Music Notes: New BPO Recording

A preview of the new Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra CD.

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Philharmonic releases a new CD on the Naxos Label. But outside of Buffalo, who's going to buy it? Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

Pardon my cynicism, but is there really a demand for music of Charles Tomlinson Griffes? Granted, it's good to see CDs of neglected composers in print, and there are too many recordings of Beethoven's Fifth. But if you didn't see Joann Falletta, Carol Wincenc and the Buffalo Philharmonic on the label would the name Griffes entice you to buy?

This is the second CD the BPO has recorded for Naxos, following last year's release of works by Frederick Converse. Both are part of the American Classics series, which Naxos Publicity Director Rebecca Davis calls quite successful.

The BPO's new CD of works by American Impressionist composer Charles Thomlinson Griffes is available solely through the Philharmonic itself, until the national release in March. And thanks to Naxos Spokeswoman Rebecca Davis for being our guest this morning on Music Notes.

Now two concerts you can see in person this week: The Chautauqua Concert Band gives its one concert of the year Saturday (1/10) at 7 p.m. in Jamestown's Reg Lenna Civic Center. The group starts with 40 music educators, then adds over 240 Middle School students from across the county.

And the Western New York Chorale presents Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh: Music for a Time after Christmas, featuring acappela music from the middle ages to the 21st Century. The first performance is Sunday (1/11) at 4:30 p.m. in Saint Mary of the Assumption Church on Saint Mary's Hill in Lancaster, before another performance on Sunday, January 18th in Saint Joseph's University Church in Buffalo.