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Still Life with Turkey Pie – Pieter Claesz, 1627

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Musica della sera

Classical Music 7:00-9:30pm

Hosted by Nicholas Mitchell

Playlist for November 27, 2014









Antonio Vivaldi

in D Minor for 2 Violins and Orchestra; F. 1, No.41 (Antonio Fanno Catalog)

Hendel and Klaus Schlupp,
violins; Chamber Orchestra of the Sarre; Karl Ristenpart, conductor

Concertos for Violins, Concertos for Piccolo

Nonesuch (LP)


J.S. Bach

Sonata No.2 in A Major for
Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1015

Elizabeth Blumenstock,
violin; John Butt, harpsichord

J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin
& Harpsichord

Harmonia Mundi



Trio Sonata
in B-Flat Major, BWV 525

Pacifica: Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Elisabeth Le Guin,
cello; Edward Parmentier, harpsichord

Bach: Trio Sonatas



Johann Christoph Bach

Motet: Der
Mensch, vom Weibe geboren ─ Ach wie nichtig

The Choir of Trinity college,
Cambridge; Richard Marlow, conductor

The Bach Family ─ Motets

Conifer (BMG)


Johann Michael Bach

Nun habich überwunden; Halt, was du hast; Fürchtet
euch nicht; Sei, lieber Tag, willkommen


Franz Joseph Haydn

The Seven Last Words of Christ
for String quartet and Vocal Quartet

Juilliard String Quartet:
Robert Mann and Joel Smirnoff, violins; Samuel Rhodes, viola; Joel Krosnick, cello; Guest Vocalists: Benita Valente, soprano; Jan DeGaetani,
mezzo-soprano; Jon Humphrey, tenor; Thomas Paul, Bass

Haydn: The Seven Last Words of




J.S. Bach

Inventions: Nos. 1-4, 8-10

András Schiff, piano

Inventionen und Sinfonien für



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A Grat Etude: The Final Installment


The final in a series of radio shows inspired by gratitude. One show was about the people, one about the places, one about the “things”, and one about the ideas. All of them were very general — but this show, the final in the series, are about specifics.

The People.  I simply cannot start listing specific people for whom I am grateful. I will be sitting here typing names until I list all of you, every single dang one of you who are reading this, and many more besides. But I must highlight my sons, Julian and Gabe. It is for them that I move forward, and put all my hope in the future. I haven’t done things right, and can see more failures than successes in my parenting. But in spite of those downfalls, they have overcome me — and have become strong, sensitive, intelligent young men. Having them grow into people that I would choose to be friends with even if they weren’t my sons? What luck! I am so grateful for these guys gracing my life with their presence. We have challenges in front, behind, and all around us, I know. I hope that a sense of gratitude will help us through. For you? Biber’s Joyful Mysteries and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio: For, unto us, a child is born; a son is given. Twice.

The Places. When I was growing up, my mother’s father and his wife would rent an old, rambling beach house in Stone Harbor (near Cape May, the southern tip of NJ) every August, and the family would descend. There was always room for everyone, always enough food, always enough towels, never enough sunscreen. I learned how to be on vacation there, and learned about how to connect with people who change, year to year (even some who didn’t have good people skills. I learned about the power of ice cream and weak lemonade and succeeding in swimming past the breakers. I learned about rainy day jigsaw puzzles and card games and exploring the deep basement of the house. I loved and feared beach thunderstorms and how the smell of the salt and the cry of a seagull can overpower my sense of reality. I am so grateful. For you? ‘Tis by thy strength the mountains stand and From all that dwell below the skies.

The Things. My body has been my only constant in my life. It has gotten cold, it has been burned, it has been exhausted and rejuvenated and blistered and opened up and fixed and covered with scars. It has birthed two children, it has flown over oceans, it has trod through so many parts of the world I can’t even begin to list them. It has given me unbelievable pleasure, and it has been in more pain than I ever hope to experience again. It has high blood pressure but low cholesterol; it has allergies and requires medications to not go haywire; it grows nice hair and green eyes and a smile that people comment on, and it is clumsy and tires more easily than I like. But it is mine. I will look on these hands, as I have from the first time I noticed I had them, until I’m old and (more) wrinkled and realize that I’m dying. I am thankful for these bones that I have inherited from both of my parents and made into my own. For you, body? Corps feminin and Femina Amans.

