Upcoming and Noteworthy

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

The unprecedented success of “Star Wars” propelled the western to outer space.  What is little known is that “Star Wars” composer John Williams, like many of his contemporaries, scored a number of actual, old school westerns.  Join Ross Amico for a Williams’ western round-up, including music from “The Cowboys,” “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing,” “The Missouri Breaks,” and “The Rare Breed,” this Friday at 6 pm.

Anonymous 4 refers to 14th century Florentine composer Francesco Landini as the "Italian master of subtle refinement" and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear them perform several of his love songs from their cd The Second Circle.  Landini was also a singer, poet, organist and maker of instruments. His secular music was loved all over Europe and influenced many later composers.  Also on the program: Julian Bream performs several Elizabethan and Jacobean lute pieces.

Well-Tempered Baroque 8-18-2017: The Madrigal

Aug 17, 2017

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque Dr. Lewis Baratz explores the madrigal in Italy and England during the transition period of the late Renaissance to the early Baroque.  Music of Thomas Morley, John Mundy, Girolamo Dalla Casa, Benedetto Pallavinco, Carl Gesauldo, and Michelangelo Rossi.

LA Opera on Air begins a three opera series featuring Beaumarchais’ best-known character, Figaro, on this week’s Sunday Opera (8/20 3:00 p.m.) with Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.”  Our Figaro in this production is Rodion Pogossov, and the couple he helps to find true love (for now), Count Almaviva and Rosina, are performed by Rene Barbera and Elizabeth DeShong.  Rosina’s peevish and somewhat lascivious guardian, Doctor Bartolo, is sung by LA favorite, Kristinn Sigmundsson.  After the opera, please join host Michael Kownacky for more music by Rossini, his Cantata in Honor of Pop

The Dress Circle will be taking a second look at the Smithsonian American Songbook CD series on this week’s program (8/20 7:00 p.m.).  This time, our composers include Duke Ellington, Kurt Weill, Richard Whiting, and Harold Arlen and will include performances by Rosemary Clooney, Dick Powell, Mildred Bailey, Bobby Short, Alice Faye, Nat King Cole, Ethel Merman, and Pearl Bailey along with several others.  Join us for an hour of delightfully nostalgic songs performed by some of the best singers of the 20th century.  

In 2014, Opera Lafayette in Washington,  D. C. used Francois Philidor's Les Femmes Vengees as the third act to a shortened French version of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte. Using the same cast and set as Cosi on the same night, Opera Lafayette placed Philidor's piece ten years later. The stories are very similar. They share interwoven themes of love and infidelity, temptation and flirtation, the one (“Così fan Tutte”) during courtship, and the other (“Les Femmes Vengées”) after the first bloom of marriage has faded.

This Sunday evening (8/20) at 11 we'll hear Tina Davidson's "Delight of Angels" for string quartet, John Duffy's "Heritage Suite" for orchestra and Daniel McCarthy's "All the West was Moving" for string quartet and bassoon.  Half Past: music from the past half century.

This Monday (8/14) on Bach at One  we'll hear Cantata BWV 37 "Whoever believes and is baptised shall be blessed." and BWV 44 "They shall put you out of the synagogues."  Julian Wachner conducts the Trinity Choir and NY Baroque Incorporated.

Wednesday (8/16) at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear music for viola & piano by Rebecca Clarke & Vieuxtemps along with a solo viola piece by Ligeti.  Music from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon, repeated Monday evening at 10.

Between the Keys: August 15 - Three Women

Aug 13, 2017

Join Jed Distler for Between the Keys on August 15 at 10 PM for an episode featuring three important women who represent the Russian Piano School: Maria Yudina, Maria Grinberg and Rosa Tamarkina. Works by Stravinsky, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms and Chopin.

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