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Playlist: Classical

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The Stradivarius of Singers: A Tribute to Leontyne Price

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:29

One of the most renowned and beloved singers of the 20th century, American soprano Leontyne Price rose to superstardom at a time when African-American artists were only just beginning to achieve major recognition in the operatic world. Price, who turns 90 in February, is celebrated by Roger Pines, broadcast commentator for Lyric Opera of Chicago, in a tribute covering her life and career in depth. In addition to representative recorded excerpts, the program features comments and reminiscences from numerous renowned American artists, among them Renée Fleming, Sondra Radvanovsky, Denyce Graves, and Eric Owens.

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This special is available free of charge to all affiliate stations and will be available for two broadcasts from January 2, 2017 through January 1, 2018.

For more information contact:

Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112 
Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114

The Stradivarius of Singers: A Tribute to Leontyne Price

One of the most renowned and beloved singers of the 20th century, American soprano Leontyne Price rose to superstardom at a time when African-American artists were only just beginning to achieve major recognition in the operatic world. Price, who turns 90 in February, is celebrated by Roger Pines, broadcast commentator for Lyric Opera of Chicago, in a tribute covering her life and career in depth. In addition to representative recorded excerpts, the program features comments and reminiscences from numerous renowned American artists, among them Renée Fleming, Sondra Radvanovsky, Denyce Graves, and Eric Owens.

The music sung by Leontyne Price is excerpted from the following:

Charpentier, Louise, “Depuis le jour”

Bizet, Carmen, Seguidilla

Verdi, La forza del destino, “Pace, pace”

Hymn, “Lead, kindly light”

Strauss, Die ägyptische Helena, “Zweite Brautnacht”

Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, “Bess, You Is My Woman Now”

(with William Warfield)

Barber, Hermit Songs, “At St. Patrick’s Purgatory”

Puccini, Tosca, Act I love duet (with David Poleri)

Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites, Prison Scene

Puccini, La rondine, “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta”

Massenet, Thaïs, “Dis-moi que je suis belle”

Verdi, Requiem, “Domine Jesu Christe” (with Fiorenza Cossotto,

Luciano Pavarotti, and Nicolai Ghiaurov)

Verdi, Il trovatore, “Tacea la notte”

Mozart, Don Giovanni, “Or sai chi l’onore”

Verdi, Aida, “O patria mia”

Barber, Antony and Cleopatra, Final Scene

Marx, “Marienlied”

Spiritual, “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”

Verdi, Un ballo in maschera, Love Duet (with Carlo Bergonzi)

Spiritual, “This Little Light of Mine”

Relevant Tones (Series)

Produced by The WFMT Radio Network

Relevant Tones, a weekly exploration of the most fascinating time in classical music history: right now. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this series features music and in-person interviews from the hottest festivals around the world, celebrates the major figures shaping classical music today, spots emerging trends and shines a light on lesser known but fascinating composers.

This series is available via Subauto subscription.

Most recent piece in this series:

RLT 17-32: Going Solo, 8/2/2017

From The WFMT Radio Network | Part of the Relevant Tones series | 58:29

469397_305823489487837_34930461_o_small There is perhaps no more intimate connection in music than when a composer writes a solo piece specifically for a gifted performer, crafting the piece for the player’s specific strengths and musical tastes. We’ll talk with several performers about solos works that have been written for them and feature performances of the pieces recorded live in our Levin studio.

Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota - Season 2 (Series)

Produced by WQXR

From New York Public Radio’s Q2 Music, a five-part Peabody award winning radio series that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most engaging, innovative, and beautiful music today. Season 2 features host Nadia Sirota with Meredith Monk, Kaija Saariaho, Ingram Marshall, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Nico Muhly

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

Bonus Track: 'Viola Concerto: Part II' by Nico Muhly

From WQXR | Part of the Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota - Season 2 series | 09:53

Mtc_itunes_sb_medium_small Says Nadia Sirota, "Nico wrote the concerto in 2014, and in a lot of ways it's the fruit of 10 years of our working together.  The piece is in three movements, and this movement, Part II, is sort of the emotional heart of the piece.  It's soulful and colorful and I adore playing it.

At the end of the movement the viola line suffers a sort of massive emotional breakdown, which is then answered by a huge orchestral explosion, featuring a giant tam-tam (gong) and all sorts of low-brass rumbles.  In the aftermath, individual members of the orchestra play small phrases independently of each other, finally reuniting in a wounded coda.  

This is my favorite part of the concerto to play."

