Friday, 03 January 2014 20:21

The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera, now in its 129th season, is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented artists, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world. Known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices, the Met has been under the musical direction of James Levine since 1976. Maestro Levine is credited with having created one of opera’s finest orchestras and choruses.

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State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. and New York State Board of Regents Member Robert M. Bennett participated in a public forum in Buffalo co-sponsored by WNED | WBFO Buffalo-Toronto and the District Parent Coordinating Council of Buffalo (DPCC) last month.

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Friday, 20 December 2013 20:01

Making A List 2013


Making A List 2009


John Andres

Leclair: Violin Sonatas Book 2. Sonatas No. 1 in E minor, No. 2 in F, No. 3 in C, No. 4 in A, No. 5 in G, No. 8 in D (Adrian Butterfield, baroque violin; Jonathan Manson, viola de gamba; Laurence Cummings, harpsichord; Naxos CD 8. 572866).

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Winter Daydreams; Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Little Russian (Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz; Naxos CD 8.571225).

Haydn:  Piano Concerto in D, Hob XVIII:11; Piano Concerto in F, Hob XVIII:3; Piano Concerto in G, Hob XVIII:4 (Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie; Hyperion CD 67925).

Nielsen: Symphony No. 2, The Four Temperaments Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia Espansiva (Lucy Hall, sop; Marcus Farnsworth, bar; London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis; LSO Live SACD 0722).

Schumann: Violin Sonatas No. 1 in A minor; No. 2 in D minor; No. 3 in A minor (Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Lars Vogt, piano; Ondine CD 1205).

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor; Francesca da Rimini (Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela; Gustavo Dudamel; DG CD 477802).


Virginia Barron

Guardian Angel Rachel Podger, Baroque Violin. Music by Bach, Tartini, Matteis, Biber and Montanari (Rachel Podge, baroque violin;

Kurtag & Ligeti Music for Viola Kurtág: Signs, Games and Messages; Ligeti: Sonata for Viola solo (Kim Kashkashian, viola; ECM CD 2240).

Chopin: Etudes Op. 25 & Op. 10 (Jan Lisiecki, piano; DG CD B00190470).


Gabe DiMaio

Les Miserables 2010 Cast:  with New Orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe and Chris Jahnke; Musicby Claude-Michel Schonberg;
Lyrics byHerbert Kretzmer; (First Night (Red) CD 99508).

Sondheim The Birthday Concert with Stephen Sondheim, Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch, Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin (The New York Philharmonic; Paul Gemignani IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT DVD).

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (1996 Broadway Revival Cast) by Stephen Sondheim (Nathan Lane and Mark Linn-Baker; Angel CD 52223).

Guys & Dolls (1992 Revival) by Frank Loesser (Nathan Lane & Faith Prince; RCA CD 61317).

Broadway in A Box  Annie (Original Broadway Cast), Anything Goes (1987 Lincoln Center Theater Cast), Cabaret (Original Broadway Cast), Camelot (Original Broadway Cast), Carousel (1965 Music Theater of Lincoln Center Cast), Chicago (Original Broadway Cast), A Chorus Line (Original Broadway Cast), Company (Original Broadway Cast); Fiddler on the Roof (Original Broadway Cast), Guys and Dolls (1992 Broadway Cast); Gypsy (Original Broadway Cast), Hair (Original Broadway Cast), Hello, Dolly! (Original Broadway Cast), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Original Broadway Cast); Into the Woods (Original Broadway Cast), The King & I (1964 Music Theater of Lincoln Center Cast); Man of La Mancha (2002 Broadway Cast), My Fair Lady (Original Broadway Cast), Oklahoma! (1979 Broadway Cast), Oliver! (Original Broadway Cast), Show Boat (1966 Music Theater of Lincoln Center Cast), The Sound of Music (Original Broadway Cast), South Pacific (Original Broadway Cast), Sweeney Todd (Highlights) (Original Broadway Cast), West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast) (Sony 25 CDs 41695).

Mame by Jerry Herman (Angela Lansbury and Beatrice Arthur; Studio Orchestra, Donald Pippin; Sony CD 61739).

1776 The New Broadway Cast Recording (1997) by Sherman Edwards (Brent Spiner and Pat Hingle; Tvt CD 8150).


Lynne Engle

Jonas Kaufman The Verdi Album Arias and scenes from Rigoletto, Aida, Un ballo in maschera, Il Trovatore, Luisa Miller, Simon Boccanegra, Don Carlo, La forza del destino, I masnadieri and Otello (Jonas Kaufmann, ten; Parma Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Pier Giorgio Morandi; Sony CD 549204).

Haydn Complete Symphonies Vol 21 Haydn: L’incontro improvviso Overture; Symphony No. 99 in E-flat; No. 100 in G, Military (Heidelberg Symphony, Thomas Fey; Hännsler CD 98.014).

The Piano Guys A Thousand Years Pastiches of music old and new vaguely familiar and hopelessly re-realized (Jon Schmidt, piano; Steven Sharp Nelson, cello; Al vander Beek, Ted Stewart & Paul Anderson ensemble & percussion; Sony CD 47676).


Peter Hall

Sgambati: Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 16; Cola di Rienzo Overture (Orchestra Sinfonica de Roma, Francesco La Vecchia; Naxos CD 8.573007).

