Espressivo – Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde

Sunday March 20 we hear Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of Earthly Existence) in the instrumental reduction for 15 players by Arnold Schönberg and Rainer Riehn, with Adam Klein, Tenor; and Susanne Mentzer, Alto.

Notes by Michel Singher:

Having finished his enormous Eighth Symphony (“The Symphony of a Thousand”), Gustav Mahler was ambivalent about what he should call his next full-length orchestral work, which was once again a text setting. A song-cycle with orchestral accompaniment? Or a symphony?

That would have made it his “Ninth,” and the ghost of Beethoven loomed intimidating; so the work was called The Song of the Earth (or perhaps more idiomatically, The Song About the Earth, or perhaps most accurately, The Song About Earthly Existence). It is in its way a response to Beethoven’s epic work with its “Ode to Joy” Finale – a response by contrast. The first movement/song in Das Lied von der Erde is “The Drinking Song About Earth’s Misery.” Beethoven’s Finale sets a poem by Friedrich Schiller that celebrates life as it is enjoyed under the guidance of a benevolent God and in the companionship of all mankind, starting with a single friend. The Finale of Mahler’s “symphony” (like the other movements a setting of old Chinese poems) is also about an intimate friendship; but the long-awaited friend is revealed to be Death.

Yet, quite apart from the fact that three of its six songs are cheerful miniatures, Mahler’s inspired work is anything but depressive. It is about transcending human existence and, with a Buddhist underlay (via the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer), about being released from the bonds of being to re-enter the eternal cycle. The hauntingly poignant last, and by far longest, of the six episodes is “The Farewell,” which ends with an unfinished thought on the word “eternally…..” repeated many times over until it fades beyond hearing.

Monterey Symphony

This Sunday we hear Monterey Symphony’s Concert III. Here’s a copy/paste of concert info found at http://www.sunsetcenter.org/e-the_monterey_symphony_concert_iii_265.htm

The Monterey Symphony Concert III
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 3:00 pm
The Monterey Symphony Concert III
Presented by The Monterey Symphony
The Symphony’s third program will feature the diverse talents of our very own Farkhad Khudyev, Music Director for Youth Music Monterey, who will conduct his own composition, written in honor of our 70th Anniversary Season: The Sounds of Eternity. We are honored to present local audiences with an opportunity to hear this young composer perform his own work in its world premiere live on stage with the Monterey Symphony!

Khudyev will also lead the Monterey Symphony in Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 7, Op. 92, and his own brother – Emil Khudyev, clarinetist – in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, KV 622. Do not miss this unique and exciting opportunity to balance a world premiere with timeless classics.

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival opens its 43rd season

This sunday, catch the opening concert of the 43rd season for Santa Cruz Baroque Festival.


Galileo’s Daughters

Sarah Pillow, soprano

Mary Anne Ballard, viola da gamba 

With special guests:

Ronn McFarlane, lute

Marc Wagnon, video artist


Frank Drake, narrator

Galileo's Daughters



Here’s a wonderful review of the concert by Wallace Baine of the Santa Cruz Sentinel: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20160203/FEATURES/160209888



Concert airs at about 8:30am, Sunday Feb 21.  OnSite is 7-10am.

OnSite with a Time Change

KUSP’s OnSite is now heard on Sunday morning, from 7-10 a.m. with host Robin Whitehouse.

Escher String Quartet

Escher Quartet, photo courtesy of Peninsula Reviews

Escher Quartet, photo courtesy of Peninsula Reviews

PROGRAM AIRS: 8 p.m, Friday, January 23

The Escher String Quartet are Adam Barnett-Hart, violin, Aaron Boyd, violin, Pierre Lapointe, viola and Dane Johansen, cello.

They performed the String Quartet in D Major, Op. 50, No. 6, by Haydn, the Shostakovich String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat minor, Op. 144 and the String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 51 by Dvořák for Chamber Music Monterey Bay. That was back in November.

Now we get to hear these great musicians one more time. Tune in! More information at: Chamber Music Monterey Bay and Peninsula Reviews.

Boxing Day: A Celebration of British Music

boxingdayPROGRAM AIRS: 8 p.m., Friday, December 26

Join host Joe Truskot for an evening of British music featuring 15 of John Bull’s fab composers. Boxing Day, by the way, has nothing to do with the sport of punching an opponent into oblivion inside a square bordered by ropes — as if one was going to run away or enter into peace negotiations.

