Program Guide 12-23-2017


December 23

1689 Joseph Bodin de Boismortier – French composer (d.1755); one of the first composers to have no patrons: he obtained a royal license for engraving music in 1724, and made a living by publishing his music for sale to the public.

1806 first performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto in the Theater an der Wien in Vienna; the work did not find its way into the basic repertoire until 1844 (well after Beethoven's death) when it was played by the then 12-year-old violinist Joseph Joachim with the London Philharmonic conducted by Felix Mendelssohn.

1893 premiere of Engelbert Humperdinck’s children’s opera Hansel and Gretel at the Court Theater of Weimar, conducted by a promising 29-year old composer by the name of Richard Strauss, and quickly became a Christmastime tradition.

1894 first performance of Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun inspired by Stephane Mallarmé’s poem L’apres midi d’un faun.                

1982 Han-Na Chang – South Korean-American cellist and conductor (35 years old); since 2007 has concentrated on conducting, and in 2013 was appointed Music Director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, a post from which she resigned in September 2014; currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.


Recording of the Week

Ultimate Classical Christmas Album of All Time

Nov. 27, 2017

Program Guide

00:00 CLASSICAL MUSIC with Angela Mitchell

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Op 61 (1806)

Peter Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 3 in G Op 55 (1884)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D BWV 243 (1723)

Édouard Lalo: Cello Concerto in d (1877)

Leroy Anderson: Suite of Carols for Winds (1955)

Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in f Op 36 (1878)

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

Leos Janácek: Idyll for String Orchestra (1878)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Violin Concerto No. 2 Op 66 'The Prophets' (1931)

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in b Op 115 (1891)

Simon Wills: A Prelude & Fugue for Christmas (2004)


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

06:00:50 Antonio de Salazar: "Atencion, atencion" (Attention, Attention, Attention!)  The Rose Ensemble  Jordan Sramek  The Rose Ensemble 6        

06:05:03 Antonio de Salazar: "Un ciego que contrabajo" (A blind man sings) The Rose Ensemble  Jordan Sramek  The Rose Ensemble 6        

06:11:07 Conrad Susa: "Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest"  Bel Canto Company (Greensboro, NC) (Live, December 1998) David Pegg  Bel Canto  99001                                              

06:35:53 Esteban Salas: Pastorale: "Oh nino soberano!" from the Mass in g  Exaudi Choir of Cuba  Maria Felicia Perez  Jade Records 35808                                        

06:42:25 Ariel Ramirez: "Gloria" from The Misa Criolla (The Creole Mass) Jose Carreras, tenor; Ariel Ramirez, keyboard  Bilbao Choral Society,  Laredo Choral Salve  Jose Luis Ocejo  Philips 432692                                      

06:50:10 Traditional Puerto Rican: "Alegria" (Joy) Peninsula Women's Chorus (Palo Alto, CA) Patricia Hennings  Location 1003                                                 

06:52:45 Traditional Puerto Rican: "La Trulla" (The Caroling) Robert DeCormier Singers & Ensemble  Robert DeCormier  Arabesque 6684                                       

06:56:00 Traditional Spanish: "Riu, Riu, Riu"  Sandra Simon, soprano   Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra Jeannette Sorrell  Koch International 7582                                                  

07:00:50 Tomas Luis de Victoria: "Beata es, Virgo Maria" (Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary) Choral Scholars of King's College, Cambridge  Aidan Oliver  Quilisma 401                                  

07:03:20 Javier Busto: "Ave Maria"  Phoenix Chorale  Charles Bruffy  Chandos 5066                             

07:05:51 Ola Gjeilo: "Serenity" (O magnum mysterium)  Emmanuel Lopez, cello  Phoenix Chorale  Charles Bruffy  Chandos 5100                                                   

07:12:03 Traditional: Improvisation on Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace)  Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet; Alon Yavnai, piano  Sony 733336                                

