20/21

Spring Time

John Harbison 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24

Join us for a mix of sprightly music for the new season. You’ll hear Camerata Pacifica’s performance of John Harbison’s Songs America Loves to Sing. They are great to listen to in Harbison’s appealing 2004 arrangements. Also Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with Andre Previn.

Celebrating Persian New Year, we’ll listen to Henry Cowell’s Persian Set from 1957. Plus James Ehnes with the Copland Violin Sonata and Anne Akiko Meyers with John Corigliano’s Lullaby for Natalie.

It’s a new season and full of fun and promise.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Ermano Wolf-Ferrari Susanna’s Secret, Overture 1909 Neville Marinner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Ermano Wolf-Ferrari Susanna’s Secret, Intermezzo 1909 Neville Marinner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1 1933 Andre Previn, Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
Jean Sibelius Symphony No.4 1911 Jukka Pekka Saraste, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Aaron Copland Violin Sonata 1943 James Ehnes, Orion Weiss
John Corigliano Lullaby for Natalie 2010 Anne Akiko Meyes, Leonard Slatkin, London Symhony
Henry Cowell Persian Set 1957 Richard Auldon Clark, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
John Harbison Amazing Grace 2004 Camerata Pacifica
John Harbison Careless Love 2004 Camerata Pacifica
John Harbison Will the Circle Be Unbroken 2004 Camerata Pacifica
John Harbison Aura Lee 2004 Camerata Pacifica
John Harbison What a Friend We Have in Jesus 2004 Camerata Pacifica
John Harbison St. Louis Blues 2004 Camerata Pacifica
John Harbison Poor Butterfly 2004 Camerata Pacifica
John Harbison We Shall Overcome 2004 Camerata Pacifica
John Harbison Ain’t Goin’ to Study War No Mo’ 2004 Camerata Pacifica
John Harbison Anniversary Song 2004 Camerata Pacifica
Erich Korngold Mariette’s Lied 1919 Renee Fleming
Leonard Cohen Hallelujah 1984 Renee Fleming

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

St. Patrick's Day 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, March 17

Join the celebration! We’ll explore contemporary works by young composers, some classic works with Irish themes from established composers, and arrangements of traditional Irish melodies.

You’ll hear artists such as pianist John O’Conor, the Vanbrugh String Quartet, cellist Raphael Wallfisch with Vernon Handley and the Ulster Orchestra plus many young Irish musicians.

We promise you while there is some traditional music, much of it is quite contemporary and a fair slice of the Dublin contemporary music scene.

 

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Mitch Farber Patrick’s Day 2000 John O’Conor, Irish Chamber Orchestra
Ailis Ni Rain Street Song 2006 tape
Henry Cowell Irish Suite 1929 Continuum
Garret Sholdice Sonate 2009 Maya Homburger, Barry Guy
Charles Villiers Stanford Irish Rhapsody No.3 for Cello and Orchestra, Op.137 Raphael Wallfisch, Vernon Handley, Ulster Orchestra
John Kinsella String Quartet No.3 1977 Vanbrugh String Quartet
Mitch Farber She Moved through the Fair 2000 John O’Conor, Irish Chamber Orchestra
Deirdre McKay Dieppe 2006 National Chamber Choir
Anne-Marie O’Farrell Ruach 2008 Deirdre O’Leary
Charles Villiers Stanford Irish Rhapsody No.6 for Violin and Orchestra, Op.191 1922 Lydia Mordkovitch, Vernon Handley, Ulster Orchestra
Percy Grainger Green bushes 1921 Steuart Bedford, English Chamber Orchestra
Sean Clancy Changing Rates of Change 2012 RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Eric Sweeney New Ross Dance Music 2009 Finghin Collins, Dearbhla Collins, Alexnder Bernstein
Fergus Johnston Kaleidophone 1992 Concorde
Enda Bates String Quartet No.1 2008 Crash Ensemble, tape
Mitch Farber Medley of Hornpipes 2000 John O’Conor, Irish Chamber Orchestra
Mitch Farber The Derry Air 2000 John O’Conor, Irish Chamber Orchestra

 

 

 

Jonas Kaufmann and Music from Berlin

jonas kaufmann 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, March 10

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann put his time, talent, and great influence into selecting songs popular in the 20s and 30s particularly in Berlin for the recording titled after one of the songs, “You Mean The World To Me.” Just because something is lighthearted doesn’t mean it’s easy or just fluff. We’ll listen to several songs from this effort by Lehar, Stolz, Heyman and others.