No, no, no. Boxing Day, Dec. 26, is the day after Christmas. As all the servants in a British manor house had to work making sure their employers had a joyous celebration, they got the next day off and also received from the lord and lady a “box” of goodies as a gift. Boxing Day was the day the hired help got something extra.

So let’s celebrate the great music created by many who rightly understood the significance of the day.

 Sullivan Overture Di Ballo Sir Malcolm Sargent, Pro Arte Orchestra
Tallis Veni Redemptor gentium The Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge
Tallis O nata lux de lumine The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Boyce Symphony No.5 in D major Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert
Purcell Rejoice in the Lord always Gustav Leonhardt, Bruggen Consort
Byrd Lord Willoughby’s March Canadian Brass
Trad The Flowing Bowl The Belles of Bedlam
Vaughan Williams Three Portraits from “The England of Elizabeth” Andre Previn, London Philharmonic
Trad There is no rose of Swych Virtue Andrew Parrot, Taverner Consort
Britten There is no rose of Swych Virtue Andrew Parrot, Taverner Consort
Tavener Song of the Angel Paul Goodwin, Academy of Ancient Music
Binge The Dance of the Snowflakes Ernest Tomlinson, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Walton Orb and Sceptre Paul Daniel, English Northern Philharmonia
Trad Nowel: Owt of your slepe aryse Anonymous 4
Elgar Enigma Variations Sir John Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra
Dibdin Vaudeville from The Ephesian Matron Opera Restor’d
Ketlebey Bank Holiday Alexander Faris, London Promenade Orchestra
Arne The glittring sun from The Morning Emma Kirkby, The Parley of Instruments
Holst St. Paul’s Suite Christopher Hogwood, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

The Thrill of La Chasse

Viscount Weymouth's Hunt: Mr Jackson, the Hon. Henry Villiers and the Hon. Thomas Villiers, with Hunters and Hounds John Wootton 1733-6

Viscount Weymouth’s Hunt: Mr Jackson, the Hon. Henry Villiers and the Hon. Thomas Villiers, with Hunters and Hounds
John Wootton 1733-6


8 p.m., Friday, Nov.28

Joe Truskot presents a special holiday broadcast of The Hunt. It was a popular sport and a popular musical theme. Light-hearted and grand, it connected composers from Bach to Elgar. Performers include Peter Schreier conducting Edith Matthis, Arlene Auger, Theo Adam in Bach’s Hunting Cantata. It’s the one with “Sheep May Safely Graze.” The Amadeus Quartet performs Mozart’s String Quartet in B flat Major, K.458 “The Hunt.” Elgar’s Nimrod Variation from the Enigma Variations. And much more, Tally Ho!

de Dampiere Fanfare La retrait prise
Franck Le Chasseur maudit
Schubert Dr Alpen jager
Stamitz Symphony in D major, “La Chasse”
Berlioz Royal Hunt and Storm, Les Troyens
Bach Hunting Cantata
Elgar Nimrod
Weber Huntsmen’s Chorus, Der Freishutz
Mozart String Quartet in B flat major, K.458 Hunt
Strauss, Jr. At The Hunt Polka, Op.269
MacDowell From Puritan Days, New England Idyls

Piano Hour

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

PROGRAM AIRS: 8 p.m., Friday, November 21

Joe Truskot hosts two hours of music for the concert grand piano including Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A major performed by legendary German pianist Ingrid Haebler. The concerto for this program is Saint-Saens Second featuring Dubravka Tomsic and the Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra with Anton Nanut conducting. Spend your evening with quality classical music on KUSP OnSite.

Beethoven Eroica Variations, Op.35 Tatiana Nikolayeva
Griffes Three Tone-Pictures, Op.5 Garrick Ohlsson
Rachmaninoff Corelli Variations, Op.42 Oxana Yablonskaya
Ravel Une barque sue l’ocean Jean-Philippe Collard
Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 Dubravka Tomsic
Mozart Piano Sonata in A major, K.331 Ingrid Haebler
Mendelssohn Song Without Words, Op.38 No.6 John O’Conor
Mendelssohn Song Without Words, Op.62 No.1 John O’Conor
Mendelssohn Song Without Words, Op.67 No.4 John O’Conor

The Music Makers

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

Music for Flute and Harpsichord from the Carmel Bach Festival


8 p.m., Friday, September 5

Robin Carlson Peery, flute and Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord perform individual compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach for their unaccompanied instruments and a Carl Philippe Emanuel Bach Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord.

Host Robin Whitehouse returns to complete the program with complimentary music.