This week's program focuses on the traditional music of Xinjiang and Western China, featuring modern experimental recordings of traditional Uighur folksongs from the Mukam Art Troupe of Xinjiang, an instrumental album of popular songs from the 1950's and 60's played on the violin, and a nocturne dedicated to the Tarim River.
It's a brassy sort of day, perhaps. We heard Mahler's Symphony No. 7 in a recording from the late 1950's, to celebrate the composer's 154th birthday earlier this week. Bookended to that were American works for brass ensemble from Ives and Barber, the latter of which shares a common melodic ancestor with Bach's Cantata No. 23, which followed in Bach Hour.
Continuing with the lead-in from Afternoon Classical, Samuel Barber's "Mutations from Bach", we heard Bach's Cantata No. 23, which shares much of the same melodic roots as the Barber brass work. The rest of the program was dedicated to live broadcast performances by Glenn Gould from the 1950's and '60s, along with a recording of the English Suite No. 2 by Martha Argerich on the piano
A special program dedicated to the ARC Ensemble. At 10:45, we played an interview with Simon Wynberg, the Artistic Director of the ARC Ensemble. The group is in New York to perform before the Lincoln Center Festival & Houston Grand Opera presentation of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger.