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Picaresque novels are generally characterized by having rogues or anti-heroes as protagonists, episodic, wayward structures, and, not infrequently, low humor.  Prepare to revel in some freewheeling lack of judgment, with music from “The Reivers” (John Williams), “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (Jerome Moross), “Anthony Adverse” (Erich Wolfgang Korngold), and “Tom Jones” (John Addison).  We’re up to no good, this Friday at 6 pm.

The Joy of Discovery on Between the Keys, July 31st

Jul 31, 2018

It's been more than three years since the Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler launched Between the Keys. Having written, produced and hosted more than 160 episodes to date, how does he keep the show fresh?

This Sunday evening (7-29) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the 1st piano concerto by Australian composer Bryan Brumby (1939-2018) and Dennis Riley's trio The Household Muses for clarinet, viola and piano.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past. 

According to a certain school of thought, folk music – music of the land – embodies the spirit of a nation.  And no nation’s composers milked that cow quite as soulfully as the English.  Tune in for an hour of bucolic reflections on a time lost to technology and industrialization, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

Verdi held back from writing Otello for years, only finally agreeing to take a look at Arrigo Boito's libretto with no promises that he would ever do any more than that. The lives of great composers are full of stories about how weak opera librettos have ill served great music - Schubert and Beethoven are just two examples. But Boito's brilliant libretto brought out the best of Verdi's music, and the result is one of the outstanding operas of the repertory.

We’ll be looking at July and August together for our show openings on this week’s Dress Circle (7/29 7:00 p.m.) since Broadway openings slow during the summer months with the exception of this year where there will be no fewer than four new musicals opening.  However, since they haven’t opened yet, we don’t have any music from them and won’t be mentioning them.  The “summer shows” we will be mentioning include the 1997 revival of “1776,” the riotous revue “Two on the Aisle,” one of Langston Hughes’ Broadway musicals “Simply Heavenly,” and the high-energy “Hairspray.”  

On Friday's Distant Mirror it's music from the Hundred Years War, that on again, off again struggle between England and France in the 14th and 15th centuries set  against a backdrop of plague, peasant revolts and papal politics.  Gothic Voices performs muisc from both sides, both sacred and secular.  Hear pieces by Philippe de Vitry, Pierre des Molins, John Dunstable and others.  Christopher Page directs.  And we'll conclude the program with lute music from late 15th--early 16th century Italian composer Marco Dall'Aquila.  Paul O'Dette performs.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

What’s your hurry?  Defy weekend traffic with music from “The Road Warrior” (Brian May), “Grand Prix” (Maurice Jarre), “Bullitt” (Lalo Schifrin), and “Back to the Future.”  We put the pedal to the metal, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Wednesday 7-25 at noon and Monday 7-30 at 10 pm on Curtis Calls we'll hear Debussy's Image, Book 1, a sonata by Domenico Scarlatti and Felix Mendelssohn's 2nd string quartet.  Performances by students at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10. 

In 2017 The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler celebrated what would have been Dinu Lipatti's 100th birthday with a special episode on his ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award Winning program Between the Keys. Fast forward to a years later, and several fresh Lipatti discoveries.

"A small yet important group of previously unknown Lipatti recordings came to light around ten years ago, and have just come out on the Marston label," says Distler. "The story about their discovery and ultimate publication is quite fascinating."

This Sunday (7-22)  evening at 11 on Half Past we'll hear the 4th Symphony by Krysztof Penderecki, the Quintet for Horn & Strings by Richard Wernick and a song for soprano, Spring by Dominic Argento.  Music composed in the past half-century.