classical music

Here at Classical 104.9 FM, we really enjoy being able to broadcast the newest releases from the current generation of classical music superstars: Joshua Bell, Murray Perahia, Hilary Hahn, Mischa Maisky and Dawn Upshaw, to name just a few.

But, as our music library continues to grow, we’re often discovering CDs that were released in the past 5-10 years that we missed out on obtaining the first time around.

And, while these amazing recordings aren’t the newest-of-the-new, we’re still thrilled to be able to get them into our library AND on the air.

John Adams at 70

Jul 24, 2017

The influential American composer John Adams turned 70 earlier this year.

As a student, I had the pleasure of meeting Adams when he was teaching at Harvard in the 1980s; I was also lucky enough to get to see his opera "Nixon in China" staged twice -- once in Houston, and once at Indiana University.

Ninth Symphonies

Jul 17, 2017

Ludwig van Beethoven, famously, wrote nine symphonies. But, so did many other well-known composers – some, like Alan Hovhaness and Joseph Haydn, wrote over 100!

Below, we’ve put together a short list of excerpts from famous – and not-so-famous – 9th symphonies… Enjoy!

Undoubtedly the best-known 9th symphony yet written, here’s the finale (the 4th movement) from Beethoven’s 9th symphony, with Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, chorus, and soloists:

Now that July is here, the staff at Classical 104.9 FM has put together 7 Summer-themed pieces of classical music to keep you company as the mercury – and the humidity – begin to rise…

All of these recordings are in our Classical 104.9 FM library, and can be heard on-air throughout the summer…

WWNO

Make any attempt to quickly describe James Arey, and you’re bound to leave something out. James is an artist, teacher, composer, five-time Jeopardy! champion, and one-time mayoral candidate. NolaVie’s Joe Shriner spoke with James about his most recent role, as returning Classical Music Host on Classical 104.9 FM.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Joe Shriner.

Classical 104.9 FM hosts James Arey (left) and Jack Hopke.
Kenneth Lass / WWNO

WWNO 89.9 FM New Orleans Public Radio has begun broadcasting classical music on a new radio station, Classical 104.9 FM. With the launch of this twenty-four-hour all-classical station, New Orleans becomes the only Gulf Coast community between Houston and Tallahassee where music-lovers can hear classical music on FM radio anytime throughout the year. Classical 104.9’s signal is expected to reach standard FM radios throughout New Orleans, the Eastbank suburbs, and the major Westbank communities.

This Continuum presents music from two important medieval collections. The Glogauer Liederbuch (Glogau Song Book) is a Liederhandschrift (medieval songbook) of sacred and secular songs and instrumental music, written about 1480. The A-LA-MI-RE collection was constructed around the manuscripts written by the famous calligrapher-publisher, Petrus Alamire (fl. 1497-1535).

Continuum presents a program devoted to early music performed by the famous Clemencic Consort. Founded in 1967 by Rene Clemencic, Austrian composer, recorder player, harpsichordist, conductor and clavichord player, they have produced over 100 records and CDs. You’ll hear excerpts from four of these historically outstanding recordings including the Roman de Fauvel and the Cantigas de Santa Maria. Recordings used are: Carmina Burana - OEHMS OC 635, and Troubadours - Cantigas de Santa Maria I&II - Harmonia Mundi France HMX 2901524 & 2901525.

Three major early music sopranos present performances of the music they enjoy singing the most. The singers are Julianne Baird, Evelyn Tubb and the inimitable Emma Kirkby. All three of these ladies have produced dozens of CDs over the past three decades ranging from Greensleeves to the music of J.S. Bach. All are heard on this very delightful program. The recordings used are: Greensleeves (Baird, McFarlane) - Dorian DOR 90126, The Mad Lover (Tubb & Kelly) - Musica Obscura 070987, J. S.

Early music performed by the short-lived Ensemble Alcatraz is presented on this Continuum. Formed in the late 1980s, the ensemble made only three CDs. The members of the ensemble are all well-known early music performers who play today in many other early music groups. The three CDs are all excellent for the music presented. The CDs used are: Danse Royale - Elektra Nonesuch 79240-2, Vision and Miracles - Elektra Nonesuch 79180-2 and Cantigas de Amigo - Dorian DOR 90258.

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