Roll Credits: 02/27/2012

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Playlist

Erich Korngold – The Adventures of Robin Hood: Robin Hood and his Merry Men

John Scott, conductor

Royal Philharmonic Pops

Denon 75470

Bronislau Kaper – Mutiny on the Bounty: Main Title

Erich Kunzel, conductor

Cincinnati Pops

Telarc 80682

Leigh Harline – Pinocchio: When You Wish Upon a Star

John Williams, conductor

Boston Pops Orchestra

Philips 454736

Ludovic Bource – The Artist

Original Soundtrack Recording

William Walton – Hamlet: The Ghost

Neville Marriner, conductor

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Chandos 8842

George Gershwin – An American in Paris: Our Love is Here to Stay

Johnny Green, conductor

MGM Studio Orchestra

Gene Kelly, vocals

Rhino 72720

Charlie Chaplin – Limelight

Thomas Beckmann, cello

Swiss Broadcasting 62

Maurice Jarre – Lawrence of Arabia: Overture

Tony Bremner, conductor

Philharmonia

Silva 5006

Henry Mancini – Moon River

Henry Mancini, conductor

Mancini Pops Orchestra

RCA 55938

Bill Conti – The Right Stuff: Yeager’s Triumph

Bill Conti, conductor

London Symphony Orchestra

Varese Sarabande 66460

On the Air This Week

Highlights from Feb. 27 to March 6

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Chamber music of Kurtag and Mozart

Wednesday, noon: Music with Minnesotans: Engineer Ron Haglind

Wednesday; 8 pm: The Minnesota Opera performs Rossini’s Cinderella

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight

Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Barber, Gershwin, and Bartok

Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Verdi’s Aida

Saturday, 7 pm: Carnegie Live: The Vienna Philharmonic, live from New York City

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Sonata Nice

Sunday, noon: From the Top

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast

Monday, 7 pm: Roll Credits

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Reflecting on Home and Travels

Chad Hoopes

Minnesota is the greatest place I’ve ever lived. I’m definitely not biased or anything, having grown up in the Twin Cities…

But I have visited many places in the world, and I have to say that I really enjoy being in Europe. The young people in Europe really embrace classical music and it is integrated into society there. Arts Education is considered to be among the most important things taught in the schools. I feel this really helps the advancement of classical music and the society as a whole.

When I return home from traveling, I most look forward to seeing my family, sisters, and kitty. They mean the world to me! I also look forward to hanging out with my friends when I get home. My friends are amazing because they are my some of my biggest support and are always there for me. What are we without the people in our lives that we love most?

I also love to drive, shop, cook, write, watch movies/TV episodes, Facebook/Twitter, and pretty much anything that involves people. I love being with and around people.

So I’m really looking forward to next month’s tour to schools around Minnesota, hoping to help young students discover and pursue a passion for music or whatever it is you love. See you then!

Chopin at MSP, courtesy of Ingrid Fliter

Quite recently, a passenger got off a flight at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

There was a grand piano there, and even though it had been a long international flight, she decided to play a little something.

The passenger is Ingrid Fliter–this week’s guest soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra.

See her performance, and read some comments here.

On the Air This Week

Highlights from Feb. 21 to 28

Wednesday, noon: Music with Minnesotans: Actor/singer Bradley Greenwald

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Bach and jazz, with the Bach Society of Minnesota

Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra:Elgar, Schumann, and Walton; with pianist Ingrid Fliter

Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Verdi’s Ernani

Saturday, 7 pm: Carnegie Live: The Berlin Philharmonic, live from New York City

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: The Now Generation

Sunday, noon: From the Top

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Monday, 7 pm: Roll Credits

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Chamber works of Kurtag and Mozart

Roll Credits: 02/20/2012

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Playlist

Jerry Goldsmith – Air Force One

Varese Sarabande 6460

John Williams – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: Main Title/The Flag Parade

Erich Kunzel, conductor

Cincinnati Pops

Telarc 80535

Miklos Rozsa – Ben-Hur: Parade of the Charioteers

Kenneth Alwyn, conductor

City of Prague Philharmonic

Silva 1056

George M Cohan – Yankee Doodle Dandy: Strictly Off The Record

James Cagney, vocals

Hollywood Soundstage 4002

Richard Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries

Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Sheffied Labs 10052

John Williams – JFK: Prologue

John Williams, conductor

Studio Orchestra

Elektra 61293

John Williams – Star Wars: Main Title

John Williams, conductor

Boston Pops

Philips 420

Erich Korngold – King’s Row: Main Title

Charles Gerhardt, conductor

National Philharmonic Orchestra

RCA 7890

John Williams – Jurassic Park

John Mauceri, conductor

Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

Philips 442425

John Williams – March from “1941”

John Williams, conductor

Boston Pops Orchestra

Philips 420178

On the Air This Week

Highlights from Feb. 15 to 21

Wednesday, noon: Music with Minnesotans: Kevin Strauss’s “clean water” playlist

Wednesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Live: Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes

Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Artaria Quartet plays Shostakovich

Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Prokofiev and Shostakovich (his “Leningrad” Symphony)

Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Rossini’s Barber of Seville

Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: The Canadian International Organ Competition 2011

Sunday, noon: From the Top

Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Los Angeles Philharmonic plays Beethoven and Holst

Monday, 7 pm: Roll Credits

Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Pieces by Frank Martin and Beethoven, with Christian Zacharias

New DVD shines light on Mozart's Sister

Hilary Hahn, Hélène Grimaud, Dawn Upshaw, Sarah Hicks, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Alison Balsom … the list of female luminaries in classical music stretches endlessly. But there was a time in the history of classical music when most women would have been discouraged — if not excluded outright — from pursuing a musical career.