07:14:33 Gabriela Montero: Improvisation on Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  Gabriela Montero, piano  EMI Classics 64647                                  

07:19:57 Traditional Ukrainian: Carol of the Bells (arr. by Sergio Assad)  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin; Sergio & Odair Assad, guitars  NSS Music 5                                             

07:24:15 Traditional Catalan, Andalusian & M: "Mother's Child", "The Manger", "El Rorro"  Peninsula Women's Chorus (Palo Alto, CA)  Patricia Hennings  Location 1003                                                

07:30:36 Traditional Catalan: Song of the Birds  Solid Brass  Dorian Recordings  90114                                       

07:33:33 Traditional Spanish: "Hacia belen va un borrico" (Towards Bethlehem goes a donkey) (arr. Robert Shaw & Alice Parker)  Peter Colbert, baritone  Roanoke College Choir (Salem, VA)  Dr. Jeffrey Sandborg  Roanoke College Choir        07:36:19 Traditional Spanish: "Spanish Carol" (Tonight a babe is born) Dawn Upshaw, soprano  Chanticleer  Joseph Jennings  Teldec 85555                                        

07:41:04 Traditional English: "Adeste Fideles"  Placido Domingo, tenor  Vienna Choir Boys; Vienna Symphony  Helmuth Froschauer  RCA 3835                           

07:44:02 Adolphe Adam: "O Holy Night"  Placido Domingo, tenor  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  Lee Holdridge  Sony 37245                                   

07:47:59 Johann Joseph Fux: "Alleluia" Juan Diego Florez, tenor; Ulrich Stephan Breddermann, trumpet  Bologna Community Theatre Orchestra  Michele Mariotti  Decca  001487502                        

07:53:07 Fernando Moruja: "Hodie Christus natus est"  Exaudi Choir of Cuba  Maria Felicia Perez  Jade Records  36088                                

07:54:57 Anonymous Spain (1722): "A este festejo y concurso"  Exaudi Choir of Cuba  Maria Felicia Perez  Jade Records 36088 



Isaac Albeniz (arr. Celedonio Romero): Piezas caracteristicas, Op 92: No. 12 Serenata-- Pepe Romero, guitar Album: Noches de Espana: Romantic Guitar Classics Philips 442150 Music: 4:39

John Jacob Niles (arr. Matthew D. Nielsen): I Wonder as I Wander-- BYU Combined Choirs, Philharmonic Orchestra; Kory Katseanes, conductor Brigham Young University, de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, Provo, UT Music: 5:49

Traditional (arr. Joey Hoelscher): Still, Still, Still-- Brigham Young University Singers; Ronald Staheli, conductor Brigham Young University, de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, Provo, UT Music: 4:03

Piano Puzzler: This week's contestant is Dan Larkin from Windsor, CA Music: 7:32

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: Movement 4 Rondo-- Stephen Kovacevich, piano Album: Beethoven, the complete piano sonatas EMI 62700 Music: 3:54

Massimo Paris: X'mas Suite-- Pepe, Celin, Lito, Celino and Angel Romero, guitars; Concerto Malaga; Massimo Paris, conductor Album: Christmas with Los Romeros DG 17474 Music: 21:46



Traditional: Cantemos, cantemos-- Marco Granados, flute personal recording

Julio Mendez: La Encantadora-- Marco Granados, flute; Un Mundo Ensemble Album: Marco Granados: Music of Venezuela Soundbrush Records 1014 Music: 3:13

Traditional: Si la Virgen fuera Andina-- Marco Granados, flute personal recording

Andre Mehmari: Sonata for Viola and Piano-- Tatjana Chamis, viola; Andre Mehmari, piano Album: Sonata for Viola and Piano – EP Estudio Monteverdi 91061640783 Music: 16:00

Gabriela Montero: Latin Concerto: Movement 3 Allegro venezolano-- Gabriela Montero, piano; YOA Orchestra of the Americas; Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor Teatro del Lag, Frutillar, Chile Music: 6:42

