Program Guide 11-22-16


November 22

St. Cecilia's Day, honoring the Patron Saint of Music; first record of a music festival in her honor was in Normandy in 1570. 

1709 Frantisek Benda baptized – Bohemian violinist and composer (d.1786); worked for much of his life at the court of Frederick the Great; wrote an autobiography (1763) which is an important source of information on music and musicians of the period.

1710 Wilhelm Friedemann Bach – German composer, eldest son of Johann Sebastian (d.1784); despite careful supervision from his father, and his great skill as an organist and composer, his income and employment were unstable and he died in poverty.

1780 Conradin Kreutzer – German composer and conductor (d.1849); successful opera composer in his day who is now almost completely forgotten.

1862 premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) in St. Petersburg, Russia; many old-school Italian singers felt the opera was cursed and brought bad luck and Luciano Pavarotti avoided the part of Alvaro for this reason; in 1960 during a performance of Forza at the Met, American baritone Leonard Warren died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage as his character Don Carlo was about to sing Morir, tremenda cosa (To die, a momentous thing).

1901 Joaquín Rodrigo – Spanish composer and virtuoso pianist (d.1999); lost almost all his sight at the age of three after contracting diphtheria; his most famous work, Concierto de Aranjuez (1939) contains a central adagio movement that is one of the most recognizable pieces in 20th-century classical music.

1913 Benjamin Britten – English composer, conductor and pianist (d.1976); best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes (1945), the War Requiem (1962) and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945); his most frequent and important muse was his personal and professional partner, the tenor Peter Pears.

1925 Gunther Schuller – American composer, conductor, horn-player, historian and jazz musician (d. 2015); winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for his composition Of Reminiscences and Reflections, written for the Louisville Orchestra.

1928 premiere of Maurice Ravel's Boléro danced by Ida Rubinstein, at the Paris Opéra; a sensational success with choreography by Bronislava Nijinska and designs by Alexandre Benois; the composer's most famous composition.

1930 Peter Hurford – English organist (died 3 March 2019); recorded the complete Bach organ works for Decca and BBC Radio 3.

1951 Kent Nagano – American conductor and opera administrator (69 years old); currently music director of the Montreal Symphony and the Bavarian State Opera.

1961 Stephen Hough – English/Australian pianist, composer and writer (59 years old); in 2008 he won the Sixth International Poetry Competition; has a blog at the Telegraph newspaper's website.

1962 Sumi Jo – Korean lyric coloratura soprano (58 years old); known for her interpretations of the bel canto repertoire


Recording of the Week

Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 25

Nov. 1, 2016

Program Guide

00:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Robin Grier

Robert Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze Op 6 (1837)

Franz Joseph Haydn: Mass No. 3 in C "St. Cecilia" (1766)

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 in e-Flat Op 111 (1947)

Saverio Mercadante: Flute Concerto in E (1819)

Henry Purcell: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day Z 328 (1692)

Robert Fuchs: Serenade No. 5 in D Op 53 (1895)

George Frideric Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day HWV 75 (1739)

Carl Stamitz: Cello Concerto No. 1 in G (1790)

Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St. Cecilia Op 27 (1942)

David Diamond: Rounds for String Orchestra (1944)

Modest Mussorgsky: Intermezzo 'In modo classico' in b (1867)


06:00 BBC NEWS; CLASSICAL MUSIC with Jacqueline Gerber

William Byrd (arr Michael Allen): Earl of Oxford's March (c.1590)

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Symphony 'Adagio & Fugue' in d F 65 (c.1740)

Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino: Overture (1862)

Edwin Franko Goldman (arr M. L. Lake): March "On the Mall" (1923)

Ottorino Respighi: Rossiniana: Tarantella (1925)

Sergei Prokofiev: War and Peace: New Year's Eve Waltz (1943)

Ferenc Farkas: 18th Century Dances from Old Hungary (1959)

Claude Debussy: Children's Corner: The Snow is Dancing (1908)

Claude Debussy: Marche écossaise (1891)