Classical Guitar Alive! (Series)

Produced by Tony Morris

Classical Guitar Alive is a weekly one-hour music with interviews program that is free to all stations.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

17-30 Jose Lezcano Interview, Music by Mozart, Angulo, Israel

From Tony Morris | Part of the Classical Guitar Alive! series | 58:57

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TO: All Stations

FR: Tony Morris

July 25, 2017

RE: ***** CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE!    17-30 Jose Lezcano Interview

 

In Cue: MUSIC IN “Hello and welcome to…”

Out Cue: “…another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!”

Program Length:58:57

 

INTRODUCTION:

  Bizet: Carmen Suite: Prelude  Los Romeros, guitar quartet

                                               (Philips 412-609)

PROGRAM BEGINS:

Mozart: Sonata in D:   Allegro  HK Duo

                                        (HK Duo 20673-30032)

 

  Angulo: Guitar Concerto 1   Michael Troster, guitar

                                             WDR Orchestra Cologne

                                              Arthur Fagen, conductor

                                             (Thorofon 2418)

 

  Interview: Jose Lezcano: “In the guitar community …   … I don’t know if that’s a compliment or what!”

Lezcano: Diarios                   Paul Schliffer, flute

                                               Jose Lezcano, guitar

                                              Matthew Schubin, bassoon

                                             (Shadorider Records 004)

 

  Bryan Israel: Sonatinetta     Duo Giocondo

                                               (stonian Academy of Music and Theatre

                                             (VKJK 622)

 

CLOSING THEME/FUNDING CREDITS

 

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This week’s edition of Classical Guitar Alive! features an interview with Cuban-American guitarist-composer Jose Lezcano, who talks about his chamber piece “Diarios” for flute, guitar and bassoon, plus music by Mozart, Eduardo Angulo, and Bryan Israel.

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Classical Guitar Alive! celebrates 20 years of national distribution and is broadcast each week on over 200 stations internationally.

 

CGA! is a winner at PRX (Public Radio Exchange)’s 13th Annual Zeitfunk Awards:

#1 Most Licensed Producer (Tony Morris), and

#2 for Most Licensed Series (Classical Guitar Alive!)

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The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree (Series)

Produced by Candice Agree

There's no better way to know a country or a people than through its music. The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree invites everyone who has an interest in, a fascination of, and a love for the cultural life of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world to be entertained, enriched, and informed by this unique classical music program.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

THE SPANISH HOUR 1731: EARLY MUSIC FROM THE FIVE KINGDOMS

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Ced4076380786d945d13129c3cfd391b--medieval-music-medieval-life_small Roman, Germanic, Byzantine, French, Arabic, and Jewish cultures all contributed to Spanish music. On this edition of The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree, settings of secular and sacred texts by Tomás Luis de Victoria and Mateo Flecha the Elder, plus anonymous Sephardic and Navarrese love songs, reflect the mix of cultures throughout the 5 Kingdoms of Spain.

An American Stew

From KCME | Part of the American Landscapes series | 58:24

Michael Campion explores the diversity of American music with a potpourri of different kinds of works from different kinds of composers.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

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Concerts from the Frick Collection (2015-16 Season) (Series)

Produced by WQXR

The Concerts from The Frick series has delighted listeners with the finest in keyboard recitals, all manner of chamber groups and groundbreaking early music ensembles for decades. Many of the century's greatest artists have performed in the 175-seat music room at The Frick Collection, the former Upper East Side residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

Imogen Cooper, piano

From WQXR | Part of the Concerts from the Frick Collection (2015-16 Season) series | 58:03

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Program:

Part 1              14:30

 

Theme with Variations in E-Flat Major WoO 24, F 3 (Robert Schumann)

(“Geistervariationen”/Ghost Variations)   (1854)

              Theme – Leise, innig

              Variation I

              Variation II – Canonisch

              Variation III – Etwas belebter

              Variation IV

              Variation V     

              Theme (unwritten reprise)

 

 

Part 2                43:30        

Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960 (1828) (Franz Schubert)

         Molto moderato                                                                                               

         Andante sostenuto

         Scherzo.  Allegro vivace con delicatezza

         Allegro, ma non troppo – Presto

Giving Thanks to Music

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:32

Music holds a special meaning. Sometimes it marks a momentous time in one’s life, or recalls a deep-seated emotion that stirs us to our core. And sometimes it changes our lives in a profound way. The WFMT Radio Network has invited eight individuals from different walks of life to describe something they all have in common: the profound value classical music has had for them. As these outstanding people from the worlds of poetry, music, opera, film, theatre, humanitarian aid, and radio and television news reveal their experiences, we take a moment to give thanks for the music that has enriched our lives.

