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The Lost Chord: May 27 - Magma Come Loudly

May 24, 2018

With so much Hawaiian volcanic activity in the news of late, now is a good time to revisit music by Alan Hovhaness and Jon Leifs.  Hovhaness was inspired to write his Symphony No. 50, “Mount St. Helens,” in the wake of Helens' cataclysmic 1980 eruption, the deadliest in U.S. history.  Leifs' “Hekla,” requiring 19 percussionists and a panoply of unconventional instruments, has been called the loudest piece of classical music ever written.  Prepare to be blown away, this Sunday at 10 pm.

Wednesday, 5-23 at noon on Curtis Calls we'll hear Bartok's String Quartet No. 5 and Mozart's Sonata in F, KV 332.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon and Monday evening at 10. 

This Sunday evening, 5-20 at 11 on Half Past we'll hear:

The Lake Isle of Innisfree by Kevin Kaska, Robert Beaser's Variations for Flute & Piano, Variations for piano by Martin Amlin and Lior Rosner's Awake & Dream.

Music from the past half-century on Half Past.

With the exception, perhaps, of his own transcriptions of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Leopold Stokowski recorded more Wagner with the Philadelphia Orchestra than any other single composer.   Revisit some of Stoky’s early recordings, originally issued on 78s, including the controversial “Liebesnacht,” the original version of his symphonic synthesis after “Tristan und Isolde,” and a superb recording of “Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music” from “Die Walküre.”  The magic begins Sunday at 10 pm. 

The Lyric Stage: May 20 - Kurt Weill

May 20, 2018

In 1979, the Metropolitan Opera revived Kurt Weill's opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny which had originally appeared in Berlin in 1929. Weill's wife Lotte Lenya sang Jenny. Teresa Stratas took the  role in 1979 at the Met. Lenya saw Stratas do it, and then packed up some unpublished and little known songs by Weill, and gave them to Stratas. Here, said Lenya, nobody sings Weill's music like you do and you should have these. Or words to that effect. The result was Stratas recorded an album of 14 of these songs, and this week we have some of them for you.

Among the many definitions of a “moment,” the first is “a minute portion or point of time: instant,” and on this week’s Dress Circle (5/20 7:00 p.m.), we’ll be looking at a series of “Moment Moments.”  We were surprised by how important moments are in musicals, and we had many shows from which to choose songs.

Hear both sacred and secular music by William Byrd on this Friday's Distant Mirror. First, the Choir of Winchester Cathedral under the direction of David Hill performs the Byrd Mass for 3 Voices; then two consort pieces: The Leaves be Green and a praeludium and ground, both featuring Capriccio Stravagante under Skip Sempe.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Head south with selections from “Green Fire” and “Crisis” (both by Miklós Rózsa), “Green Mansions” (Heitor Villa-Lobos & Bronislau Kaper), and “The Mission” (Ennio Morricone).  The exposure is all southern, with music from films set in South America, this Friday at 6 pm. 

Tom Stoppard's wild intellectual ride of a play, "Travesties," is making its revival on Broadway in a Roundabout Theatre production. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review of the show this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

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The Princeton Festival returns to The Classical Network Sunday at 3 pm with a complete performance of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio. Glenn Smith hosts this broadcast of the Festival's 2017 opera, featuring tenor Noah Baetge in the role of Florestan and soprano Marcy Stonikas as the heroine Leonore.

The jailer Rocco will be performed by bass Gustav Andreassen, his daughter Marzelline is soprano Danielle Talamantes, the villainous Don Pizarro is bass-baritone Joseph Barron, Jacquino is tenor Michael Kuh and Don Fernando is bass-baritone Cameron Jackson.

This Wednesday (5-16) at noon on Curtis Calls we hear Beethoven's 4th and 6th Piano Sonatas and Henryk Wieniawski's Legende.  Performances from student recitals at the Curtis Institute, Wednesdays at noon, repeated Monday evenings at 10. 

Mark Hyczko leads the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra in Friday's (5-18) Noon Concert with music by Dmitri Shostakovich, John Corigliano, Sebastian Currier, Alexa Canales & Michael Daugherty.

Thursday's (5-17) Noontime Concert from Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare includes J.S. Bach's Cantatas 161 & 173a along with two orchestral suites by Telemann.

This Friday (5-18 at 8 pm) guest conductor Teddy Abrams leads the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in a program including Joan Tower's Made in America and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Pastoral.

This Sunday night (5-13) on Half Past we'll hear Paul Chihara's Viola Concerto, Light Refracted by Jennifer Higdon & Draft by George Liderman.  Music from the past half-century on Half Past. 

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