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Cadenza- 2018 Recap

Dec 27, 2018

Sounds Choral the next two weeks features Julian Wachner as co-host with David Osenberg for a presentation of a concert by Trinity-Wall Street choir in a program Wachner calls "Anglican Church Chestnuts." Enjoy the first part Sunday (12/30) at 2 pm. 

Wednesday 12-26 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in b minor, K. 87, Images, Book 1 by Debussy and Felix Mendelssohn's String Quartet in a minor, op. 13.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

A Between the Keys Christmas Special

Dec 25, 2018

As Christmas Day winds down, The Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler directs listeners to the piano, with seasonal fare by Dave Brubeck, Bruce Adolphe, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, Leroy Anderson and J.S. Bach. The featured work this hour is Godfrey Windham’s large-scale Variations on a Theme by James Pierpoint, performed by Alan Feinberg. Its theme, by the way, is none other than Jingle Bells, James Pierpont’s "greatest hit." And for an encore, Meral Guneyman's lovely arrangement of Mel Tormé's classic Christmas Song tops off a program you won't want to miss.

Sunday night, 12-23 at 11 we'll hear Leo Brouwer's Guitar Concerto No. 5, Panta Rhei by Ursula Mamlok and Libretto on a Dreamy Vision by Takayoshi Yanagida.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

It’s Christmas in the British Isles, with selections from The Chieftains’ “The Bells of Dublin,” William Mathias’ “Bell Carol,” and “Rose & Thistle:  English and Scottish Music from the Christmas Revels.”  Also, Dylan Thomas will read his holiday classic, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”  Travel across the pond for an Old Country Christmas, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Christmas music this week on The Lyric Stage

Dec 23, 2018

Singers of all styles love to sing Chrismas Music of all kinds, and opera singers are no exception. This Sunday (12/23 at 8 pm), a special Lyric Stage of uninterrupted Christmas music sung by Jessye Norman, Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Mario Lanza and Kiri te Kanawa. The music ranges from the sacred and the classical to the popular, so sit back and enjoy. 

Host Ryan Brandau shares some of his treasured Christmas favorites, including motets and carols through the ages. Enjoy this Christmas-themed program Sunday (12/23) at 2 pm.

Oddly enough, it’s Christmas on The Dress Circle this week as well (12/23  7:00 p.m.).  Join Ted Otten and Michael Kownacky for an hour of nostalgic Christmas favorites including a 1953 radio broadcast of “A Christmas Carol” featuring Laurence Olivier as the narrator and Scrooge with an excellent, if unnamed, supporting cast.  Charles Laughton is back by popular demand with his delightful reading of a selection from another Dickens work, “The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club” and the section titled “Mr. Pickwick’s Christmas” recounting a joyous evening of a long-gone era.  

Enjoy a Medieval-Renaissance Christmas on this week's Distant Mirror.  Performances by New York Polyphony,  a Celtic Christmas with La Nef and the Apollo Singers, the Martin Best Ensemble and, of course, it wouldn't be Christmas without Anonymous 4.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

Think inside the box, with music from “The Snowman” (Howard Blake), “The Homecoming” (Jerry Goldsmith), “A Christmas Carol” (Bernard Herrmann), and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (Vince Guaraldi).  For once, the snow on your television screen is wholly intentional, this Friday at 6 pm.

Wednesday, 12-19 at noon we'll hear students from the Curtis Institute of Music in Sonata No. 3 by Chopin, Tomaso Vitali's Chaconne in g and pieces for guitar by Albeniz and Paul Lansky.  Curtis Calls, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10.

This week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning Between the Keys celebrates what has become an annual tradition for the show’s host and producer, the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler.

The 2018 An Evening of Readings and Carols presented by the choirs of Westminster Choir College as recorded in the Princeton University Chapel on December 7 & 8, 2018. The Westminster Chapel Choir, Concert Bell Choir, Schola Cantorum & Symphonic Choir  along with Sold Brass were led by James Jordan, Amanda Quist, Steven Pilkington & Kathleeen Ebling-Shaw. Special featured guest artists were Ken Cowan, organ; Elaine Christy, harp & The New Jersey Youth Choir led by Patricia Joyce.

Sunday (12-16) at 11 PM join Carl Hemmingsen for music from the half past century.  We'll hear the NY Chamber Symphony in Aaron Jay Kernis's Symphony in Waves and the 6 pianos of Piano Circus in Loud by Grahman Fitkin.

It’s a Christmas bouquet, of sorts, with Hugo Distler’s “Die Weihnachtsgeschichte” (“The Christmas Story”), an otherworldly, a cappella masterpiece punctuated by seven variations on the carol “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” (“Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming”), and Emil Waldteufel’s waltz, “Roses de Noël.”  The holidays are in bloom, this Sunday at 10 pm.

In the 1950's and the 1960's the many recordings Renata Tebaldi and Mario Delmonaco made together were some of classical music's best sellers. They made eleven of them, and in 1954 Manon Lescaut was the first of this long collaboration, and both of these beloved singers were at the top of their form on this studio recording.

Host James Jordan welcomes conductor Gary Graden back on Sunday (12/16), as they discuss Graden's new release of a recording of Handel's Messiah with the St. Jacob Chamber Choir and ensemble REBaroque. Hear this new episode Sunday at 2 pm.

The work of Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson will be showcased on this week’s Dress Circle (12/16 7:00 p.m.) as we look at their musical written with lyricist Tim Rice that mixes personal relationships and political intrigue played against the background of the international chess tournament.  “Chess” began as a concept album in 1984 and made it to the London stage two years later where it stayed until 1989.  It crossed the Atlantic to Broadway in 1987 but had a much shorter stay of only 68 performances.  

Gautier de Coincy was a late 12th, early 13th century French cleric who translated into French many of the Latin  miracle poems praising the Virgin, and then set them to medieval popular songs in the courtly love tradition of the trouveres.   Hear several of these on Friday's Distant Mirror as Andrew Lawrence-King and the Harp Consort perform from their cd Miracles of NotreDame.  Join Allan Kelly at 11 pm (airing an hour later due to the expanded edition of PostClassical).

The new season of PostClassical returns with an expanded, three-hour program exploring the search for Spanish identity through music. "Falla and Flamenco" features PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez. Spanish pianist Pedro Carbone joins Gil-Ordonez and co-hosts Bill McGlaughlin (host of Exploring Music) and author, music historian and PostClassical co-founder Joseph Horowitz. The first two hours focus on Manuel de Falla, with an expanded third hour devoted to Isaac Albeniz.

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To mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Louisa May Alcott’s magnum opus, we’ll enjoy music from film adaptations of girls’ literary classics, including “The Secret Garden” (Zbigniew Preisner), “A Little Princess” (Patrick Doyle), “Heidi” (John Williams), and, naturally, “Little Women” (Thomas Newman).  Steal away to a secret garden of musical delights, this Friday at 6 pm.

On Wednesday, 12-12 at noon we'll hear students from the Curtis Institute of Music in Brahms' Piano Quintet in f minor and Alan Shulman's Theme & Variations for Viola.  Curtis Calls, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10. 

Schumann served rare? What is the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler cooking up?

“It's a simple explination," Jed says. "I'm merely talking about rare works of Robert Schumann, and rare recordings of Schumann works. This week I hope to draw attention to wonderful performances and works that our listeners may not necessarily not know about.”