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Wednesday, 1-23 on Curtis Calls we'll hear Bela Bartok's String Quartet No. 6, selections from Urban Dances for trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba by Richard Danielpour and NoaNoa for solo flute by Kaija Saariaho.  Performances from recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wedesdays at noon and Monday evenings at 10.

To many music lovers, pianist Aldo Ciccolini and composer Erik Satie are synonymous. That’s understandable, since Ciccolini’s Satie recordings from the 1960s and 70s helped develop new audiences for this maverick composer.

The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra perform favorites: Tchaikvosky 1812 Overture; Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue; Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

Sunday evening, 1-20 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear:

Sonata for Viola & Piano, op. 147 by Dmitri Shostakovich

Trumpet Concerto by Thomas Sleeper

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, setting of the Wallace Stevens poem by Louise Talma

Music composed in the past half-century.

In 1979, the Metropolitan Opera revived Kurt Weill's opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny which had originally appeared in Berlin in 1929, when Weill's wife, Lotte Lenya, sang Jenny. Teresa Stratas took the  role in 1979 at the Met. Lenya saw Stratas do it, and then packed up some unpublished and little known songs by Weill, and gave them to Stratas. Here, said Lenya, nobody sings Weill's music like you do and you should have these. Or words to that effect. The result was Stratas recorded an album of 14 of these songs, and this week we have some of them for you.

This week’s Dress Circle (1/20 7:00 p.m.) epitomizes that great television interjection, “But wait!  There’s more!” as we look at some “bonus tracks” from the age of the CD.  With the advent of a CD being able to hold 80 minutes of music, many companies gave us material from cast recordings, film scores, and demo recordings that was never available in the age of 78’s and LP’s.  

It's music from Elizabethan England on Friday night's Distant Mirror as Alfred Deller and the Deller Consort perform selections from their CD The English Madrigal School.  Hear music from Thomas Morley, Thomas Weelkes, Robert Johnson, John Wilbye and others.  Then in the second part of the program lutenist Hopkinson Smith is featured with preludes, chansons and dances collected by 16th century French music publisher Pierre Attaignant.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Experience the Power of Alfred Newman – TYRONE Power, that is.  It’s music from Power swashbucklers made at 20th Century Fox, where Newman served as music director for 20 years.  Romance and swagger characterize these selections from “Captain from Castile,” “The Black Swan,” “The Mark of Zorro,” and “Prince of Foxes.”  Catch some Z’s with Zorro.  Alfred Newman makes his mark, this Friday at 6 pm.

Join host Amanda Quist this Sunday (1/20 at 2 pm) for some of Johannes Brahms' secular choral works.

Between the Keys' Prelude Panorama on January 15th

Jan 15, 2019

On this week’s edition of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys, host and producer Jed Distler (who is the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence) presents what he calls “a Prelude Panorama.”

“The  prelude genre is wide open and stylistically boundless,” says Distler. “And I’m constantly discovering sets of Preludes by an infinite number of composers. I thought we’d explore both familiar and unfamiliar prelude territory for this week’s episode.”

A concert given early last November just before the mid-terms, the University Chorale under the direction of Donald Nally present The Election Concert 2018


This Sunday evening (1-13) at 11 we'll hear the Lincoln Trio in Jennifer Higdon's Piano Trio and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in Evening Prayers by Giya Kancheli.  Gerard Schwarz conducts pianist Richard Good and Music Today Ensemble in Serenade No. 3 by George Perle.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

The Lost Chord: January 13 - Byronic Beecham

Jan 13, 2019

Manfred is the quintessential Byronic hero, a romantic superman who endures unimaginable suffering and mysterious guilt in connection with the death of his beloved.  He wanders the Alps, longing for extinction, and meets his fate defiantly, rejecting all authority, whether corporeal or supernatural.  When conductor Sir Thomas Beecham resurrected Schumann’s incidental music for Byron’s dramatic poem, it was an act of total reimagination.  Hear selections from this seldom-heard 1954 recording, Sunday at 10 pm. 

