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Alison Balsom: <em>Sound the Trumpet</em>

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Alison Balsom celebrates the Baroque trumpet era in works by George Frideric Handel and Henry Purcell, composers whose works have provided the music for numerous royal celebrations from their day to the present. Joining forces with harpsichordist and conductor Trevor Pinnock, and with the English Concert orchestra that he founded, Balsom demonstrates the versatility of her valve-less instrument in original works and new arrangements. These include Purcell’s Sound the trumpet and Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine in duet with countertenor Iestyn Davies and Purcell’s "The Plaint" from The Fairy Queen in duet with soprano Lucy Crowe. Further repertoire includes suites from Purcell’s semi-operas King Arthur and The Fairy Queen in new arrangements by Balsom and Pinnock, Handel’s Water Piece in D Major HWV 341 and his Oboe Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major HWV 301 transposed into C Major.

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October 25, 2012
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October 23, 2012

A park ranger and an expanding group of enthusiasts gather aboard a sailing ship at Hyde Street Pier to sing sea chanteys. Turns out, there’s a lot more there than you might expect.

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Alexandre Tharaud: <em>Swinging Paris – Le Boeuf Sur le Toit</em>

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French Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's release Swinging Paris – Le Boeuf Sur le Toit, an album of jazz music inspired by the legendary 1920s Parisian cabaret, features a selection of music from composers ranging from Ravel to Gershwin to W.C. Handy. The cabaret Le Boeuf Sur le Toit (“The Ox on the Roof”) was a hotspot and melting pot of Parisian and international culture in the 1920s. Tharaud is joined by soprano Natalie Dessay (making her debut on the mouth trumpet), pianist Frank Braley, tenor Jean Delescluse, and percussionist Florent Jodelet.

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Kids & Families Feature
October 18, 2012
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October 16, 2012

Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’ radical theatrical vision can still stir the imagination of audiences and younger musicians, like violinist Jennifer Koh.

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Karina Gauvin: <em>Prima Donna</em>

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Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin pays tribute to Baroque diva Anna Maria Strada del Pò, singing rarities by Vinci, Vivaldi, and Handel. Gavin has been praised for her timbre, musicality and wide vocal range. She is featured with the Arion Baroque Orchestra, Quebec’s only early music orchestra performing on period instruments.

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October 11, 2012
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October 9, 2012

Rudolf Nureyev, ballet’s first modern superstar, was as fastidious and driven about his costumes as his dancing. A new exhibition at the de Young Museum helps to tell the story of his impact on ballet.

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John Wilson Orchestra: <em>That's Entertainment</em>

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Conductor and arranger John Wilson leads a cast of singers and his eponymous orchestra on this recording of some of the greatest songs from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Most of the scores have been painstakingly reconstructed by Wilson, after MGM destroyed the originals in 1969. This is the first time many of the songs, including "Singin’ in the Rain,” “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” “The Trolley Song,” and title track “That’s Entertainment,” have been recorded in their intended orchestration since the films’ original soundtrack recordings.

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