As promised, here's a conversation about Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 with Deborah Fox of Pegasus Early Music and conductor Paul O'Dette. Why is the Vespers so extraordinary? Why, if it's so amazing, is it rarely performed? Why isn't it as famous as Handel's Messiah? Paul and Deb answer these questions and touch on the raw emotional power of the work in our conversation. I'm thrilled you'll be able to hear this on the radio, thanks to Deborah Fox and recording engineer Carl Pultz of Alembic Productions. Hear the Vespers Monday, November 2 at 8 p.m. on Classical 91.5 and FM 90.3, streaming at wxxi.org. ~ Brenda
Thank you for your support for Classical 91.5 during our fall membership campaign. Behind the scenes, we are planning all kinds of special broadcasts on WXXI-FM, including Pegasus Early Music performing Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, recorded in concert at the Hochstein Performance Hall this past spring.
The RPOâ€™s excellent Gershwin CD didnâ€™t make the list of Grammy contenders announced today in Los Angeles. About pianist Jon Nakamatsuâ€™s 2007 much-praised collaboration with the RPO, my colleague Mordecai Lipshutz said, â€śAt least theyâ€™re selling well.â€ť
"That's not right!" exclaimed my friend Carl Pultz when he heard the news that the RPO had been left off the list. Carl says this proves the nominating system is "corrupt."