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Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek joins the Hilliard Ensemble on Friday's Distant  Mirror with selections from the award-winning cd Officium including two 14th century Czech pieces and one by Cristobal de Morales.  Then a tribue to the groundbreaking early music ensemble Musica Reservata, featuring mezzo-soprano Jantina Noorman and directed by Michael Morrow.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Music from the IAS- Hosts David Osenberg & current Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton composer David Lang. Concerts given on February 1 & 2, 2019.
Nicholas Phan, tenor & Myra Huang, piano perform Franz Schubert's song cycle Die schöne Müllerin.

Less than a week after Hollywood’s Biggest Night, take a look behind the film industry’s glamorous veneer with music from “Sunset Boulevard” (Franz Waxman), “The Bad and the Beautiful” (David Raksin), “The Stunt Man” (Dominic Frontiere), and “The Artist” (Ludovic Bource).  Nothing is as important as that perfect shot or the next big hit.  What price fame?  Stars are born and careers fade, this Friday at 6 pm.

On Wednesday, 2-27 at noon Curtis Calls will present a recital by violinist Ania Filochowska and pianist Michael Davidman.  We'll hear Tartini's Sonata in g minor "Devil's Trill," the Sonata No. 1 in G major by Johannnes Brahms and Curtis student Steven Franklin's Passacaglia and Rondo. Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Music for Two Pianos on Between the Keys Feb. 26th

Feb 26, 2019

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys. “The Spirit of 176 Part 2,” is entirely devoted music for two pianos

“I’ve been a two-piano nerd for decades,” says Jed Distler, host for Between the Keys, and the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence. “I loved to play through all kinds of repertoire in college, while one of my first major professional engagements involved the premier of Andrew Violette’s Third Sonata for Two Pianos. That was kind of a baptism by fire, from which I’ve never recovered, thank goodness!”

The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra performs music by Bard student Corey Chang, the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Peter Wiley as soloist and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. They are led by guest conductor and Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchetsra, Xian Zhang.

Sunday evening (2-25) on Half Past we'll hear the Piano Concerto by American James Yannatos and the Harp Concerto by Dutch composer Roel van Oosten.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past.

CBS Records’ landmark Black Composers Series has finally come to compact disc.  Made under the direction of conductor Paul Freeman and employing world class orchestras and soloists, these recordings originally appeared on vinyl between 1974 and 1978.  Sony Classical has reissued these invaluable documents as a boxed set.  To coincide with Black History Month, we’re listening to highlights from the 10-CD collection, Sundays in February at 10 pm.  This week, we conclude our survey with music by William Grant Still (pictured), Ulysses Kay, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

This week on The Lyric Stage, Fritz Wunderlich and Cecilia Bartoli sing music from Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and Cosi fan Tutti. Mozart's deceptively simple-looking music is full of surprises and challenges, and Wunderlich and Bartoli are superb interpreters.

Steven Sametz, Artistic Director of The Princeton Singers, joins the roster of hosts of Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/24) surveying the rich tradition of British choral music. Sounds Choral can be heard at 2 pm.

We’re celebrating black history month on this week’s Dress Circle (2/24 7:00 p.m.) by looking at shows featuring black casts like “Simply Heavenly,” a musical with a book and lyrics by Langston Hughes based on his novel “Simple Takes a Wife” and other “Simple” stories, “Purlie,” a musical based on Ossie Davis’ play “Purlie Victorious,” and “Raisin” based on Lorraine Hansberry’s “Raisin in the Sun.”  

Soprano Emma Kirkby joins Gothic Voices on Friday's Distant Mirror with three selections by 12th century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen from the cd A Feather on the Breath of God.  Christopher Page directs.  Then Ms. Kirkby teams up with lutenist and former spouse Anthony Rooley for three selections from John Dowland's last song cycle, A Pilgrim's Solace. There's also consort music of Orlando Gibbons, and a Dufay sacred piece  for voices and soprano saxophonne.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Picture Perfect - February 22: Oscar Party 2019!

Feb 21, 2019

And the winner is… us!  The Academy Awards are always an excellent excuse to cast a nostalgic look back on Oscar history.  We’ll sample from all five of this year’s nominees for Best Original Score, but also revel in music from some of the most honored and beloved classics of all time.  Whether or not the movies’ best days are behind them, we’ll find plenty to celebrate with THREE HOURS OF QUALITY FILM MUSIC, on a special expanded edition of “Picture Perfect” – this Friday only from 4 to 7 pm.

