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Jun. 21 2014

6-21-14 Face The Music Listings!

By Jonathan Palevsky | Posted in Face the Music, Host Blogs | 1 Comment

This week FTM goes all Russian.  Our panelists were Jed Gaylin from the Hopkins SO and organist and composer John Bowen one of our finest panelists!  One of us wasn’t Russian…Guess who!  We loved the Symphonic Dances the most!  Go Petrenko.  By the way the tune used in the Glazunov is the completely incorrect J’ai du bon tabac!

Jonathan Palevsky

Here are the listings


Sat, 06/21/2014
5:00 PM            172
Sergei Rachmaninoff           Symphony No.  2 in e Op 27              Naxos      572458
COND Leonard Slatkin               Leonard  SLAT kihn
ORCH Detroit Symphony Orchestra
54:05    C  1 2-5
5:20 PM            48082
Alexander Glazunov            Les Ruses d’amour (Ballet in One Act)  ONaxos      572447
COND Horia Andreescu
ORCH Romanian State Orchestra
50:56    C  1 1-15
5:40 PM            2063
Sergei Rachmaninoff           Symphonic Dances  Op 45                 Avie       2188
COND Vasily Petrenko
ORCH Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
35:47    C  1 1-3

Jonathan Palevsky


Jonathan is WBJC's Program Director and host of many WBJC programs. His full bio can be read here.

One Response to 6-21-14 Face The Music Listings!

  • Jenny says:

    Hello, I’m a music student living in the area, and I just wanted to say a few words about this particular session. You may find me strange for saying this, however, you will see that Glazunov fans tend to have some eccentricities. For example, long memories!
    I was quite surprised to find that you played the exact same ballet by Glazunov on the Naxos label on this show as you did a winter ago. I remembered that last time quite clearly, as it was one of the only times I listened in to WBJC during the year (it was on my winter break from college). I’m not sure how this happened, but all I wanted to comment on was that both instances now, I think you picked inappropriate selections from the ballet, especially to give a right impression not only of a composer’s style, but also how an orchestra is adept to interpret it. I enjoyed what was being played, perhaps this time even more than last year, because it didn’t quite strike me before how unusual it was for Glazunov to sound that pastiche. A Sarabande?? How odd! But it is only the slightest hint of what actually follows in the ballet, namely some excellent dances in his classic “Raymonda” style (that also could be categorized as a quasi-pastiche ballet). I highly recommend listening to the 2nd half of the ballet, especially if you were jaded by the other selections. Once in a while, if you can find a new recording of something by Glazunov to do on Face the Music, do pick his really best works. You may be impressed by some symphonies, ballets, even chamber music more than you think, especially if you find the right gems to show off. As a studier of his music for over 5 years now, I’ve found that he needs special care, since he’s very new to most ears. Try some of those new Jose Serebrier recordings? 🙂 I would recommend him over Naxos actually, haha!
    Best regards, Jenny

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