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May 22, 2017

Welcome to insights and perspectives from those who make this service great. Contributors include, interns, on-air staff, management, and special CD reviews from our Music Director, John Pitman. As the music director, with over 30 years of broadcast experience, John auditions dozens of new releases every month, focusing on titles that stand out in terms of performance, repertoire or recording quality.

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Kirill Gerstein offers Transcendental Liszt

Posted December 13, 2016 by

Pianist Kirill Gerstein, a favorite of Portland audiences for his orchestral and solo recital appearances, has just released a CD that illustrates both the pianist’s abilities and those of the composer of these works.  Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes... More

Words Fail: Violinist Yevgeny Kutik

Posted November 2, 2016 by

I was only recently introduced to Yevgeny Kutik, yet the Belarus-born violinist is up to his third CD already, with Words Fail (Marquis Classics). Mr. Kutik’s earlier releases focus in large part on Russian repertoire. What I discovered is... More

Boo! A Halloween Special

Posted October 29, 2016 by

With Halloween approaching, it seems only relevant that we shed light on some of the spookier aspects of classical music. Though no well-known composers or performers had superstitions around Halloween day itself, many had obsessions and superstitions surrounding... More

Matt Haimovitz plays “Overtures to Bach”

Posted October 5, 2016 by

Cellist Matt Haimovitz, who started his career nearly 30 years ago on the DG label, recording the standard cello repertoire, soon broke out of that corner of classical music to seek a more personal journey. I recall, in... More

Joshua Bell plays “For the Love of Brahms”

Posted September 26, 2016 by

Joshua Bell’s newest CD is about friendship.  Friendship between Mr. Bell and his fellow musicians, who include British cellist Steven Isserlis, and American pianist Jeremy Denk, with whom Bell has performed and recorded many times; and friendship between... More

Chiara Quartet play Bartok “By Heart”

Posted September 12, 2016 by

Chiara in Italian means “clear”, “pure” or “light”.  These are apt words to describe the group’s sound, as well as their approach to string quartet repertoire.  The four have been together since their Juilliard days (more likely longer... More