The Ideas. Music is just sound in time, that’s all. But it moves through our entire human history, weaving in and out of families and children’s game to religion to calls to war to songs of peace. There is no ritual, personal or canonical — from celebrating birthdays and celebrating high mass, to high school dances and tribal mating rituals, to chanting Compline and playing the drums to welcome the dawn — that doesn’t incorporate music. It is deeply, intensely personal, and yet is shared throughout entire cultures with a speed that rivals tidal waves. And I am so grateful to be a part of this element of the human experience, this art that connects me with the first self-aware humanoids that hit two sticks together for fun. I am so grateful for the music that is constantly running through my shared human consciousness. For you, music? Every show I put on the air, every piece of music I hear that moves me or moves anyone else. The rest is silence.


I have so, so much to be thankful for.


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Venezia della sera

Venezia della sera

Playlist for Thursday, November 13, 2014









Carlo Gesualdo
da Venosa

Book IV
Madgrals: VIII O sempre crudo Amore seconda parte; Canzon franzese (harpsichord
solo); IX. Cor mio, deh, non piangete, prima parte;
X. Dunque non m’offendete,
seconda parte; XI. Sparge
la morte al mio Signor

Arte-Musica; Francesco Cera, conductor and

Gesualdo: Quarto libro di
Madrigali a cinque voci 1596



Johan Michael Bach

Aria: Ach, wie
sehnlich wart ich der Zeit

Cantus Cölln;
Concerto Palatino; Konrad Junghänel,

Altbachisches Archiv

Harmonia Mundi


Johann Bach? Or Jonas de Fletin?

Motet: Sei nun wieder zufrieden meine Seele


Manuel Blasco de Nebra

Sonata No.1 in C Minor, Op. 1

Javier Peranes,

Blasco de Nebra: Piano Sonatas

Harmonia Mundi


Georg Frideric

Teseo: Act I: Overture; Aria: E’ pur bello,
in nobil core; Recitativo:
Parte Agilea; Aria: Ti credo, si,
ben mio; Act II: Duetto: Si ti lascio/Si ti sprèzzo

Philharmonia Baroque; Nicholas McGegan, conductor;
Amy Preston, Céline Ricci and Dominique Labelle,
sopranos; Drew Minter, countertenor

Teseo (Highlights)



Keyboard Suite No.4 in E Minor
(HWV 429)

Danny Driver, piano

Handel: The Eight Great Suites



Antonio Vivaldi

Credidi propter quod for five-part choir and orchestra

Choir of the King’s Consort; Thing Kings Consort; Robert King,conductor

Sacred Music



Concerto in D Major for 4 violins
and strings, RV 549, Op.3, No.1

Europa Galante;
Fabio Biondi, conductor and violin

Vivaldi: L’estro
armonico: 12 Concertos Op.3



Beatus vir for SSA soloists, four-part choir
and orchestra, RV 598

Choir of the King’s Consort; Thing Kings Consort; Robert King,conductor

Sacred Music



Domenico Scarlatti

Keyboard Sonatas K. 19-21: in F
Minor, E Major, and D Major

Alain Planes, pianoforte Schantz C.1800

Domenico Scarlatti: Essercizi, K.1-30

Harmonia Mundi


Joseph Haydn

Concerto in D Major, H. VIIb:2 (Cadenzas by Steven Isserlis)

Steven Isserlis, cello; The Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Sir
Roger Norrington, conductor

Cello Concertos in C & D

Sinifonia Concertante



Ludwig van Beethoven

III. Minuetto
for 3 Horns, Oboe, and Bassoon, from Quintet in E Flat Major, H. 19

Jeno Kevehazi,
Janos Kevehazi, Sandor Berki, horns; Otto Racs, oboe; Jozsef Vajda, bassoon

Beethoven: Chamber Music for
Horns, Winds and Strings



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Baritone Simon Keenlyside sings “Estuans interius” from Carmina Burana to Berlin Subway goers.

Keenlyside sings from Carmina Burana to Berlin Subway goers.

Simon Keenlyside Music Video filmed on a Berlin subway line.

 I adore this.


A Grat Etude: Love, Peace and Awe

Radio show #4 with the ideas of gratitude, tonight with the themes of the ideas for which I am grateful: Love, Peace, and Awe.


Love.  Philia, eros, agape, storge, and xenia (Greek); kāma and karuṇā, adveṣa and mettā; (Buddhist); kāma, prema, bhakti, karuṇā, Kṛṣṇa-prema (Hindu); Ahava and chesed (Judaism); birr and ishq (Islam) — So many words for something we in English say with just one. From the erotic and sensual yearning for the beloved, to strong appreciation (“I love strawberries!”); from the powerful love of a parent for a child (and vice-versa), to the comfortable love of a friend or sibling; from the empathic love of a stranger to the mysterious love of the Divine. Whatever the word, whatever the history, whatever the etymology, love is the motivation for the world. It is what connects all sentient beings together, and keeps us from becoming lost in the darkness.* It almost feels ridiculous to say that I am grateful for love. It’s like saying I’m grateful for oxygen. (But come to think of it, I’m thankful for that, too.)

Peace.  My name means “peace”, from the Russian word мир, pronounced close to “mír”. ** Peace is not the absence of violence. It’s being filled with those quiet places of breath, watching the connections between an infant’s curled toes to a mountain cliff overlooking a sea of fog. The silence before a wave crashes and the silence of the held breath before rain. Listening to your beloved’s sleeping breath to laughing until you’re breathless. Violence happens when the fullness of peace runs out. I am grateful for those moments of peace, in between the chaos of the days.

Awe.  Anne Lamott wrote a book called Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers. In this book, she writes that there are essentially three types of prayers, you guessed it: Asking for help, giving thanks, and being taken away with awe (aka, “Wow”). I adore how she writes about the last one:

What can we say beyond Wow, in the presence of glorious art, in music so magnificent that it can’t have originated solely on this side of things? Wonder takes our breath away, and makes room for new breath. That’s why they call it breathtaking.

All three of these things are intertwined and you can’t tell where one ends and one begins. This is my spirituality, my connections to all of you, my hopes for my children, my joys in my beloveds, my motivation. And I am thankful for that which is holy that surrounds me. I am grateful.

Ashgrove Cottage

As far as the radio show, I definitely focused on the Peace and Awe aspects of my gratitude, including even a literary selection.

I have been reading the Patrick O’Brian series again, as I do every few years. I do so love Patrick O’Brian’s writing style. Even though it was only written twenty years ago, it hearkens back to the writing style of Jane Austen, only put in a sea-faring context with sailor language that Jane Austen would dare not put to paper! The entire series is about the travels and politics of the naval aspects of the Napoleonic wars, featuring the characters Captain Jack Aubrey and his Particular Friend, naturalist, physician, and intelligence agent Stephen Maturin. The selection I have highlighted in the show is from The Commodore, written by Patrick O’Brian in 1994, narrated here by Patrick Tull.

In this brief, four-minute passage, Jack and Stephen are both ashore, at Jack’s home outside of London, called Ashgrove Cottage. Stephen wakens in the night to hear something that at first he doesn’t recognize. The way that Patrick O’Brian describes the night, with the nightjars chirring and the soft night enveloping the garden… then with the music of the violin woven through it… this passage particularly moved me.

The violin piece I presented with the narration is one that Jack Aubrey could definitely have been familiar with. While the novel takes place in 1812, both Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are well-versed in music and music history. Their favorite duets are by Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), though they do enjoy the work of other composers (Correlli, Mozart, Bach, etc.). While I don’t recall any mention of Biber, the passaglia featured here perfectly illustrates what I imagine Maturin heard as he listened to Aubrey playing in the dark of the warm spring garden. Peace and awe, captured at once.





Record Title



William Byrd
(1543 – 1623)

The Great Service


      Te Deum




      Nunc dimittis

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips, director

William Byrd: The Tallis Scholars
(recorded 1984 & 1987)



Patrick O’Brian
(1914 – 2000)

Selection from The Commodore
approx. Chapter 3

Patrick Tull, narrator

The Commodore, Disk 3

Books, Inc.


Heinrich Ignaz
Franz Biber
(1644 – 1704)

Passacaglia in G Minor

Michelle Makarski, violin


ECM New Series


Sebastian Bach
(1685 – 1750)

Chaconne from Partida No. 2 for Unaccompanied Violin in D minor, BWV 1004

Romero, guitar

Romero Plays Bach



BWV 150: Nach Dir, Herr, Verlanget Mich (1707)

▪  Sinfonia

   Coro – Nach dir, Herr; verlanget mich

   Aria – Doch bin und bleibe ich vergnügt

   TuttiLeite mich in deiner Warheit un lehre mich

   Aria – Cedern müssen von den Winden

   Coro – Meine Augen sehen stets zu dem Herrn

   CiacconaMeine Tage in den Leiden

Magdalena Consort, Peter Harvey, director

Bach Cantatas: Recreation for the Soul

Channel Classics


(b. 1952)