Also on the program are selections by Hindemith, Weill, Korngold, Hartmann and Schmidt. All German composers working in the period under increasing persecution by the Nazi’s. Even a composer so traditional as Franz Lehar, whose music Hitler liked, lived in fear — his wife was of Jewish ancestry and targeted to be sent away, thus proving no one is ever safe in a dictatorship.

Not all the music is stage music but they all herald from Germany during this period with most of the composers having an extraordinary period of creativity before they fled for their lives. Hindemith’s Nobilissima Visione is a suite constructed from his ballet on the life of St. Francis. Krenek’s Violin Concerto was penned by a man to put jazz into opera.

It’s an ambitious program that promises to entertain and enlighten during the spring pledge drive.

 

Paul Hindemith Nobilissima Visione 1938 Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic
Franz Lehar Girls were made to love and kiss 1926 Jonas Kaufmann, Jochen Reider, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Kurt Weill Rise and Fall of the City of mahagonny 1930 Maris Janssons, Berlin Philharmonic
Richard Heymann Irgendwo auf der welt 1932 Jonas Kaufmann, Jochen Reider, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Ernst Krenek Violin Concerto No.1 Op.29 1924 Chantal Juillet, John Mauceri, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchesta
Robert Stolz Im Traum ast Du mir alles erlaubt 1930 Jonas Kaufmann, Jochen Reider, Berlin Radio Symphony
Franz Schmidt Quintet in G major for 2 Violins, viola, Cello, and Piano Left Hand 1926 Leon Fleisher, Joseph Silverstein, Jaime Laredo, Joel Smirnoff, Michael Tree, Yo Yo Ma
Erich Korngold Die Tote Stadt, Mariette’s Lied 1919 Jonas Kaufmann, Julia Kleiter, Jochen Reider, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Karl Amadeus Hartmann Concerto funebre 1939 Vladimir Spivakov, Moscow Virtuosi
Franz Lehar You are My Heart’s Delight 1923 Jonas Kaufmann, Jochen Reider, Berlin Radio Symphony

New Jewels Two

Anne Akiko Meyer 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3

We continue to dust off some older gems and mix them in with some latest releases for a delightful mix of contemporary classical music. The Barber Violin Concerto has never really left the repertoire but it’s a joy to hear what Anne Akiko Meyers and Leonard Slatkin do with it. Also on board is Dmitry Yablonsky conducting the Russian State Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s monumental score from the film “Alexander Nevsky.” Canadian violinist James Ehnes presents a Piano Trio composed by Leonard Berstein in 1937.

Plus composer Lei Lang presents Bamboo Lights. Harry Partch gives us his experimental “Ring Around The Moon” and Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge offers a Fantasia for Harp and Guitar. They all sparkle in their own way.

There’s so much great music out there and so little time to bring Quincy Porter, Philip Glass and others to you. Join us!

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Sergei Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky 1938 Dmitry Yablonsky, Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Harry Partch Ring Around The Moon 1953 Partch
Samuel Barber Violin Concerto 2010 Anne Akiko Meyers, Leonard Slatkin, London Symphony Orchestra
Lei Lang Bamboo Lights 2013 Stephen Drury, The Callithumpian Consort
Leonard Bernstein Piano Trio 1937 James Ehnes, Adam Neiman, Robert deMaine
Quincy Porter String Quartet No.2 1925 Ives Quartet
Xavier Montsalvatge Fantasia 1983 Yolanda Condonassis, Jason Vieaux
Philip Glass Piano Etude No.10 1995 Maki Namekawa

New and Old Jewels

York Bowen 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb.24

Join us for a program of jewels: some recently recorded and released, others dug up and polished off. Danny Driver performs the technically challenging Fourth Piano Concerto of British composer York Bowen who is having a resurgence. Esa Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic recorded several suites from the movie scores of Bernard Hermann. We’ll hear ten minutes of music from “Marnie.” Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra recorded all of the Howard Hanson symphonies. We’ll listen to Symphony No.4 “Requiem” — the only one we haven’t yet aired on 20♪21.

