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It’s No Joke!

Sure, April First—April Fool’s Day, happens to be one of my favorite days of the year—you can guess that I’m quite the prankster. However, on this week’s World Music Show (4/1), the tracks we’ll hear will be no joke, in terms of world beat sounds that will make you happy to be alive (or, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch). However, because of stern upbringing in a family full of jokesters, you can expect the usual, albeit poorly executed attempts at some humor.

New Release: “Philip Glass – Piano Works”

Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson pays tribute to the master of minimal music, Philip Glass, who recently turned 80 years old. Described by The New York Times as a “splendid pianist” and by Piano News as an “immense talent,” Ólafsson is much sought-after by international conductors, orchestras and artists as both a chamber and concert musician. In addition to the Etudes for solo piano, the album includes reworks of the originals for piano and string quartet.

New Release: Renee Fleming - Distant Light

Soprano Renée Fleming is joined by Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Selections include Samuel Barber’ “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” and “The Strand Settings,” a four-song cycle by Anders Hillborg which was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and is dedicated to Fleming. The album concludes with three new arrangements of songs by Bjork.

1) Samuel Barber: “Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24”
Renee Fleming, soprano
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Sakjari Oramo, conductor

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