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Gabriela Montero): Improvisation on Sheep May Safely Graze-- Gabriela Montero, piano Album: Bach And Beyond

Warner Classics 94635747720 Music: 3:46


10:00 CLASSICAL WEEKEND with Jacqueline Gerber

John Rutter: Shepherd's Pipe Carol (1966)

Randol Alan Bass: Christmas Ornaments (1988)

Jacob Clemens non Papa: Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis: Gloria (1550)

Billy May: Holiday Cheer (1958)

Traditional (arr Richard Lind): Fum, fum, fum

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Noëls for Instruments H 534 (c.1700)

Anonymous: Riu, riu, chiu (1556)


11:00 FROM THE TOP with Christopher O’Riley and America's finest young musicians; recorded March 25, 2017 - From Longview, Texas this week’s program features a 12-year-old pianist from East Texas performing the music of Paderewski, a heartfelt performance of Faure's “Elegy” performed by a teenager from the Chicago area and we’ll hear a moving from the young flutist on the program who’s rancher grandfather sold much of his herd of cattle to support her musical studies

14-year-old violinist Sena Cho from Irvine, California performs I. Allegro molto ed appassionato from Sonata No. 3, Op. 45 for Violin and Piano by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) with Christopher O'Riley, piano.

12-year-old pianist Antonio Ajero from Nacogdoches, Texas performs Caprice à la Scarlatti in G major, Op. 14 No. 3 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941)

16-year-old flutist Olivia Elerson from Waxahachie, TX performs III. Allegro scherzando from the Sonata for Flute and Piano by Otar Taktakishvili (1924-1989) with Christopher O'riley, piano

17-year-old cellist David Caplan from Skokie, Illinois performs Élégie, Op.24 by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) with Christopher O'Riley, piano

Quartet Diamant, comprised of Masha Lakisova (15), violin, Rebecca Moy (16), violin, Natalie Clarke (17), viola, and Adam Lee (16), cello, from Chicago, Illinois performs I. Allegro violento ed agitato from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20, by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)

14-year-old violinist Sena Cho from Irvine, California performs "Por Una Cabeza" by Carlos Gardel (1890-1935), arr. John Williams, with Christopher O'Riley, piano


12:00 CLASSICAL WEEKEND with Jim Mehrling; COMPOSERS DATEBOOK with John Zech: Mozart, Salieri, and Beethoven in Vienna - CLASSICS FOR KIDS with Naomi Lewin: Harmonic Texture in the Farandole by Bizet

Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (1894)

Bryan Kelly: Improvisations on Christmas Carols (1969)

Johann Strauss Jr: Waltz 'Wine, Women and Song' Op 333 (1869)

Leroy Anderson: Suite of Carols for Brass (1955)



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro

Conductor: Harry Bicket

Production: Sir Richard Eyre

Figaro: Adam Plachetka

Countess Almaviva: Rachel Willis-Sørensen

Susanna: Christiane Karg

Cherubino: Serena Malfi

Count Almaviva: Luca Pisaroni



John Taverner: Magnificat à 5 (c.1540)

Arvo Pärt: Magnificat (1989)


17:00 FILM AT FIVE with Bill O’Connell: Christmas Movies, Part 2


18:00 FOOTLIGHT PARADE: SOUNDS OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL with Bill Rudman: 1983 on Stage and Screen - The best of the year, including "La Cage aux Folles," "My One and Only" and on screen, Streisand's "Yentl."

