Classical New Releases

Saturdays, after the opera

Your host Mark Pinto spotlights notable new classical recordings and other additions to WRTI’s ever-expanding classical music library. You’ll hear renowned international performers alongside acclaimed local artists and ensembles in music you already know and music Mark thinks you should. He always puts together a varied, entertaining, and informative mix. Whenever the opera ends on Saturday afternoons, check out Classical New Releases with Mark Pinto!

This world-premiere recording of two chamber masterpieces by Philadelphia native son Vittorio Giannini definitely rates a “Wow!” When I aired his compelling Piano Quintet on New Releases a couple of months back, I found myself continually turning up the volume in the studio as each ear-catching phrase poured forth.

Think you know your Verdi operas? With this month’s selection, featuring the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Jose Serebrier on the podium, you might be surprised at how much music Giuseppe Verdi wrote for his operas that is rarely heard in public today.

If you enjoy wind band music of the toe-tapping and head-bobbing variety, or appreciate Pennsylvania musical history, you're sure to be delighted and captivated by the Allentown Band's latest release. Pennsylvania Pioneers celebrates 18 composers from across the Commonwealth, from the mid-19th through the mid-20th centuries. It's mostly marches, but with an occasional concert waltz, suite, and medley thrown in for good measure. Actually, make that many good measures!

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