Mozart’s Sister, a 2010 film by French director René Féret, explores one such story. Distributed by Chicago-based Music Box Films, Mozart’s Sister gets released on DVD in the United States today.

Actress Marie FĂ©retMozart’s Sister re-imagines the story of Wolfgang’s elder sister, Marie-Anne, familiarly known as Nannerl (and played by director Féret’s daughter, Marie Féret). The film is loosely based on the Mozart family’s 1770s visit to the royal court of France. Nannerl is known to have accompanied her younger brother in performances, and historic correspondence suggests Nannerl may have even composed music herself. Sadly, none of her compositions are known to exist today; in Mozart’s Sister, writer/director Féret attempts to answer why that may be.

One explanation Féret offers is the sexism endemic to the 18th century. In a moving scene, Leopold Mozart (Marc Barbé), the father and music teacher of Wolfgang and Nannerl, offers composition lessons to his son but refuses his daughter’s request for instruction. “You must know the rules of harmony and counterpoint,” Leopold tells her dismissively. “These are beyond most people, especially women.”

Despite her father’s discouragement, the teenage Nannerl can’t ignore her inexorable urge to compose; director Féret even suggests some of Wolfgang’s works were actually penned by her. Féret also hazards a heartbreaking supposition as to why Nannerl’s manuscripts have not survived. Nannerl’s best friend in the film, a royal princess, offers scant consolation when she posits, “Imagine how different our destinies would have been had we been boys … We would both reign.”

Wolfgang and Nannerl MozartUltimately, the film is about a teenager struggling with her identity and her role in life in the face of the realities that surround her, which places Mozart’s Sister on similar thematic ground as 2010’s Winter’s Bone. Certainly Nannerl enjoys much more love and security than Winter’s Bone protagonist Ree, but her circumstances are no less crushing.

Variety described Mozart’s Sister as “a treat for classical music lovers and cinephiles alike.” Indeed, film fans will likely enjoy the period costumes and ornate sets (much of the film was shot on location at the Palace of Versailles).

For classical music lovers, the original music by Marie-Jeanne Séréro — who bravely accepted the task of imagining how Nannerl Mozart’s compositions may have sounded — is certainly beguiling. And soprano Morgane Collomb, a student at the prestigious Académie Vocale de France, supplied the singing voice for actress Marie Féret. But the vocal dubs are obvious, as are the clearly pantomimed music-performance scenes. For a film so steeped in music, it’s regrettable the musical sequences may elicit winces from classical aficionados.

Despite that vital shortcoming, Féret tells a compelling story that leaves viewers musing on the life and talents of Nannerl Mozart … and what might have been.

Roll Credits: 02/13/2012

Playlist

Barry: Out of Africa

Royal Phil/Barry

Steiner: Tara Theme GWTW

Royal Phil/Serebrier

RPO 017

Michel Legrand: I Will Wait for You

Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel

Telarc 80319

Rosza: Spellbound Concerto

Mark Knopfler: Storybook Love from Princess Bride

Warner Brothers 25610

Max Steiner: Casablanca

National Philharmonic/Gerhardt

RCA 0422

Weill/Anderson: September Song

Walter Huston

Pro Arte 509

Franz Waxman: Peyton Place

Hollywood Bowl Orchestra/John Mauceri

Philips 446681

Alex North: Unchained

John Barry: Lion in Winter

City of Prague Philharmonic

Silva 6018

Waxman: Philadelphia Story

National Philharmonic/Gerhardt

RCA 0708

Notable Classical Grammy Winners

The glitz of the Grammy Awards typically focuses on the pop music side of things… and this year was no different. As such, notable achievements for classical recording artists often go unnoticed. Here’s a list of the awards we think deserve a little attention:

  • Best Orchestral Performance: LA Phil/Dudamel Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (Nic McGegan didn’t win this year)
  • Best Opera Recording: John Adams: Doctor Atomic Metropolitan Opera
  • Best Vocal Solo: Joyce DiDonato “Diva Divo”
  • Best Choral Performance: The King’s Singers w/ Eric Whitacre Light & Gold
  • Best Small Ensemble Performance: Eighth Blackbird Steven Mackey: Lonely Motel
  • Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Christopher Lamb, percussion Joseph Schwantner: Percussion Concerto
  • Best Contemporary Classical Composition Robert Aldridge: Elmer Gantry

Visit the Grammy website for all Classical winners