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Playlist: Classical

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Relevant Tones (Series)

Produced by The WFMT Radio Network

Relevant Tones, a weekly exploration of the most fascinating time in classical music history: right now. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this series features music and in-person interviews from the hottest festivals around the world, celebrates the major figures shaping classical music today, spots emerging trends and shines a light on lesser known but fascinating composers.

This series is available via Subauto subscription.

Most recent piece in this series:

Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota - Season 2 (Series)

Produced by WQXR

From New York Public Radio’s Q2 Music, a five-part Peabody award winning radio series that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most engaging, innovative, and beautiful music today. Season 2 features host Nadia Sirota with Meredith Monk, Kaija Saariaho, Ingram Marshall, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Nico Muhly

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

Bonus Track: 'Viola Concerto: Part II' by Nico Muhly

From WQXR | Part of the Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota - Season 2 series | 09:53

Mtc_itunes_sb_medium_small Says Nadia Sirota, "Nico wrote the concerto in 2014, and in a lot of ways it's the fruit of 10 years of our working together.  The piece is in three movements, and this movement, Part II, is sort of the emotional heart of the piece.  It's soulful and colorful and I adore playing it.

At the end of the movement the viola line suffers a sort of massive emotional breakdown, which is then answered by a huge orchestral explosion, featuring a giant tam-tam (gong) and all sorts of low-brass rumbles.  In the aftermath, individual members of the orchestra play small phrases independently of each other, finally reuniting in a wounded coda.  

This is my favorite part of the concerto to play."

Classical Guitar Alive! (Series)

Produced by Tony Morris

Classical Guitar Alive is a weekly one-hour music with interviews program that is free to all stations.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

19-20 Castlenuovo-Tedesco Tribute, Interviews: Diana Castlenuovo-Tedesco, Shaun Rigney, Lorenzo Micheli

From Tony Morris | Part of the Classical Guitar Alive! series | 58:58


TO: All Stations

FR: Tony Morris

DT: May 14, 2019

RE: ***** CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! 19-20 Castelnuovo-Tedesco Tribute


In Cue: MUSIC IN “Hello and welcome to…”

Out Cue: “…another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!”

Program Length:58:57



  Bizet:  Carmen Suite: Prelude    Los Romeros, guitar quartet

                                                      (Philips 412-609)


Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Fuga Elegiaca: Preludio     Brasil Guitar Duo (1:39)

                       “Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Music for 2 Guitars, vol. 2 (Naxos 2009)


Interview: Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco: “He was born in 1895…  … this was his path.”

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Capriccio Diabolico            Norbert Kraft, guitar  (8:34)

                             “Romantic Works for Guitar” (Chandos 2006)


Interview: Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco: “They said no Jewish musicians’ music could be performed…   … a lot of sadness and regret for him.”

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Sonata “Homage to Boccherini”: II Andantino   Emanuele Buono (5:20)

                                “Guitar Recital: Emanuele Buono” (Naxos 2014)


Interview: Shaun Rigney: “I always found C-T’s orchestration to be very apt…  …the great thing about his music is that he’s a story-teller. I love narrative as well, and that really the key, I think, to my love of his music.”

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto in D     John Williams, guitar (20:48)

                                                                            English Chamber Orch.

                                                                            Sir Charles Groves, conductor


Interview: Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco: “He did teach many of the next generation of movie and TV composers…   …and he was then able to help teach it to others to be really excellent at it.”

 Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Prelude & Fugue IV in E major     SoloDuo    (4:07)

                            “Castelnuovo-Tedesco: The Well-Tempered Guitars” (Solaria 2012)


Interview: Lorenzo Micheli & Matteo Mela: “Tedesco has a very special place …  …in a very ironic way.”

 Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Sonatina Canonica   SoloDuo    (9:23)

                               “Solaria: 20th Century Masterworks for Two Guitars (Pomegranate 2007)




This week’s program features a tribute to one of the most prolific and important 20th Century composers of music for guitar: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and interviews with composer Shaun Rigney, guitarist Lorenzo Micheli, and the composer’s granddaughter, Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco.



CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! celebrates 21 years of national distribution, airing each week on over 200 stations, and is free to all stations.