Johann Strauss Jr: Emperor Waltz Op 437 (1888)

William Grant Still: Summerland from 'Three Visions' (1936)

George Frideric Handel: Finale from Concerto Grosso Op 3/4 (1734)

Cole Porter (arr Philip J. Lang): Can-Can: Overture (1953)

Maurice Ravel: Boléro (1928)

Sergei Prokofiev: Waltz Suite: Mephisto Waltz Op 110 (1947)

Johann David Heinichen: Movements from Concerto Grosso in G S 213 (c.1715)


10:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Mark Satola

Déodat de Séverac: An Old Music Box (c.1910)

Leroy Anderson: The Classical Jukebox (1950)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sinfonia in E-Flat Wq 179 (1757)

Benjamin Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Op 10 (1937)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Consecration of the House Overture Op 124 (1822)

Joaquín Rodrigo: Soleriana: Pastorale (1953)

Leonard Bernstein: On the Town: Three Dance Episodes (1944)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: May Night: Overture (1879)

Benjamin Britten: Soirées musicales Op 9 (1936)

Peter Tchaikovsky: Humoresque in G Op 10/2 (1871)

Alexander Zemlinsky: Humoreske for Winds (1941)



Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto para una fiesta (1982)

Claude Debussy: La mer (1905)

14:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Mark Satola

Federico Mompou: Canción y Danza No. 3 (1926)

Sergei Liapunov: Etude No. 1 in F-Sharp Op 11/1 'Berceuse' (1905)

Zdenek Fibich: Spring Op 13 (1881)

Benjamin Britten: Gloriana: Courtly Dances (1953)

Ottorino Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 2 (1923)

Anton Bruckner: Scherzo from Symphony No. 3 (1873)

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto alla rustica in G RV 151 (c.1720)

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7: Country Quadrille (1942)


16:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Bill O’Connell; COMPOSERS DATEBOOK with John Zech: Benjamin Britten Born

Sergei Prokofiev: Cinderella: In the Palace (1944)

Benjamin Britten: Bourrée from 'A Simple Symphony' Op 4 (1934)

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Symphony in D F 64 (1764)

Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols: Four Carols (1942)

George Frideric Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day: The trumpet's loud clangor & March (1739)

Joaquín Rodrigo: Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez (1939)

Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino: Overture (1862)

Charles Gounod: St. Cecilia Mass: Sanctus (1855)

Benjamin Britten: Corpus Christi Carol (1961)

Federico Mompou: Canción y Danza No. 7 (1944)



Mily Balakirev: Tamara (1882)

Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka in c-Sharp Op 3/6 (1889)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Ballet Suite No. 1: Dance (1949)

Sergei Prokofiev: Finale from Symphony No. 6 Op 111 (1947)


19:00 SYMPHONY AT SEVEN with John Simna

Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes Op 33 a (1944)

Antonín Dvorák: Symphony No. 7 in d Op 70 (1885)



Benjamin Britten: The Young Person's Guide to Orchestra Op 34 (1946)

Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1897)

Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez (1939)


21:00 CHICAGO SYMPHONY with Lisa Simeone - Sir Mark Elder, conductor

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Overture to The Wasps

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

Sir Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 1

Bonus: Benjamin Britten: Suite on English Folk Songs ‘A time there was…’  --Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Sir William Walton: Crown Imperial --CSO Brass; Jay Friedman, conductor (CSO Resound)



Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes: Sea Interlude No. 1 'Dawn' (1944)

Sir Edward Elgar (arr Donald Fraser): Sea Pictures: Sea Slumber Song Op 37 (1899)

Robert Farnon: Lake of the Woods (1945)

Federico Mompou: Charmes (1921)

Alexander Glazunov: Mélodie Op 20/1 (1888)

Charles Gounod (arr Franz Liszt): Hymne à Sainte Cécile (1865)

Lyun Joon Kim (arr John Fraser): Elegy (c.1950)

Giovanni Gabrieli (arr Timothy Higgins): O magnum mysterium (1587)

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