R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche; Don Juan (Berlin Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel; DG CD B0018913).

Prokofiev 3 Bartok 2  Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C.  Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Lang Lang, piano; Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle; Sony CD 73225).


Laura Dean Johnson

J. S. Bach: Flute and Keyboard Sonatas in G minor, BWV 1020; in B minor, BWV 1030; in E-flat, BWV 1031; in C, BWV 1033; in E minor, BWV 1034; in E, BWV 1035  Andrea Oliva, flute; Angela Hewitt, piano; Hyperion CD 67897).

Daniel Hope Spheres  Music by Bach, von Westerhoff, Einaudi, Glass, Fauré, Auerbach, Pärt, Prokofiev, Baranowski, Igudesman, Jankins, Nyman, Gundemann, Kats-Chermin and Richter (Daniel Hope, violin and friends; DG CD B00179990).

Emerson String Quartet Journeys Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence.  Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht. (Emerson String Quartet, Paul Neubauer, viola; Colin Carr, cello; Sony CD 547060).


Bob Krum

Violin Lullabies  Music by Brahms, Ysaÿe,Rebikov, Beach, Respighi, Gershwin, Falla, Fauré, Sibelius, Hovhaness, Stravinsky, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, Grieg, R. Strauss, Still and Reger (Rachel Barton Pine, violin; Matthew Hagle, piano; Cedille CD 90000 139).

Live at Carnegie Hall  Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin.  Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G; Rondo a capriccio, Rage over a Lost Penny.  Shubert: Symphony No. 9 in C, Great  (Evgeni Kissin, piano; The Met Orchestra, James Levine; DG CD B0019094).

Verdi at the Met Legendary performances from the radio archive of Met broadcasts of La Traviata, Otello, Un Ballo in Maschera, Rigoletto, Falstaff, Simon Boccanegra, La Forza del Destino, Macbeth, Nabucco and  Aida (Rosa Ponselle, Leontyne Price, Jussi Bjorling, Carlo Bergonzi, Leonard Warren, Robert Merrill; The Met Orchestra; Sony CDbox 72120).[20 CDs]


Steve Levinthal

Raff: Symphony No. 2 in C; Orchestral Preludes to Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Otello (Orchestra of the Swiss Romande, Neeme Järvi; Chandos SACD 5117).

Great Works for Flute and Orchestra Works by Nielsen, Griffes, Reinecke, Chaminade, Tchaikovsky, Poulenc and Eimsky-Korsakov (Sharon Bezaly, flute; Hague Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi; BIS SACD 1679).

Tyberg: Symphony No. 2 in F minor; Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp minor (Fabio Bidini, piano; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta; Naxos CD 8.572822).


Bill Raffel

Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Totentanz; Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Tunes (Nareh Arghamanyan, piano; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alain Altinoglu; PentaTone SACD 5186 397).

Mozart:  Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550; Ballet Music fr Idomeneo, K. 367; German Dances (Apollo’s Fire, Jeannette Sorrell; Avie CD 2159).


NEW YEAR'S CONCERT 2012:  Mariss Jansons conducts the music of the Strauss Family (Vienna Philharmonic, Mariss Jansons; Sony CD 91377).


Stratton Rawson

Svendsen: Norwegian Rhapsody No. 3; Norwegian Rhapsody No. 4; Cello Concerto in D; Symphony No. 2 in B-flat (Truls Mørk, cello; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi; Chandos CD 10711).

Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony The Complete RCA Red Seal Recordings (The Chicago Symphony, Fritz Reiner; Sony/BMG63 CDs 370198).

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations (played twice: on a 1921 Bechstein piano and on an 1820 Hammerflugel fortepiano) Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111; Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 (Andras Schiff, piano & fortepiano; ECM 2294).


Ed. Simone

Brahms:  Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor; Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat (Hélène Grimaud, piano; Bavarian Radio Symphony [No. 1], Vienna Philharmonic [No. 2], Andris Nelsons; DG CD B0019046).

An Exaltation of Larks The Music of Jennifer Higdon: Scenes from the Poet’s Dreams; Light Refracted; An Exaltation of Larks (Todd Palmer, clarinet; Blair Mcmillen, piano; Lark Quartet; Bridge CD 9379)

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein; Sony CD 46915).


Marty Wimmer

Wagner: Complete Piano Music (Pier Paolo Vincenzi, piano. Brilliant CD 94450).

Italian Opera Composers at the Piano music by Leoncavallo, Ponchielli, Cilèa, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and Giordano (Roberto Galletto, piano. Newton Classics 8802162).


















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The co-directors of the June 2014 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto competition - the Castellani Andriaccio Guitar Duo - team up with Maestra Falletta Friday morning 12/6 at 10:30am and Saturday night at 8:00pm at Kleinhans Music Hall to perform music by Vivaldi as part of the BPO's "Classical Christmas." The Duo told WNED that the difficulty of guitar concerti can be likened to a hockey stick.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00

BPC Conductor Erin Freeman re: Handel's Messiah

BPC Conductor Erin Freeman re: Handel's Messiah


After she conducts an afternoon performance of The Nutcracker at Shea's, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus's new Music Director, Erin Freeman, heads out to OLV Basilica in Lackawanna to conduct Handel's Messiah. As she explained to WNED, Handel used musical forms popular in the countries where he lived: German fugues, Italian duets, and English anthems.

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