FUNDRAISER EDITION is available here, no carriage fee: http://www.prx.org/pieces/187790-fundraiser-editio


CGA! is a winner at PRX's 13th Annual Zeitfunk Awards: #1 Most Licensed Producer, and #2 Most Licensed Series



The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree (Series)

Produced by Candice Agree

There's no better way to know a country or a people than through its music. The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree invites everyone who has an interest in, a fascination of, and a love for the cultural life of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world to be entertained, enriched, and informed by this unique classical music program.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Spanish Hour 1912: Chamber Music from Central and South America

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30


A suite for six – count-em six -- tubas by Panama’s Enrique Crespo, plus miniatures for small orchestra from Uruguay’s Roque Cordero. Federico Moreno Torroba’s homage to the dance “seguidilla” round out this week’s program.

An American Stew

From KCME | 58:24

Michael Campion explores the diversity of American music with a potpourri of different kinds of works from different kinds of composers.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

An American Stew

Default-piece-image-2 Michael Campion explores the diversity of American music with a potpourri of different kinds of works from different kinds of composers.

Concerts from the Frick Collection (2015-16 Season) (Series)

Produced by WQXR

The Concerts from The Frick series has delighted listeners with the finest in keyboard recitals, all manner of chamber groups and groundbreaking early music ensembles for decades. Many of the century's greatest artists have performed in the 175-seat music room at The Frick Collection, the former Upper East Side residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick.

Available on the PRX marketplace.

Most recent piece in this series:

Imogen Cooper, piano

From WQXR | Part of the Concerts from the Frick Collection (2015-16 Season) series | 58:03

Imogen Cooper, piano



Part 1              14:30


Theme with Variations in E-Flat Major WoO 24, F 3 (Robert Schumann)

(“Geistervariationen”/Ghost Variations)   (1854)

              Theme – Leise, innig

              Variation I

              Variation II – Canonisch

              Variation III – Etwas belebter

              Variation IV

              Variation V     

              Theme (unwritten reprise)



Part 2                43:30        

Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960 (1828) (Franz Schubert)

         Molto moderato                                                                                               

         Andante sostenuto

         Scherzo.  Allegro vivace con delicatezza

         Allegro, ma non troppo – Presto

Music and Conversation with Philip Glass

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:44

To celebrate the incredibly influential American composer Philip Glass's 80th birthday, enjoy this music infused hour recorded last February when he was honored by his alma mater, the University of Chicago. WFMT host Kerry Frumkin speaks with him about his life in music, where he’s been, and what’s inspired him on his particular path.


The duration is 58:44, and the show is entirely self contained, with no breaks.
The following music is featured in the program:
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Wichita Sutra Vortex
Philip Glass, Solo Piano
CBS MK 45576
Line Up, excerpt
Peter Ind, Bass; Jeff Morton, Drums, Lennie Tristano, Piano
Atlantic 1224
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
“Train” from Einstein on the Beach, excerpt
The Philip Glass Ensemble
CBS M4K38875
BILLY ECKSTINE (1914-1993)
I Want to Talk About You, excerpt
John Coltrane, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; McCoy Tyner, 
MCA Impulse 29015
RAVI SHANKAR (1920-2012)
Ravi Shankar, Sitar
Columbia 82876745022
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  ) & RAVI SHANKAR (1920-2012)
Ragas In Minor Scale
Private Music 2074-2-P
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Serra Pelada, excerpt
Elektra Nonesuch 79192-2
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Australia, excerpt
Mark Atkins, Didgeridoo; The Philip Glass Ensemble
OMM omm0021
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
Wise Man, excerpt
Roberto Carillo Cocío, Guitar; Philip Glass, Piano; Daniel Medina de la Rosa, Violin
OMM omm0090
PHILIP GLASS (1937 -  )
The Gambia
The Philip Glass Ensemble
OMM omm0021

#CallJohann (Series)

Produced by Dominique Johnson

For a good time #CallJohann and be introduced to his crew of rebellious composers.

Most recent piece in this series:

Beethoven Rolled Deep

From Dominique Johnson | Part of the #CallJohann series | 01:44

Calljohann_small The original indie musician rolled deep. And no one put Beethoven in a corner.

Fiesta! (Series)

Produced by The WFMT Radio Network

Fiesta! is an original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to your listeners.

Most recent piece in this series: