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Kenneth Frazelle: Fiddler's Galaxy

Composer Kenneth FrazelleCourtesy of the artist

June 02, 2021

American composer Kenneth Frazelle has spent much of his life close to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. He loves the music of the Appalachians, and often draws on that sound in his own work. On today's show, hear from Frazelle's Fiddler's Galaxy, with Joseph Swensen on the violin/fiddle and Jeffrey Kahane on the piano.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Oboe, Violin, Strings and Continuo in C minor, BWV 1060: 1. Allegro
Hilary Hahn, violin
Allan Vogel, oboe
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra | Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Album: Hilary Hahn, Bach Concertos
DG 986

Yefim Rosenfeld, arr. Leonid Desyatnikov: My Happiness
The Astor Quartet
Album: Live at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio
Nonesuch 531411

Juan Carlos Cobian: Los Mareados
The Astor Quartet
Album: Astor Quartet: Live at the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio
Nonesuch 531411

The Piano Puzzler
This week's contestant is Shawn Hampton calling from from Round Rock, TX

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Keyboard Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, K. 238
Jeffrey Kahane, piano & conductor | New York Philharmonic
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY

Kenneth Frazelle: Fiddler's Galaxy
Joseph Swensen, violin | Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, MN
American Air Label: MPR 01

Hour 2

Cecile Chaminade: Nocturne
Peter Jacobs, piano
Album: Chaminade: Piano Music 2
Hyperion 66706

Paul Dukas: La Peri
Texas Festival Orchestra | Perry So, conductor
Round Top Festival Institute, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

Traditional Scottish, arr. Alasdair Fraser: Gloomy Winter's Noo Awa'- Giga de Tenerife
Rachell Wong, violin | Nicholas Mariscal, cello
Heifetz International Music Institute, Francis Auditorium, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA

Cecile Chaminade: Le Matin et le Soir, Op. 79
Nancy Cooper, piano | Barbara Blegen, piano
University of Montana Music Recital Hall, Missoula, MT