The woodwinds and brass are the backbone of the symphony orchestra but they're often overshadowed when it comes the solo spotlight. But November is their turn on WQXR. We'll take a deep breath and introduce you to some of the leading performers on these instruments – from fabulous flutists to top-notch tuba players. Check back here regularly for updates.
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Friday, November 19, 2010
Oboist Alex Klein was struck at the height of his career by focal dystonia, a neurological affliction that impacted his left hand. Despite his struggle, he's remained a prominent name in the oboe world, as our Album of the Week demonstrates.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monica Ellis, the bassoonist in the Imani Winds quintet, shares five pieces that take the bassoon beyond its clichéd role as the jovial clown of the orchestra. "We do get to difficult things and it’s not just this big, clumsy, cumbersome instrument."
Sunday, November 14, 2010
New York Public Radio's resident oboist picks his favorite works for the instrument.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
New recordings by flutist Robert Langevin and saxophonist Theodore Kerkezos show how their respective instruments were favored by French composers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Weigh in and get a free download.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Blonde, slim and stylish, Alison Balsom is a far cry from the traditional image of brass players. As we feature her album of Italian Baroque concertos, we asked her about the culture of brass playing – and being more than a pretty CD cover.
Monday, November 08, 2010
You have to love wind players. As a member of the string team myself, I must admit to some low-grade mocking of their obsession with reeds, swabbing and chapstick, but let's face it: when the turn of a phrase is mapped to the length of a breath, stunning things can happen.
Monday, November 08, 2010
Douglas Quint leads a double life. During the summer, he’s the face of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, making soft-serve concoctions with some unlikely ingredients. Come November, he's a professional bassoonist.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Alison Balsom is blonde, slim and stylish. But it's her performances of Italian Baroque concertos that make her an artist worth listening to. Check out her Album of the Week and get a free download.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Arguably the world's best-known clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman tells Jeff Spurgeon about his early days with the freewheeling chamber group TASHI, his idols including Benny Goodman, and some of his favorite works for the clarinet.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The clarinet may forever be the mellow, melancholic instrument of Mozart and Brahms but a new recording featuring soloist Jon Manasse shows why it's just as adept at strutting its jazzier side. It's our Album of the Week.