20/21

20th Century German Music

Henze 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1

Wilkommen! Tonight we present music from 20th century German composers including Hans Werner Henze’s monumental Symphony No.9 performed by the Berlin Philharmonic and the Berlin Radio Chorus conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. The work is in 7 movements and dedicated to the heroes and martyrs of German anti-Fascism. The texts are based on the novel, “The Seventh Cross” by Anna Seghers.

The program also features the Clarinet Quintet — Max Reger’s final chamber work dating from 1927 performed by the Drolc String Quartet with Karl Leister, clarinet.

Fritz Reiner conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Richard Strauss’ “Le bourgeois gentilhomme” and much more.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Richard Strauss Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme 1917 Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Hans Werner Henze Symphony No.9 1997 Ingo Metzmacher, Berlin Philharmonic
Max Reger String Quartet No.1, Op.54 1901 Drolc String Quartet
Kurt Weill Silbersee, Fennimore’s Song 1933 Teresa Stratas, Gerard Schwarz, Y Chamber Orchestra
Paul Hindemith Kammermusic No.3 1925 David Geringas, Werner Andreas Albert, Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Russian Music for a Summer Night

Temirkanoff 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, August 25

As summer winds down and the nights are increasingly long, let’s listen to Russian music composed in the 20th century and today. The compositions range from Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No.5 composed in 1925 and performed by Yefim Bronfman to Alfred Schnittke’s In memoriam … (a work memorializing his mother) composed in 1979 and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich.

Vladimir Spivakov performs Stravinsky’s Concerto in D with the Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Lande conducts the ST. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra in Weinbergs Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes.

For the first time on 20♪21, we broadcast a masterpiece of the 20th century Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. It’s one of the most frequently performed works of the era. We’ll hear Yuri Termikanov conduct the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra 1 56
Mieczyslaw Weinberg Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes 1960 Vladimir Lande, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra 13 17
Rodion Shchedrin Piano Concerto No.1 1954 Rodion Shchedrin, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR Symphony 22 53
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No.5 1937 Yuri Temirkanoff, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra 44 40
Sergei Prokofiev Piano Sonata No.5 1923 Yefim Bronfman 15 57
Alfred Schnittke In Memorium 1979 Mstislav Rostropovich, London Symphony Orchestra 25 30
Igor Stravinsky Concerto in D 1946 Vladimir Spivakov, Moscow Virtuosi 11 58

Abstract or Programmatic: It’s great to hear

Horacio Uribe (b.1970)

Horacio Uribe (b.1970)

PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, August 18

A mix of  compositions from a wide variety of composers and styles will fill the airwaves including Mexican composer Horacio Uribe’s Trio No.2 for Violin, Viola, and Cello performed by Trio Coghlan. It’s in two movements Lamento and Vitrales. Also on the program is Villa-Lobos’ Guitar Concerto composed in 1956 for Segovia. It was composed five years earlier but Segovia wouldn’t play it until Villa-Lobos gave him a cadenza!

Herbert Blomsted leads the San Francisco Symphony in Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No.6 and Kirk Trevor conducts the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra with Barbara Harbach’s salute to author Willa  Cather: One of Ours  – A Cather Symphony.

Plus more from Renée Fleming’s collection of arias from American operas.

John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine 1986 Marin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Heitor Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto 1956 Goran Sollscher, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Carl Nielsen Symphony No.6 1924 Herbert Blomstedt, San Francisco Symphony
Richard Festinger A Serenade for Six 1993 New Millenium Ensemble
Horacio Uribe Trio No.2 1999 Trio Coghlan
Joaquin Rodrigo Concierto pastoral 1978 Patrick Gallois, Ion Marin, Philharmonia Orchestra
Barbara Harbach One of Ours — A Cather Symphony 2004 Kirk Trevor, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Samuel Barber Vanessa, He has come, he has come 1958 Renee Fleming, James Levine, Met Opera Orchestra
Bernard Herrrman Wuthering Heights, I have dreamt 1951 Renee Fleming, James Levine, Met Opera Orchestra

Absolutely Music

Carlos Chavez (1899-1978)

Carlos Chavez (1899-1978)

PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, August 11

A salute to Carlos Chavez, formerly music director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Eduardo Mata and the London Symphony Orchestra perform his final symphony, No.6. It was commissioned for the opening of Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, New York City.

We’ll also hear the Juilliard String Quartet perform the String Quartet in F major by Maurice Ravel. Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis. And the Contemporary Music Group performs Charles Wuorinen’s Archangel.

