DJ host Joe Miller writes:

the classical nowIt’s the birthday of great German composer [and troubled soul] Robert Schumann. Late in the broadcast we’ll turn to my favorite young-ish pianist, Jonathan Biss, and his take on the suite of short pieces called “Davidsbündlertänze”.

Other early June birthdays include Danish composer Carl Nielsen [June 9] and Sir Edward Elgar [June 2]. We’ll listen to Dame Janet Baker sing Elgar’s “Sea Pictures”, and turn to concluding movements of Nielsen’s metaphysical and expansive “Inextinguishable”. We’ll also hear Steven Mackey’s ‘art of dying well’ “Ars Moriendi, inspired by the experience of his father’s death.

And a 1988 recording of the Emerson String Quartet will remind us of why Bartok’s String Quartet No.1 is so often compared to Beethoven’s late, great No.14.

The Classical Now [starting 1/2 hour early this week!]
Monday June 7 – 5:30 am to 8:00 am
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