On the tape deck for this week’s World Music Show (6/10), we’ll visit some new friends and hear from some old friends. And of course, “friends” is a term I loosely use to just mean that we’ll hear from some really tried and true artists.
For decades Sony Classical has been accompanying superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma on his journey with Bach. This single CD brings together important and highly praised landmarks from that journey, beginning in 1982, the year of Ma’s first recording of the Six Solo Suites, which went on to win the Grammy for “Best Classical Instrumental Performance.”
Sometimes when grasping for themes for the World Music Show (5/3), I need to check the calendar. Because it’s on that, in which I can rely on ideas to wrap a show around. Sure, the holidays are an easy one, as is Father’s Day (which will be a show). But sometimes I’ll need to stretch a theme out like a long clothing line over a grassy back yard.
Acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine has released a new album celebrating the solo violin works of Nicolo Paganini. “Bel Canto Paganini” features the 24 Caprices, as well as the Introduction and Variations on 'Nel cor più non mi sento’ from Paisiello's “La molinara,” the Duet for One, and Caprice d'adieu.
Pine concludes the album with her own Introduction, Theme and Variations on “God Defend New Zealand,” inspired by Paganini’s legacy of creating virtuosic themes and variations.