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Album of the Week

Classical WETA 90.9 FM showcases notable new (or newly reissued) albums each week. Hear selections from the album on-air throughout the week, and check online to learn more about the artist and the music. Our friends at ArkivMusic join in by putting that recording on sale for the entire week and contributing a portion of each sale to WETA.

February 24, 2020

Dvorak Symphony No. 9; Copland Billy the Kid | Noseda, NSO

Dvorak Symphony No. 9; Copland Billy the Kid | Noseda, NSO

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All of us at Classical WETA are excited to celebrate DC’s own National Symphony Orchestra in Album of the Week. On February 21st, the NSO released their first recording with music director Gianandrea Noseda, and with it, they launched their new recording label.

These are live performances from last June in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and feature two composers who made distinct contributions to American music: Dvořák and Copland. As Maestro Noseda states in the album’s notes: “It took two individuals from very different backgrounds to give us some of the foundational works on which the American sound has continued to be built over the decades.” 

Listen throughout the week for Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Copland’s Billy the Kid. And keep an eye on the NSO’s future projects, including performing and recording the complete Beethoven symphonies this spring. 

“We believe recordings are an essential part of an orchestra's life because they capture singular musical experiences for future generations to enjoy. We are excited listeners worldwide will be able to hear the emotional and powerful results of the concerts we perform throughout the year at the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall in Washington, D.C." 

- Gianandrea Noseda