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At the very dawn of color television, the National Geographic Society began its successful run of eagerly anticipated specials.  These specials really were special, with breathtaking images and real-life adventures unlike anything previously experienced in American living rooms.  Episodes were scored by some of top film composers of the day, including Elmer Bernstein (“Yankee Sails Across Europe”), Ernest Gold (“The Last Vikings”), Leonard Rosenman (“Dr. Leakey and the Dawn of Man”), and Jerome Moross (“Grizzly!”).  Travel the world with National Geographic, this Friday at 6 pm. 

"When I can't think of an overall theme, or I don't have a guest planned, I simply dig into my vast collection of piano recordings, pull out one or two at random, and hope that a nice playlist will eventually evolve," says The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, who produces, writes and hosts the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomsom Award winning program Between the Keys each Tuesday night.

A potpourri of chamber performances by students & faculty. The Oberlin Baroque Orchestra peforms directed by Jeanne Lamon. Chamber music by Poulenc, Janacek & Elgar

For the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that formally ended World War I, it’s the second of a special two-part program showcasing “A World Requiem” by John Foulds.  Foulds’ work was given its premiere on Armistice Day, 1923, played four more times, then lay dormant for some 80 years until revived on Armistice Day, 2007, for this recording.  Also featured will be music by Cecil Coles, who died near the Somme in a heroic attempt to rescue his comrades.  War’s the pity, this Sunday at 10 pm.

If you were looking for them they were not hard to find - maybe it was the tell tale bulge of the portable cassette player from their jacket pockets or that curiously large briefcase they lugged as if it were the most ordinary of things to be taking into a performance in Zurich, New York, or Rome. Eyes shifting, they took their seats. They were the pirates, those denizens of the not so secret world of illegal opera recordings. They lived in the shadows and wanted nothing more than to go unnoticed.

Host Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University, explores Robert Shaw's recording of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, including material and commentary from Shaw's notes and letters. Sounds Choral can be heard Sunday (11/18) at 2 pm.

Teaching has its side effects, and one of those is the need for “calendar art”!  The Dress Circle program this week (11/18 7:00 p.m.) is an off-shoot of that need as we present a Thanksgiving program – of sorts.  In the past, we’ve looked at family, food, and “thanks” as themes, but this time, we wanted to share with you some of the theatergoing events for which we’ve been thankful over the years.  

The mass Se la face ay pale of Guillaume Dufay is a mix of medieval strictness and Renaissance freedom, which is to be expected written as it was by the man who bridged both periods.  Hear a performance of this great mass on this week's Distant Mirror  as David Munrow directs the Early Music Consort of London. Later in the program music from the Chantilly Codex as the Ensemble P.A.N. performs selections by Baude Cordier, Jean Vaillant and Franciscus Andrieu.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

There’s more to Thanksgiving than turkey and football.  We’ll hear music from movies reflective of what’s best in human nature and most admirable in the American character, including selections from “The Cummington Story” (Aaron Copland), “Field of Dreams” (James Horner), “The Best Years of Our Lives” (Hugo Friedhofer), and “Lincoln” (John Williams); then count our blessings and aspire to do better, this Friday at 6 pm.

Cadenza- Neave Trio

Nov 15, 2018

Between the Keys' Bagatelle Buffet on November 13th

Nov 13, 2018

This week’s episode of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Virgil Thomson Award winning program Between the Keys is devoted to the art of the piano Bagatelle, with music by Beethoven, Ježek, Sibelius, Howard Ferguson, Dvorak, Poulenc, Edison Denisov, Saint-Saëns, Marie Jaëll, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nikolai Kapustin and Edison Denisov. There’ll also be a Bagatelle by the Classical Network’s Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler, who is the creator, producer and host of Between the Keys.

The Rutgers Symphon Orchestra led by  Kynan Johns perform music by Wagner, Mozart & Richard Strauss

Recorded October 9, 2018 broadcast November 12, 2018
Oboe Sonata & Cantata #131

Sunday (11-11) evening at 11 we'll hear David Diamond's Flute Concerto, Aulis Sallinen's Introduction & Tango Overture and the Quintet for Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & String Trio by Robert Simpson. Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that formally ended World War I, it’s the first of a special two-part program showcasing “A World Requiem” by John Foulds.  Foulds’ work was given its premiere on Armistice Day, 1923, played four more times, then lay dormant for some 80 years until revived on Armistice Day, 2007, for this recording.  Also featured will be a contemporaneous tone poem by Lilian Elkington, literally rescued from a trash heap following the composer’s death.  War’s the pity, this Sunday at 10 pm.

The Lyric Stage: Nov. 11 - Frederica Von Stade

Nov 11, 2018

Frederica Von Stade's long career and broad repertoire includes the work of many French composers, and this week on the LS we feature her in arias and duets  from a 1979 recording of Jules Massenet's Cendrillon.  

Sounds Choral this Sunday (11/11 at 2 pm) features selections from  Songs of the Questioner, the new CD from The Same Stream Choir, conducted by James Jordan, who is also this week's program host.

Our years teaching English have gotten the better of us on this week’s Dress Circle (11/11 7:00 p.m.), and we’ve turned to the world of literature for our theme as we look at Emily Bronte’s 1847 romantic tragedy “Wuthering Heights” through stage and screen adaptations.  Join us for selections from Alfred Newman’s score for the film as well as an aria from Bernard Hermann’s opera.  

Mostly Machaut on Friday's Distant Mirror

Nov 9, 2018

It's the music of Guillaume Machaut on Friday's Distant Mirror.  You'll hear a rondeaux, ballade and virelai performed by Fortune's Wheel.  Then Matthew Brooke from the Oxford Camerata performs Machaut's Le Lay de Bonne Esperance from his Le Voir Dit.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Picture Perfect: November 9 - Morricone at 90

Nov 9, 2018

Ennio Morricone, author of over 500 film and television scores, is perhaps the most prolific movie composer of all time.  November 10 will mark his 90th birthday.  Celebrate this extraordinary artist by revisiting some of his most indelible inspirations, including selections from “Cinema Paradiso” (1988), “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), “The Mission” (1986), “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968), “Navajo Joe” (1966), “The Untouchables” (1987), and his Academy Award winning music for “The Hateful Eight” (2015).  Stick a feather in your cap and call it Morricone, this Friday at 6 pm.

On Tuesday November 6th at 10 PM, Episode No. 176 of Between the Keys will feature a single, solitary large scale work, the Fantasia by the Swedish composer Claude Loyola Allgén.

"Allgén lived from 1920 until 1990, " says host Jed Distler, who is the Classical Network's Artist-in Residence." He never really got recognition until the end of his life. In a way, it's understandable, because Allgén composed vast amounts of difficult  large-scale pieces, and he lived and worked in isolation from the music community at large. Apparently Allgén was also a rather prickly character."

Temple University Symphony Orchestra led by Andreas Delfs perform music by Glinka, Rachmaninov & Stravinsky

Sunday (11-4) evening at 11 on Half Past we present William Bergsma's Quintet for Flute & Strings along with Banana/Dump Truck by Steven Mackey.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

It’s autumn in the North countries, as well as in the Nordic soul.  Test your limits. not only for lengthening shadows, but also on gratuitous vowels, with music by Danish composer Rued Langgaard – his Symphony No. 4, “Fall of the Leaf” – and Finnish master Einojuhani Rautavaara – “Autumn Gardens,” the composer’s meditation on beauty in nature and the transience of life.  The shadows lengthen and the days grow short, even as the names grow long, this Sunday at 10 pm.

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