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Host James Jordan presents selections from a new CD from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge led by the late Sir Stephen Cleobury, featuring music by Anton Bruckner. Listen Sunday (4/11) at 2 pm.

To commemorate the fact that 50 years ago this month one of the greatest composers of all time passed away- Igor Stravinsky, the usual cast of PostClassical author, historian and founder of PostClassical Ensemble Joe Horowitz, the Music Director of PostClassical Ensemble Maestro Angel Gil-Ordonez and the host of Exploring Music Bill McGlaugjlin will present a program titled The Russian Stravinsky and be joined by two great Georgian pianists Alexander Korsantia and George Vatchnadze.

Listening Guide

Picture Perfect Now on Saturday: The Restoration

Apr 8, 2021

Beauty patches are back!  It’s an hour of lace and licentiousness, with movies set during the reign of Charles II.  Powder your face and apply your rouge to selections from “Restoration” (James Newton Howard), “The King’s Thief” (Miklós Rózsa), “The Draughtsman’s Contract” (Michael Nyman), and “Forever Amber” (David Raksin).  Then giggle into your handkerchief and wear ribbons on your shoes, this Saturday at 6 pm.

Host Steven Sametz presents music for the Spring holidays of Easter and Passover, including works by Palestrina, Bach, Poulenc, Mahler, Beethoven and Sametz. Listen Sunday (4/4) at 2 pm.

In this season of Biblical epics, enjoy a bit of counterprogramming in the form of music from films about faith, conscience, and grappling with self-abnegation, including selections from “Black Robe” (Georges Delerue), “Black Narcissus” (Brian Easdale), “The Nun’s Story” (Franz Waxman), and “The Mission” (Ennio Morricone).  Seek grace in an imperfect world, this Saturday at 6 pm.

Mozart enjoyed great popularity in Prague beginning with performances of The Abduction from the Seraglio in 1783 at the National Theater, the opera house now known as the Estates Theater. His The Marriage of Figaro was a success there in late 1786, and in early 1787 Mozart made his first visit to Prague to much acclaim. The Italian opera company commissioned a new opera from him, Don Giovanni, and he returned to Prague to help supervise the first production at the Estates in October of 1787.

Feeling he’d already said everything he had to say as a composer,  Howard Ferguson shifted his focus to musicology at midlife.  Thankfully, he lived long enough to experience a modest revival of interest in his own works.  “The Dream of the Rood” (1958), for chorus and orchestra, is a setting of an 8th century Anglo-Saxon poem that melds the Passion story with characteristics of the secular heroic tradition.  Portions of the poem were engraved on the Ruthwell Cross (pictured).  Hear it, alongside Ferguson’s Octet, Op. 4 (1933), this Easter Sunday at 10 pm. 

Just in time for Passover, enjoy selections from a 6-CD set, on the Intrada label, of music from Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments.  This exhaustive collection includes the complete score as heard in the film, alternate takes, trailer music, three commercial soundtrack releases, and rare demos prepared for DeMille by the composer, Elmer Bernstein, who plays some of his themes on the piano.  We’ll arrive at Mount Nebo before sunset, this Saturday at 6 pm.

For Early Music Month, enjoy three works by 20th and 21st century composers who found inspiration in music of the Renaissance.  Tune in William Kraft’s “Vintage Renaissance,” written for the Boston Pops, George Frederick McKay’s “Suite on Sixteenth Century Hymn Tunes,” after works of Louis Bourgeois, and Lukas Foss’ “Renaissance Concerto” for flute and orchestra.  American composers cast an affectionate look back, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Half Past: March 21

Mar 21, 2021

Sounds Choral: March 21

Mar 21, 2021

Celebrate the birthday of J.S. Bach with music written by this great composer - for birthdays! Join Sounds Choral host Ryan Brandau Sunday (3/21) at 2 pm.

Due to the pandemic Rob Kapilow has not been able to stage What Makes It Great programs in front of live audiences, but in September of last year he went onto the stage of the home of What Makes It Great Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in midtown Manhattan and recorded- sans audience- three programs focusing on the music of Beethoven. This is the first featuring the Piano Sonata No. 23 'Appassionata'. Rob's special guest artist was pianist Orli Shaham.

Hosts Bill McGlaughlin & Karrin Allyson welcome warmth and the blooming of nature through music for Spring!

The 30-year romance of William Alwyn and Doreen Carwithen culminated in the couple’s marriage in 1975.  Combined, during their heyday in the 1940s and ‘50s, they wrote the music for over 100 films.  Alwyn, in particular, scored such high-profile projects as “The Crimson Pirate,” “A Night to Remember,” and “The Swiss Family Robinson.”  Although groomed for a career in film, Carwithen was not given the same opportunities.  She scored only six dramatic features.  The rest were documentaries and shorts.  We’ll sample their work, 50/50, this Saturday at 6 pm.

  

  

For Women’s History Month, enjoy notable works by two extraordinary female composers, including a string quartet by the tragically short-lived Vitězslava Kápralová (pictured) and the “Serenade in D” – a symphony in all but name – by the indomitable Ethel Smyth.  Musical women make history, this Sunday at 10 pm.

  

  

The Lyric Stage March 21 - Rigoletto Highlights

Mar 18, 2021

Based on a play by Victor Hugo, Rigoletto is one of Verdi's best and most popular operas. This week, we have highlights of the music from a 1960 studio recording with Ettore Bastianini as Rigoletto, Renata Scotto as Gilda, and Alfredo Krauss as the Duke of Mantua. All three singers were in the early prime of their careers, and of the many fine recordings of Rigoletto, this is one of the best. Gianandrea Gavazzenni  conducts the Orchestra and chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Host Ethan Sperry presents a survey of the choral music of South Africa with composer and conductor Michael Barrett this week on Sounds Choral. Listen Sunday (3/14) at 2 pm.

March 15th is a day that has lived in infamy and superstition, ever since the murder of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.  After declaring himself Dictator for Life, Caesar was set upon by members of the Roman Senate and stabbed 23 times.  Toga is the dressing of choice for a Caesar salad of films set in Ancient Rome, including “Julius Caesar” (Miklós Rózsa), “Cleopatra” (Alex North), “Gladiator” (Hans Zimmer), and “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (Dimitri Tiomkin).  Rome wasn’t built in a day; it falls in an hour, this Saturday at 6 pm.

Conductor Teodor Currentzis did not like what he felt was the focus on simplification and vocal volume in present day Mozart performance. So with a lot of research into the performance style of Mozart's time, he came up with ideas of how to re-interpret Mozart for today's audience. Sony records liked the idea, and the result was a project to record the three operas Mozart composed with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte with Currentzis conducting his chosen soloists and his own early music group, MusicAeterna.

For St. Patrick’s Day, pour yourself a pint of stout and find your bliss, with Dublin-born composer John Kinsella’s Symphony No. 3, subtitled “Joie de vivre.”  Then laugh and weep along to melodies of Turlough O’Carolan, in “Laments and Dances from the Irish,” by Philadelphia-born composer Arnold Black.  Black is the new green for St. Patrick’s Day, this Sunday at 10 pm.

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