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

Monday's (3/19) Bach@One features Matthew Glandorf directing Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in J.S. Bach's Sanctus in D, BWV 238 and Cantata BWV 215, "Praise Your Good Fortune."

Between the Keys March 20th/Delving into Debussy

7 hours ago

To mark the centenary of Claude Debussy's death, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler will be presenting several episodes on Between the Keys this spring devoted to the innovative composer's piano music.

Familiar voices, many from the past, will be showcased on this week’s Sunday Opera (3/18  3:00 p.m.) in an all-star presentation of Giacomo Puccini’s “Il Trittico.”  We’ll sample three recordings.  The first, “Il Tabarro” stars Leontyne Price, Sherrill Milnes, and Placido Domingo.  “Suor Angelica” stars Renata Tebaldi in the title role and Giuletta Simionato as the callous Principessa.  Leo Nucci is the cantankerous “Gianni Schicchi” with Mirella Freni as his daughter Lauretta, and Roberto Alagna as her love, Rinuccio.  Also featured in this cast are Eva Podles, Barbara Frittoli, and Dalibo

The 3/14 (7:00 p.m.) Dress Circle will feature recordings produced by The York Theatre Company which, for over 48 years, has been dedicated to the production of New Musicals, and through their Musicals in Mufti Series, concert performances of forgotten shows.  Ted Otten and Michael Kownacky have found and will be sampling four recordings of shows presented by The York Theatre Company on this week’s program.  

Pauline Viardot (1821-1910) ran a salon in Paris for decades with the original score of Don Giovanni on display, and Rossini genuflected to it. Tchaikovsky was another of the many notables who attended the salon. She was a close friend of Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ivan Turgenev. Her parents and siblings were also known and notable musicians, and she herself was a singer, a pianist, a teacher and composer. 

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.

Sunday evening, 3/18 on Half Past we'll hear orchestral music by Witold Lutoslawski , Tristan Keuris and Boris Tishenko along with "Murder in the Dark" for harpsichord by Klaas De Vries.  Music from the past half-century, Sundays at 11 PM.

Wednesday, 3-14 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Schumann's Fantasiestücke op 12 performed by Bolai Cao and Haydn's Sonata No. 58 played by Ying Li.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10.

The Sunday Opera: Ambroise Thomas' "Mignon"

Mar 8, 2018

We’re heading back to France for this week’s Sunday Opera (3/11 3:00 p.m.) for one of the better known works of Charles Louis Ambroise Thomas, “Mignon.”  As a special feature, both the happy and tragic endings written for this opera about the trials of a young girl who was abducted by gypsies will be presented.  Marilyn Horne is Mignon, and joining her are Alain Vanzo, Frederica Von Stade, Ruth Welting, and Andre Battedou.  Antonio De Almeda conducts the Ambrosian Opera Chorus and The Philharmonia Orchestra.  

John Barrowman is best known to American television audiences for his appearances on “Dr. Who” and “Torchwood,” but this week’s Dress Circle (3/11 7:00 p.m.) is dedicated to his wonderful performances in musicals, mostly in London’s West End.  You’ll hear him perform songs from his starring roles in “Matador,” “Anything Goes,” “The Fix,” and “Hair” along with “Grease,” “Sunset Boulevard,” and the totally forgotten musical, “Jean Seberg.”  If you only know Barrowman from his television appearances, this week’s program is sure to be a pleasant surprise.