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This special will become available free of charge to all affiliate stations on October 1st and will be available for two broadcasts from November 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017. 

For more information please contact:

Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com  (p) 773-279-2112
David Sims at dsims@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2027
Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114

Music holds a special meaning. Sometimes it marks a momentous time in one’s life, or recalls a deep-seated emotion that stirs us to our core. And sometimes it changes our lives in a profound way. The WFMT Radio Network has invited eight individuals from different walks of life to describe something they all have in common: the profound value classical music has had for them.  As these outstanding people from the worlds of poetry, music, opera, film, theatre, humanitarian aid, and radio and television news reveal their experiences, we take a moment to give thanks for the music that has enriched our lives. 

The guests taking part in this Thanksgiving holiday special are:

·         Opera singer Renee Fleming

·         US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

·         Film, television and theatre actress Joanna Lumley

·         Author, humanitarian and charity founder Terry Waite

·         Conductor JoAnn Falletta

·         Author and news and current affairs host and documentary maker John Humphrys

·         Opera singer Jose Carreras

·         Television newscaster Geeta Guru-Murthy

Music has played an especially healing role for two of our contributors who faced enormous ordeals in their lives: former Church of England Special Envoy Terry Waite, who was held captive in Beirut, chained to a wall for nearly five years; and acclaimed tenor Jose Carreras, who overcame a near-fatal catastrophe when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. 

Some of the music that these guests are thankful for are Elgar’s oratorio The Dream of Gerontius, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, the aria O Silver Moon from Dvorak’s opera Rusalka, Debussy’s Clair de Lune from his Suite Bergamasque, the Intermezzo from Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut, and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, among others.

Music and Conversation with Philip Glass

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:44

To celebrate the incredibly influential American composer Philip Glass's 80th birthday, enjoy this music infused hour recorded last February when he was honored by his alma mater, the University of Chicago. WFMT host Kerry Frumkin speaks with him about his life in music, where he’s been, and what’s inspired him on his particular path.

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The duration is 58:44, and the show is entirely self contained, with no breaks.
The following music is featured in the program:
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Wichita Sutra Vortex
Philip Glass, Solo Piano
CBS MK 45576
6:05
 
LENNIE TRISTANO (1919-1978)
Line Up, excerpt
Peter Ind, Bass; Jeff Morton, Drums, Lennie Tristano, Piano
Atlantic 1224
 
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
“Train” from Einstein on the Beach, excerpt
The Philip Glass Ensemble
CBS M4K38875
 
BILLY ECKSTINE (1914-1993)
I Want to Talk About You, excerpt
John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; McCoy Tyner, 
Piano
MCA Impulse 29015
 
RAVI SHANKAR (1920-2012)
Chappaqua
Ravi Shankar, Sitar
Columbia 82876745022
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  ) & RAVI SHANKAR (1920-2012)
Ragas In Minor Scale
Private Music 2074-2-P
 
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Serra Pelada, excerpt
Elektra Nonesuch 79192-2
 
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Australia, excerpt
Mark Atkins, Didgeridoo; The Philip Glass Ensemble
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PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Wise Man, excerpt
Roberto Carillo Cocío, Guitar; Philip Glass, Piano; Daniel Medina de la Rosa, Violin
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PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
The Gambia
The Philip Glass Ensemble
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#CallJohann (Series)

Produced by Dominique Johnson

For a good time #CallJohann and be introduced to his crew of rebellious composers.

Most recent piece in this series:

Beethoven Rolled Deep

From Dominique Johnson | Part of the #CallJohann series | 01:44

Calljohann_small The original indie musician rolled deep. And no one put Beethoven in a corner.

Fiesta! (Series)

Produced by The WFMT Radio Network

Fiesta! is an original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to your listeners.

Most recent piece in this series:

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Series (Series)

Produced by The WFMT Radio Network

In an historic collaboration, the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago presents the first broadcast series of a Chinese orchestra to U.S. radio audiences starting in January 2017. Host Hoyt Smith, of KDFC San Francisco, and Maestro Long Yu present the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) alongside an all-star line-up of soloists, including Lang Lang, Maxim Vengerov, Yo-Yo Ma, Yujia Wang and Christian Tetzlaff. Guest conductors include Zubin Mehta, Sir Andrew Davis, Osmo Vänskä, Daniele Gatt and Paavo Järvi.

Most recent piece in this series:

SSO 17-13: The First Broadcast Series of a Chinese Orchestra in the U.S., 3/21/2017

From The WFMT Radio Network | Part of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Series series | 01:58:30

Sso_logo_small This week we hear highlights from the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.