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What's ahead on The Classical Network? Catch some of these great programs coming your way. Information on evening concert broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other nationally broadcast performances can be found on our home page.

Between the Keys' Bagatelle Buffet on November 13th

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This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys is devoted to the art of the piano Bagatelle, with music by Beethoven, Ježek, Sibelius, Howard Ferguson, Dvorak, Poulenc, Edison Denisov, Saint-Saëns, Marie Jaëll, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nikolai Kapustin and Edison Denisov. There’ll also be a Bagatelle by the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, who is the creator, producer and host of Between the Keys.

Sunday (11-11) evening at 11 we'll hear David Diamond's Flute Concerto, Aulis Sallinen's Introduction & Tango Overture and the Quintet for Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & String Trio by Robert Simpson. Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that formally ended World War I, it’s the first of a special two-part program showcasing “A World Requiem” by John Foulds.  Foulds’ work was given its premiere on Armistice Day, 1923, played four more times, then lay dormant for some 80 years until revived on Armistice Day, 2007, for this recording.  Also featured will be a contemporaneous tone poem by Lilian Elkington, literally rescued from a trash heap following the composer’s death.  War’s the pity, this Sunday at 10 pm.

The Lyric Stage: Nov. 11 - Frederica Von Stade

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Frederica Von Stade's long career and broad repertoire includes the work of many French composers, and this week on the LS we feature her in arias and duets  from a 1979 recording of Jules Massenet's Cendrillon.  

Mostly Machaut on Friday's Distant Mirror

Nov 9, 2018

It's the music of Guillaume Machaut on Friday's Distant Mirror.  You'll hear a rondeaux, ballade and virelai performed by Fortune's Wheel.  Then Matthew Brooke from the Oxford Camerata performs Machaut's Le Lay de Bonne Esperance from his Le Voir Dit.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Picture Perfect: November 9 - Morricone at 90

Nov 9, 2018

Ennio Morricone, author of over 500 film and television scores, is perhaps the most prolific movie composer of all time.  November 10 will mark his 90th birthday.  Celebrate this extraordinary artist by revisiting some of his most indelible inspirations, including selections from “Cinema Paradiso” (1988), “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), “The Mission” (1986), “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968), “Navajo Joe” (1966), “The Untouchables” (1987), and his Academy Award winning music for “The Hateful Eight” (2015).  Stick a feather in your cap and call it Morricone, this Friday at 6 pm.

Enjoy a broadcast of another Concordia Chamber Players "Chamberfest" concert this Friday (11/9 at 4 pm). This program features Jon Zorn's setting of Kol Nidre,  Three Dances from the String Quartet No. 1 - White Man Sleeps by Keven Volans, Fratres by Arvo Pärt, and Five World Dances by Sergio Assad.

Photo by Peter Cunningham


The chiming of bells will ring out on Nov. 11 in communities across the United States and Europe in commemoration of the 100 anniversary of the end of World War I, much as they did that day a century ago following the announcement of the Armistice, signed at 11 am on Nov. 11, 1918.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (11/11 at 2 pm) features selections from  Songs of the Questioner, the new CD from The Same Stream Choir, conducted by James Jordan, who is also this week's program host.

We could all use some levity just now, and there will be an afternoon of it when this week’s Sunday Opera (11/11 3:00 p.m.) features the San Francisco Opera production of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” where a poor and rebellious nephew and his beloved teach his conniving uncle a lesson about love and family.  The cast includes Maurizio Muraro in the title role, Lawrence Brownlee is his nephew Ernesto, and Heidi Stober as Ernesto’s beloved Norina.  

Our years teaching English have gotten the better of us on this week’s Dress Circle (11/11 7:00 p.m.), and we’ve turned to the world of literature for our theme as we look at Emily Bronte’s 1847 romantic tragedy “Wuthering Heights” through stage and screen adaptations.  Join us for selections from Alfred Newman’s score for the film as well as an aria from Bernard Hermann’s opera.  

Friday evening, November 9 at 8 we will present a concert by The Orchestra Now (TON) with Gerard Schwarz conducting.  The program includes Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 and Eugene Goossens Jubilee Variations.  Ten American composers each wrote a variation for Goossens!

On Wednesday, 11/7 at noon we'll hear bass Kodi Meyer in Johannes Brahms' Vier ernste Gesaenge.  Also on the program are Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in B minor, K 87 and Mozart's String Quartet in C, "Dissonance."  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

On Tuesday November 6th at 10 PM, Episode No. 176 of Between the Keys will feature a single, solitary large scale work, the Fantasia by the Swedish composer Claude Loyola Allgén.

"Allgén lived from 1920 until 1990, " says host Jed Distler, who is the Classical Network's Artist-in Residence." He never really got recognition until the end of his life. In a way, it's understandable, because Allgén composed vast amounts of difficult  large-scale pieces, and he lived and worked in isolation from the music community at large. Apparently Allgén was also a rather prickly character."

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