January 23rd, 2015
PROGRAM 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.”
January 17th, 2015
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.
||Charles Bruffy, Kansas City Chorale
||Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
||Piano Sonata, Op.26
||Three Scenes from the Mountains
January 11th, 2015
PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Guest Host Robin Whitehouse presents an evening of masterpieces by three of the 20th century’s most innovative and distinctive composers. Their creations and their influence on one another gave voice to a turbulent era in European history and thinking.
Arnold Schoenberg Pierre Lunaire, Moonstruck & selections
Alban Berg Altenberg Lieder, Op.4
Anton Webern Symphony, Op.21
Arnold Schoenberg Five Pieces for Orchestra
Alban Berg Violin Concerto
Anton Webern Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op.6
January 1st, 2015
PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan.6
Join host Joe Truskot for the first program of 20♪21 in the new year. We’ll explore the Feast of the Epiphany and the larger concepts of enlightenment, revelation, and life’s journey. Whew, that’s quite a start for the year. Program includes the Symphony No.8 of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, titled “The Journey.” We’ll also hear the finale of Carl Orff’s Nativity Story which focuses on the Adoration of the Magi celebrated on this, the 12th Day of Christmas. The program includes music by Louis Karchin, Bela Bartok, Albert Roussel, and John Tavener’s Ikon of Light. Tune in and find your Epiphany.
||Finale of The Christmas Story
||Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden, Tolzer Knabenchor, Collegium Pro Musica Innsbruck
||Symphony No.8 “The Journey”
||Leif Segerstam, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
||Elizabeth Henrickson-Farnum, James Winn
||Ikon of Light
||Tallis Scholars, Chilingrian Quartet
||Three Studies for Piano
||Songs of Distance & Light
||Andrea Cawelti, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society
||finale of Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op.37
||Boris Abalyan, Chamber Choir “Lege Artis”
December 26th, 2014
PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec.30
We finish the year with our final Music Maker’s program featuring great works by great composers of the 20th century and today. Here’s the Violin Concerto No.2 by George Tsontakis. It won the Grawemeyer Award in 2005. The largest sum awarded to music composers. Also on the program are works by Gershwin, Respighi, Hanson, Hindemith and the late Stephen Paulus.
You’ll hear orchestras such as the Atlanta Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatikin, Yoel Sergiu Comissiona, Antal Dorati, and others.
||“I Got Rhytm” Variations
||Jeffrey Siegel, Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony
||Yoel Levi, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
||Hary Janos Suite
||Sergiu Comissiona, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
||Violin Concerto No.2
||Steven Copes, Douglas Boyd, St. Paul Chamber
||Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3
||Antal Dorati, Philharmonia Hungarica
||Symphony No.1 Nordic
||Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
||Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber
||Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra
||Michel Plasson, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse
December 19th, 2014
PROGRAM AIRS: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23
One of the most popular, large scale works of the 20th century in one of its finest recordings, Dietrich Fischer Dieskau performs Carl Orff’s Carmina burana. The program also offers several pastorals, the songs shepherds sang while watching their flocks. Performers include Joan Sutherland, Monserrat Caballe, William Boughton, Allen Feinberg, and Leonard Bernstein with the Orchestre Nacional de France. Joyous music fit for the season.
||Le Boeuf sur le toit
||Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Purcell
||Preludes 3, 4, 5
||Adagio for String orchestra, Op.48
||God is With Us: Christmas Proclamation
December 13th, 2014
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.
||Five Bagatelles, Op. 23a
||Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
||Pavane for a Dead Princess
||The Prayer of Saint Francis
December 7th, 2014
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.
||Concierto de Aranjuez
||Symphony No.2, London
||Not a Sonata
||Violin Concerto No.1
November 28th, 2014
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.
||Peter and the Wolf
||She Walks Through the Fair
||Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon
November 20th, 2014
- 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.
||Konzertstuck for Cello & Orchestra, Op.12