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.
Today on WKCR Afternoon Classical, we celebrated the 160th anniversary of the birth of composer Leos Janáček with various orchestral, vocal, and chamber works by the composer. And to celebrate Independence Day, we heard vocal works by American composers from the American Academy in Rome, along with Roy Harris' Symphony 1933.
The music of the Bang On A Can All-Stars and Julia Wolfe, in advance of the NY Phil Biennial performance tomorrow night of Wolfe's "Anthracite Fields" and Steven Mackey's "Dream House," by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street.