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The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler devotes this week’s episode (No. 225) of Between the Keys to the vibrant world of today’s great Italian pianists. Featured artists include Maria Tipo, Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi, Emanuele Arciuli, Roberto Prosseda and Alessandra Ammara, Maruzio Pollini, Giusy Caruso, Carlo Grante, Luca Ciammarughi, Beatrce Rana and Vanessa Benelli Mossel.

Tune in Tuesday at 10:00 PM for Between the Keys, an exclusive production of The Classical Network and WWFM.org.

A concert featuring the Temple University Wind Symphony led by their director Patricia Cornett. The program features works by some composers we don’t associated with band repertoire such as Richard Wagner and Eric Whitacre, also music by Darius Milhaud, Percy Grainger, James Stephenson and Gunther Schuller. David Osenberg is your host.

Sounds Choral Producer David Osenberg hosts a special episode spotlighting a choral ensmeble located @30 miles west of Chicago- the St. Charles Singers. Joining David is the Director of the St. Charles Singers, Jeff Hunt.

Director Brian De Palma has frequently been criticized for his adherence to “genre trash,” but audiences certainly remember his movies.  With Halloween right around the corner, enjoy music from suspense and supernatural thrillers, “Obsession” (Bernard Hermann), “The Fury” (John Williams), and “Carrie” (Pino Donaggio), along with that for the crime-busting adventure “The Untouchables” (Ennio Morricone).  De Palma takes the palm, this Friday at 6 pm.

The one act Elvida is one of Gaetano Donizetti's long neglected operas. (He  wrote seventy or so operas, and if some of them were not neglected, we would hear almost nothing but Donizetti's operas.) Some critics think that his early Elvida has earned its obscurity. According to one, for example, it's often light music does not match the dark plot of the heroine held hostage, thrown into a dungeon, and saved from being murdered at the last minute possible.

The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler devotes this week’s episode of Between the Keys (Episode No. 224) to the artistry of Grigori Sokolov, one of today’s most revered and enigmatic artists.

A rebroadcast of a concert by The Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia led by Maestro George Manahan given in November of 2017 devoted entirely to the music of Igor Stravinsky. Pn the program the rarely performed Eight Instrumental Miniatures, orchestrations by the composer of a set of short piano pieces he originally titled ‘The Five Fingers’, also his Concerto in Eb known as ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ and the complete 1920 ballet and work that ushered in the composer’s and music’s neo-classic style,  Pulcinella.

Looking back, what was Shostakovich’s place in the cultural Cold War? Why did JFK claim that the arts could only flourish in “free societies”? And whose idea was that? Find out the answers in this initial installment of another season of “PostClassical,” featuring Solomon Volkov (author of Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich) and the usual gang: host Bill McGlaughlin, and Joe Horowitz and Angel Gil-Ordonez of DC’s unique PostClassical Ensemble.

Here is a link for the web broadcast version of the Music from the Institute for Advance Study originally airing on Friday, September 27, 2019. A concert in the  Edwrad T. Cone Concert Series from March 2019 as presented by Artist-in-Residence at the IAS composer David Lang. An evening devoted to the music of John Cage and featuring SandBox Percussion and actor Paul Lazar.
Hosts: David osenberg & David Lang

Prepare to get all fired up.  Rekindle your affection for dragons with music from “Dragonheart” (Randy Edelman), “Dragonslayer” (Alex North), “How to Train Your Dragon” (John Powell), and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Howard Shore).  Feel the burn, this Friday at 6 pm.

It's the music of Guillaume Machaut Friday night (10/4) on Distant Mirror.  You'll hear several chansons performed by Fortune's Wheel as well as well as Matthew Brook from the Oxford Camerata performing Machaut's Le lay de bonne esperance from his Le Voir Dit.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Members of the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble led by composer David Ludwig present a concert dedicated to the chamber works fo Chinese-American Composer Chen Yi.

Composerben Johanston passed waay at the age of 93 in July 2019. This is a rebroadcast of the Cadenza recorded with him back in 2016 when he was 90 years old.

Get ready to go ape.  It’s a survey of all five scores for the original “Planet of the Apes” movies, restored and remastered by La-La Land Records and reissued in a limited edition boxed set of 5000 copies.  Composers include Jerry Goldsmith, Leonard Rosenman and Tom Scott.  It’s a wild journey across the Planet of the Apes.  Yes we have no bananas, this Friday at 6 pm.

1580 to 1620 has been called the golden age of English lute music.  More than 2000 pieces survive and many are ballad settings and almsot all are anonymous.  On Friday's (9/27) Distant Mirror you can hear several of these performed by Paul O'Dette on lute, orpharion and cittern, from his cd Robin Hood: Elizabethan Ballad Settings.  Also on the program the Missa Brevis of Palestrina with  the Tallis Scholars directed by Peter Phillips. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

For this week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler has put together a program of new piano releases.

The Princeton University Chamber Choir under the direction of Gabriel Crouch perform the original chamber version- 12 singers, 2 pianos + harmonium - of Gioachino Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle

Picture Perfect: September 20 - Elegiac Westerns

Sep 19, 2019

The obsolescence of the gunfighter.  The free-ranging cowboy fenced off by barbed wire.  Horses replaced by automobiles.  The land of limitless possibility and moral certitude, subdivided and spoiled by industrialization.  Once-heroic figures ride slowly into the sunset, or are killed, their qualities unrecognized, perhaps even willfully rejected, by those who come after.  Tune in for selections from “Cheyenne Autumn” (Alex North), “The Shootist” (Elmer Bernstein), “The Wild Bunch” (Jerry Fielding), and “Monte Walsh” (John Barry).  Autumn comes to the Old West, this Friday at 6 pm.

The Trio Mediaeval visits Distant  Mirror this Friday (9/20) with the Missa Alma Redemptoris Mater of early 15th century English composer Lionel Power.  The mass, based on the Marian antiphon of the same name, is one of the earliest masses to feature the cantus firmus in each movement of the ordinary. Power, with the possible exception of John Dunstable, is considered the greatest Engliah composer of that century.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

For this week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler has put together an interesting program, divided into two parts.

“We start with a monumental work by the composer/jazz pianist Fred Hersch, a set of variations based on a Tchaikovsky theme,” says Distler.  “Fred wrote it for a wonderful pianist, Natasha Paremski, who recently recorded the work for the Steinway & Sons label, and I thought I’d share this terrific new release with listeners.”

Celebrating Our Musicl Future begins its 11th season with  very special broadcast from Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in midtown Manhattan.

Composer Steven Sametz, Artistic Director of The Princeton Singers hosts a program presenting the concert given by the Princeton Singers featuring music by women composers from across the centuries called 'Hear Me Roar'

In Elizabethan England popular music was performed by minstrels, dance bands and waits.  The lyrics or poems were collected along with appropriate tunes into little books, and one of the more famous was A Handful of Pleasant Delites, which consisted of sacred pieces, bawdy, amorous, something for every taste. You can hear several of these on Friday's (9/13) Distant Mirror as the ensemble Circa 1500 performs led by Nancy Hadden.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

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 Friday at 6 pm.