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Picture Perfect: Victoriana

Sep 16, 2021

It's an hour of top hats and crinoline, with music from movies set during the Victorian Era.  Enjoy selections from “The Importance of Being Earnest” (Benjamin Frankel), “Oliver Twist” (Arnold Bax), “Champagne Charlie” (Lord Berners), and “The Great Train Robbery” (Jerry Goldsmith).  Even the pianos wear skirts, this Saturday at 6 pm.

Sounds Choral host Gabriel Crouch this week examines choral music that captures the spirit of the ocean. Listen this Sunday (9/12) at 2 pm.

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, it’s a multifaceted portrait of Manhattan.  Enjoy selections from “All About Eve” and “Street Scene” (both by Alfred Newman),” “Taxi Driver” (Bernard Herrmann), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (Henry Mancini), and “King Kong” (Max Steiner).  Also, Oscar Levant will perform George Gershwin’s “Second Rhapsody,” from the 1931 film “Delicious.”  It’s a collage of realism and romance, tragedy and comedy, seediness and sophistication.  The Big Apple never falls, this Saturday at 6 pm.

Shana Tova!  Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and sweet new year.  Mark the Jewish High Holidays with two complementary works:  Jacob Weinberg’s String Quartet No. 2 (its three movements, “Rosh Hashana,” “Yom Kippur,” and “Sukkot”) and Ernest Bloch’s orchestral rhapsody, the “Israel Symphony” (“Prayer in the Desert,” “Yom Kippur,” and “Succoth”). The High Holidays are a period of reflection, ten days of awe and repentance.  Welcome the year 5782, one hour later than usual, due to the length of today’s opera, this Sunday at 11 pm.


Host Rob Kapilow welcomes special guest artists Nikki Renée Daniels and Michael Winther
in a special Celebrating the Great American Songbook the songs of Stephen Sondheim. This program was live streamed by the Kaufman Music Center from Merkin Hall, the home of What Makes It Great, back on April 6,2021.

Cadenza- Voces8

Sep 2, 2021

Heigh-ho!  Celebrate Labor Day with music from movies about the working stiff, including selections from “The Molly Maguires” (Henry Mancini), “Modern Times” (Charles Chaplin & David Raksin), “Metropolis” (Gottfried Huppertz), and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (Frank Churchill & Larry Morey).  The “picks” are all “mine” for Labor Day.  Whistle along, this Saturday at 6 pm.

For the tenth anniversary of the surreal, unforgettable events of September 11, 2001, Philadelphia composer Robert Moran wrote his “Trinity Requiem” for the youth chorus of Trinity Wall Street, the so-called “Ground Zero church” in Lower Manhattan.  A decade later, we’ll revisit this beautiful, consoling work and reflect on that September morning of twenty years ago – a morning that still feels like yesterday.  The recording will be prefaced by a conversation with the composer.  Find solace in the purity of music, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Sounds Choral host Steven Sametz this week pays homage to music teachers and their students in this special Back-to-School episode. The program will include pairs of works by teachers and their students, including JS Bach and his instructor, Dieterich Buxtehude. Listen Sunday (8/29) at 2 pm.

It's back to school time!  Enjoy it while you can, with selections from “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (Richard Addinsell), “Dead Poets Society” (Maurice Jarre), “Back to School” (Danny Elfman), “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (Michael Kamen), and “Tom Brown’s School Days” (Richard Addinsell).  Minds will be sharpened and buttons will be pushed, this Saturday at 6 pm.

This Sunday (Aug. 29), we feature the German Tenor Fritz Wunderlich. His name calls up contrasting emotions - deep gratitude for all of his more than 100 recordings and the continued pleasure they give us, and inescapable sadness that he died so suddenly from a fall in 1966 at age 36.  

The end of summer can be a time of reminiscence, sentiment, and undefined yearning.  Join four American composers who drew inspiration in looking back on halcyon days.  We’ll hear William Schuman’s “American Festival Overture,” permeated by a boyhood call-to-play, Haskell Small’s piano suite “Visions of Childhood,” Charles Ives’ autobiographical Violin Sonata No. 4, “Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting,” and George Crumb’s reflection on hymns and folk songs of his formative years, “American Songbook III:  The River of Life.”  The past informs the present, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Half Past: Aug. 22

Aug 23, 2021

Bill McGlaughlin & Karrin Allyson relish the various traits- musically- that make up this season called Summer.

Expand your palette with music from movies about the great painters, including “The Agony and the Ecstasy” (Alex North), “Moulin Rouge” (Georges Auric), “The Picasso Summer” (Michel Legrand), and “Lust for Life” (Miklós Rózsa).  Prepare for a brush with greatness, this Saturday at 6 pm.

For many, the prospect of having to work through vacation could be a real drag; but for the creative artist, getting away can be a welcome opportunity to really get things done.  Tune in to enjoy three pieces associated with Howard Hanson’s summer home on Bold Island, Maine: his “Summer Seascape No. 2,” the Symphony No. 6, and “The Bold Island Suite.”  The North Atlantic inspires some august music, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Sounds Choral host Ryan Brandau this week presents motets and cantatas of Poulenc. Listen Sunday (8/15) at   2 pm.

It’s an hour of cinematic shell-games, with music from movies about charlatans and hucksters.  Keep your eyes and ears open for selections from “The Magician” (Erik Nordgren), “The Flim-Flam Man” (Jerry Goldsmith), “Catch Me If You Can” (John Williams), and “Elmer Gantry” (André Previn).  Listen with confidence, this Saturday at 6 pm.

The Lost Chord: August 15 - Steppe Lively

Aug 12, 2021

When Ukrainian-born Dimitri Tiomkin received two Academy Awards for his work on the landmark western “High Noon,” he was asked how a composer from halfway around the world managed to inhabit such a quintessentially American idiom.  Tiomkin’s response:  “A steppe is a steppe is a steppe.”  Mind the gap with an hour of Ukrainian classics, including “The Zaporozhy Cossacks” by Reinhold Glière and the Symphony No. 1 by Boris Lyatoshinsky, a Glière pupil, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Host Ethan Sperry presents selections from the recording of Benedict Sheehan's Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, performed by the Saint Tikhon Choir, on Sounds Choral this Sunday (8/8) at 2 pm.

Maestro Stern has chosen a wonderful mix of works and composers from fairly far back in the Iris Archives. Robert Schumann’s Manfred Overture lies in stark contrast to the first symphony of the precocious early teenage Mozart. We’ll hear some orchestral Bach with the Orchestral Suite No 4 and wrap things up in a grinning fashion with the Symphony No 6 by Antonin Dvorak.