The Lost Chord with Ross Amico

Sundays at 10 pm

Enjoy unusual and rarely heard repertoire.

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In honor of Early Music Month, the focus will be on three works by 20th and 21st century composers who found inspiration in music of the Renaissance.  Join Ross Amico for William Kraft’s “Vintage Renaissance,” written for the Boston Pops, George Frederick McKay’s “Suite on Sixteenth Century Hymn Tunes,” after works of Louis Bourgeois, and Lukas Foss’ “Renaissance Concerto” for flute and orchestra.  American composers cast an affectionate look back, this Sunday at 10 pm.

For Women’s History Month, enjoy notable works by two extraordinary female composers, including a string quartet by the tragically short-lived Vitězslava Kápralová (pictured) and the “Serenade in D” – a symphony in all but name – by the indomitable Ethel Smyth.  Musical women make history, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lost Chord: February 25 - Aural Borealis

Feb 25, 2018

Winters can tough in the north, but there is also much beauty to be found.  Tune in to hear “Northern Lights,” Finnish composer Uuno Klami’s musical response to atmospheric phenomena, and the Piano Concerto No. 4, subtitled “Aurora Borealis,” by Norwegian composer Geirr Tveitt.  Trip the light fantastic, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lost Chord: February 18 - Taylor-Made

Feb 18, 2018

Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) achieved much in his comparatively short life, attracting the attention and advocacy of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir Edward Elgar, and Sir Malcolm Sargent.  His cantata “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast” became a cultural phenomenon between the wars.  Unfortunately, the composer didn’t live to see it, and his widow saw none of the proceeds, since, always in need of cash, he had sold the rights to the music outright for 15 guineas.  We’ll hear it, among our featured works, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lost Chord: February 11 - Denmarketing

Feb 11, 2018

Dacapo Records, the self-described “Danish National label,” was founded in 1989 to promote the classical music of Denmark.  Danish music composed over a period of a thousand years forms the core of the Dacapo discography.  I hope you’ll “Dane” to join me for Emil Reesen’s “Variations on a Theme by Franz Schubert” and one-time director of the Peabody Institute Asger Hamerik’s Symphony No. 7, the “Choral,” this Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lost Chord: February 4 - Staying Power

Feb 4, 2018

Is it really “emigration” when you don’t go anywhere?  We’ll hear music by flagrantly anti-fascist composers who remained in Germany during the Nazi regime.  This type of opposition was described by Thomas Mann as “inner emigration.”  The composers in question did not join the Nazi Party.  On the contrary, they were condemned, their music labeled degenerate and banned from performance.  Tune in to learn more about Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling and Karl Amadeus Hartmann, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lost Chord: January 28 - Wrestling Jacob

Jan 28, 2018

Gordon Jacob is perhaps best known these days as an orchestrator, but he was also a prolific composer.  In fact, when weighing the size of his output against his reputation, it’s tempting to underestimate – as the Angel did his Biblical namesake – Jacob’s tenacity.  Join me for Jacob’s “William Byrd Suite,” and then music of a more serious nature:  his Symphony No. 1, dedicated to the memory of his brother, who died on the Somme.  We grapple with the legacy of Jacob, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lost Chord: January 21 - Liking the Viking

Jan 21, 2018

Brace yourself!  It’s Icelandic composer Jon Leif’s “Saga Symphony.”  Scored for tuned anvils; stones; whip; shields of iron, leather, and wood; great wooden containers played by large hammers; and six ancient long horns, or lurs, the work is an intriguing blend of extravagance and austerity.  We greet our fate with courage and stoicism, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

Cabinets of curiosities, also sometimes referred to as “wonder rooms,” were small collections of extraordinary objects, strange and often fanciful precursors of today’s museums, which attempted to categorize and explain oddities of the natural world.  We’ll hear three examples of musical equivalents: Dmitri Tymoczko's “Typecase Treasury,” Michael Colina’s Violin Concerto “Three Cabinets of Wonder,” and a selection from Robert Moran’s “Cabinet of Curiosities.”  Satisfy your curiosity, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lost Chord: January 7 -Left Out Back

Jan 7, 2018

In honor of composer Colin Brumby, who died on January 3rd at the age of 84, we’ll travel once again to the Land Down Under for some rarely-heard music from Australia, including Brumby’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Peter Sculthorpe’s “Earth Cry” (for didgeridoo and orchestra), and Alfred Hill’s “The Moon’s Golden Horn.”  Join me for an hour of antipodean artistry, this Sunday at 10 pm.