New and Noteworthy Releases to Begin 2016 Rhythm Planet begins the new year with new music from Alexandre Tharaud playing Bach’s iconic work, the Goldberg Variations, oh so smooth jazz (the good kind) from Scott and Jeff Hamilton, Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia playing Alec Wilder, and the great Italian countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic.
KCRW Christmas Becomes Eclectic: Sneak Preview This week Rhythm Planet gives you a sneak preview of Tom’s annual Christmas show, Christmas Becomes Eclectic, featuring a number of new Christmas albums. A preview for the big four-hour Christmas special, which airs Christmas Day 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
3 Great New Russian Classics Tom recommends you get your ears around these compositions: a great new recording of Rachmaninov's masterpiece, "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," then two Scriabin miniatures performed by the great Vladimir Horowitz and a popular new Ukrainian pianist, Valentina Lisitsa.
Paris Musical Classics and Healing Songs Tom Schnabel's musical reflection of his love for France, French music and culture. The French tracks are interspersed with some timely cuts, ones that are maybe more familiar in the U.S.A. There are many songs that were written as tributes to Paris: a few of them are featured here.