Program Guide 12-26-2016

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December 26

1831 premiere of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma at Milan’s La Scala Opera House; annotator David Kimbell says, “...Bellini's most astonishing achievement in Norma is, amid all the more obvious excitements of musical Romanticism, to have asserted his belief that the true magic of opera depended on a kind of incantation in which dramatic poetry and song are perfectly fused.”

1880 first performance of Johannes Brahms's Tragic Overture, Vienna; the title is the composer’s, emphasizing the overture’s turbulent, tormented character of the piece; that’s in contrast to the mirthful ebullience of the companion piece he wrote the same year, the Academic Festival Overture; the composer said, "one laughs while the other cries." 

1926 first performance of Jean Sibelius's Tapiola with the New York Symphony (now, the Philharmonic) conducted by Walter Damrosch, who had commissioned the piece; the music portrays Tapio, the animating forest spirit mentioned throughout the Kalevala.

1926 premiere (in Chicago) of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ masque On Christmas Night, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  

 

 

Recording of the Week

Elgar: Symphony No. 1

Dec. 1, 2016
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00:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Angela Mitchell

Gustav Holst: Symphony in F Op 8 "The Cotswolds" (1902)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Part 5 BWV 248 (1734)

Sir Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Op 55 (1908)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Op 35 (1888)

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Op 83 (1881)

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel: Suite (1893)

Antonín Dvorák: Violin Concerto in a Op 53 (1880)

Jan Dismas Zelenka: Capriccio No. 4 in A (1718)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: String Symphony in G Wq 182/1 (1773)

Erik Satie (arr Darius Milhaud): Jack in the Box (1899)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte: Overture (1789)

 

06:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Jacqueline Gerber

Percy Grainger: In a Nutshell Suite: Gum-Suckers March (1916)

Jean Sibelius: Processional Op 113/6 (1938)

Leonard Bernstein (arr William David Brohn): On the Town: Lonely Town (1944)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 26 in E-Flat K 184 (1773)

Kenneth J. Alford: Colonel Bogey March (1914)

Sir Edward Elgar: Finale from Symphony No. 1 Op 55 (1908)

George Frideric Handel: Water Music Suite No. 2 in D (1717)

Antonín Dvorák: Slavonic Dance No. 8 in g Op 46/8 (1878)

Johann Strauss Jr: Polka 'Thunder and Lightning' Op 324

Antonio Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in B-Flat RV 423 (c.1720)

Clive Richardson: Beachcomber (1949)

Richard Strauss: Don Juan Op 20 (1888)

Henry Purcell: Abdelazer: Suite (1695)

 

10:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Mark Satola

Michael Praetorius: Ein Kind geborn in Bethlehem (1619)

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus est (1619)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 17 in G K 129 (1772)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Masque 'On Christmas Night' (1926)

Gioacchino Rossini: Eduardo e Cristina: Overture (1819)

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Gavotte et Six Doubles (1728)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scherzo-Finale from Sinfonietta Op 31 (1884)

Aaron Copland: An Outdoor Overture (1938)

Virgil Thomson: The River: The Old South (1937)

 

13:00 THE BIG WORK AT ONE

Sir Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Op 55 (1908)

 

14:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Mark Satola

Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture Op 81 (1881)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Rondo in B-Flat WOO 6 (1793)

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 2 Op 55 (1893)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Two Hymn-Tune Preludes (1936)

 

16:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Bill O’Connell; COMPOSERS DATEBOOK with John Zech: A $400 Finale for Sibelius

Anderson & Roe: Papageno! (2010)

Johannes Brahms: Minuet & Rondo from Serenade No. 2 Op 16 (1859)

Sir Edward Elgar: Scherzo from Symphony No. 1 Op 55 (1908)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Wassail Song (1913)

George Butterworth: English Idyll No. 1 (1911)

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Viola d'amore & Lute in d RV 540 (1740)

Franz Lehár: The Merry Widow: Sirens of the Ball Waltzes (1905)

Bruce Healey: Medley 'Caroling Fun' (1999)

John Henry Hopkins Jr (arr Arthur Harris): We Three Kings (1857)

Pablo de Sarasate: Spanish Dance No. 6 'Zapateado' Op 23/2 (1880)

 

18:00 DINNER CLASSICS

Patric Standford: A Christmas Carol Symphony (1978)

Lowell Mason (arr Anthony DiLorenzo): Joy to the World (1839)

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr Phil Snedecor): Christmas Oratorio: Final Chorale (1734)

Sir Edward Elgar: Finale from Symphony No. 1 Op 55 (1908)

 

19:00 SYMPHONY AT SEVEN with John Simna

Maurice Ravel: Introduction & Allegro (1905)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento No. 17 in D K 334 (1779)

 

20:00 SPECIAL:  The Chanukah Story – Western Wind Vocal
 

21:00 NIGHT MUSIC with Rob Grier; COMPOSERS DATEBOOK with John Zech: A $400 Finale for Sibelius

Jean Sibelius: Tapiola Op 112 (1926)

Hugo Wolf: Italian Serenade in G (1887)

Johannes Brahms: Rhapsody in b Op 79/1 (1879)

Alexander Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia (1880)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Masque 'On Christmas Night' (1926)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in d BWV 1052 (1740)

Felix Mendelssohn: Overture 'Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage' Op 27 (1828)

 

23:00 QUIET HOUR

Arthur Foote: A Night Piece for Flute & Strings (1918)

Franz Joseph Haydn: Adagio from Symphony No. 43 "Mercury" (1771)

Erik Satie (arr Claude Debussy): Gymnopédies Nos. 1 & 3 (1896)

Maurice Ravel: Très lent from String Quartet in F (1903)

Frederick Delius (arr Sir Thomas Beecham): Hassan: Serenade (1923)

Claude Debussy: Beau soir (1878)

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