Chanticleer warms up in the CPR Performance Studio.

(Photo: CPR/Brad Turner)

CPR Classical hosted some very talented musicians this year in the CPR Performance Studio.

International acts like Jason Vieaux, Chanticleer and the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo visited for sessions. So did Colorado artists like violist Matthew Dane, flutist Brook Ferguson and musicians from Denver’s Playground Ensemble.

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Here’s a look back at some of the most memorable sessions of 2016. Listen to Colorado Spotlight at 7 p.m. Dec. 26-31 for more highlights.


The 12-man choral group thrilled listeners with a pair of 16th-century pieces, including “Ce Ris Plus Doux” by French composer Anthoine de Bertand.

Watch more footage from Chanticleer’s session.

Guitarist Jason Vieaux 

The Grammy-winning guitarist played a stunning rendition of J.S. Bach’s Lute Suite No. 1 in E minor.

Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux plays “Capricho árabe” by Francisco Tárrega in the CPR Performance Studio. Recorded June 20, 2016.

Watch two up-and-coming classical guitarists -- Gabriel Balogh and Gwyneth Aggeler -- interpret Bach.

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo 

Pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe wowed us with their delicate, four-hand arrangement of Ballet from Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera “Orpheus and Eurydice.”

The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo play Ballet from Gluck's "Orpheus and Eurydice" in the CPR Performance Studio. Recorded Oct. 6, 2016.

Read more about the duo and their Performance Studio session.

Cellist Jay Campbell 

Campbell often focuses on contemporary music, but he trotted out a movement from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 during his recent session.

Cellist Jay Campbell plays the Sarabande from J.S. Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G. Recorded June 14, 2016, in the CPR Performance Studio.

Playground Ensemble String Quartet 

The four musicians played a sorrowful movement from Denver composer Loretta Notareschi’s “String Quartet OCD.”

The Plaground Ensemble String Quartet plays "Shame" (third movement) from Loretta Notareschi's "String Quartet OCD." Recorded Jan. 27, 2016, in the CPR Performance Studio.

Read more about the group and Notareschi’s piece.

Opera Colorado’s ‘Fanciulla’

“La Fancuilla del West” isn’t as popular today as some of Giacomo Puccini’s other operas, but it made for a unqiue Opera Colorado production this fall. Here’s one of the musical highlights.

Singers from Opera Colorado's production of Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" sing the Act I duet. Melissa Citro, soprano; Jonathan Burton, tenor. Recorded Oct. 18, 2016, in the CPR Performance Studio.

Watch more from the session.

Cellist Matthew Zalkind 

Shortly after joining the music faculty at the University of Denver, Zalkind performed a memorable excerpt from Zoltan Koldaly’s Cello Sonata in B minor.

Matthew Zalkind plays the third movement of Zoltan Kodaly's Solo Cello Sonata in B minor. Recorded March 29, 2016, in the CPR Performance Studio.

Read more about Zalkind

Bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann 

Here’s another new music faculty member from DU. Kuuskmann gave an energetic performance of music from Robert Schumann’s “Fantasy Pieces.”

Bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann plays the first of Robert Schumann's three "Fantasy Pieces," written in 1849. Recorded Sept. 12, 2016, in the CPR Performance Studio.

Read more about Kuuskmann.

Boulder Bach Festival’s ‘Venice on Fire’ Musicians 

The Boulder Bach Festival presented an unusual and memorable concert featuring Italian Baroque music performed on electric instruments. Their session previewing the concert included this aria by Barbara Strozzi.

Musicians from Boulder Bach Festival's "Venice on Fire" concerts perform Barbara Strozzi's Aria from "Che si puo fare" in the CPR Performance Studio on March 16, 2016. Zachary Carrettin, electric violin; Keith Barnhart, electric guitar; Gal Faganel, electric cello.

Watch more footage from the Performance Studio session.

Central City Opera’s ‘Tosca’   

Puccini’s “Tosca” was one of the highlights in Central City this summer. Soprano Alexandra Loutison, who played Floria Tosca, sang “Vissi d’arte:”

Watch more footage of the “Tosca” cast in the CPR Performance Studio.

Matthew Dane on the viola d’amore 

Dane plays an unusual instrument that was popular in the Baroque era. He commissioned a unique piece by composer Reena Esmail to show off the instrument’s qualities.

Matthew Dane plays Reena Email's 'Nishani' on viola d'amore. Recorded Dec. 16, 2015, in the CPR Performance Studio. 

Read more about the piece.

Flutist Brook Ferguson Offers a Moving Tribute 

When longtime CPR Classical host Charley Samson retired in August, several local musicians offered musical tributes. Colorado Symphony flutist Brook Ferguson played Giulio Briccaldi’s “Carnival of Venice” for Samson:

Flutist Brook Ferguson plays Giulio Briccialdi's "Carnival of Venice" at CPR Classical with pianist Joshua Sawicki. Recorded Aug. 19, 2016 in the CPR Performance Studio.

Watch more performance footage from the sendoff, including music from pianist Susan Grace.