WWUH Classical Programming
Sunday Afternoon at the Opera… Sundays 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Evening Classics… Weekdays 4:00 to 7:00/ 8:00 pm
Drake’s Village Brass Band… Mondays 7:00-8:00 pm
(Opera Highlights Below)
Johann Sigismond Kusser: 6 Overture Suites "Festin des muses", Orchestral Suite No. 2 in F major; Vivaldi: Oboe Sonata in C minor, RV 53; Tarquinio Merula: Canzoni overo sonate concertate per chiesa e camera, Book 3, Op. 12 (selections); J. S. Bach: Chorale Cantata for the Feast of Purification of Mary, "Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin", BWV 125; J. S. Bach: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005; Reicha: Wind Quintet No. 17 in B minor, Op. 99, No. 5; Farrenc: 30 Études for piano, Op. 26 (selections); Nielsen: Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 7, FS 16; Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Pelimannimuotokuvia (Portraits of Country Fiddlers) for string orchestra, Op. 26
From Courthouse to Court Musician: Wenzel Heinrich (Vaclav Jindrich) Veit: String Quartet No. 2 in E Major, Op. 5; Homilius: Oboe Sonata; Davisson: Idumea; Fall: Madame Pompadour: Pompadour-Waltz, Der fidele Bauer: Fideler Bauer; Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin, Caprice Viennois, Marche miniature viennoise; Huizar: Imágenes; Suolahti: Sinfonia Piccolo
“Plutonian Ode Symphony” and similar works
Anthony Davis: X -- The Life & Times of Malcolm X
Samantha Ege, Black Renaissance Women; Marsalis: Blues Symphony – Symphony #2; Music by Ursula Mamlok
Drake’s Village Brass Band… The Horn Club of Los Angeles – Colour Contrasts – 1960
Haydn: Symphony No. 29; Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C; Wuorinen: Scherzo; Stenhammar: Symphony No. 2; Prokofiev: Concerto for Flute & Orchestra
Salieri: Il mondo alla rovescia: Overture; C. P. E. Bach: Keyboard Concerto in G Major, Wq. 44, H. 477; Handel: Ariodante, HWV 33 (excerpts);Chevalier J.J.O. de Meude-Monpas: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major; Gluck: La corona: Quel chiaro rio che a pena; von Weber: Abu Hassan Overture; Moscheles: Concertante for Flute and Oboe in F Major; Schubert: 4 Canzonen, D. 688 (Italian Songs); Clara Schumann: 3 Romances for violin and piano op.22; Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 2; Giuseppe Martucci: Prelude, Toccata, and Gigue, Op. 61, Nos. 1 – 3; Pauline Viardot-Garcia: Violin Sonatina in A Minor; Ferdinand Hiller: Piano Sonata No. 2 in A-Flat Major, Op. 59; Florence Beatrice Price: Piano Quintet in A Minor; Wolf-Ferrari: Il segreto di Susanna: Overture; Marie Jaell: Cello Concerto in F Major; Coleridge-Taylor: Othello, Op. 79 Chineke!; Dvořák: Czech Suite, Op. 39, B. 93;
From Courthouse to Court Musician: Johann Kuhnau: Fresh Keyboard Fruits - Sonata No. 3; Carulli: Guitar Concerto in A Major; Berg: Violin Concerto 'To the Memory of an Angel'; Genzmer: Concerto for 2 Guitars in G Major.
Music from the Basement – Tubby and other tubas ride the 20th Century Limited tonight
Sibelius: Symphony #6; Still: Threnody in Memory of Jean Sibelius; Rorem: Poems of Love and the Rain; Antheil: Valentine Waltzes
Drake’s Village Brass Band… Gerard Schwarz Trumpet, The Age of Splendor
Benda: Sinfonia in F; Francesco Cavalli: Venetian Vespers – Psalm Lauda Jerusalem; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; Bortkiewicz: Fantasiestucke; Chadwick: Symphony No. 3; Dupuy: Concerto in d minor for Flute & Orchestra
This evening we'll feature two very influential classical labels: Nimbus from the UK and Hanssler (Profil) from Germany, exclusively, and with many surprises!