18:00:00            00:00:51            George and Ira Gershwin           Fascinating Rhythm       Wllliam Bolcom Songs by Gershwin           Nonesuch         979151-2

18:00:54            00:01:31            Jerry Herman     Prelude to La Cage Aux Folles   Chorus  La Cage Aux Folles -- 2010 Revival PS Classics      PS1094

18:02:16            00:03:02            Jerry Herman     I Am What I Am George Hearn    La Cage Aux Folles -- Original B'way Cast     RCA     RCD1-4824

18:05:12            00:01:51            Jerry Herman     Song on the Sand         George Hearn, Gene Barry        La Cage Aux Folles -- Original B'way Cast      RCA     RCD1-4824

18:07:50            00:01:58            Garry Trudeau-Elizabeth Swados1         Muffy and the Topsiders/Right Time to Be Rich      Company          Doonesbury -- Original B'way Cast         MCA     MCA6129

18:10:02            00:03:43            Richard Maltby-David Shire        Baby, Baby, Baby         Company          Baby -- Original B'way Cast       Polydor LP-1678

18:13:40            00:01:53            Richard Maltby-David Shire        The Story Goes On        Liz Callaway      Baby -- Original B'way Cast       Polydor LP-1678

18:16:36            00:03:48            Charles Strouse-A.J.Lerner        There's Always One You Can't Forget    Len Cariou            Dance a Little Closer -- Original B'way Cast        TER      TER1174

18:20:21            00:02:00            Charles Strouse-A.J.Lerner        Dance a Little Closer     Len Cariou, Liz Robertson            Dance a Little Closer -- Original B'way Cast        TER      TER1174

18:23:47            00:03:39            Galt MacDermot-William Dumaresque    Beautiful Music Debra Byrd       The Human Comedy -- Original B'way Cast   Kimarnock        KIL-9702

18:27:28            00:03:36            George and Ira Gershwin           S'Wonderful      Tommy Tune, Twiggy    My One and Onlly -- Original B'way Cast        Atlantic 7-80110-2

18:31:00            00:04:08            George and Ira Gershwin           How Long Has This Been Going On?      Tommy Tune, Twiggy  My One and Only-- Original B'way Cast  Atlantic 7-80110-2

18:35:33            00:02:49            Tom Jones-Harvey Schmidt       Joy       Judy Blazer       Colette Collage -- Original Cast     Varese Sarabande         VSD-5473

18:38:58            00:02:24            Henry Krieger-Robert Lorick       Dance If It Makes You Happy     Jimmy Tate, Samuel E. Wright           The Tap Dance Kid -- Original B'way Cast          Polydor 820210-2

18:42:15            00:04:13            Michael Legrand-Marilyn and Alan Bergman       This Is One of Those Moments            Barbra Streisand           Yentl -- Original Film Soundtrack            Columbia          CK39152

18:46:31            00:05:34            Jerry Herman     The Best of Times         Company          La Cage Aux Folles -- Original B'way Cast        RCA     RCD1-4824

18:52:23            00:00:37            George and Ira Gershwin           Sweet and Low Down    Joshua Bell       Gershwin Fantasy Sony    SK60659

18:53:03            00:03:50            George and Ira Gershwin           Filler: He Loves and She Loves  Tommy Tune, Twiggy            My One and Only -- Original B'way Cast Atlantic 7-80110-2


19:00 SYMPHONY AT SEVEN with John Simna

Édouard Lalo: Cello Concerto in d (1877)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat K 543 (1788)


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

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in a Op 132 (1825)

Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (1913)


22:00 WEEKEND RADIO with Robert Conrad Our Christmas celebration this week with Don Richmond’s “12 Calls of Christmas,”Allan Sherman’s  “12 Gifts of Christmas,” and Frank Kelley’s “Irish Christmas Countdown”…  Richard Howland-Bolton talks about “Bovver Boy”… This Week in the Media


23:00 QUIET HOUR with Rob Grier

Pablo Casals: Song of the Birds

Claude Debussy (arr André Caplet): Estampes: Pagodes (1903)

William Grant Still: Mother and Child (1943)

Jean Sibelius: Romance in C Op 42 (1903)

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel: Children's Prayer (1893)

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Largo from Piano Concerto No. 4 Op 40 (1926)

Peter Tchaikovsky: Berceuse in A-Flat Op 72/2 (1893)

Alexander Glazunov: Mélodie Op 20/1 (1888)

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