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Picture Perfect: February 9 - Olympic Fever

Feb 9, 2018

Nevermind the flu – we’ve got ourselves a case of Olympic Fever!  In honor of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, we’ll hear ceremonial music, heard during opening ceremonies and television broadcasts, by film composers Leo Arnaud, Angelo Badalamenti, Basil Poledouris, and John Williams, and a suite from a score written for a documentary on the games by Lee Holdridge.  We’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is Olympic music, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Emanuel Ax on Between the Keys, February 6

Feb 6, 2018

The internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso Emanuel Ax joins The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler for Between the Keys, Tuesday February 6th at 10 PM, with a rebroadcast Monday February 13th at noon.

In a lively discussion on the topic of an upcoming box set release from Sony/BMG encompassing the pianist's complete RCA Victor recordings, Mr. Ax talks about his early career, his attitude about recording, and his lessons with Arthur Rubinstein. We'll also explore Mr. Ax's wide-ranging discography with works by Liszt, Brahms, Chopin and John Adams.

Sunday evening (2-4) at 11 on Half Past we'll hear Bright Sheng's "Dance Capriccio" performed by the Shanghai Quartet & pianist Peter Serkin along with "Threads" by Paul Lansky and a suite for alto trombone by John Prescott.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

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 Lyric Stage: Feb. 4 - "La Juive" Selections

Feb 4, 2018

Jacques Halevy's La Juive premiered in Paris 1835. It's a sprawling opera in five acts with huge choruses, ballets, and scenic effects all against the backdrop of the Council of Constance in 1414 - every thing the French opera public would want. It was popular for the century after its premiere, and it was the last opera Caruso added to his repertoire before his death in 1921. While not in the main repertoire today, in the last 20 years the Metropolitan and other companies around the world have revived it.

Gabriel Crouch, director of choral activities at Princeton University, is the host for Sounds Choral this week - join him as he explores a decade in the life of Francis Poulenc and the choral music that resulted. That's Sunday at 2 pm.

Kids on Keys: Saturday February 3rd at 1 PM

Feb 3, 2018

On Saturday February 3rd at 1:00 PM, tune into Kids on Keys, hosted by The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler. This monthly show is sponsored by Jacobs Music Company, and showcases live performances with some of the best young piano talent in our immediate broadcast area of Central and Southern New Jersey. 

Well-Tempered Baroque: Feb 2 - Off to a New Start

Feb 2, 2018

For the first new episode of 2018, Dr. Lewis Baratz shares with us some new recordings by internally celebrated artists Ceclia Bartoli, Andreas Scholl, and Martha Argerich (yes! pianist Martha Argerich).  Works of Domenico Gabrieli, Antonio Caldara, and J. S. Bach.