Program Guide 12-08-2015


December 8

1731 Frantisek Dusek baptized – Czech composer (d.1799); one of the most important harpsichordists and pianists of his time; his wife Josepha was a famous pianist and soprano; Mozart's concert aria Bella mia fiamma K 528 was written for her.

1813 first performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in Vienna, conducted by the composer; the orchestra was led by Beethoven's friend Ignaz Schuppanzigh and included some of the finest musicians of the day including violinist Ludwig Spohr, bassoonist Anton Romberg and the Italian double bass virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti, whom Beethoven himself described as playing "with great fire and expressive power"; it is also said that the Italian guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani played cello at the premiere.

1844 first performance of Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet Op 47, with Clara Schumann, piano, Ferdinand David, violin & Niels Gade, viola; composed in 1842, during the composer’s ‘Chamber Music Year’ during which he wrote three string quartets and a piano quintet in addition to the piano quartet.

1865 Jean Sibelius – Finnish composer (d.1957); his music (especially Finlandia) played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity; after completing his Seventh Symphony (1924), the incidental music to The Tempest (1926), and the tone poem Tapiola (1926), he produced no large scale works for the remaining thirty years of his life; his image was featured on the Finnish 100 mark bill until it was taken out of circulation in 2002 when the euro was adopted; since 2011, Finland has celebrated a Flag Day on the composer's birthday, also known as the 'Day of Finnish Music'.

1882 Manuel Ponce – Mexican composer, music educator and scholar of Mexican music (d.1948); his best known work is Estrellita (1912).

1890 Bohuslav Martinu – Czech composer (d.1959); prolific composer of 6 symphonies, 15 operas, 14 ballet scores and a large body of orchestral, chamber, vocal and instrumental works; his symphonic career began when he emigrated to the United States in 1941, fleeing the German takeover of Europe, to compose his 6 symphonies, which were performed by all the major US orchestras.

1911 first subscription concert of the San Francisco Symphony; a program of Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Liszt was conducted by Henry Hadley in a city still recovering from the devastating 1906 earthquake.

1939 James Galway – Irish flutist (78 years old); nicknamed ‘The Man with the Golden Flute,’ he followed in the footsteps of Jean-Pierre Rampal to become one of the first flute players to establish an international career as a soloist.

1974 Julian Rachlin – Lithuanian violinist, violist and conductor (43 years old); the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Riccardo Muti; in 2014, he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia in Gateshead, England.



Recording of the Week

Merry Christmas from Vienna

Dec. 1, 2015

Program Guide

00:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Robin Grier

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Op 82 (1915)

Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 1 in a Op 41/1 (1842)

Saverio Mercadante: Flute Concerto in E (1819)

Bohuslav Martinu: Symphony No. 6 'Fantaisies symphoniques’ (1953)

César Franck: Symphony in d (1888)

Niels Gade: Symphony No. 1 in c Op 5 (1842)

Antonín Dvorák: Piano Trio No. 4 in e Op 90 ‘Dumky’ (1891)

Jean Sibelius: Four Kalevala Legends Op 22 (1897)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Op 92 (1812)

Sir George Dyson: Children's Suite after Walter de la Mare (1920)


06:00 BBC NEWS; CLASSICAL MUSIC with Jacqueline Gerber

H. Balfour Gardiner: Shepherd Fennel's Dance (1911)

Franz Joseph Haydn: Minuet & Finale from String Quartet #64 Op 76/5 (1797)

Leonard Bernstein: Macbeth Blues (1955)

Johann Strauss Jr: The Gypsy Baron: Entrance March (1885)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade: The Young Prince & Princess (1888)

Leroy Anderson: Fiddle-Faddle (1947)

Edvard Grieg: Two Melodies Op 53 (1890)

Traditional (arr Billy May): The Twelve Days of Christmas

Josef Suk: Toward a New Life Op 35 (1932)

Alan Silvestri: The Polar Express: Spirit of the Season (2004)

Ludwig August Lebrun: Rondo from Oboe Concerto No. 2 (1775)

Dave Brubeck: Fujiyama (1964)

Jean Sibelius: Historic Scenes Suite No. 1 Op 25 (1899)

Karl Jenkins (arr Thomas Hewitt Jones): The Armed Man Mass: Benedictus (2000)


10:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Mark Satola

Lowell Mason (arr Gerald Wirth): Joy to the World (1839)

Claude Debussy: L'isle joyeuse (1904)

Karl Goldmark: Concert Overture 'In Italy' Op 49 (1904)

Frank Bridge: Sir Roger de Coverley (1922)

Alexander Glazunov: Concert Waltz No. 1 in D Op 47 (1893)

Franz Schubert: Konzertstück in D D 345 (1817)



Traditional (arr Sir David Willcocks): God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Traditional (arr Andrew Carter): A Maiden Most Gentle

Gian Carlo Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors: Suite (1951)

Traditional: Deck the Halls

William Mathias: A Babe is Born Op 55 (1971)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata No. 147: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (1723)

Leslie Adams (arr Donald Miller): Christmas Lullaby (1993)

Traditional (arr Arthur Harris): We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1550)


12:10 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Mark Satola

Franz Schubert: Rosamunde: Ballet Music No. 2 in G D 797/9 (1823)

Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite Op 11 (1893)

Adolphe Adam: Giselle: Grand Pas de Deux (1841)

Edvard Grieg: Cow-Call & Peasant Dance from ‘Nordic Melodies’ Op 63 (1895)



George Frederick Bristow: Symphony No. 2 in d Op 24 'Jullien' (1853)


14:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Mark Satola

Manuel Ponce: Prelude in the Baroque style (1931)

Claude Bolling: Suite No. 1 for Flute & Jazz Piano: Baroque and Blue (1975)

Jacques Ibert: Suite symphonique ‘Paris’ (1929)

Camille Saint-Saëns: Rhapsodie d'Auvergne Op 73 (1884)

François Devienne: Flute Concerto No. 8 in G (1794)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Rondo in D K 485 (1786)


16:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Bill O’Connell

Jean Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast: Khadra's Dance Op 51 (1906)

Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite: Intermezzo Op 11 (1893)

Aaron Copland: Rodeo: Buckaroo Holiday & Hoedown (1942)

Jean Sibelius: Kuolema: Valse triste Op 44/1 (1904)

Nigel Hess: A Christmas Overture (2007)

Manuel Ponce (arr Jascha Heifetz): Mexican Serenade 'Estrellita’ (1912)

Randall Thompson: Frostiana: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (1959)

Sir Malcolm Arnold (arr Christopher Palmer): Fantasy on Christmas Carols (1952)

John Francis Wade (arr Gerald Wirth): O Come, All Ye Faithful (1843)

Karl Neuner (arr Gerald Wirth): Fröhliche Weihnacht überall (1810)

Joseph Beal & James Boothe (arr Roger Emerson): Jingle Bell Rock (1957)



Bohuslav Martinu: Symphony No. 2 (1943)

Traditional (arr Gerald Wirth): The First Nowell (1833)

Peter Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Act 1 excerpts (1892)


19:00 SYMPHONY AT SEVEN with John Simna

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Flute Concerto in A Wq 168 (1753)

Max Bruch: Symphony No. 3 in E Op 51 (1887)



Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Op 43 (1902)

Jean Sibelius: Scène de ballet (1891)


21:00 SPECIAL: A CHANUKAH CELEBRATION with Chicago a Cappella

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a Cappella, for choral music set to Chanukah texts. Familiar tunes include ‘I Have a Little Dreidel’ (both in its original Yiddish form and in a neo-funk Hebrew/English setting), a swing version of ‘S'vivon’ by Steve Barnett, and a lively setting of the traditional melody for ‘Al-Hanissim’ (For the Miracles) by Elliot Levine. Heartfelt original compositions by American and British composers provide added depth of expression to celebrating the holiday. Such works include ‘Lo Yisa Goy’, a plea for peace by Stacy Garrop; Bob Applebaum's stirring new version of ‘Haneirot Halalu’; and movements from the majestic "Hallel Suite" by London-based Daniel Tunkel.


22:00 CHICAGO SYMPHONY with Lisa Simeone – Riccardo Muti, conductor

Alexander Scriabin: Symphony No. 4 Op 54 'Poem of Ecstasy' (1908)

Peter Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony Op 58 (1885)

Bonus: Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D (1815)



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