Program Guide 12-30-17


December 30

1752 Antonín Kraft – Czech cellist and composer (d.1820); considered one of the greatest cellists of his time; close friend of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven and Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 2 and the cello part in Beethoven's Triple Concerto were written for him.

1756 Pavel Vranický – Moravian composer (d.1808); his half-brother, Antonín, was also a composer.

1853 André Messager – French composer, organist, pianist, conductor and administrator (d.1929); stage compositions included ballets and 30 opéra comiques and operettas.

1877 first performance of Johannes Brahms's Symphony No. 2 by the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Hans Richter; the cheery mood of the symphony is unmistakable but the composer (perhaps mischievously) wrote to his publisher a month before the premiere, that the symphony "is so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it. I have never written anything so sad, and the score must come out in mourning”.

1884 first performance of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 in Leipzig with the Gewandhaus Orchestra led by Arthur Nikisch, bringing the composer the greatest success he had known in his life; symphony dedicated to Ludwig II of Bavaria, noted patron of Richard Wagner.

1904 Dmitri Kabalevsky – Russian composer (d.1987); helped set up the Union of Soviet Composers in Moscow; probably best known in the West for the Galop from The Comedians Suite Op 26.

1919 Sir David Willcocks – English choral conductor, organist, composer and music administrator (d.2015); directed the Choir of King's College, Cambridge from 1957 to 1974; several of the descants and arrangements he wrote for the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols were published in the series of books Carols for Choirs which he edited along with Reginald Jacques and John Rutter; was also director of the Royal College of Music in London.

1921 premiere of Sergei Prokofiev's satirical opera The Love for Three Oranges at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago; based on a play by Carlo Gozzi.              

1952 June Anderson – American coloratura soprano (65 years old); the first non-Italian ever to win the prestigious Bellini d'Oro prize.

1959 Sir Antonio Pappano – Italian-born English conductor (58 years old); music director of the Royal Opera House since 2002; knighted in the 2012 New Year Honors for services to music.


Recording of the Week

Ultimate Classical Christmas Album of All Time

Nov. 27, 2017

Program Guide

00:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Angela Mitchell

Antonio Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in C RV 447 (1720)

Dmitri Kabalevsky: The Comedians Suite Op 26 (1938)

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E (1883)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Op 56 'Triple' (1804)

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 31 in D 'Horn Signal' (1765)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Tudor Portraits (1935)

Jacques Offenbach: Le Papillon: Act 2 (1860)

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 1 in g Op 7 (1892)

Sergei Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op 33 (1919)

Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D (1783)

Jean Sibelius: Cortège (1905)

Claude Debussy: Three Nocturnes: Sirènes (1897)


06:00 CONCIERTO with Frank Dominguez: Celebrating the Latin contribution to classical music






10:00 CLASSICAL WEEKEND with Jacqueline Gerber

Claude Debussy: Suite bergamasque: Passepied (1905)

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dance No. 2 Op 45 'Waltz' (1940)

Fritz Kreisler: Miniature Viennese March (1919)

Claude Debussy (arr Henri Büsser): Petite Suite: Menuet (1889)

Frederick Loewe (arr Robert Russell Bennett): Camelot: Suite (1960)

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Intermezzo Op 61/5 (1842)

James Horner (arr Michael Starobin): Titanic: My Heart Will Go On (1997)

Sir Arnold Bax: Mediterranean (1922)--Royal Northern Sinfonia/Richard Hickox (EMI 49933 CD)   4:19

Eric Coates: By the Sleepy Lagoon (1930)--Sinfonia ViVa/Malcolm Nabarro (ASV 2053 CD)   3:59


11:00 FROM THE TOP with Christopher O’Riley and America's finest young musicians; recorded


12:00 CLASSICAL WEEKEND with Jim Mehrling; COMPOSERS DATEBOOK with John Zech: Handel and Mattheson Bury the Hatchet - CLASSICS FOR KIDS with Naomi Lewin: Firsts for the New Year

Franz Joseph Haydn: Minuet & Finale from Symphony No. 104 'London' (1795)

Georges Bizet: Scherzo & Finale from Symphony No. 1 (1855)

Peter Tchaikovsky: Finale from Symphony No. 5 Op 64 (1888)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Finale from Symphony No. 41 K 551 'Jupiter' (1788)



Franz Lehar:  The Merry Widow



Sergei Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op 33 (1919)

Franz Joseph Haydn: Divertimento for Winds in B-Flat H 2: 46 (1784)

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

Dmitri Kabalevsky: The Comedians Suite Op 26 (1938)


17:00 FILM AT FIVE with Bill O’Connell: episode




19:00 SYMPHONY AT SEVEN with John Simna

Michael Haydn: Symphony No. 31 in F (1785)

Peter Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C Op 48 (1880)


20:00 SATURDAYS FROM SEVERANCE with Robert Conrad - The Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst; recorded live in Severance Hall


22:00 WEEKEND RADIO with Robert Conrad –


23:00 QUIET HOUR with Rob Grier

Emmanuel Chabrier: Suite pastorale: Idyll (1881)

Camille Saint-Saëns: Andantino from Violin Concerto No. 3 Op 61 (1880)

Anton Bruckner: Adagio from Symphony No. 7 (1883)

Gerald Finzi: Introit in F Op 6 (1936)

Manuel de Falla (arr Paul Kochanski): Seven Spanish Popular Songs: Asturiana (1914)

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