Singer’s Ode (2012)

Conspirare, Craig Hella
Johnson, director

Robert Kyr: The Cloud of Unknowing / Songs of the Soul



Gabriel Jackson
(b. 1962)

Ite Missa Est (2012)

New York Polyphony

Times Go By Turns

BIS Records


(1866 – 1925)

the “Gnossiennes

   Gnossienne IV (1891)

   Gnossienne V (1889)

John White, piano

Satie: “Caress” – Piano Pieces



Ralph Vaughan Williams
(1872 – 1958)

Texts by Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

Dona Nobis Pacem:
A Cantata for soprano and baritone soli, chorus and orchestra

   Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona nobis pacem

   Beat! Beat! Drums!


   Dirge for Two Veterans

   The Angel of Death has been abroad…
Dona nobis pacem

Judith Howarth, soprano; John
Mark Ainsley, tenor; Thomas Allen, baritone

Corydon singers and orchestra

Matthew Best, conductor

Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region, &c.



Ennio Morricone

The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Roma Sinfonietta, Ennio Morricone, director

Yo-Yo Ma: Appassionato



Traditional, arr. Graeme Langager

Irish Blessing

Brigham Young Concert Choir

Beautiful River

Tantara Records

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Which came first, the bird or the song?

Mama's Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird...

My friend Laura Erickson knows everything there is to know about birds. Pretty much literally. She is internationally known as an expert, with many papers, books, radio shows, and experience to her name — not to mention being a pretty amazing photographer!

After this week’s NPR story on Mockingbirds in New Orleans, she wrote this blog post. I really love that there is research to prove that birds and humans share influences with each other!

Laura’s blog post is here: Music: Human and Avian

I encourage you to check it out!


The Danish National Chamber Orchestra Eats Peppers

Danish Chamber Orchestra Principal Violinist


As my friend Sylvia Berry says:

Professional athletes get a lot of accolades and adoration, and of course they often deserve this… but most of the same people who marvel at their skills just have NO IDEA…. This is an example. These people are in extreme physical distress, but they still play everything perfectly. Because that’s their job. This video is hilarious, but it also shows how tough these people are.
Musicians: Under-the-Radar Bada$$ses who deserve more respect.

The Danish National Chamber Orchestra Ate The World’s Hottest Peppers And Tried To Play

Source from YouTube


An illuminating 75¢ LP

A chance find by Meera in a thrift store led to a revelation about something that has puzzled me for years; namely, an inordinately repetitive passage in a Scarlatti sonata (B Minor, L. 449/K. 27). Sylvia Marlowe‘s performance practice appears to have solved the mystery. While the show is up on line (for one week after it aired) you can listen to what I mean (start at 54:40 on the player, top right of blog page). She uses the stops on the harp to change the timbre, shape it, make it interesting, and now, after all these years, it finally makes sense to me. Every other recording I know of this sonata, on piano or harpsichord, the player makes no change in dynamics, making it sound mechanical, or like a stuck record. Did Sylvia Marlowe come up with this approach on her own, or bit dint of scholarly research of Scarlatti’s knowable performance practices?

These notes only cover less than 4 minutes of music heard on the show. There’s a lot more good stuff, so I hope you’ll be encouraged to “Listen to Recent Show” with our On-Demand Player.  Peruse the playlist: there’s a Bernardo and a Bernarda, but not by design.

Sylvia Marlowe Music of Frescobaldi and Scarlatti LP

Someone on Ebay wants to sell their copy for $300.

Playlist for Thursday, October 30, 2014









Thomas Stoltzer

O Wondrous

Capella Antiqua München;
Konrad Ruhland, conductor

Stoltzer: Four German Psalms



Bernardo Pasquini

Canzone in E Minor

Ida Presti
and Alexandre Lagoya,

Baroque Music for Guitars



Antonio de Cabezón

Tiento du premier ton

Chapelet, organ (Organ of Trujillo)

Orgues d’Espagne

Harmonia Mundi



My Lady Careys

Paul O’Dette,

The Royal Lewters

Harmonia Mundi


Giuseppe Tartini

Concerto in G Minor, Op.1, No. 1

Wallfisch, violin; The Raglan Baroque Players;
Nicholas Kraemer

Tartini: Violin Concertos



Joseph Haydn

Piano Trio in E Major, Hob.

