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Half Past: Oct. 8 - Shchedrin's "Anna Karenina" Ballet

Oct 8, 2017

This Sunday (10-08, 11 PM)  on Half Past we'll hear selections from Rodion Shchedrin's ballet based on Tolstoy's novel "Anna Karenina."  Music from the past half century, late Sunday evening.

This week we have highlights from Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso, from a much praised recording featuring Veronica Cangemi and Jennifer Larmore, with Jean-Cristophe Spinosi conducting the chorus Les Elements and the Ensemble Matheus.

Westminster Professor James Jordan welcomes Stephen Darlington on Sounds Choral Sunday at 2 pm. This week's program will feature a discussion with Darlington, president of the Royal College of Organists, about the choral music of Ralph Vaughan Williams.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz explores Bach's chamber music for a solo instrument and harpsichord.  We'll hear examples of a sonata for flute and harpsichord, violin and harpsichord, and viola da gamba and harpsichord.

Roland de Lassus, perhaps more popularly known as Orlando di Lasso, was the chief representative of the mature polyphonic sound of the 16th century Franco-Flemish school.  He wrote over 150 chansons that were enormously popular throughout Europe, and on this week's Distant Mirror you can hear several of these performed by the Ensemble Clement Jannequin.  There's also music of Elizabethan composer Thomas Morley, represented here in his many roles as composer, publisher and arranger.  The Musicians of Swanne Alley perform led by Paul O'Dette and Lyle Nordstrom.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night

There is no disgrace in a composer earning a living, and some of England’s greatest musicians – including those in the employ of the Royal Family – have contributed finely-crafted works to its body of cinema.  Join Ross Amico for music from “The People’s Land” (Ralph Vaughan Williams), “The King’s Stamp” (Benjamin Britten), “The Green Girdle” (William Alwyn), and “The Royal Palaces of Britain” (Sir Arthur Bliss), this Friday at 6 pm.

The Piano Matters continues its tribute to the legendary Glenn Gould this Wednesday (10/4) at 10 pm, turning the spotlight on Bach's Goldberg Variations.