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Playlist: Classical

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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.

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Most recent piece in this series:

22-26 American Composers

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


TO: All Stations

FR: Tony Morris

DT: June 27, 2022

RE: ***** CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! 22-26 American Composers

Total length:58:57


In Cue: MUSIC IN "Hello and welcome to…"

Out Cue: "…another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!"

Program Length:58:57



 Bizet: Carmen Suite: Prelude          Los Romeros, guitar quartet

                                             (Philips 412-609)


 Sousa: Black Horse Troop March    Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

             “Best of LA Guitar Quartet”         (Delos 1998) (3:10)


 Confrey:  Kitten on the Keys          Versailles Guitar Quartet 

 Crell:    Mississippi Rag                 (Quantum 6948)

 Joplin:   Rag-time Dance


 Interview: Giovanni De Chiaro: "In 1900 is when he really made it big...  

... he had that reputation  until he died."


 Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag                Giovanni De Chiaro, guitar

                                             (Centaur 2163)


 Interview: Giovanni De Chiaro: "The story about the titles of pieces is

interesting …  … he actually wrote the piece, I think, before the event

happened, and was used as music for the publicity stunt."


 Joplin: The Great Crush Collision March    Giovanni De Chiaro, guitar

                                             (Centaur 2408)


 Traditional, arr. Vance:   "Old Joe Clark"  Christopher Teves, guitar

                                             (TP 1010)     


 Verdery: Towns & Cities: Seattle, WA       UFOnia (Mushkatweek 1)

                          Ellis Island       UFOnia (Mushkatweek 1)

                          Mobile, AL         Kottke & Verdery, guitars

                                             (Newport 85519)

                          Miami, FL          UFOnia (Mushkatweek 1)


Robert Honstein:   Barton’s Blues          Kim Perlak, guitar

                                               (Kim Perlak 7-50532-04342)                     


 Copland: Hoe-down                    Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

                                            (Delos 3163)




This week's edition of CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! is a celebration of music by American composers, Copland, John Philips Sousa, and more, and features an interview with Giovanni De Chiaro, who has arranged and recorded the complete piano works of Scott Joplin.


CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! is a weekly one-hour music with interviews program that is sound-rich, energetic, and has a positive vibe. It is an audience bridge-builder program that attracts both core classical audience and fans of all kinds of acoustic music.


Classical Guitar Alive! celebrates 25 years of national distribution and airs each week on over 250 stations. FUNDRAISER EDITION of Classical Guitar Alive! is available here to all stations: http://www.prx.org/pieces/187790-fundraiser-editio


CGA! is a winner at PRX's 13th Annual Zeitfunk Awards: #1 Most Licensed Producer, and #2 Most Licensed Series.

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 2226: Dances, Impressions & Rhapsodies

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

Tumblr_inline_pbw3l7tkzo1uns891_1280_small From a Valencian medieval legend to the seat of the ancient Incan empire to pre-Colombian Peru and Bolivia to Cuba and the Argentine tango, works by Ginastera, Rodrigo, Lecuona and Frank, featuring flutist Eugenia Zukerman, pianist Thomas Tirino, and conductors Enrique Bátiz and Keith Lockhart, exploring contemporary visions of times gone by.

An American Stew

From KCME | 58:24

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

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An American Stew

Default-piece-image-0 Michael Campion explores the diversity of American music with a potpourri of different kinds of works from different kinds of composers.

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.


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
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, 
MCA Impulse 29015
RAVI SHANKAR (1920-2012)
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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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:

FST 22-14: Great Latino Virtuosi, 6/26/2022

From The WFMT Radio Network | Part of the Fiesta! series | 58:30

Fiesta_logo_02_012615_small Host Elbio Barilari shares some of the great Latin American music in the hands, lips, and throats of some of the most gifted Latino interpreters. Included in this program are such artists as Martha Argerich, Eduardo Fernandez, and Ana Maria Martinez. Be prepared to be wowed by this eclectic set of composers and performers.