Notable Box Sets and CDs for the Holidays: Some Last-Minute (yet Great!) Gift Ideas

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Happy Holidays! On this edition of our show, we offer several gift-giving suggestions in the way of recently released CDs and box sets. Our host Rich Fisher is joined by three different guests on today's program, who share favorites in the classical, singer/songwriter, and jazz genres.

First, we get some classical tips from Eric Feidner, president and CEO of ArkivMusic. ArkivMusic is a great website that KWTU, our all-classical sister station, has been partnering with for years now. (In short, whenever you purchase CDs through ArkivMusic, ten percent of your purchase comes back to Public Radio Tulsa.)

Feidner mentions the following box sets (all of which are limited-edition, specially-low-priced items):

"Beethoven: Nine Symphonies" --- Osmo Vanska / Minnesota Orchestra [5-CD set]

"111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon" [55-CD set]

"Harmonia Mundi Sacred Music Box" [30-CD set]

(By the way, you can easily find all of the selections named above --- and many other outstanding recordings --- at the "KWTU page" of the ArchivMusic site, which is at Or, you can simply go to and then click on "Holiday Gift Guide.")

Next up: Richard Higgs, a co-host of the popular Folk Salad music program, which is heard every Sunday night at 7pm right here on KWGS. Higgs spotlights these four recent singer/songwriter-driven CDs:

John Fullbright: "All the Time in the World"

Monica Taylor: "Cotton Shirt"

Slaid Cleaves: "Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away"

Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers: "Songs in the Night"

Finally, we listen to a few jazz recordings alongside Scott Gregory, who serves as the editor and producer of this very show --- and who also hosts All This Jazz on KWGS every Saturday night from 10pm till midnight. Gregory plays us choice tracks from these jazz CDs:

Bill Evans (piano): "Turn Out the Stars" [6-CD set]

Alvin Queen (drums): "Mighty Long Way"

Bill Frisell (guitar): "Disfarmer"

And that's it, folks. Thanks for listening to StudioTulsa . . . and to this music!