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Wednesday (5-29) at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Mozart's Piano Sonata in F, KV 332, an Air for organ by Gerre Hancock and the String Quartet No. 5 by Bela Bartok.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Between the Keys Binges on Scarlatti: May 28

May 28, 2019

Christmas in May? “Well, why not,” says The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler.

Each Christmas season, Jed usually offers an all-Scarlatti episode on his ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys. However, this week, Jed decided to indulge in a Scarlatti binge many months in advance, breaking with tradition.

The Rutgers Wind Ensemble is featured and a concert they gave on May 3rd. All-American fare, the exciting world premiere of a Rutgers student Andrew Faulkenberry’s  substantial four movement Symphony No. 1, then a work by 2019 Artist-in-Residence noted American composer William Bolcom,  his Clarinet Concerto with soloist Maureen Hurd and another premiere, this by composer and Rutgers faculty member Robert Aldridge…so appropriate for the day of broadcast… his work simply title Memorial Day

Sunday evening (5-26) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear selections from the operas Desire Under the Elms by Edward Thomas, Gimpel the Fool by David Schiff, and The Greater Good by Stephen Hartke.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

The Lost Chord: May 26 - Joy, Shipmate, Joy!

May 26, 2019

May 31st marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman.  Whitman’s verse inspired literally hundreds of musical responses.  On this final program in a four-part series encompassing ten composers, celebrate America’s national poet with two openhearted and ecstatic works for chorus and orchestra by Howard Hanson and Lowell Liebermann.   The ship is clear at last, she leaps!   Happiness… not for another hour… but this Sunday at 10 pm.

Giuditta is an attempt by Franz Lehar to finally write an opera, to break out of the mold of being only a composer of operetta. Some critics  think he succeeded, 

Host Gabriel Crouch looks at the 40-voice motet on Sounds Choral Sunday (5/26 at 2 pm) featuring the crowning example of this symphonic choral sound - English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis' Spem in Allium.

Anonymous 4 refers to 14th century Florentine composer Francesco Landini as the "Italin master of subtle refinement", and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear them perform several of Landini's love songs from their cd The Second Circle. Also on the program, Julian Bream plays some Elizabethan and Jacobean lute music, and we'll conclude with 16th century French dances with the King's Noyse, featuring soprano Ellen Hargis. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Picture Perfect: May 24 - The Civil War

May 24, 2019

Memorial Day has its roots in Decoration Day, a time to honor those who gave “the last full measure of their devotion” during the War Between the States.  We acknowledge the heroism and sacrifice of ordinary Americans placed in extraordinary circumstances, with music from “Gettysburg” (Randy Edelman), “Gone with the Wind” (Max Steiner), Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” (Jay Ungar), and “Glory” (James Horner).  A house divided against itself cannot stand.  Preserve the union of history and entertainment, this Friday at 6 pm.

Piano Quintets on Between the Keys May 21st

May 21, 2019

This week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award Winning program Between the keys zeros in on the piano quintet genre, in an episode whimsically entitled “Party of Five.”

The first of two programs featuring new works from Curtis student composers captured over the span of three recitals given in December of 2017 and May and December of last year. This allows us to hear more than one work by each of the featured young composers. This program includes works by Viet Cuong, Andrew Moses, & Nick DiBerardino.
The second program in this series will air on June 3rd and featuring works by five female Curtis student composers.

On Sunday evening (5-19) at 11 we'll hear Changes (sextet for winds & piano) by Marcelo Zarvos, Winter Music by Alexina Louie, the Second Hungarian Gyspy Romance by Edmond Agopian and William Bolcom's Violin Sonata No. 4.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past. 

Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli and Renata Scotto head the cast in highlights from Puccini's Turandot this Sunday night at 8PM on the Lyric Stage. This raises the burning isssue of whether to pronounce Puccini's final opera with the t at the end or not. Such is the nature of opera lovers, who are among the most opinionated people on earth. Final opinions on the subject favor both pronunciations. Most scholars and the original Turandot, Rosa Raisa, agree that Puccini pronounced it without the t sound. So what? says the opposite camp.

Joseph Flummerfelt, conductor and long-time director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, passed away in March at the age of 82, and Sounds Choral this Sunday (5/19 at 2 pm) celebrates his life  and legacy through his music.

Distant Mirror: May 17 - All-Machaut

May 17, 2019

It's an all Machaut program on Friday's Distant Mirror. We'll begin with his Notre Dame Mass, the first complete ordinary of the mass written by a single composer. Jeremy Summerly conducts the Oxford Camerata in a performance considered definitive since it was recorded at Rheims cathedral where the mass was first performed in 1362 conducted by Machaut himself. Then in the second hour of the program you'll hear some of Machaut's secular music as Gothic Voices under Christopher Page performs from the cd The Mirror of Narcissus. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Picture Perfect: May 17 - Everything's Super

May 16, 2019

More powerful than a locomotive!  Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!  It’s music from “Batman” (Danny Elfman)!  “The Incredibles” (Michael Giacchino)!  “The Avengers” (Alan Silvestri)!  And “Superman: The Movie” (John Williams)!  Punctuation receives a cold blow to the jaw, as supervillains are consigned to the Phantom Zone, this Friday at 6 pm!

The Lost Chord: May 19 - Lilacs Last

May 16, 2019

May 31st marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman.  We celebrate this most influential of American poets all month long with music inspired by his verse, from an array of international composers.  Tune in this week for two works indebted to “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” – the Symphony No. 1, “Versuch eines Requiems,” by Karl Amadeus Hartmann and “Dooryard Bloom,” for baritone and orchestra, by Jennifer Higdon.  Whitman chants his song of “sane and sacred death,” this Sunday at 10 pm.

Wednesday (5/15) at noon on Curtis Calls we present Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata, Grieg's Sonata No. 3 in C minor and Navarra by Pablo de Sarasate.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Listening Out Loud on Between the Keys May 14th

May 14, 2019

Hosted by the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys goes all over the pianistic map for Episode No. 203, "Listening Out Loud."

“Even by our usually eclectic standards, this week’s offerings turn out to be more wide-ranging than usual, and I think I’ve come up with a play list that’s both stimulating and satisfying,” says Distler.

American composer Joan Tower's  80th Birthday Celebration concerts

Sunday evening, 5-12 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear Symphony No. 10 by Edmund Rubbra, Michael Torke's Charcoal and the Cello Concerto by Philip Glass.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

May 31st marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman.  We honor this most influential of American poets all month long with music inspired by his verse, including choral works, orchestral pieces, and songs.  Whitman attained a venerable status here in the United States.  More surprising, perhaps, was his impact on composers of the United Kingdom.  Tune in to this, the second of four programs, for music by Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Frederick Delius.  Walk out… toward the unknown region, this Sunday at 10 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.

Deborah Simpkin King, founder and director of Ember, the vocal ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (5/12 at 2 pm) and welcomes composer, arranger and singer Bill Heigen to this week's program.