Beaux Arts Trio

Haydn: Complete Piano Trios



Domenico Scarlatti

in B Minor (L. 449) (K.27)

Marlowe, harpsichord

of Frescobaldi and Domenico Scarlatti

Capitol (LP)



Violin Concerto in D Major (transcribed
for trumpet), Op.3, No.9 from L’Estro Armonico

Alison Balsom,
trumpet; Colm Carey, organ

Bach: Works for Trumpet



Oskar Lindberg

Gammel fäbodpsalm från
Dalarna (Andante)

Alison Balsom, trumpet; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Edward
Gardner, conductor




Antonín Dvořák

Klid (silent woods) for cello and
orchestra, Op.68,No.5; Slavonic Dance in E Minor, Op.72, No.2*; Humoresque in
G-Flat Major, Op.101, No.7*; Songs My Mother Taught Me, from Gypsy Melodies,
Op.55, No.4**

Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Boston
Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa, conductor; *Itzhak
Perlman, violin; **Patricia Zander, piano

The DvořákAlbum



Craig Russell

for Horn and Orchestra: 1. Morning’s Decisions; 2. Dizzy Bird; 3. Wistful
Musing; 4. Tito Machito; 5. Flash

Todd, French Horn; San Luis Obispo Symphony; Michael Nowak, conductor

Craig Russell: Rhapsody for Horn and Orchestra




Ablösung im Sommer (Relief in Summer); Winterlied
(Winter Song)

Bernarda Fink, soprano; Anthony Spiri, piano

Bernarda Fink Sings Mahler Lieder

Harmonia Mundi



Musica della sera is a classical music radio show broadcast Thursday nights, 7:00-9:30 pm (Pacific) on KUSP Santa Cruz, 88.9 FM. Listen Live or listen to the Most Recent Show.

Follow us on Twitter: Meera and Nicholas and on Facebook: Meera, Nicholas,
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Happy Diwali!

Diwali, Indian Festival of Lights


Diwali also known as Deepavali and the “festival of lights“, is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November. This year, Diwali was this week.

In my office, I would say that about 70% of the department is from India, and they wanted to celebrate Diwali with the rest of us, so we all dressed up (some of the women even brought saris from home to share with the women who didn’t have them, myself included!) and went out to lunch together, and had a marvelous time. One of my co-workers asked if I could play Indian Classical Music on my classical music radio show… I told him I would try to find something that would work,  thinking that there must be some Ravi Shankar / Classical Music crossover, but even though I gave myself some extra time in the KUSP CD library, I didn’t find anything like that.

So I went with a Yo-Yo Ma Silk Road CD, and called it a day.

The other thing that I wanted to do with the show was to honor the passing of Stephen Paulus, an American composer who passed away on 10/19. He “… passed away peacefully in Minnesota on Sunday, October 19th from complications of a stroke he suffered last year. A prolific composer of over 500 works, he enjoyed writing for a variety of audiences and performers. He was an ardent advocate and mentor to many young composers, co-founding the American Composers Forum in 1973, the largest composer service organization in the world.” (From Stephen Paulus’ website.)


I also wanted to continue with my Grat Etude, this show featuring Day Three, being thankful for the Things.  Truly, I am not sure what music I could get to match these things, so pick your favorite music and attach each of these items to it!

Resources.  I can eat good, healthy, nourishing food, prepared with love and intention, whenever I choose to. I can drink clean water that comes magically out of the pipes whenever I wish. I can decide what I want to wear every day, and pick which shoes I wear and which bag to carry. I have a few dollars in my pocket and expect to receive a paycheck every two weeks. I am so very rich, even though I am in the proverbial 99%. I am so grateful that I have the resources that so many lack. I am so grateful to have the resources that I can share. 

Education.  These resources would not be available to me, at least in as much abundance, without the education to back it up. I started attending school and having music lessons from age three, and continued without stop through my bachelor’s degree. The schools I attended were safe, in decent repair, and full of enthusiastic teachers. The schools had art programs, music programs, food programs, and other extras. I am so grateful for all forms of formal education I received.

Transportation.  I have a safe, reliable, and even somewhat handsome car (and even more decadent, a Prius!), and have almost always had access to any kind of transportation I needed to provide for myself and my family. I grew up with a public transit system in a large city, and when I moved away, after college, I was able to purchase my own car. Every time I sit in my car and put on my seat belt, I am thankful for what it gives me, literally and symbolically. Transportation is one of those things like food, shelter, and clothing: required for life. And for this, I am grateful.

