Classical New Orleans

Weekdays from 9 am to 1 pm

Join host James Arey weekdays from 9 am to 1 pm on: Classical 104.9 FM and WWNO HD-2.

Our live, local host provides good sounds from the Classical 104.9 music library to keep you company.

You'll hear local content and features to keep your day moving along. We'll also provide New Orleans concert information, invite special guests into the studio, and give away tickets for local events!

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Stephen Hough
Hyperion / 2020

The acclaimed English-born pianist Stephen Hough has released two new CDs of solo-piano music in 2020. We've been able to add BOTH of these recordings to our 104.9 FM music library thanks to the support of our donors and members!

Hough's "Dream Album" combines encores, character pieces, etudes, lullabies and traditional melodies -- plus: a few of Hough's own original compositions and transcriptions.

New Orleans Public Radio

Friday morning at 9:00, Classical New Orleans will present a full hour of music from the 1930s.

You'll hear the first orchestral composition by Samuel Barber (1931); an early piano trio by Leonard Bernstein (1937); a famous "sequel" by George Gershwin (1931); and, the Piano Concerto in G by Maurice Ravel (1931-32).

James Arey is your host for sounds from the 1930s • Friday, July 17 • 9am-10am • Classical 104.9 FM & WWNO HD-2

The acclaimed Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes turned 50 on April 7, 2020.

In addition to his lifelong dedication to the music of Norway's Edvard Grieg, Andsnes has also released recordings of Beethoven, Sibelius, Haydn and Shostakovich.

We've compiled a brief discography of Leif Ove Andsnes -- here at Classical 104.9 FM we wish him a fabulous 50th!

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Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

In the 1920s, when George Gershwin completed the musical components of a new song, he'd pass the music along to his brother, Ira, for the lyrics. One particular song, though, was giving Ira fits. The rhymes he'd come up with didn't suit the music. Ira eventually decided on a prose approach, with interior rhymes that matched the bounce of the song more closely. That song , "I Got Rhythm" -- in a slower version -- became part of a musical called "Treasure Girl". The song was then adapted for 1930's "Girl Crazy" in the faster version known today.

We've been previewing some terrific new recordings for our Classical 104.9 FM music library. Some of these new CDs feature familiar material; some explore brand-new musical landscapes.

Conductor Kent Nagano leads the Montreal Symphony in a survey of American composer John Adams' iconic music from the 1980s. The violinist Rachel Barton Pine explores concertos by Khachaturian and Dvorak. And, the American composer Michael Torke presents a CD of brand-new instrumental concertos.

These are just a few of the new recordings we've added to our library in November. You'll be hearing these performances on the air this month!