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


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

Second Viennese School

Composer Arnold Schoenberg

Arnold Schoenberg

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

Anton Webern

Anton Webern

Alban Berg

Alban Berg

Epiphany: defined and enjoyed

Einojuhani Rautavaara

Einojuhani Rautavaara

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.

Orff Finale of The Christmas Story 1948 Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden, Tolzer Knabenchor, Collegium Pro Musica Innsbruck
Rautavaara Symphony No.8 “The Journey” 1999 Leif Segerstam, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Wuorinen Lightenings viii 1994 Elizabeth Henrickson-Farnum, James Winn
Tavener Ikon of Light 1984 Tallis Scholars, Chilingrian Quartet
Bartok Three Studies for Piano 1918 Garrick Ohlsson
Karchin Songs of Distance & Light 1988 Andrea Cawelti, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society
Roussel Sinfonietta, Op.52 1934 I Musici
Ippolitov-Ivanov finale of Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op.37 1903 Boris Abalyan, Chamber Choir “Lege Artis”

Music Makers 7

George Tsontakis

George Tsontakis

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.

Gershwin “I Got Rhytm” Variations 1934 Jeffrey Siegel, Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony
Paulus Concertante 1989 Yoel Levi, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Kodaly Hary Janos Suite 1926 Sergiu Comissiona, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Tsontakis Violin Concerto No.2 2003 Steven Copes, Douglas Boyd, St. Paul Chamber
Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3 1932 Antal Dorati, Philharmonia Hungarica
Hanson Symphony No.1 Nordic 1922 Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber 1943 Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra
Honegger Pacific 231 1923 Michel Plasson, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse