Upcoming and Noteworthy

What's ahead on The Classical Network? Catch some of these great programs coming your way.

The mass Se la face ay  pale of Guillaume Dufay reveals a mixture of medieval strictness and Renaissance freedom, which is to be expected, written as it was by the man who stood at the watershed of both periods.Dufay is also the first composer to be prolific in both sacred and secular music.  Hear a performance of this great work on Friday's Distant Mirror as David Munrow directs the Early Music Consort of London.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Wednesday, 1-17 on Curtis Calls violinist Zeyu Victor Li is joined in his graduation recital by cellist Sang-Eun Lee, guitarist Ziaobo Pu and pianist Janice Carissa in Franck's Sonata and pieces by Astor Piazolla, Robert Beaser & John Halvorsen.  Li is now a member of the NY Philharmonic. Performances from the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon, repeated Monday evenings at 10.

Monday, 1-15 on Bach at One Matthew Glandorf leads Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in Henrich Shütz's "Musikalische Exquiem" and "Immortal Bach" by Knut Nystedt.

Between the Keys January 16th/All Beethoven

Jan 15, 2018

For the third of five programs this month surveying Beethoven's last five piano sonatas, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler explores the composer's beloved Sonata No. 30 in E Major Op. 109, with a classic 1953 recording by Dame Myra Hess. Also featured are Beethoven performances by Constance Keene, Wilhelm Kempff and Stephen Kovacevich.

Listen to Between the Keys on Tuesday January 16th at 10:00 PM, with a rebroadcast on Monday January 22nd at noon

The Sunday Opera this week (1/14  3:00 p.m.) is turning to the ancient Greeks for the subject of Marc Antoine Charptentier’s “Medee,” the tragedy surrounding the sorceress who helped Jason, the man with whom she fell in love, steal the Golden Fleece.  She betrays her country and king (her father) and kills her brother in order for them to escape only then to be betrayed by Jason, leading to her murdering her children.  

The works of Stephen Sondheim will be featured on this week’s Dress Circle (1/14 7:00 p.m.) but nothing from cast recordings.  Instead, we’ll be featuring a variety of ladies who have recorded Sondheim’s music over the years.  The list includes Judy Collins who has the honor of singing “Send in the Clowns,” the only Sondheim song that made it into the popular charts where it spent eight weeks and made it to number 6 in 1975.  

Thursday's Noon Concert: Melomanie

Jan 10, 2018

On Thurday's (1-11) Noontime Comcert we hear the ensemble Melomanie in music by Marin Marais, Shulamit Ran, Vittorio Rieti, Bonnie McAlvin, Nicolas Bacri & Sergio Roberto de Oliveira.  Melamonie plays both baroque and modern instruments.

Wednesday (1-10) at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Curtis students Joshua Halpern, cello & Ying Li, piano in Mendelssohn's Sonata No. 2.  Brandon Garbot, Grace Clifford, En-Chi Cheng & Timotheos Petrin play Bartók's 2nd String Quartet.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music, Wednesdays at noon, repeated the folowing Monday evening at 10.

On Monday (1-8) Bach @ One presents instrumental pieces by Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Ludwig Krebs, J.S. Bach, J.C.F. Bach & Georg Philipp Telemann performed by the Philadelphia Bach Collegium from a September Bach at Seven concert of Choral Arts Philadelphia.

We’ll be traveling to Czechoslovakia for this week’s Sunday opera (1/7  3:00 p.m.) and two works by the Czech master, Leos Janacek.  The first is a story of misplaced love and devotion that results in murder entitled “Jenufa.”  The Jenufa in a recording from 1986 is the wonderful Elisabeth Soderstrom, Peter Dvorsky is Steva, the object of her misplaced love, and Wieslav Ochman is the misunderstood Laca.  The second opera also features Elisabeth Soderstrom in the lead, this time as Emilia Marty, the woman who has lived for over 300 years in “The Makropulos Case.”  

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