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Pick Three: Julia Figueras

Thursday, January 19, 2012

We continue our Pick Three series with Julia Figueras, music director and afternoon host at WXXI Classical 91.5 in Rochester, N.Y.

Julia Figueras' Three Picks:

Sounds of Defiance: Music of Shostakovich, Schnittke, Pärt, and Achron - Yevgeny Kutik and Timothy Bozarth (Marquis Classics) [Available on Amazon]

Beauty of the Baroque - Danielle di Niese (Decca) [Available on Amazon]

Florence B. Price: Concerto in One Movement & Symphony in E-minor - The New Black Music Repertory Ensemble with Karen Walwyn and Leslie B. Dunner (Albany Records) [Available on Amazon]


Pick 1: “Sounds of Defiance:  Music of Shostakovich, Schnittke, Pärt, and Achron” by violinist Yevgeny Kutik (with Timothy Bozarth on piano. (Official release date Jan. 31)

  • Who is Yevgeny Kutik? Debut album – based on music of defiance. Interesting concept for a first album?
  • Kickstarter-funded?


CLIP: Yevgeny Kutik - Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel – Sounds of Defiance EDIT

Back announce: Yevgeny Kutik will play a recital in NYC at the Kosciuszko Foundation on March 5… 

Pick 2. “Beauty of the Baroque” by soprano Danielle di Niese. (Out now.)


  • Who is Danielle de Niese? Been following her for awhile?
  • Danielle will be on our show a week from today - currently singing in the Met’s “Enchanted Island” as well.
  • Whole album of baroque songs – what do you like about the album?


Setup: From Montiverdi’s opera The Coronation of Poppea, this is a duet called “Pur Ti Miro” – sung by Danielle de Niese and countertenor Andreas Scholl …

CLIP: Danielle de Niese - Pur Ti Miro (w Andreas Scholl) - Beauty of the Baroque EDIT

Back announce: Danielle will perform on Soundcheck next Thursday… and her album release show will be at Le Poisson Rouge this upcoming Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 pm.

Pick 3.Florence B. Price:  Concerto in 1 Movement & Symphony in e-minor” by the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble with pianist Karen Walwyn and conductor Leslie B. Dunner.


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