classical music

All music performed today will be by composers whose last name begins with the letter S, except for one, and in that case the work is being performed by an artist whose last name begins with S. I tried this time not to feature the most welll-known composers, in order to conitnue to share diverse programming. Join me on HPR 2 from 3-6 pm.

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John Zak, who originated Classical Pacific, has graciously agreed to host the program today while I take care of some personal business. If you look on the website or on the HPR App under Classical Pacific, you will be able to see what he is playing!  Mahalo, John. I'll be back on Thursday. 

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  Today, music from home. Literally. I dug into my CD collection (as opposed to my online music) to create a program for you. I hope you enjoy it. You'll hear music by Bruch, Schumann, Diabelli, Stelzmüller, Ravel, Beethoven, Williams, Desprez, Brahms, Bandolim and Bach, and maybe one or two more, time permitting.

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  Today, music inspired by myth and literature. I'll be playing music by Debussy, Berlioz Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Hovhannes, Gluck, Bonfa, Offenbach, Rameau, Mouquet, Barber, Respighi, and Britten. Some wrote work related to Shakespeare's The Tempest, King Lear, and Romeo and Juliet. The rest of the work I'm sharing is based on Greek mythology - tales of Pan, Castor and Pollux, Aphrodite (Venus), Apollo, Oedipus, Medea and Orpheus. Join me for an inspired music telling of myths and Sheakespearean literature.

  Clara Wieck Schumann and Robert Schumann had a long partnership. They met when Clara was eight and Robert seventeen, and Robert was so impressed with her playing that he decided to study with Mr. Wieck, during which time he lived with the family. They married when she became of age. During her lifetime, Clara was known as one of the most important concert pianists of the era, while Robert was known as an important composer. In recent years, Clara's compositions have been recognized, performed and recorded regularly.

A final day for new releases (for now). Today I'm playing music by CPE Bach, JS Bach, Amy Beach, Arvo Pärt, Mozart, Euguen Friesen, Beethoven, Harold Gramatges, Radamés Gnattali and Brahms. An ecelectic mix of old and new.

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Whenever I can, I share new arrivals to our music library and, particularly new releases. Yesterday I shared new releases from 2017 and 2018, and I continue to do so today.  You'll hear music by Schubert, Bartók, Brahms, Haydn, Philip Glass, Gaspar Sanz, CPE and JS Bach, Francisco José de Castro and Finn Mortensen. If any of the CDs interest you, you can get more information about them from the playlist, which is at the bottom of this post, and can also be found on the website hawaiipublicradio or on the HPR App while the program is in session. 

  We continue to receive new recordings of work from the entire history of Classical Music, and I love to let you hear them for the first time. For the next two days, I'm playing recordings from 2017 and 2018. The work ranges from Spanish Baroque music to contemporary viola music.  

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Sunday Brunch with Gene Schiller

May 13, 2018

Sundays at 9am on HPR-1

Enjoy three hours of your favorite music, as requested by the listeners of Hawaiʻi Public Radio.

To make your choice from our “musical brunch buffet," call in on Sunday-of or email your requests (use subject line: Sunday Brunch).

I've really enjoyed getting to know about the musical interests of the HPR staff. Today we'll hear works by composers from Beethoven to Ligety to Poulenc. Some people were even specific about which recording to play, while others left the decision up to me. 

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During the fund drive, I walked around asking the staff what they might like to hear on Classical Pacific, and they had very interesting requests. Today and possibly tomorrow, I'm playing their picks during the program. From PR to Operations to News, the requests were unique and sometimes surprising, ranging from "anything Baroque" to the Poulenc Organ Concerto to Ligety and all kids of music in between. Join me to find out what music they chose. 

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Today I've chosen works written by composers whose names beginning with the letter P. Listen for music by Palestrina, Piston, Prokofiev, Portman, Purcell, Pärt, Monce, Piazzola, Paganini, Penderecki and Porter Aside from the letter P, their works could hardly be more diverse. Enjoy.

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Back to Music by the Letters. Today - the Letter M. I find that picking in this manner reminds me to choose beyond my normal preferences. I'm choosing from a large pile of CDs that includes the music of Menotti, Myaskovsky, Mozart, Messaien, Milhaud, Mendelssohn, Martinu, Mancini, Mercadante, MacDowell, Myerbeer, Maconchy, Moravich and Muhly. Let me know if you hear anything new and interesting.

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Today and tomorrow, a brief look at the movement that began in earnest in the 1950s to perform Early, Baroque and Classical period music with instruments that the composers would have been writing for at the time, and in the way that they might have interpreted the music then. Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Alice Hoffelner founded Concentus Musicus Wien in 1953, followed by other pioneers - Gustav Leonhardt, John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, and Ton Koopman, to name a few.

Today  I'm playing passionate music by Spanish composers Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Turina, Xavier Montsalvatge and an anonymous Baroque composer; French composers Maurice Ravel, Darius Milhaud and  Gabriel Fauré; and Italian composers Antonio Vivaldi, Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini and Nino Rota. There may be singing and dancing involved. Join me.

