Pick Three: Julia Figueras

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We continue our Pick Three series with Julia Figueras, music director and afternoon host at WXXI Classical 91.5 in Rochester, N.Y.

Julia Figueras' Three Picks:

Sounds of Defiance: Music of Shostakovich, Schnittke, Pärt, and Achron - Yevgeny Kutik and Timothy Bozarth (Marquis Classics) [Available on Amazon]

Beauty of the Baroque - Danielle di Niese (Decca) [Available on Amazon]

Florence B. Price: Concerto in One Movement & Symphony in E-minor - The New Black Music Repertory Ensemble with Karen Walwyn and Leslie B. Dunner (Albany Records) [Available on Amazon]


Pick 1: “Sounds of Defiance:  Music of Shostakovich, Schnittke, Pärt, and Achron” by violinist Yevgeny Kutik (with Timothy Bozarth on piano. (Official release date Jan. 31)

  • Who is Yevgeny Kutik? Debut album – based on music of defiance. Interesting concept for a first album?
  • Kickstarter-funded?


CLIP: Yevgeny Kutik - Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel – Sounds of Defiance EDIT

Back announce: Yevgeny Kutik will play a recital in NYC at the Kosciuszko Foundation on March 5… 

Pick 2. “Beauty of the Baroque” by soprano Danielle di Niese. (Out now.)


  • Who is Danielle de Niese? Been following her for awhile?
  • Danielle will be on our show a week from today - currently singing in the Met’s “Enchanted Island” as well.
  • Whole album of baroque songs – what do you like about the album?


Setup: From Montiverdi’s opera The Coronation of Poppea, this is a duet called “Pur Ti Miro” – sung by Danielle de Niese and countertenor Andreas Scholl …

CLIP: Danielle de Niese - Pur Ti Miro (w Andreas Scholl) - Beauty of the Baroque EDIT

Back announce: Danielle will perform on Soundcheck next Thursday… and her album release show will be at Le Poisson Rouge this upcoming Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 pm.

Pick 3.Florence B. Price:  Concerto in 1 Movement & Symphony in e-minor” by the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble with pianist Karen Walwyn and conductor Leslie B. Dunner.