The Lost Chord with Ross Amico

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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.

With much gift wrapping and cooking yet to be done, pause to reflect on the story of the first Christmas with Sir Hubert Parry’s “Ode on the Nativity” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Nativity play “The First Nowell.”  It’s pastoral music for a pastoral scene, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lost Chord: Dec. 17 - Hindemith Branches Out

Dec 17, 2017

If you’ve ever had a nightmare about a grimacing nutcracker or found yourself profoundly disturbed by a Rankin-Bass Christmas special, then this one’s for you.  Paul Hindemith’s unusual Christmas fairy tale, “Tuttifäntchen, ” presents a wooden figure, carved from a fir by a master woodcutter, which springs to life and generates all sorts of havoc.  In a similar vein, we'll hear Ernst Toch’s “Pinocchio:  A Merry Overture” and Leroy Robertson’s “Punch and Judy Overture.”  Nothing says Christmas like malevolent puppets, this Sunday at 10 pm.

The Lost Chord: December 10 - Just Brubeck

Dec 10, 2017

What is perhaps not so widely known is that jazz titan Dave Brubeck was a pupil of Darius Milhaud.  His cantata, “The Gates of Justice,” grew out of the composer’s social consciousness and a belief in the brotherhood of man.  The work employs characteristics of Jewish and African American traditions.  Brubeck, himself a devout Catholic, appears as pianist.  Cantor Alberto Mizrahi and baritone Kevin Deas come together, this Sunday at 10 pm.

The Lost Chord: December 3 - Dark Horse Norsemen

Dec 3, 2017

Join Ross Amico for works by a couple of neglected Norwegian composers, including Halfdan Cleve (1879-1951), who rode the wave of Norwegian nationalism in music, and Eyvind Alnaes (1872-1932), who was best known for his art songs, but embraced his inner romantic to write a proto-Rachmaninoff piano concerto.  You can’t a-fjord to miss it, this Sunday at 10 pm.

The Lost Chord: November 26 - Homebodies

Nov 26, 2017

With the lingering evidence of Thanksgiving both in our refrigerators and around our waistlines, it’s hardly surprising that our thoughts and memories would be full of home.  With that in mind, we’ll have music by American composers inspired by the idea of home, including Aaron Copland’s “Letter from Home” (1943-44) and John Fitz Rogers “Magna Mysteria” (2010).  Make yourself at home, this Sunday at 10 pm.

The Lost Chord: November 19 - Fur Love and Valor

Nov 19, 2017

You can tune an orchestra, but you can't tun-a fish.  We put the “cat” in Catalan music with selections from Xavier Montsalvatge’s one-act opera “Puss in Boots,” this Sunday at 10 pm. 

Join Ross Amico for an hour of Ukrainian classics, including “The Zaporozhy Cossacks” by Reinhold Glière and the Symphony No. 1 by Boris Lyatoshinsky (a Glière pupil), this Sunday at 10 pm.


The Lost Chord: November 5 - Notions Eleven

Nov 5, 2017

Celebrate the eleventh month with music of an autumnal nature, including Sir Arnold Bax’s ravishing tone poem, “November Woods,” and George Lloyd’s Symphony No. 10, “November Journeys.”  Lloyd’s symphony was commissioned by the BBC for the Northern Brass Ensemble. The commission coincided with the composer’s exploration by rail of a number of English cathedrals.  All aboard, this Sunday night at 10 pm.