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  On this final day of playing new arrivals (for now), I've decided to focus on the Romantic period. Composers for the day include Robert Schumann, Anatoly Lyadov, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Felix Mendelssohn, Gustav Holst, Franz Schubert, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 

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Today - new arrivals in the Music Library of works by three giants of the classical period -  Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven - including two symphonies, a string quartet, a violin sonata, two piano concerti and a violin sonata. Even in this small volume of work, the great amount of change and development in classical music shines through. 

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If you're a regular listener, you know by now that I love finding new arrivals to the Music Library, so I'm continuing in that vein today, featuring music by Antonïn Dvorák, Leos Janácek, Georges Bizet, Georg Philip Telemann, Maurice Ravel, Mauro Giuliani, Louise Farrenc and Robert Schumann.

Some new arrivals drifted to the surface of our Music Library when we cleaned up the space before the last fundraiser. Some of these CDs are new releases; others are not, but are newly acquired. Join me for music by Brahms, Gertrude van den Bergh, Mozart, John Danyel, Bach, Fauré, Gabrieli and Haydn.

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After four days of orchestral music by orchestras from the Pacific Rim, it's time for some smaller ensembles. Today, solo and ensemble works by Haydn, Kodaly, Poulenc, Schubert, Brahms, Webern, Schumann, Miaskovsky and Bach. A lovely way to spend a Friday afternoon with you.

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This week I'm featuring some of the many Pacific Rim Symphony Orchestras. I've visited the San Francisco, Seattle and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. Today, it's back to the US and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, founded in 1919 by a copper baron, William Andrews Clark, Jr. The orchestra has developed a reputation for promoting new music and making bold, innovative choices in leadership and programming, including the hiring of its latest maestro, Gustavo Dudamel. Since we spent an entire day of the fund drive focusing on Dudamel, I won't be including any works conducted by him today.

This week I'm featuring some of the many Pacific Rim Symphony Orchestras. So far you've heard music from the San Francisco and Seattle Symphony Orchestras. Today, we travel south and West to hear music of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, which had several early incarnations and became permanent in 1946. The orchestra is  a crown entity, owned by the government of New Zealand. It's home is in Wellington, and the orchestra regularly tours to Auckland, Christchurch and other sites within New Zealand.

This week I'm featuring Pacific Rim Symphony Orchestras. Yesterday the focus was the San Francisco Symphony. Today it's the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1903. Notable conductors have included Sir Thomas Beecham, Milton Katims, Gerard Schwartz, current director Ludovic Morlot and upcoming director Thomas Dausgaard. A work commissioned by the Seattle Symphony, Become Ocean, by John Luther Adams (not to be confused with John Adams) won the Pullitzer Prize for Music in 2014.  Join me to hear the collective voice of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

This week I'm focusing on orchestras of the Pacific Rim, beginning with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1911. Since 1935, its conductors have included Pierre Monteux, Enrique Jorda, Josef Krips, Seiji Ozawa, Edo de Waart, Herbert Blomstadt, and, since 1995, Michael Tilson Thomas, or, as musicians and fans like to call him, MTT. I'll share performances with the orchestra by some of these maestros. Join me!

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So many conductors - so little time. Today I'm continuing to look at conductors who've made indelible marks on Classical music performance in the 20th and 21st centuries. Their conducting reflects the changes in style and in what constitutes Classical music over the past century. A German, an Englishman and an American woman will conduct the work of Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Adams, Sibelius, Milhaud, Tower, Barber, Johnson and O'Connor.

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JoAnn Falletta was chosen by you, the listeners, to be the Number 1 Magical Maestro of the fund drive. I begin today with some examples of her work, and follow with some other deserving conductors in the second and third hour today, and all of tomororow. Among them, they will conduct works by Nino Rota, Alfredo Catalani, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Joseph Kreutzer, Joaquin Rodrigo, Dmitri Shostakovich and Germaine Tailleferre.

  Today is the third day of a review of the Magical Maestros - conductors chosen by you, the listeners, to highlight during the Spring fund drive. I'm reviewing them through some of their outstanding recordings this week. Today, numbers 4 - Georg Solti, 3 - Seiji Ozawa, and 2 - Leonard Bernstein. I'll be playing more extended examples of their work than we had time for during the drive. 

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For Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s 2018 Spring Fund Drive, listeners were invited to submit the names of their favorite conductors of classical music. The results were compiled and our classical music hosts, Gene Schiller, Judy Anderson, Ian Capps Craig De Silva, Howard Dicus, Louise King Lanzilotti, and John Kalani Zak, wrote and produced brief vignettes on the life and music of the Top Ten.  We’ve listed them here in the order they were revealed on HPR-2 during the ten-day drive.

10. Keith Lockhart 

9. George Szell

8. Eugene Ormandy

7. Arturo Toscanini

All week I'm reviewing the Magical Maestros chosen by you, the listeners of HPR, then adding a few others deserving of praise toward the end of the week. I'm not necessarily going in order. Enjoy the work of these amazing artists with me from 3-6pm today on HPR2.   

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  The Spring Membership Drive has ended on a very successful note. I want to thank all of the people who donated, volunteered, fed us, spoke on air in support of our mission and helped throughout the drive. I have a new respect for the entire HPR community, which spreads throughout Hawai‘i, the mainland and internationally. For most of this week I'll be reviewing the Magical Maestros that were chosen by you, the listeners. I may even have some time to play a few that didn't make the cut but are amazing in their own right.

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