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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:

20-04 Music of Asia Minor: Hovhaness (Armenia), Theodorakis (Greece), Domeniconi (Turkey), and more

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


TO: All Stations

FR: Tony Morris

DT: January 21, 2020

RE: ***** CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE!   Music of Asia Minor: Hovhaness (Armenia), Theodorakis (Greece), Domeniconi, (Turkey), and more


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)


   Dimitri Fampas: Greek Dance #1  Eva Fampas, guitar

                                    (Aulia 69001)


   Domeniconi: Koyunbaba          Xuefei Yang, guitar

                                    (Shine Horn 1029)


   Hovhaness: Guitar Concerto #1  David Leisner, guitar

                                                       Berlin Radio Symphony Orch.

                                                       Gerard Schwarz, conductor

                                   (Naxos 559294)


  Theodorakis: Two Epitafios         John Williams, guitar

                                   (Sony Classical 90399)


  Miroslav Tadic: Walk Dance      Scott Tennant, guitar

                                    (Sony Classical 89100)





This week’s edition of Classical Guitar Alive! features music from, or influenced by, the geographical location that has historically been identified as “Asia Minor,” and more, including music from Turkey, Armenia, Greece and Macedonia, by Dimitri Fampas, Carlo Domeniconi, Alan Hovhaness, Mikis Theodorakis, and Miroslav Tadic.


The program begins with the Greek Dance #1 by Dimitri Fampas (1922-1996), performed by the composer’s daughter, Eva Fampas. Dimitri Fampas was a student of Segovia and Emilio Pujol, Dimitri Fampas enjoyed a long and successful career as performing guitarist and composer.


Carlo Domeniconi’s exotic and hypnotic Turkish-influenced piece  “Koyunbaba” (“Shepherd’) has emerged as one of the most popular solo guitar works of the last 20 years. The piece is heard in an early recording by Chinese prodigy Xuefei Yang.


Commissioned by and dedicated to Bolivian guitarist Javier Calderon in 1978, the “Guitar Concerto No. 1” by Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) was first premiered in 1979. However, a commercially-available recording of the piece was not issued until 2006 on the Naxos label featuring American guitarist David Leisner and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Schwarz.


Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis (b. 1925) is best known for his film scores for “Zorba the Greek”, and “Serpico”, but has also composed symphonic, chamber, and stage works. His cycle of “Epitafios” is a setting of poems in a Greek folk instrument style of poems by Yannis Ritsos (1909-1990).


The program concludes with Scott Tennant performing Miroslav Tadic’s “Walk Dance”. The work is based on a Macedonian dance in 11/8 time: (2+2+3+2+2).


Classical Guitar Alive! celebrates 22 years of national distribution, airing each week on over 200 stations, and is free to all stations. FUNDRAISER EDITION of Classical Guitar Alive! is available here, no carriage fee: 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 1951: Christmas in Renaissance Spain

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

Historia-de-la-navidad-tapa-696x385_small The Spanish Siglo de Oro -- Golden Age -- witnessed an astonishing musical flowering. Enjoyworks for the nativity by the greatest of Spain's composers from teh 16th century: Tomás Luis de Victoria, Francisco Guerrero, Alonso Lobo, Cristóbal de Morales, and Mateo Flecha "the Elder."

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.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

An American Stew

Default-piece-image-2 Michael Campion explores the diversity of American music with a potpourri of different kinds of works from different kinds of composers.

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.

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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

Imogen Cooper, piano



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

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
OMM omm0021
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Wise Man, excerpt
Roberto Carillo Cocío, Guitar; Philip Glass, Piano; Daniel Medina de la Rosa, Violin
OMM omm0090
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
The Gambia
The Philip Glass Ensemble
OMM omm0021

#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:

FST 19-44: Spotlight on New Recordings, 1/26/2020

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

Fiesta_logo_02_012615_small We receive many new recordings of Spanish and Latin American classical music daily. Host Elbio Barilari picks some of his fresh favorites!