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Classical 104.9 Salutes the Cello

The cello has long been regarded as the orchestral instrument with a sound that most closely resembles the range and timbre of the human voice.

In the first part of the 18th century, composer J. S. Bach created a series of six suites for the solo cello. The suites were, essentially, collections of French dances -- gavottes, gigues, allemandes and courantes. 300 years later, these Bach suites remain a pinnacle of cello music, and a true challenge for any cellist.

Friday morning at 9:00, Classical 104.9 FM will feature a full hour of music that salutes the cello. You'll hear Yo-Yo Ma play one of the Bach suites; Hee-Young Lim plays Darius Milhaud; Daniel Müller-Schott plays Francis Poulenc; and Jacqueline du Pre plays a Haydn concerto in a classic 1967 recording.

  • J. S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G
  • Darius Milhaud: Cello Concerto No. 1 -- Finale
  • Francis Poulenc: Cello Sonata (1948) -- Finale
  • Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C

Classical 104.9 FM & WWNO HD-2 • Friday, April 5 • 9am - 10am

James served as Classical Music Host and Music Director for WWNO from 1999-2007. He relocated to Atlanta with several WWNO staff members after Katrina, and, in 2007, he accepted a position as Music Director at KVNO in Omaha, Nebraska, where he coached young announcers, programmed, and hosted classical music until 2010.