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Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe

PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16

The celebration continues … one composer, one work to finish off 2014. Joe Truskot hosts music performed by Shostakovich, Copland, Ravel and Rachmaninoff — all great composers who made their mark on the 20th century. We’ll hear Leonard Bernstein conduct the New York Philharmonic, violinist James Ehnes perform Korngold’s enchanting Violin Concerto and pianist Gary Graffman perform the Paginini Rhapsody. Stuart Challender conducts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in an early work by the late Peter Sculthorpe.

Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936
Shostakovich Festive Overture 1954
Copland Symphony No.3 1946
Korngold Violin Concerto 1947
Finzi Five Bagatelles, Op. 23a 1943
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini 1934
Ravel Pavane for a Dead Princess 1910
Sculthorpe Irkanda IV 1961
Theofanidis The Prayer of Saint Francis 1996

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English Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams

English Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams

PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 9

Tonight we continue our end-of-the-year program featuring the greatest music makers of the 20th century and today. We hope to air a work by every major composer in this period. Tonight, we present one of the 20th century’s greatest symphonists: Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose works continue to be found on orchestra programs around the world. Here’s one of his most popular, the Symphony No.2 “London” — a tribute to the city he loved. Joaquin Rodrigo returned to an earlier style of composition creating one of the most frequently played concertos. Joan Tower has had a long career offering her own distinctive style. She had a long and productive relationship with the Saint Louis Symphony and its conductor Leonard Slatikin. Philip Glass is one of the most controversial innovators emerging in the 20th century presenting an entirely new sound which at first was booed by musicians and audiences but has now been embraced by the world. Gary Eshow is one of the newest voices around. His music is performed by a terrific ensemble dedicated to presenting new music by American composers — The Palisades Virtuosi.

Joaquin Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez 1939
Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No.2, London 1914
Joan Tower Silver Ladders 1986
Gary Eskow Not a Sonata 2005
Philip Glass Violin Concerto No.1 1987

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Christopher Rouse

Christopher Rouse

7 p.m., Tuesday, December 2

As 2014 approaches its final days, 20♪21 will present one work created in the 20th  or 21st century by significant composers. One piece, one composer: this week Prokofiev, Nielsen, Sibelius join Torke, Adams, Rouse and others. The goal is to create music that satisfies and makes great radio.

Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf 1936
Sibelius Symphony No.3 1907
Farber She Walks Through the Fair 1993
Nielsen Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon 1926
Adams China Gates 1977
Rouse Flute Concerto 1993
Torke Green 1986

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Igor Stravinsky in the famous photograph by Richard Avedon
Igor Stravinsky in the famous photograph by Richard Avedon

PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 25

Host Joe Truskot continues with his popular selections of 20th and 21st century music makers. Some famous. Others not so. All enjoyable.

Program begins with Igor Stravinsky’s delightful ballet score: Petroushka. Raphael Wallfisch performs Ernst von Dohnanyi’s Konzertstuck for Cello and Orchestra with the London Symphony conducted by Sir Charles Mackeras.

Igor Stravinsky Petroushka 1911
Gyorgy Ligeti Musica ricercata 1953
Erno Dohnanyi Konzertstuck for Cello & Orchestra, Op.12 1904
David Del Tredici S/M Ballade 2006
Richard Strauss Metamorphosen 1945
Gerald Barry Lisbon 2006

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Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar

PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 18

Sir Edward Elgar’s The Music Makers was one of his last orchestral works and with it the famous British composer quotes melodies he created in the past with original compositions. Yes, Nimrod from the Enigma Variations is set to words and sung by contralto Linda Finnie.

Edward Elgar The Music Makers 1912
Bela Bartok Piano Concerto No.3 1945
Alexander Glazunov Symphony No.8 in E flat major, Op.83 1906
Eric Moe Strange Exclaiming Music 2004
Carter Pann Slolam 2000

Veteran’s Day — Quick Trip

Francis Poulenc

Francis Poulenc

PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 11, Veteran’s Day

Program include 20th century music composed for war films, religious sentiment, and just a quick trip around the world. Joe Truskot hosts these works which haven’t yet aired on 20♪21. Program includes performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and others.

William Walton Spitfire Overture
Norman Dello Joio Symphonic Suite “Air Power”
Howard Hanson Symphony No.5 “Sinfonia sacra”
Francis Poulenc Gloria
Joaquin Turina La procesion del Rocio
Carl Nielsen Flute Concerto
Charles Coleman Streetscape

Hallowe’en Spooks

Eduardo Angulo

Eduardo Angulo


7 p.m., Tuesday, October 28

Host Joe Truskot explores the world of fantasy, terror, myths, legends, death, psychotic behavior and whew … witches, hobgoblins, and sepulchers. It’s an evening of music fit for the big event: Halloween.

What is Vaughan William’s Symphony No.5 doing in this ghoulish mess? Tune in and find out the connection or lack thereof.

Anatol Liadov Baba Yaga 1905
Charles Ives Hallowe’en 1924
George Whitefield Chadwick Hobgoblin 1907
Albert Roussel Spider’s Feast 1912
Eduardo Angulo Noche de alebrijes 2001
Jazeps Vitols Spriditis 1905
Bernard Hermann Psycho: A Suite for Strings 1961
Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No.5 1943
John Jeffrey Gibbens All Hallows 2013

Happy Birthday Andrzej

Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991)

Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991)

PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We are a month late in celebrating Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik’s 100th birthday. He was born in Warsaw on September 24, 1914 and died in Twickenham on the 27th of October, 1991. Queen Elizabeth had granted him a knighthood early that year. Panufnik is proving to be one of the great symphonists of the last half of the 20th century. Here’s the music, composition dates and performers for the broadcast.

Heroic Overture 1952 Jascha Horenstein, London Symphony Orchestra
Old Polish Music: Divertimento 1947 Mariusz Smolij, Polish Chamber Orchestra
Sinfonia sacra 1961 Andrzej Panufnik, Concertgebouw Orchestra
Rhapsody 1956 Robert Whitney, The Louisville Orchestra
Jagiellonian Triptych 1966 Mariusz Smolij, Polish Chamber Orchestra
Concertino for Timpani, Percussion and Strings 1974 Mark Stephenson, London Musici
Homage a Chopin 1966 Mariusz Smolij, Polish Chamber Orchestra
Sinfonia Mistica 1977 David Atherton, London Symphony Orchestra
Harmony 1989 Mark Stephenson, London Musici

Best of the Fest from 2014 Carmel Bach Festival

Paul Goodwin, artistic director, Carmel Bach Festival

Paul Goodwin, artistic director, Carmel Bach Festival

PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 30

Two hours of the highlights from the 2014 Carmel Bach Festival includes music by Bach and lots of Italians. There’s opera, choral music, chamber music, and grand orchestra pieces. The entire program is narrated by Paul Goodwin.

Short and Long: Final Cabrillo, Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony

PROShostakovich Symphony No.7 001GRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, September 9

Two final programs from the 2014 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: Conference of Birds and In the Works.

Then, Dmitri Shostakovich’s war time symphony dedicated to the City of Leningrad and the people’s resistance and ultimate defeat of the Nazis. The work was composed while the Soviet Union was under siege.

Something very new by the very young and something monumental — the symphony is nearly 75 minutes long.