Eric Moe has released a new cd: “Of Color Braided All Desire” featuring poems by  May Swenson with soprano Christine Brandes and the Brentano String Quartet. We’ll also, as promised, continue to play music from the CD by Yolanda Condonassis and Jason Vieaux for harp and guitar. It will be Alan Hovhaness’ Sonata for those two instrument.

Jewels one and all.

 

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Alec Wilder Five Love Songs For Horn and Orchestra 1979 William Barnewitz, Henriy Pensis, Miramar Sinfonietta
York Bowen Piano Concerto No.4 in A minor 1929 Danny Driver, Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Howard Hanson Symphony No.4 Requiem 1943 Gerard Scwarz, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Eric Moe of Color Braided All Desire 2011 Christine Brandes, Brentano String Quartet
Alan Hovhaness Sonata for Harp and Guitar 1983 Yolanda Condonassis, Jason Vieaux
Bernard Hermann Marnie Suite 1964 Esa Pekka Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Carnival Time

Pujol 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17

Let’s celebrate the Carnival from several different perspectives and countries: New Orleans and its Mardi Gras, Brazil’s wild Carnival, and the costumed elegance of Carnival in Venice; plus dance music that all seems to fit the occasion.

We’ll listen to a new recording by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and guitarist Jason Vieaux of music from Argentine composer Maximo Diego Pujol. Selections from Erich Korngold’s opera Violanta which takes place at Carnival in Venice, and much much more.

Arthur Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Arturo Marquez Danzon No.2 1993 Enrique Diemecke, Orchesra Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico
Allen Shawn Tango 1987 Allen Shawn
Darius Milhaud Souvenirs of Brazil 1921 Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France
Maximo Diego Pujol Suite mágica 2008 Yolanda Kondonassis, Jason Vieaux
Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez Batuque 1930 Keri-Lynn Wilson, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra
Harl McDonald Fiesta from San Juan Capistrano 1939 Keith Lockhart, Boston Pops Orchestra
Charles Wakefield Cadman Dark Dancers of the Mardi Gras 1933 Joel Fan, Northwest Sinfonietta
John Corigliano Gazebo Dances 1974 Lawrence Leighton Smith, Louisville Orchestra
Paul Schoenfield Vaudeville 1988 Wolfgang Basch, John Nelson, New World Symhony
Erich Korngold Violanta, Prelude 1914 Marek Janowski, Munich Radio Orchestra
Erich Korngold Violanta, Scene 1, Part 1 1914 Marek Janowski, Munich Radio Orchestra
Erich Korngold Violanta, Scene 5, Part 3,4 1914 Eva Marton, Siegfried Jerusalem, Marke Janowski, Munich Radio Orchestra
Erich Korngold Violanta, Scene 6, Part 1, 2 1914 Eva Marton, Siegfried Jerusalem, Marke Janowski, Munich Radio Orchestra
Heitor Villa Lobos Children’s Carnival 1920 Marcelo Bratke
Michael Daughtery Strut 1989 Henry Pensis, Miramar Sinfonietta

Round the World II

Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht 001PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 9

Our Round the World  on 20♪21 theme continues. This program contains music from Brazil, Switzerland, Russia, France, Germany, and America. In fact, Charles Wakefield Cadman’s Dark Dancers of the Mardi Gras, a Fantasy for Orchestra with Piano, arrives just in time for the 2015 Mardi Gras.

We’ll hear the Juilliard String Quartet with Yo Yo Ma and Walter Trampler joining the spectacular four for a beautiful recording of Arnold Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night. Roberto Minczuk conducts the Bachianas Brasilieras No.2 with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Cadman’s Dark Dancers of the Mardi Gras features Joel Fan and the Northwest Sinfonietta in a recently released recording of lighter works for piano and orchestra.

Get your passports ready and let’s take off.

