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The Lyric Stage: April 29 - Showboat

Apr 29, 2018

In 1988 John McGlinn assembled an A list cast from opera and Broadway to record as  much of the surviving music that he could from the Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammmerstein musical from 1927, Show Boat; music that was cut from the original production, music written for the movie versions and music added to revivals. The result is a sprawling nearly four hour three CD set  that not only succeeds in his purpose but also is musically superb .

This Sunday on Sounds Choral (4/29 at 2 pm), enjoy a discussion between host James Jordan, Westminster Choir College professor and Director of the Westminster Conducting Institute, and American composer Jackson Hill on his Japanese Songs. The program includes performances by Chanticleer, Westminster Williamson Voices and The King's Singers. 

A fringe benefit of the CD era is the theme for this week’s Dress Circle (4/29 7:00 p.m.).  The standard LP could hold about 44 minutes of music, so when CDs arrived that could hold 80 minutes, record labels were in a quandary:  Should they just ignore the remaining time or try to fill it with something?   We’re very happy that they filled it with something that those of us who love musicals are thrilled to have:  Bonus tracks – alternate takes, cut songs, songs left off of the LP because of time constraints, demo recordings, and interviews with stars and creators.  

The Ensemble Clement Janequin visits Distant Mirror Friday night with the top tunes of the 1550's from their collection called Fricasee Parisienne: Popular Chansons from the French Renaissance. We know of the popularity of these pieces since they were reprinted several times during the century.  Hear selections by Sandrin, Sermisy, Crequillon and others.  Also on the program: the Terpsichore Dances of Michael Praetorius with the Early Music Consort of London led by David Munrow.  Join Allan Kelly at 10 pm. 

Picture Perfect: April 27 - Love in Time of War

Apr 27, 2018

Filmmakers, and writers before them, have long realized that nothing heightens the affect of romantic passion in narrative form quite like the turbulent backdrop of war. War supplies impediments, spectacle, often tragedy – and possibly even a few Oscars.  There will be plenty of valor, nobility, and sacrifice to tug at the heart strings, with music from “Casablanca” (Max Steiner), “Doctor Zhivago” (Maurice Jarre), “The English Patient” (Gabriel Yared), and “Cyrano de Bergerac” (Dimitri Tiomkin), this Friday at 6 pm. 

Between the Keys April 24/Seriously Scherzo! Part 2

Apr 23, 2018

This week on Between the Keys, The Classical Network's Artist-in-Residence Jed Distler concludes a two part survey of the musical Scherzo. While a scherzo is defined as "a vigorous, light or playful composition, typically comprising a movement in a symphony or sonata," the genre, in fact, embraces a wide range of moods.

This Sunday, 4-22, at 11 we'll hear a trio by Robert Ward: Echoes of America, Leonardo Balada's Folk Dreams and a piano sonata by Martin Amlin.  Music composed in the past half-century on Half Past, Sundays at 11 PM. 

On the eve of the surmised birthday of William Shakespeare (on April 23, 1564), enjoy highlights from the world premiere recording of the complete incidental music for the 1920 Max Reinhardt production of “Much Ado About Nothing.”  The music is by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, one of Vienna’s most astounding prodigies, who went on to achieve international celebrity as a composer of film scores.  Korngold’s introduction to Hollywood was by way of Reinhardt’s 1935 film version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  Start counting out candles for the Bard, this Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lyric Stage: April 22 - An idiomatic "Faust"

Apr 22, 2018

When he was a music critic in the late 19th c., George Bernard Shaw complained about how often he had to review Faust - ninety times, he said, in the space of a few years. While not the most popular opera produced these days, as it was for decades, it still has a strong appeal to the opera public. Part of the reason for that appeal may be due it its Frenchness, even given the mostly Italian verismo approach taken to French opera in the last sixty years or so. 

Gabriel Crouch and Ryan Brandau co-host this week's Sounds Choral (4/22), sharing different recordings of Britten's War Requiem. Tune in Sunday at 2 pm.

The Capella Cordina under the direction of Alejandro Planchart was one of the most exceptional and prodigious early music vocal ensembles of the 1970's.  On Friday night's Distant Mirror hear them perform a beautiful mass by the 16th century Spanish master Cristobal de Morales, his  Mass for the Armed Man. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.