Letter V Classical Radio Aug. 21

Wrapping up the show’s summer season highlighting two live performances: the just-released recording of Mason Bates’ “Children of Adam,” introduced last year by the Richmond Symphony and Symphony Chorus, Steven Smith conducting; and a remarkable rendition of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, led by Charles Mackerras, from the 1994 Edinburgh Festival.

noon-3 p.m. EDT
1700-2000 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM
http://wdce.net

Milhaud: “La création du monde”
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble/Arthur Weisberg
(Nonesuch)

Mason Bates: “Children of Adam”
Richmond Symphony Chorus
Richmond Symphony/Steven Smith
(Reference Recordings)

Ben Johnston: Quartet No. 4 (“Amazing Grace”)
Kepler Quartet
(New World)

Haydn: Symphony No. 60 in C major (“Per la Commedia intitulata Il Distratto”)
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam/Jan Willem de Vriend
(Etcetera)

Mendelssohn: Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Op. 35, No. 1
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
(Decca)

J.S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
(orchestration by Ottorino Respighi)
Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz
(Naxos)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”)
Amanda Roocroft, soprano
Fiona Janes, mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Neal Davies, bass
The New Company
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Charles Mackerras
(Signum Classics)

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