 

Charles Wakefield Cadman Dark Dancers of the Mardi Gras 1933 Joel Fan, Northwest Sinfonietta
Heitor Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No.2 1930 Roberto Minczuk, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Arnold Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht, Op.4 1899 Juilliard String Quartet with Yo Yo Ma and Walter Trampler
Sergei Rachmaninoff Isle of the Dead 1909 Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR Symphony Orchestra
Marc-Andre Dalbavie Flute Concerto 2006 Emil Pahud, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Othmar Schoeck Ritornelle und Gughetten, Op.68 1953 Jean Louis Steuerman

Round the World 1

Gidon Kramer Sibelius Schnittke 001PROGRAM AIRS:

7 p.m., Tuesday, February 2

Let’s take a spin around the world and stop to listen to distinctive music created in the 20th century and today. The flight itinerary begins in Jamaica with our theme music. Next stop, Argentina; then, Russia, America, Finland, France, Ireland, Australia, Japan, and Mexico. Told you it would be a world wind trip!

We’ll hear violinist Gidon Kramer perform Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Stuart Challender conducts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the late Peter Sculthorpe’s Small Town. Carl St. Clair conducts the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Toru Takemitsu’s Requiem for String Orchestra and the Vanbrugh String Quartet performs music from Ireland: Walter Beckett’s String Quartet No.1 Plus many, more pieces.

Benjamin Jamaican Rumba 1936 Isaac Stern, Milton Katims, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Ginastera Overture to the Creole Faust 1943 Howard Hanson, Eastmand-Rochester Orchestra
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1 in D-flat major, Op.10 1914 Yefim Bronfman, Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic
Barber Adagio for Strings 1936 Leonard Bernstein,Los Angeles Philharmonic
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47 1904 Gidon Kramer, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, London Symphony Orchestra
Poulenc Avant le Cinema 1931 Claudine Carlson, Robert Hunter
Poulenc Carte postale 1931 Claudine Carlson, Robert Hunter
Poulenc La Grenoullier 1931 Claudine Carlson, Robert Hunter
Poulenc Les Chemins de l’Amour 1931 Claudine Carlson, Robert Hunter
Beckett String Quartet No.1 1980 The Vanbrugh Quartet
Sculthorpe Small Town 1976 Stuart Challender, Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Takemitsu Requiem for String Orchestra 1957 Carl St.Clair, Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Moncayo Sinfonia 1944 Enrique Diemecke, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico

Recent Releases and More

Left Hand Concertos 001PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 27

Joe Truskot airs new releases and a few classic performances. Among the newly released pieces is Erich Korngold’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand performed by Nicolas Stavy with the Orchestre national de Lille under the baton of Paul Polivnick. It was only the second concerto ever composed for left hand only and is among the most challenging concertos in the repertoire. It, like Ravel’s famous concerto in this genre, was commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein, a pianist and patron who had lost his right arm in World War I. Also asked for works were Benjamin Britten (contained on this cd), Sergei Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Paul Hindemith, Franz Schmidt and several others. Korngold was the genius of the 1920s European music scene with phenomenal talent as a performer and composer.

Here’s what Paul Polivnick has to say about the Concerto. “That piece is VERY challenging. The key is extremely difficult for strings to play, a ton of accidentals on the notes for everyone (sharps, naturals and flats) making reading and fingering it very tricky. The orchestration is busy as hell and getting a good balance with a 1-handed pianist  with everyone having to whale away is quite a trick. But we did it. It’s a rich, expressive and virtuosic performance (in my humble opinion!).”

Also on the program are Naxos’ new release of JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra of Jack Gallagher’s Symphony No.2 ‘Ascendant’ and Louis Karchin’s “The Gods of Winter.”

State of the Union Address

Palisades Virtuosi 001

PROGRAM AIRS: 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 20

Because of the State of the Union Address carried live on all NPR stations, 20♪21 will begin one hour later. The program will be devoted to American music and American performers. Leonard Bernstein leads the New York Philharmonic in Charles Ives’ Symphony No.2. San Francisco-based pianist Garrick Ohlsson plays Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata and the Palisades Virtuosi will perform Robert Manno’s Three Scenes from the Mountains.

The previously announced program featuring Korngold’s Left Hand Concerto will air on January 27.

 

Conrad Susa Shenandoah Charles Bruffy, Kansas City Chorale
Charles Ives Symphony No.2 1901 Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
Samuel Barber Piano Sonata, Op.26 1949 Garrick Ohlsson
Robert Manno Three Scenes from the Mountains 2004 Palisades Virtuosi