As far as single-disc compendiums of Camille Saint-Saëns' shorter orchestral works go, this new release on the Chandos label buries the competition. Neeme Järvi may have been 74 when he made these recordings with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, but he conducts with the zest of a Gustavo Dudamel, setting a new standard for everything on this consummately programmed disc.
WNIJ is issuing a call to authors for our first-ever Winter Book Series. We're looking for writers from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin who've recently published novels, short story collections, poetry collections, memoirs, and academic works that could interest a general audience. We expect many of these books will be published by independent presses or university presses, but we will consider self-published works that have been professionally edited. Submissions will be accepted through October 5.
Weekend Edition's series on the sounds of street music winds down with a classical guitarist: Philip Rosheger, who performs on the corner of Vine and Walnut in Berkeley, Calif. Rosheger says he was keen on music from an extremely young age — which didn't sit well with his father, a bandleader in the U.S. Air Force.