Evening Concert

“Pirates of Penzance”, Haydn “Trumpet Concerto” and more: this week’s “Evening Concert”


This week on the “Evening Concert” on WILL-FM 90.9 you’ll hear a Leap Day presentation of “The Pirates of Penzance”, then Messiaen’s ‘TuranGalila Symphonie’ from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mozart and Haydn symphonies from Los Angeles, then Thursday “The New York Philharmonic This Week”. . . Sunday chamber music from Lincoln Center and the series “Song: Mirror of the World”. 

WILL-FM: The Evening Concert: WEEK OF FEB. 29 – MAR 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 & 6, 2016


Monday February 29: A ‘Leap Day’ Special from IPM: The Pirates of Penzance

D’Oyle Carte Orchestra and Chorus; John Pryce Jones conductor; [Sony S2K 58892 (1990)]

Frederic has been, humorously so, apprenticed to a ‘pirate’ (not a ‘pilot’ as were the instructions from the boy’s father to his nursemaid, Ruth). Upon reaching his 21st year of life he is to be freed from his indentures. However, it is revealed that his date of birth is February 29th. Thus he has only passed 5 real birthdays and is indentured for another 64 years (16 times 4)! [‘Leap Day’ special pre-empts Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (16-09)] 


Tuesday March 1: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (16-09) 

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Turangalîla

Debussy: Syrinx (Samuel Coles, flute)   Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Minor (Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano)

Messiaen: Turangalîla-symphonie         Anna Clyne (b. 1980, Britain): <<rewind<< (2005, rev. 2006)


Wednesday March 2: Los Angeles Philharmonic (LAP 15-09)

Andrew Manze, conductor

MOZART: Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”

HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto (Tom Hooten, trumpet)

MOZART: Horn Concerto No. 4 (Andrew Bain, horn)

HAYDN: Symphony No. 104, “London”


Thursday March 3: The New York Philharmonic This Week” (NYP 16-23)

Kurt Masur; Zubin Mehta; Leopold Stokowski; Leonard Bernstein, conductors

Charles IVES (1874-19540: Three Places in New England (recorded 1994)

John Knowles PAINE (1839 - 1906): Symphony No. 1 in c-minor, Op. 23 (recorded 1989)

Virgil THOMSON (1896- 1989): The Mother of Us All: Suite (recorded 1950)

William SCHUMAN (1910 – 1992): Symphony No. 8 (recorded 1962)


Friday March 4: Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper (16-10)

March Concerts To Be Announced


Sunday March 5: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS 15-23)

Russian Sentiment

Tchaikovsky: Valse Sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6 Julie Albers, Cello; Alessio Bax, piano

Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque in D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 9 Alessio Bax, piano, Elmar Oliveira, violin; Paul Watkins, cello


Song: Mirror of the World (with Thomas Hampson) (Ep. 10/13)

Forbidden Music, Silenced Voices  

Germany was the land of classical music’s most glorious achievements, but when Hitler came to power, he banned everything written by Jews. That included acknowledged masters like Mendelssohn and Mahler, and musicians whose reputations never recovered, like Karl Goldmark. Also on the list were promising composers forced to flee, such as Alexander Zemlinsky, and those who were murdered, including Pavel Haas and Viktor Ullmann.

Writer: Michael Haas, author of Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis

Kurt Weill: "Es regnet" Brigitta Fassbander, mezzo-soprano; Cord Garben, piano. Harmonia Mundi France
Hans Schreker: "O Glocken, bose Glocken" Hermine Haselbock, soprano; Russel Ryan, piano. Bridge 9259
Alexander Zemlinsky: "Harlem Tanzerin" Hans Peter Blochwitz, tenor; Cord Garben, piano. Deutsche Grammophon 427 328
Felix Mendelssohn: "Auf Flugeln des Gesanges" Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano. Orfeo d'Or 708061
Friedrich Silcher: "Die Lorelei" Peter Schreier, tenor; Konrad Ragossnig, guiat. Berlin Classics 10192
Karl Goldmark: "Magische Tone"(Queen of Sheba) Nicolai Gedda, tenor; Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Heinrich Bender, conductor. Warner Classics 56095
Gustav Mahler: "Rheinlegendchen" (Des Knaben Wunderhorn) Thomas Hampson, baritone; Geoffrey Parsons, piano. Teldec 174726
Karl Weigl: "Zum Einschlafen" Wolfgran Holzmair, baritone; Therese Lindquist, piano. Col Legno 60024
Arnold Schonberg: "Hain in diesen Paradiesen" (Book of the Hanging Gardens) Brigitte Fassbander, mezzo soprano; Aribert Reimann, piano. EMI Classics 829682
Anton Webern: "Im Windesweben" Christiane Oelze, soprano; Erich Schneider, piano. Deutsche Grammophon 457 6372 or 447 103
Hanns Eisler: "Solidaritatslied" Ernst Busch, baritone; The Studio Orchestra, Hanns Eisler, conductor Berlin Classics 9230
George Antheil: "Ballet Mecanique" University of Massachusetts Lowell Percussion Ensemble EMF Media [ASIN] B00004Y6MX
Ernst Toch: "Geographical Fugue" Turtle Creek Chorale, Timothy Seelig, conductor. Reference Recordings 61
Wilhelm Grosz: "Das Lied der Bau,wollpacker" (Afrika Songs, Op. 29) Jake Gardner, bass; Matrix Ensemble, Robert Ziegler, cond.
Mischa Spoliansky: "The Lavender Song" Ute Lemper, singer; Matrix Ensemble, Robert Ziegler, conductor. Decca 452 849
Kurt Weill: "Moritat - Ballad of Mack the Knife" (Three Penny Opera) Harald Paulsen, singer; Haller Revue Jazz Orchestra, Hans Schindler, conductor. Capriccio 10346
Ernst Krenek: "Unser Wein" Hermann Prey, baritone; Ernst Krenerk, piano. Philips Classics 442 706-2
Pavel Haas: "I heard the cry of the wild geese" (Four Songs on Chinese Poetry) Petr Matuszek, baritone; Ales Kanka, piano. Supraphon [ASIN] B000000353R
Viktor Ullmann: "Abendphantasie" Christiane Oelze, soprano; Erich Schneider, piano. Capriccio C71062