Camacho's Wedding may well be "the most brilliant opera written by a youthful composer," brilliant and inspired music, but "an opera to be seen with your eyes closed." So says the Belgian conductor Jos van Immerseel about Camacho's Wedding, Felix Mendelssohn's 1827 opera in two acts. Friedrich Voigt gets credit for the libretto, which is based on an episode in Cervantes's Don Quixote.

We’re shining a spotlight on Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce on this week’s Dress Circle (1/13 7:00 p.m.).  American audiences may know Pryce primarily from his appearance as The Engineer in “Miss Saigon” for which he won a Tony Award or his film appearances as Peron in “Evita,” Sam Lowry in “Brazil.” 

The Tallis Scholars visit Distant Mirror this Friday with the music of Josquin Des Prez, the central figure of the 15th century Franco Flemmish school and considered to be the first master of the Renaissance style of polyphonic vocal music.  Hear a performance of one of his four voice msterpieces, the Missa Pangue Lingua.  Peter Phillips directs.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

This Friday (12/11) on What Makes It Great, host composer, conductor, author and commentator Rob Kapilow is joined by the Aeolus String Quartet in a program featuring one of the most beloved and well-known chamber works, Antonin Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, the "American." 

The work was composed during Dvorak's time in America from 1892 to 1895. This performance was recorded last November at the Kaufman Music Center in New York, home of WMIG. 

The path to salvation is narrow and as difficult to walk as the razor’s edge.  Journey through breathtaking vistas in India and Tibet, even as we feel our way to the inner realms of spirit and psyche, with music from “Black Narcissus” (Brian Easdale), “Seven Years in Tibet” (John Williams), “The Razor’s Edge” (Alfred Newman), and “Lost Horizon” (Dimitri Tiomkin).  We can’t guarantee that you’ll find enlightenment, but there will be plenty to awe and inspire, this Friday at 6 pm.

For 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 invited his Toronto-based colleague Stephen Cera to curate and co-host a program devoted to the music of Alexander Scriabin. Cera explores the composer's brief, tumultuous life and far-reaching creative journey through recorded performances by with performances by Vladimir Sofronitzky, Vladimir Horowitz, Mikhail Pletnev, Sviatoslav Richter and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Looking back on the two new schools that joined the roster ofthis unique program: Bard Conservatory of Bard College & University of North Texas College of Music

Sunday evening (1-6) at 11 we'll hear Russell Peterson's Concerto for Alto Sax, Flute & Strings, Howard Hanson's Nymph & Satyr Ballet Suite, Muskones by John Duarte and Louise Talma's The Ambient Air for flute, violin & piano.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

This week on the Lyric Stage we have selections from the New York City Opera's 1958 production of Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Bay Doe, featuring a name synonymous with the City Opera, Beverly Sills.

Kids on Keys: Saturday January 5th at 1 PM

Jan 5, 2019

For this month's edition of Kids on Keys, we offer a memorable rebroadcast of our October 2017 episode, with the following young pianists: Sophie Deerberg, Apollo Lee, LiYuan Byrne, Grace Xiong, Michelle Ng and Shannon Lam. Also included is the legendary 1963 recording of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring the 16-year-old André Watts in his New York Philharmonic Debut.

Celebrate the New Year on this week's Distant Mirror with a Medieval--Renaissance Pops Concert.  Hear all those early music chestnuts that you love and can't hear enough of.  Selections by Anthony Holborne, Thomas Morley, Tielman Susato,  Adam de la Halle and others.  Performances by the King's Noyse, The Musicians of the Glove, the Dufay Collective, Gothic Voices and Musica Reservata.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

In this season of long shadows, revisit the world of film noir, with music from “The Big Sleep” (Max Steiner), “Chinatown” (Jerry Goldsmith), “Miller’s Crossing” (Carter Burwell), and “Brute Force,” “The Killers,” and “The Naked City” (Miklos Rozsa).  Don your rumpled linen suit, draw the Venetian blinds, and play the sap for nobody, this Friday at 6 pm.