Pianist Maki Namekawa completes Book 2 of the Piano Etudes of Philip Glass.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.16 Maki Namekawa
Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 1910 Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.17 2007 Maki Namekawa
Carlos Chavez Symphony No.6 1961 Eduardo Mata, London Symphony Orchestra
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.18 2007 Maki Namekawa
Charles Wuorinen Archangel 1977 Trombone, String Quartet
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.19 Maki Namekawa
Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F 1903 Juilliard String Quartet
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.20 Maki Namekawa
Andre Previn Streetcar, I want magic 1998 Renée Fleming, James Levine, Met Opera Orchestra

I Want Magic!

Renée Fleming 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, August 4

William Bolcom’s Symphony No.5 continues to attract attention. It was dedicated to the Symphony manager at the Philadelpia Orchestra and contains some exciting as well as elegaic music.

Soprano Renée Fleming and James Levine collaborated on a fantastic recording of 20th century opera arias which have helped to keep these great works in the forefront. Fleming’s intention was to pay tribute to the American sopranos of the generation before her who helped to make this operas part of our musical heritage.

We continue to present pianist Maki Namekawa and the complete Etudes of Philip Glass. Plus music by Frank Bridge and Alberto Ginastera.

 

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.11 Maki Namekawa
William Bolcom Symphony No.5 1992 Dennis Russell Davies, American Composers Orchestra
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.12 2007 Maki Namekawa
Alberto Ginastera Cello Concerto No.1 1968 Max Bragado, Orchestra of Castile and Leon
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.13 2007 Maki Namekawa
Frank Bridge String Quartet 1927 String Quartet No.3
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.14 Maki Namekawa
Carlisle Floyd Susannah, Ain’t it A Pretty Night 1955 Renee Fleming, James Levine, Met Opera Orchestra
Carlisle Floyd Susannah, The trees on the mountains 1955 Renee Fleming, James Levine, Met Opera Orchestra
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.15 Maki Namekawa
Gian Carlo Menotti The Medium, Monica’s Waltz 1946 Renee Fleming, James Levine, Met Opera Orchestra

Summer Music

Philip Glass 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, July 28

Began last week, 20♪21 continues presenting pianist Maki Namekawa in the Complete Piano Etudes of Philip Glass. We alternate between the Etudes and larger scale works. The 2015 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is quickly approaching. Among the many composers it will present this year are Mason Bates, Christopher Rouse, and Philip Glass.

 

We’ll hear Anne Akiko Meyers perform the Violin Concerto of Mason Bates from 2012 with Leonard Slatkin and the London Symphony Orchestra. The Houston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach presents the Symphony No.2 of Christopher Rouse. There’s also music by Stravinsky, Ravel, and Jersild.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.5 1994 Maki Namekawa
Igor Stravinsky Symphony in 3 Movements 1945 Neeme Jarvi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.6 1994 Maki Namekawa
Mason Bates Violin Concerto 2012 Anne Akiko Meyers, Leonard Slatkin, London Symphony
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.7 1994 Maki Namekawa
Christopher Rouse Symphony No.2 1994 Christoph Eschenbach, Houston Symphony Orchestra
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.8 1994 Maki Namekawa
Jorgen Jersild Three Romantic Songs 1971 Danish National Choir
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.9 1994 Maki Namekawa
Maurice Ravel Une Barque sur L’ocean 1906 Pierre Boulez, The Cleveland Orchestra
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.10 Pie Maki Namekawa

Heavenly Light

Gustav Mahler 1860-1911

Gustav Mahler 1860-1911

PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, July 21

The Symphony No.4 of Gustav Mahler uses a song, “Das himmlische Leben” (Heavenly Light) from a collection of children’s poems called “Das knaben Wunderhorn” (The Boy’s Magic Horn) for the main content of its fourth and final movement. The Fourth Symphony was Mahler’s first to appear in the 20th century. Although his music received performances in Europe and America, it never gained the affection of the general orchestra-going public until the 50s and 60s with such great champions as Bruno Walter (a student of Mahler) and later Frintz Reiner, Leonard Bernstein and others. We’ll hear a recording featuring Frederica von Stade with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Claudio Abbado.

The Hungarian String Quartet presents Bela Bartok’s String Quartet No.6 and clarinetist Laura Ardan joins Paul Gambill and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra for Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.

