This comment is about your March 10 program. Nobody can top your choice of Mozart transcribing Bach; they are the supreme composers. But there are lots of competitors: Beethoven doing variations on Mozart themes, Bach rearranging Vivaldi, Bartok transcribing Ein Heldenleben for piano, Ravel transcribing Moussorgsky and Debussy and homages to Borodin and Haydn, Brahms doing variations on Haydn, Paganini, and Handel-- the list is endless.
Personally, I was absolutely delighted with the Orion recordings. My wife and I love the Mozart K 401 fugue for piano 4-hands which we play frequently. I have never heard it for string quartet. I am going to E Mail the Orions to suggest they look into it if they haven't already.
I love your programs.
By the way, it is a nice sunny day here in Corvallis. Cheers. Craig Leman
Posted by craig leman | March 10, 2008 2:12 PM
I really enjoy the variety of music and performers on the PT show broadcast each evening on KUAF-Fayetteville AR.
On March 11, however, you idetified Sea Fever as a song written by John Ireland (no problem) but failed to mention that the poem was by John Masefield. Oh, the young folks of today think poetry is dead unless it's hip-hop or all about grief and angst. Please try to include those poets of yore whenever possible.
Kate Lacy, Arkansas
Posted by Kate Lacy | March 11, 2008 7:35 PM
Another super conductor: Bill McLaughlin, late of Eugene OR, and also a composer of note. Maybe it's worthwhile to say as well that he has a charming little show called Exploring Music. I read he'll be introducing a veritable alphabet of American composers at the Ravinia Festival this summer -- he's the man to tell you about all of them!
Not to mention Oregon's own Child! Ciao.
Posted by SW Paul Mack | March 14, 2008 1:00 AM