
Schubert: Winterreise (Jonas Kaufmann, tenor; Helmut Deutsch, piano; Sony CD 379563).
Verdi: Requiem (Barbara Frittoli, sop; Olga Borodina, mz; Mario Zeffiri, ten; Ildar Abdrazakov, bass; Chicago Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Riccardo Muti; CSO Resound CD 1006).
A Tale of Two Cellos Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber: Music by Saint-Saëns, Piazzolla, Monteverdi, Shostakovich et al (Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber cellos; Naxos CD 8.573251).
Maxim Vengerov: The Complete Recordings 1991- 2007 (Maxim Vengerov, violin with numerous orchestras; Warner Classics 19 CDs 631514).
Domingo at the Met Legendary live performances from the radio archive of Met broadcasts of Tosca, La Traviata, Otello, Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, Tales of Hoffman, Faust, Die Walküre, Parsifal, and Lohengrin (Placido Domingo, tenor; The Met Orchestra; Sony 3 CDs 72120).
Grieg: Incidental music to Olav Trygvason, Landkjenning and Sigurd Jorsalfar (Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Bjarte Engeset; Naxos CD 8.573045).
Fibich: Symphony No. 2; At Twilight; Idyllfor clarinet & orchestra (Irvin Venyš, clarinet; Czech National Symphony, Marek Štilec; Naxos CD 8.573175).
Some Other Time music by Barber, Bernstein, Copland and Foss (Zuill Bailey, cello; Lara Downes, piano; Steinway and Sons CD 30025).
Behind the Lines Anna Prohaska: Leider and songs of war by Schumann, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Eisler, Ives and others (Anna Prohaska, soprano; Eric Schneider, piano; Deutsche Grammophon CD B 00209290).
J. S. Bach: Double Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, BWV 1060; Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042; Sonata No. 2 for solo violin in A minor, BWV 1003 (Lisa Batiashvili, violin; Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Deutsche Grammophon CD 479 2479).
A Tribute to Oscar Peterson music by Warren, Monk, Rodgers, Gershwin, Carmichael, Arlen and Ellington (Andrew Litton, piano; BIS SACD 2034).
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade (Chicago Symphony, Fritz Reiner; Analogue Production Originals SACD 2446).
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian; Chandos SACD 5145).
John Williams: Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology (London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams; Sony 4 CDs )
Jason Vieaux Play 17 short works for solo Guitar from the 17th to the 21st Century (Jason Vieaux, guitar; Azica CD 71287).
In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores 27 short pieces commissioned by the violinist for encores (Hilary Hahn, violin; Cory Smith, piano; Deutsche Grammophon CD B0019103).
Gliere: Symphony No. 3 Il’ya Muromets (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, Naxos CD 8.573161).
Guilini The Complete Sony Recordings:Music by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak, Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Bach, Verdi, Mussorgsky, Schumann, Stravinsky and Vivaldi (Carlo Maria Guilini conducting Filarmonica della Scala, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw; Sony 22 CDs 301464)
Britten: The Performer The Complete Decca Recordings (Kathleen Ferrier, contralto; Peter Pears, tenor; Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; Sviatoslav Richter, Benjamin Britten, pianos; English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten; Decca27 CDs B001922102).
Bernstein: West Side Story (Cheyenne Jackson, Alexandra Silber, Jessica Vosk, Kevin Vortmann, vocalists; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Chorus, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas; San Francisco Symphony CD 0059).
Michael Ludwig, our BPO concertmaster for so many years, has left to pursue a career playing violin concertos with orchestras. Guess which orchestra he's playing with this weekend! That's right, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. WNED spoke with Michael about his current life and the Sibelius Violin Concerto which he'll play Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Kleinhans.
Arts Canisius presents Mostly Mozarts featuring a performance by the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio and the Canisius College Chorale Friday evening October 24 at 7:30 at the Montante Cultural Center on the Main Street campus of Canisius College in Buffalo. WNED's Peter Hall (who gives the pre-concert talk at 7:00pm) spoke with their Music Director, Chris Weber..
Happy birthday, Giuseppe Verdi!
Viva V.E.R.D.I – “Viva Vittorio Emanuele Re D'Italia!” was the rallying cry of the Italian “Risorgimento,” (“Resurgence” or “Rising Again”) the 19th century movement for Italian unification that culminated in the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861 and Victor Emanuele II as king of Italy.
How does the great operatic genius Giuseppe Verdi, born on Oct. 19, 1813, fit in to this? A number of Italian opera composers were slyly inserting plot elements into their works that resonated with the “Risorgimenti.” But, it was Verdi who was their best ally.
It wasn’t much of a stretch for Italians, whose country had been taken over by Austria, to connect with the words of “Va Pensiero,” especially with lines such as “O my country, so lovely and so lost.”
Spreading throughout Italy, the slogan “Viva VERDI” expressed the people’s love for their favorite composer, Giuseppe Verdi, but it also had the secret meaning of “Viva Victor Emanuele, King of Italy.” Even today, the chorus “Va Pensiero” is considered the unofficial national anthem of Italy.
This month’s classical composer profile was written by Peter Hall, Classical 94.5 WNED program host.