Fetras: Die Mondnacht Auf der Alster; Wilder: Woodwind Quintet No. 12; Corigliano: Gazebo Dances; Avison: Concerto grosso after Scarlatti, No. 5; Palmgren: Toukokuu, Op. 27; Scharwenka: Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 112; Rode: Violin Concerto No. 10 in b minor, Op. 19.
Black composers and conductors take the stage to celebrate Black History Month
Schelling: The Victory Ball; Bramwell Tovey Conducts Poulenc, Gregson, Dove and others
Drake’s Village Brass… Gregson: Horn Concerto, Trombone Concerto
Haydn: Symphony No. 30; Amy Beach: Piano Concerto; Czerny: Variations on a Theme by Rode; Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 1; Delibes: La Source (Suite); Holst: A Winter Idyll
Johann Sigismond Kusser: 6 Overture Suites "Festin des muses", Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D minor; Anonymous (Antonin Reichenauer?): Concerto for oboe, violin, cello & basso continuo in B-flat major; Tarquinio Merula: Canzoni overo sonate concertate per chiesa e camera, Book 3, Op. 12 (selections); J. S. Bach: Solo Cantata for Quinquagesima Sunday [Estomihi] "Sehet! wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem", BWV 159; J. S. Bach: Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006; Reicha: Wind Quintet No. 18 in G major, Op. 99, No. 6; Farrenc: 30 Études for piano, Op. 26 (selections); Nielsen: Symphony No. 3, Op. 27, FS 60, "Sinfonia espansiva"; Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Kuvia maaseudun menneisyydestä (Pictures of the Country's Past; Pictures of Rural Past), Free Adaptations of Finnish Folk Tunes for string orchestra and harp, Op. 139
Blow: Venus and Adonis: Overture, Ground in g minor; Handel: Organ Concerto No. 5 in F major HWV 293 Op. 4 No. 5, Keyboard Suite in E major 'The Harmonious Blacksmith' HWV 430, Coronation Anthem No. 1 'Zadok the Priest' HWV 258, Serse: Ombra mai fu, Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351; Lindberg: Pingst, Gammal fäbodpsalm från Dalarna; Lidarti: Violin Concerto [No. 1] in C Major
Conductor new to me: Jascha Horenstein
Gatto: Wise Blood; Josquin des Prez: Motets
Monday Night at the Movies – Louise DiTullio, The Hollywood Flute; Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone; Rózsa Conducts Rózsa – Theme and Variations and others
Drake’s Village Brass Band … Gregson: Trumpet Concerto, Symphony"
Myslivecek: Octet No. 2 for Winds; Hans Gal: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra; Bortkiewicz: Symphony No. 2; Chabrier: Larghetto for Horn & Orchestra; Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin & String Orchestra; Milhaud: Cello Conerto; Holst: A Fugal Concerto
SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE OPERA
your "lyric theater" program
with Keith Brown
Programming for the month of February 2023
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5TH Davis,X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X Since February is Black History Month, for a second time I take the opportunity to broadcast Anthony Davis' opera about the (in)famous Black American revolutionary of the mid twentieth century, born Malcolm Little (1925-65). For Anthony Davis (b. 1951), a jazz pianist as well as composer, this was his fourth opera. Another one of Davis' operas, Tania (1991),dealing with heiress Patty Hearst's radical transformation, went over the air on Sunday, February 3, 2002 and again on Sunday, February 6, 2011. The world premiere recording of X the opera I last broadcast on Sunday, February 14, 1993. The Grammavision label issued it, with the composer conducting and starring baritone Eugene Perry in the title role. There's a new recording of X released in 2020 through BMOP Sound. Gil Rose conducts the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera in a new staged production as part of the ongoing project As Told By: Race and Justice on the Opera Stage, showcasing Black composers and librettists. Bass-baritone Davone Tines as Malcolm heads the cast of eight vocal soloists. This new production has the composer's blessing. He comments,"...the memory of George Floyd a mere two years ago reminds us what has not changed. With this in mind we present a new vision of the opera for a new audience, a new generation who may not have a living memory of Malcolm X; yet his memory lives in us through the music..."
