Upcoming and Noteworthy

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

Two works by Umberto Giordano will be featured on this week’s Sunday Opera (2/11  3:00 p.m.).  Giordano was on the forefront of the verismo (realism) movement in the world of opera, and we’ll be sampling two of those on this program.  The first is one of his best-known works, “Fedora,” a tragic story of doomed love due to actions taken too quickly and without thought.   Our recording from 1986 features as Eva Marton as Fedora, and her Loris is Jose Carreras.

Thursday, 2-8 on the Noontime Concert from Astral Artists we'll hear Project Fusion, a saxophone quartet perform with harp and piano in music by Bach, Bartok, Danker, Mellis and Piazolla.

On Friday's (2-9) Noon Concert we'll hear the choral group "The Thirteen" conducted by artistic director Matthew Robertson in a program called "On the Migration of Souls."  The performance from last October includes music by John Dowland, Eric Banks, Jeffrey Van, Stacy Garop, Joshua Fishbein, William Cornysh and John Runestad.

Concordia Chamber Players return to The Classical Network Friday afternoon (2/9) for a broadcast concert at 4 pm featuring music by Reynaldo Hahn, Dave Brubeck and Claude Debussy.

Bach at One (2/5) from Choral Arts Philadelphia features the second part of Claudio Monteverdi's "Vespro della Beata Vergine, 1610."  Artistic director Matthew Glandorf directs Choral Arts Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, Dark Horse Consort and soloists sopranos Jessica Beebe & Rebecca Myers, altos Maren Maltobano & Jennifer L. Smith, tenors Michael Jones, James Reese & Nikolas Karageorgiou and basses Jean Bernard Cerin & Cody Mueller.

Richard Wagner’s second opera, “Das Liebesverbot,” is the centerpiece of this week’s Sunday Opera (2/4  3:00 p.m.).   Premiering in 1836, “Das Liebesverbot” or “The Ban on Love,” is based on Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” with a libretto by Wagner and has been called “Wagner’s lost comedy” since its premier was a disaster with the leading man forgetting his part and improvising through the performance.  This performance, recorded in 1983, features Hermann Prey, Wolfgang Fassler, and Sabine Haas.  

On Friday's Noon Concert (2/2) from Concerts on the Slope we hear Robert Schumann's Fantasiestuecke in a minor for piano trio, Rhapsody of Seasons by composer-in-residence Ke-Chia Chen and the String Sextet, op. 48 by Dvorak.

This Thursday's (2/1) Noon Concert features the Dryden Ensemble in French music, some that was and some that may have been familiar to J.S. Bach.  We hear pieces by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jean-Henri d'Anglebert, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Marin Marais, Sylvius Weiss & Francois Couperin.

An American opera based on an American original is this week’s Sunday Opera (1/28  3:00 p.m.) as we take a look at Lori Laitman’s 2016 treatment of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.”  Hawthorne’s 1850 novel is a moral allegory centering on Hester Prynne’s affair with the Reverend Dimmesdale, the birth of her illegitimate daughter, Pearl, and her strength and determination to make a life for them in the face of hatred and prejudice.  Laura Claycomb is Hester and Dominic Armstrong is Dimmesdale in this recording featuring the Opera Colorado Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Ari Pelto

Thursday, 1-25 on the Noontime Concert Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare performs music by Janitsch, Kusser, Fasch, Vivaldi & Rameau.

On Monday, 1-22 we'll hear Matthew Gandorf lead Choral Arts Philadelphia & the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in a program titled "The Reformation: Influence and Inspiration."  The music is by Walter, Hassler, Praetorius, Brahms, Distler, Carpenter and J.S. Bach.

Gordon Getty is the featured composer on this week’s Sunday Opera (1/21  3:00 p.m.) in two of his works.  We’ll begin with “Plump Jack,” an adaptation by the composer of “Henry IV” Parts 1 & 2 and “Henry V” of Shakespeare featuring Lester Lynch as Falstaff as he falls from favor with Prince Hal on the death of the prince’s father.  The second opera is based on Oscar Wilde’s first published story, “The Canterville Ghost” about an American family who move into a haunted castle only to drive the poor ghost to despair.  

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.

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.  

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.

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