Wednesday, 2-20 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Franz Waxman's Carmen Fantasy for violin & piano, the Cello Sonata No. 6 by Luigi Boccherini, Fritz Kreisler's Tempo di minuetto, a selection from Bela Kovacs's Hommages and the Sonata in f minor for clarinet & piano by Johannes Brahms.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

Sonatina Time on Between the Keys Feb. 19th

Feb 19, 2019

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys is devoted to piano sonatinas.

“It’s interesting how sonatinas are, in theory, smaller sonatas, yet the fact is that some sonatinas are bigger than sonatas, and that some sonatas are smaller than sonatinas,” says Jed Distler, host for Between the Keys, and the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence. “I thought it would be a good idea to comb through a variety of sonatinas and sonatina movements, combining some familiar works with music that you may not have heard.”

To honor Black History Month a concert that took place back on February 2 in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College in Princeton part of the Westminster Conservatory Series and featured Conservatory faculty member pianist Clipper Erickson. This is a program Clipper called ‘Ebony & Ivory’ with music of African descent composers as well as music inspired by African music and style. On the program are works by Nathaniel Dett, Margaret Bonds, Laurie Altman and George Gershwin.

Three singers from the early and middle parts of the twentieth century take center stage this Sunday night at 8. Gino Bechi (1913-1993) was not well known outside of Italy, but his interpretation of Verdi was on a par with Robert Merrill, Leonard Warren and Ettore Bastianini. Claudia Muzio (1889-1936) easily was one of the finest sopranos of the first half century, and Richard Tauber (1891-1948) is still the touchstone for how to sing operetta, although he had an extensive career in opera as well.

We lost the dynamo known as Carol Channing on January 15, and on this week’s Dress Circle (2/17 7:00 p.m.), we’ll be paying tribute to her wonderful career.  Channing’s early career was as a model which led to stage work that took her to New York and then L.A..  In L.A., she was hired for a show that took her back to New York, and there she stayed.  We’ll look at some of that early work in shows like 1948’s “Lend an Ear,” 1949’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and 1961’s “Show Girl.”  

For most of the 14th century the papacy was situated in Avignon in the south of France.  The Avignonese popes were great patrons of the arts, especially music. On Friday's (2/15) Distant Mirror  the Ensemble Venace Fortunat and La Schola Choir of the University of Tours  perform music from the popes' palace at Avignon from the cd Altera Roma.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Join us this Friday (2/15 at 8 pm) for the next episode in the bi-monthly series PostClassical featuring PostClassical Ensemble in a special edition honoring Black History Month. Bass-baritone Kevin Deas is the soloist for this program, called Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual, featuring the music of Harry Burleigh, Nathanial Dett, William Dawson and others. Mr Deas is also joins the trio of regular hosts as special guest. This webcast contains 20+ minutes of material not heard in the broadcast!

Over the course of his 60-year career, John Williams has had opportunities to score just about every kind of film.  Not surprisingly, this would include several fictionalized accounts of American presidents.  For Presidents Day, enjoy selections from Williams’ music for “JFK,” “Nixon,” “Lincoln,” and “Amistad.”  (“Amistad” featured Anthony Hopkins as John Quincy Adams and Nigel Hawthorne as Martin Van Buren.)  The presidents take precedence, this Friday at 6 pm.

The Exploding Piano meets Between the Keys Feb 12th

Feb 12, 2019

On this week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler plays host to pianist Kathleen Supové, one of America’s major champions for the music of our time, whose innovative  “Exploding Piano” concerts have long compelled audiences to reconsider the ways and means of the traditional recital.

Oberlin Orchestra led by Raphael Jimenez will perform Debussy’s masterpiece La Mer and music by American composer Elizabeth Ogonek her ‘All These Lighted Things’. Then Orchestra members will be joined by the Oberlin College Choir and soloists drawn for current students and recent graduates to perform Igor Stravinsky’s wildly original work Les Noces – The Wedding

This week on the Lyric Stage selections from Act 3 of Richard Wagner's Die Walkure from a 1988 studio recording with Hildegarde Berhrens as Brunnhilde, Jessye Norman as Sieglinde and James Morris as Wotan. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Jessye Norman will also sing  "In the Still of the Night" by Cole Porter and "Spring is Here" by Rodgers and Hart. Her versions of these standards are idiosyncratic - she sings them much like she sang Wagner - but very enjoyable.

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