by Daniel Hathaway
IN THIS EDITION:
. New Les Délices SalonEra release zeroes in on Classical Era wind music, Charnofsky has his ear on lesser-known Copland works plus Tower, Mumford, Arensky & Piazzola, Rocky River Chamber Society hosts performances arrangements by Chris van Hof
Memoirs of August Wenziger, Catharina Meints Caldwell, and an early take on Telemann
. Symphony Of Sirens: The Mammoth, Raucous 1922 Concert ‘That Would Have Made The Italian Futurists Weep’
Today, Les Délices releases SalonEra 3.2: Harmonie, an episode that puts special focus on woodwinds in the Classical era. Available online and as a podcast and stream free from their premiere date thru June 30, 2023. Click here to watch.
At 2:00 pm Not Your Grandmother’s Classical Music, hosted by Eric Charnofsky, celebrates the birth anniversary of Aaron Copland with two of his lesser-known works: Dance Panels for orchestra and Two Pieces for string quartet. Also on the program: Joan Tower’s Breakfast Rhythms, Jeffrey Mumford’s a landscape of interior resonances Anton Arensky’s Piano Quintet, and Astor Piazzolla’s Coral (flute and piano). Listen to the internet feed: or tune in to 91.1 FM in the greater Cleveland area.
7:30 pm – Rocky River Chamber Music Society presents the Emerald Brass Quintet, Brett Long & Max Matsen, trumpets, Leslie Hart, horn, Chris Van Hof, trombone & T.J.. Ricer, tuba. Arrangements by Chris Van Hof of Gabriel Fauré’s Dolly Suite, Isaac Albéniz’s Suite Española Op. 47, Igor Stravinsky’s Selections from Pulcinella, Maurice Ravel’s Selections from Le Tombeau de Couperin, Astor Piazolla’s Libertango & Meditango & Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2. West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. Freewill offering. Click here for live stream.
On November 14, 1905, violist da gamba and conductor August Wenziger was born in Switzerland. As one of the first specialists on the gamba, he taught at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and was tapped to lead the new Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute for its first eighteen summer seasons.
BPI co-founder Catharina Meints Caldwell recalls those 18 years in detail in her memoir, subtitled The Wenzinger Years.
Click here to listen to an early recording of Telemann’s Wassermusik on the Deutsche Grammophon Archiv label, at a time when the secrets of the Baroque oboe were still being discovered.
Arseny Avraamov’s “Symphony Of Sirens,” written and performed in Baku, Soviet Azerbaijan for the fifth anniversary of the October Revolution, “included the entire Caspian flotilla, cannons, locomotives, artillery regiments, hydroplanes, factory sirens, bells, foghorns, brass bands and a massive choir. Avraamov wasn’t just conducting an orchestra, he was conducting a city.” Read Symphony Of Sirens: The Mammoth, Raucous 1922 Concert That Would Have Made The Italian Futurists Weep in the BBC Magazine.]