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12TH Gervais, Hypermnestre The tragedie en musique, established by Lully in the seventeenth century, continued well into the eighteenth. Lully had many successors in French baroque opera. One of the best of the generation of composers coming after Lully was Charles-Hubert Gervais (1671-1744), whose Hypermnestre (1716) both Parisian audiences and music critics alike regarded as one of the best examples of the tragedie lyrique and praised it especially for its dramatic power. It was revived five times up to 1766. Thereafter Lullian-style opera went out of fashion altogether and Gervais music was completely forgotten. Even the musicologists have overlooked him. The 1717 version of the score of Hypermnestre, arguably the best one, was the one recreated in recorded performance by the Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra, both musical groups based in Budapest and working in cooperation with the Center for Baroque Music of Versailles. In this world premiere recording Gyorgi Vashegyi directs the musical forces, who are joined by six vocal soloists. The Spanish Glossa record label issued Hypermnestre on two compact discs in 2019. This tragedie en musique is played out on the banks of the Nile in ancient times, and Hypermnestre is a princess, the daughter of King Danaus of Egypt. Her tragedy is bound up with the bloody fate of the Danaides, her father's other offspring.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19TH Lehar,Cloclo This coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday in the traditional Christian calendar and marks the beginning of the forty day penitential period of Lent leading up to Easter. Before the Lenten fast gets underway there's Mardi Gras, "Fat Tuesday," celebrated in New Orleans, it's true, but it's also the carnival day all over Catholic Christendom. During Lent in Catholic Europe (and in Protestant lands,too) the opera houses closed down for the duration, and sacred oratorio replaced staged musical performance. On this pre-Lenten Sunday, let's have some fun and listen to a silly operetta by Franz Lehar, Cloclo (1924). This tuneful Viennese lyric comedy has a hit number, the foxtrot "Ich habe La Garconne gelesen." The premiere of Cloclo was a theatrical triumph as big as that of Lehar's well-beloved "Merry Widow." Cloclo is the name given to the archetypal flapper. She's a Parisian dancer, a sexually liberated young woman courted by the mayor of a provincial French town. Lehar's Cloclo was quickly adapted for performance in London, Berlin and elsewhere in Europe, and it was filmed,too, but it passed out of the repertoire during the Second World War. Cloclo was revived onstage at the 2019 Lehar Festival at Bad Ischl, which was once Lehar's summer home outside Vienna. Marius Burkert leads the Franz Lehar Orchestra and Chorus of the Bad Ischl Lehar Festival, with a cast of seven vocal soloists. The German cpo record label released Cloclo on two compact discs in 2020.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26TH Gatto, Wise Blood, Josquin des Prez, Motets For the first Sunday in Lent I present a twenty first century American opera that turns Southern Evangelical Protestantism on its head. Anthony Gatto's Wise Blood (2020) is based on Flannery O'Connor's 1952 novel. Can you imagine a "Holy Church of Christ Without Christ"? Fanfare reviewer Raymond Tuttle says "Gallo's music is a fever dream opf gospel hymns and Salvation Army bands." (By the way, there's a 1979 film version of Wise Blood directed by John Huston.) The Adam Meckler Orchestra wind ensemble backs the eight singing characters. Tuttle tells us further,"Wise Blood is a Southern Gothic classic..." It comes to us on a single New Focus compact disc. Another opera by Gatto was broadcast on Sunday, July 3rd of last year. The Making of Americans (2008), his rendering of the 1934 novel by Gertrude Stein, was adapted into a radio opera in 2019. Anthony Gatto (b. 1962) is a real multimedia talent who started off in the jazz milieu. He studied under sax legend Ornette Coleman. Gatto went on to found the Festival Dancing In Your Head.
Wise Blood the opera is a sort of sacrilegious deconstruction of Protestant Christianity. To balance this out we need some truly sacred choral music rooted in the Catholic tradition. There's time remaining for your audition of the Latin motets of the great Netherlandish master Josquin des Prez (c1440-1521). The year 2021 marked the five hundredth anniversary of Josquin's death, which was commemorated by the release of an entire Hyperion compact disc devoted to his polyphonic vocal music for the Church. The motets and Mass movements are sung by the Brabant Ensemble, whose thirteen voices are directed by Stephen Rice.