Musica della sera

Classical Music 7:00-9:30pm, Pacific Time

Playlist for Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hosted by Meera Collier





Record Title



Richard Rodney Bennett

(1936 – 2012)

A Colloquy with God

New York Polyphony

Times Go by Turns


BIS Records



Stefano Fabri

(ca. 1606 – 1657)

Beatus Vir

A SeiVoci, Bernard Fabre-Garrus, director

Fabri: Vesperae a quattuor choris




Improvised after Henestrosa & Cabezón


Andrew Lawrence-King,
Spanish double-harp, renaissance harp, organ, harpsichord, psaltery

The Harp Consort

El arte de fantasia – El libro de cifra
nueva (1557)


Harmonia Mundi



/ Luis Venegas de Henestrosa
(c. 1510 – 1570)

Tres sobre el canto llano de La alta



Josquin (c. 1440 – 1521) / Narváez

Canción del Emperador:
Mille regres



Crequillon (1480 – 1557) / Henestrosa

Canción: Demandez vous



Anonymous / Henestrosa

Canción: Je vous




          L’bouan houme Andrio

          Y a de belle filles

          Les filles du Câté

          Les filles des parreisses

The Harp Consort, Andrew Lawrence-King, director

Clara Sanabras, soprano, baroque
guitar; Paul Hillier, baritone

Andrew Lawrence-King, harps psaltery, chifournie

Les Travailleurs de la Mer


Harmonia Mundi


John Dowland

(1563 – 1626)

Weep you no more, sad fountains

Sergio and Odair Assad, guitars

Dawn Upshaw, soprano

White Moon: Songs to Morpheus




Henry Purcell

(1659 – 1696)

See, Even Night


Heitor Villa-Lobos

(1887 – 1959)

Aria from Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5


Stephen Paulus

(1949 – 2014)

          The day is done

          Pilgrims’ Hymn

          Hymn to the Eternal Flame

The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge; Stephen Layton, conductor

Beyond All Mortal Dreams: America A Cappella




Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind

Texts by Carl Sandburg

The Woman Named Tomorrow

We Are The Greatest

Rats and Lizards

The Wind and the Dust

Dale Warland Singers, Dale Warland, director

Choral Currents




Charles Ives

(1874 – 1954)

          Song (She is Not Fair)

          The All-Enduring

Jan deGaetani, mezzo-soprano

Gilbert Kalish, piano

of America: On Home, Love, Nature, and Death


Elektra Nonesuch


Rebecca Clarke

(1886 – 1979)



Peter Warlock

(1894 – 1930)

The Night

James Bowman, countertenor; Kenneth Weiss, piano

Songs for Ariel


Satirino Records


Mark O’Connor

(b. 1961)

Appalachia Waltz

Yo-Yo Ma, cello



Sony Classical


George Gershwin

(1898 – 1937)

The Man I Love (Arranged for Left Hand by Earl Wild as Etude No. 3)

Leon Fleisher, piano

Leon Fleisher: All the Things You Are


Bridge Records


Johann Sebastian Bach

Contrapunctus 1, 2, 3

New Century Saxophone Quartet

The Art of the Fugue


Channel Classics


Charlie Buel

Reflections on Raga Todi

Dale Wolford, soprano saxophone

More than Sax


Gliddon Productions



Blue as the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur

Yo-Yo Ma, Edward Arron, cellos

Kayhan Kalhor,

Siamak Jahangiri,

Siamak Aghaei,

Sandeep Das, tabla

Colin Jacobsen, Todd Reynolds, violins

Nicholas Cords, Leo Suzuki, violas

Edgar Meyer, bass

Silk Road Journeys: When
Strangers Meet


Sony Classical

Musica della sera Playlist Archive

We Shall Be Released

Every afternoon that autumn
walking across campus
past the conservatory
I heard the soprano
her voice rising
making its way up the scale
straining to claim each note
weeks of work
of days
growing shorter
storms slamming the campus
the semester staggering
to an end
everyone exhausted
heading out and going home
the campus nearly deserted
but the soprano
still working the scales
when I passed under the trees
the liquidambars on fire
the clouds like great cities
sailing out to sea
and didn’t I ascend
with her
my own weariness
and sorrows
dropping away
didn’t we rise together
her voice straining
at the top of its range
almost reaching
almost claiming
that high
final note

“We Shall Be Released” by Joseph Stroud, from Of This World. © Copper Canyon Press, 2009.

From The Writer’s Almanac, with Garrison Keillor, September 17, 2014

Joseph Stroud

California Poet Joseph Stroud