March 01, 2015

Perfect Way To Start The Day!

Waking up in the morning to the sound of Morten Lauridsen’s Sure, On this Shining Night. What could be a more perfect way to start the day!  Thank you, Brandi. –Alana, Lincoln City

Thanks For The Music

Wow, listening to the Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 35 by Korngold, the first movement, I’m again reminded why some believe it was the inspiration for the Star Trek theme.  Thanks for playing this wonderful piece.

Celia Loves Our Programming

I so love your programming. It is never dry or boring. You change up the music in such inventive ways, and you keep my ears open for the unexpected. A perfect example, inserting Tilliboyo by the Kronos Quartet after the Homage March in E flat. Sort of like knowing when to serve a certain wine as a palate cleanser before the next course (I hope that analogy works). Thanks so much! –Celia


Suzanne Loves The Beautiful Music

Always love hearing the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 in f minor, first because it is beautiful.  And second because it is used, in the major key, as one of the University of Texas fight songs.  Great, echoing trumpet parts in the marching band version.  Thank you so much for the beautiful background to my day! –Suzanne in Salisbury, NC

Judith Is Loving The Van Cliburn Tributes

No questions, just wanted to say I am loving the Van Cliburn tributes. I was only 8 years old in 1958, but my Mom made sure we missed not a moment that was available of that competition and its significance. It is still an illuminating, glowing moment in my childhood. Best to all. –Judith in Portland

Howard’s Van Cliburn Nostalgia

Just a bit of nostalgia from an All Classical listener. I attended Van Cliburn’s Carnegie Hall concert in 1958 upon his return from Russia and his ticker tape parade up Broadway. The only ticket available was high in the upper balcony but I was thrilled to be a witness to such an exciting event. I have the program and ticket stub to this day.  It’s a treasure. –Howard

Edna Enjoyed DePreist Tribute

In the early 80’s, Mr. DePreist broke his leg and I x-rayed it.  I was new to Oregon and didn’t know his reputation. I mentioned to him that I was interested in singing in the Portland Symphonic Choir. He said he would speak with the director. When he came back for a recheck, he was true to his word. Shortly after, I joined the choir and sang with them for 13 years. As I listened to the Symphony and the Symphonic Choir perform Beethoven’s 9th last Saturday night, I kept seeing images of Depreist’s exuberant baton gestures. He, alone, brought the music alive. I’m enjoying your wonderful tribute this morning. Thank you. –Edna

Pearl from Hawaii

Aloha Christa! I moved from Portland to Hawaii a few months ago and am happy that you made the trip with me. I imagine that your melodies ride the waves across the Pacific, from the Oregon Coast to Oahu. We have fond memories of gardening in our Portland garden with your music and even of painting our garage during Edmond’s film music programs. Mahalo to all of you at All Classical, for the Aloha you bring us. –Pearl

Brian Likes Mental Challenge

This morning Brandi Parisi played Prokofiev’s Lt. Kije Suite. In it I heard a motif used by Emerson, Lake and Palmer on their Works, Vol. 2 album. (1977, Atlantic Recording Company).  The song I think was I Believe in Father Christmas, and no credit was given to Prokofiev. They also did a rendition of Moussorski’s Pictures at an Exhibition on another album, so I was not terribly surprised at the connection. Thank you for the mental challenge this morning. –Brian