Between all the selections, we will begin presenting the Piano Etudes of Philip Glass performed by Maki Namekawa.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.1 1994 Maki Namekawa
Gustav Mahler Symphony No.4 1901 Frederica von Stade, Claudio Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.2 1994 Maki Namekawa
Bela Bartok String Quartet No.6 1939 Hungarian String Quartet
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.3 1994 Maki Namekawa
Aaron Copland Clarinet Concerto 1947 Laura Ardan, Paul Gambill, Nashville Chamber Orchestra
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.4 1994 Maki Namekawa
Louis Karchin Ricercare 1992 Curtis Macomber

 

New Horizons: The Pluto Program: Two

7-8-15_pluto_color_new_nasa-jhuapl-swriPROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, July 14

On this day, the New Horizons space craft will have reached its closest approach to the dwarf planet Pluto and its large moon Charon. It’s now become known as the second red planet in the Solar System. It’s relationship with Charon has it also being defined as a binary planet system. It’s great to see our understanding of the universe expand in just a matter of days. Congratulations to all the scientists who worked on this project.

To celebrate this achievement, we’re offering a second program devoted to music which is thematically linked to space travel or certainly suggests it. We’ll hear perhaps the one work so closely associated with space travel based on its use in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Richard Strauss’ tone poem “Also Spracht Zarathustra.” Although the work was composed in 1896, it clearly belongs in this program.

Finnish composer Einouhani Rautavaara’s Symphony No.8 “The Journey,” fits perfectly too. Plus more great music from the movies and elsewhere.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Alan Hovhaness Celestial Fantasy 1944 Kerry Stratton, Slovak Radio Symhony Orchestra
Johann Sebastian Bach/Stokowski Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor 1935 Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
Richard Strauss Also Spracht Zarathustra 1896 Silverstein, William Steinberg, Boston Symphony
Ralph Vaughan Williams The Infinite Shining Heavens 1904 Gerald Finley, Stephen Ralls
Ralph Vaughan Williams Whithher, must I wander? 1904 Gerald Finley, Stephen Ralls
Ralph Vaughan Williams I have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope 1904 Gerald Finley, Stephen Ralls
Maurice Jarré Jacobs Ladder, Between Two Worlds 1990 Maurice Jarré, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Einouhani Rautavaara Symphony No.8 “The Journey” 1999 Leif Segerstam, Helsinki Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Schnyder Le monde miniscule 1995 David Jolly
John Tavener Eternity’s Sunrise 1997 Paul Goodwin, Academy of Ancient Music
Jacob Druckman Prism 1980 Leif Segerstam, Helsinki Symphony Orchestra
Jon Leifs Hekla 1964 Leif Segerstam, Helsinki Symphony Orchestra
Alan Silvestri Contact 1997 Alan Silvestri, Hollywood Studio Orchestra

New Horizons: The Pluto Program: One

New Horizons Spacecraft

New Horizons Spacecraft

PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, July 7

In anticipation of our first look at the planet Pluto, we selected music which will transport you to the edge of our Solar System. Included in the program is probably the most likely work — Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.”  Andrzej Panufnik’s “Arbor Cosmica” will teach us a new language in space travel. Several selections for the cinema are also included: the late James Horner’s score to “The Rocketeer,” and two selections by John Williams, “Star Wars, Main Theme” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

We uncovered so much music, the program will continue next week — the day the New Horizons space craft is scheduled to “phone home.”

 

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
James  Horner The Rocketeer 1991 Bill Broughton, Orchestra of the Americas
Vernon Handley The Planets, Op.32 1918 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert  Ceely Ontogeny 2013 Fixed Media
John Williams Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Andrzej Panufnik Arbor Cosmica 1983 Andrzej Panufnik, New York Chamber Symphony
John Williams Star Wars Main Theme 1975 Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Dmitri Shostakovich Passacaglia 1934 Christopher Herrick
Richard Strauss Capriccio, Moonlight Music 1942 State Orchestra of Victoria, Simone Young

Beautiful Benefactors

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh

PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, June 30

Where would classical music be without the generous support of citizens who use their financial resources to create new art. The program contains works commissioned by artists for artists and works that came into being because somebody cared enough to ask a leading composer to write something for them.

We’ll hear the Kronos Quartet perform works by Terry Riley and Franghiz Ali-Zaden. We’ll hear Sergei Prokofiev’s Left Hand Piano Concerto (No.4) paid for by Paul Wittgenstein who later said it was unplayable. Ho hum.

Plus Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, a work paid for by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge as was Bela Bartok’s String Quartet No.5.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Bela Bartok String Quartet No.5 1934 Hungarian String Quartet
Jacques Ibert Louisville Concerto 1953 Louis Frémaux, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Serge Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.4 1931 Yefim Bronfman, Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic
Igor Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks 1937 Colin Davis, English Chamber Orchestra
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring Suite 1944 Paul Gambill, Nashville Chamber Orchestra
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh Mugam Sayagi 1993 Kronos Quartet
Terry Riley Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight 1985 Kronos Quartet