The world of work has inspired some of our best-known classical music. From Schumann to Shostakovich, to one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century: Aaron Copland. For Labor Day, Copland is our focus.
We spoke with Ángel Gil-Ordoñez who presents a new album, recorded with PostClassical Ensemble, with works by Bernard Herrmann.
Ricardo de Cala from Radio Nacional de España’s radio program Maestros cantores asks Angel Gil-Ordóñez about his new projects.
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, the musical director of PostClassical Ensemble, tells us about the new recording of works by the North American composer Bernard Herrmann.
Featured works include music from his score for the movie Psycho, his Clarinet Quintet Souvenirs de Voyage, and the radio play Whitman with music by Herrmann, in honor of the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth. This program, which was broadcast live earlier this month from the cathedral, will be hosted by author, music historian and PostClassical Ensemble co-founder Joseph Horowitz, PostClassical Music Director and co-founder Maestro Angel Gil-Ordonez, Exploring Music host Bill McGlaughlin and WWFM host David Osenberg.
We spoke with Ángel Gil-Ordóñez and Alfredo García, director and baritone, protagonists of El Retablo de Maese Pedro, by Manuel de Falla, recently recorded in the United States. Gil-Ordónez is one of the best ambassadors of Spanish music in the United States, and presents his latest album devoted to Falla with the works El retablo de Maese Pedro and Amor Brujo.
This Naxos album is composed of two masterpieces by Manuel de Falla: El amor brujo, in the original version of 1915, and El retablo de Maese Pedro. Performers: Esperanza Fernández, cantaora; Alfredo García, baritone; Jennifer Zetlan, soprano; Jorge Garza, tenor; Perspectives Ensemble; Sato Moughalian, artistic director; Angel Gil-Ordóñez, director.
Music in Paradise looks at the influence of Balinese and Javanese gamelan music on Western composers. Enjoy excerpts from a concert given by PostClassical at the National Cathedral in a program including works by Colin McPhee and Lou Harrison. Gamelan and Harrison scholar Bill Alves will join the series’ regular co-hosts – Angel Gil-Ordóñez, PostClassical Music Director; ensemble co-founder and music historian Joseph Horowitz; and Bill McGlaughin, host of Exploring Music.
This episode of the bi-monthly series PostClassical featuring PostClassical Ensemble is a special edition honoring Black History Month. Bass-baritone Kevin Deas is the soloist for this program, called Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual, featuring the music of Harry Burleigh, Nathanial Dett, William Dawson and others.
The new season of PostClassical returns with an expanded, three-hour program exploring the search for Spanish identity through music. Falla and Flamenco features PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez. Spanish pianist Pedro Carbone joins Gil-Ordóñez and co-hosts Bill McGlaughlin and author, music historian and PostClassical co-founder Joseph Horowitz. The first two hours focus on Manuel de Falla, with an expanded third hour devoted to Isaac Albeniz.
In this two-part podcast, the performance and discussion focuses on George Gershwin and his place in American music consciousness, and how he has been championed by musicians from other cultures.
This two-part podcast presents the music of “The Great Composer You’ve Never Heard Of” as author and music historian Joseph Horowitz, Maestro Angel Gil-Ordonez and Exploring Music’s Bill McGlaughlin host this program devoted to the life and music of the 20th-century composer Silvestre Revueltas. This broadcast includes PostClassical Ensemble’s recording that reconstructs the soundtrack Revueltas composed for the 1936 film Redes.
This two-part podcast entitled Schubert ‘Uncorked’ — a subversive reconsideration of a famous composer includes two broadcast premieres: Schubert’s Arpeggione Concerto and Schubert songs with bass trombone, along with the slow movement from Bruckner’s String Quintet and two movements from Daniel Schnyder’s Bass Trombone Concerto. With David Taylor (bass trombone), William Sharp (baritone) and PCE conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez.
Hear music by the PostClassical Ensemble and Angel Gil-Ordóñez’s remarkable story on this week’s episode, along with opening tracks by the Sultans of String and the wonderful Lila Downs, a prior musical collaborator with the Ensemble. Antidote is broadcast live every Tuesday at 9 am on WERA 96.7FM, and streams live on www.wera.fm, Sundays at 4 pm.
PostClassical Ensemble (PCE) celebrates the music of the “most under-rated 20th-Century American composer,” Bernard Herrmann. Author, music historian and co-founder of PCE Joseph Horowitz co-hosts this bi-monthly program with PCE Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez and Exploring Music Host Bill McGlaughlin. This week’s broadcast includes performances by PostClassical Ensemble of Herrmann’s Clarinet Quintet, Sinfonietta, and Psycho Narrative, as well as music from his radio play Whitman and his Cantata Moby Dick.
PostClassical Ensemble celebrates Lou Harrison with a new Naxos recording that is stellar. Harrison was born 100 years ago and it is delightful to have some fresh releases and performances. Tim Fain is the main featured soloist, in Harrison’s Violin Concerto and Grand Duo. Pianist Michael Boriskin (of Copland House) collaborates brilliantly in the gamelan-esque 1988 work with Fain. WBAA’s John Clare spoke with the leader of PostClassical Ensemble, Angel Gil-Ordóñez about the new disc.
This two-part podcast about Copland and the Cold War is part of PostClassical, a bi-monthly program that features performances by PCE’s music director Angel Gil-Ordóñez and artistic director Joseph Horowitz. Each program is thematic and reshapes the classical music experience through music and discussion. Bill McGlaughlin, host of Exploring Music, co-hosts with Horowitz and Gil-Ordóñez. These programs are recorded at Digital Island Studios in New York City and produced at the studios of WWFM – The Classical Network.
This three-part podcast about Dvořák and America is part of PostClassical, a bi-monthly program that features performances by PCE’s music director Angel Gil-Ordóñez and artistic director Joseph Horowitz. Each program is thematic and reshapes the classical music experience through music and discussion. Bill McGlaughlin, host of Exploring Music, co-hosts with Horowitz and Gil-Ordóñez. These programs are recorded at Digital Island Studios in New York City and produced at the studios of WWFM – The Classical Network.
Angel Gil-Ordóñez talks with WWFM’s David Osenberg about conducting, the PostClassical Ensemble, Celibidache, and music in general.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the American composer Lou Harrison, who distinguished himself through his pioneering works in writing for percussion and integrating Western and Eastern idioms. “Everything in the world should be considered a legitimate influence,” he said. In his music, however, the sounds of the largely percussive Javanese gamelan matured from an influence into a complete fusion. Raymond Bisha introduces a new disc of his works, performed by violinist Tim Fain, pianist Michael Boriskin, the PostClassical Ensemble and conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez, who provides additional commentary.