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The Joy of Classical Music

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The Joy Of Classical Music Ep 20 - 25-09-2023( 0:58:37)       
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In today's episode, Indian classical collides with Western Classical then there's the word that shall not be spoken, the title of a composition by the late Julius Eastman, a fragile but brilliant figure who loved to provoke. Then there's the tragic figures of Ivor Gurney and Lili Boulanger. Gurney, undone by severe mental illness, nevertheless produced some beautiful and enduring music as did Boulanger who died of TB aged 24. Then there's filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's later period masterpiece Ran and its evocative score by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. Based on King Lear, Ran is another sort of tragedy. Perhaps beauty from tragedy is the theme for today. Track 1. Reena Esmail - TaReKiTa performed by The Los Angeles Master Chorale Track 2. Reena Esmail - Ram Tori Maya performed by Carnegie Hall’s The Orchestra Sings project Track 3. Tōru Takemitsu - The opening movement from the motion picture Ran. Track 4. Caroline Shaw - ‘Its Motion Keeps’ performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Track 5. Julius Eastman - Evil Track 6. Saint Saens - The Swan performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott Track 7. Lili Boulanger - The Old Buddhist Prayer Track 8. Ivor Gurney - A Gloucestershire Rhapsody
Published: 25/09/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 19- 18-09-2023( 0:58:14)       
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From the grim depths of Soviet Russia to the bright tropical rainforests of Hawaii, birds are a bit of a theme today with the now extinct Hawaiian Kauai and the English Lark featuring. Then there's Terry Riley, minimalist composer and tape loop pioneer regaling us with his strange and joyous visions. Otherwise it's the usual eclectic mix. Track 1. Sylvia McNair performing Hark! Hark! the Echoing Air from Henry Purcell’s 1692 semi opera, The Fairy Queen. Track 2. Alexander Liebermann - The Last Song of the Kauai Track 3. Gavrill Popov - Chamber Symphony for Seven Instruments performed by the USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra Track 4. Terry Riley A Rainbow in the Curved Air Track 5. Maurice Ravel - Valley Of The Bells Track 6. Sergei Rachmaninoff - How Peaceful performed by Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth Track 7. Sergei Rachmaninoff - How Peaceful performed by soprano Anna Netrebko. Track 8. Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending performed by The London Philharmonic
Published: 18/09/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy Of Classical Music Ep 18 - 11-09-2023( 0:57:26)       
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From Wales to Poland to Japan to France to the USA. It's an international affair that explores art song, film scores, the classics and the not so classic, that would be some formal electronica from computer creative Laurie Spiegel Track 1. Andrea Bocelli and Bryn Terfel performing At the back of the Holy Temple from George Bizet’s 1863 opera The Pearl Fishers Track 2. Miklós Rózsa - the theme form the 1959 film Ben-Hur performed by the John Wilson Orchestra Track 3. Toshi Ichiyanagi - The first movement from Cloud Atlas performed by Yukie Nagai Track 4. City Boy by Judd Greenstein performed by the Now Ensemble Track 5. Edgard Varese - Ionisation performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain Track 6. Listen by Scott Gendel performed by mezzo-soprano Dominique Cooper Track 7. Marion Bauer - Coyote Song performed by Helene Lindqvist Track 8. Arthur Rubinstein plays Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in E flat Track 9. Rebecca Clarke - A Dream sung by soprano Hélène Lindqvist Track 10. Laurie Spiegel - Drums
Published: 11/09/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 15 – 05-09-2023( 0:55:11)       
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We conclude our three-part celebration of women composers with NZ composer Janet Jennings who talks about her life and two works, A Daughter of Eve and Voices Of Women. Track 1: A Daughter of Eve Track 2: Voices of Women
Published: 5/09/2023 8:45:00 a.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 17 – 04-09-2023( 0:58:12)       
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Ep 17 Jeremy Mayall Part 2 1. Jeremy Mayall - Space Time Continuum 2. Flutter - Composed by Jeremy Mayall, lyrics by Shoshana Sachi, sung by Julia Booth 3. Jeremy Mayall - As Time Passes 4. Jeremy Mayall - The Long White Cloud 5. Pierre Boulez with the Ensemble Intercontemporain - Répons 6. Jeremy Mayall: OneFatMan - A Typical Day In Suburbia from his 2004 pop/hip/hop album A Typical Day In Suburbia
Published: 4/09/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 16 - 28-08-2023( 0:58:12)       
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Jeremy Mayall Interview Part One Track 1. Kia Eke Panuku from the album AWE by Horomona Horo and Jeremy Mayall Track 2. Jeremy Mayall - Fourteen Moments for Three performed by NZTrio Track 3. Jeremy Mayall - The Effect Of Bundled Sticks On Sound performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon) with Chris Lam Sam (electronics) Track 4. Floating Points with Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Movement 1 from the album Promises Track 5. Jeremy Mayall - Opening theme from the Shepherd soundtrack Track 6. Jeremy Mayall - We Are All Stardust.
Published: 28/08/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 14 - 21-08-2023( 1:2:22)       
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Our celebration of Women in Music continues 1. Soprano Dawn Upshaw performs Tania Leons Mothers Prayer 2. Everything You Need to Know about Florence Price 3. "Andante Cantabile" from Florence Price's "String Quartet in a minor 4. Angélica Negrón - El Colapso 5. Meredith Monk: Strand (Gathering) from Songs of Ascension 6. Meredith Monk – ‘I Believe in the Healing Power of Art’ An Audio Documentary 7. Margaret Monk - Road Songs from David Byrne’s 1986 film True Stories 8. Kaija Saariaho - Ballade 9. Alla Pavlova: Symphony No. 4 "Path to Shambala”
Published: 21/08/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 13 – 14-08-2023( 1:2:30)       
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As I have been putting this series together I find myself endlessly grateful to Wikipedia and YouTube for their vast archives, especially YouTube whose musical offerings are almost unsurpassed. As I have been exploring the music on offer I have watched numerous live orchestral concerts from the 1940s through to the 1980s and was surprised by the lack of women. Until the 1990s it seems that orchestras were a male dominated affair and as for women composers, good luck with that. Until the last couple of decades it seems female musicians were largely on the outer and I can’t help but imagine all that squandered potential, but in recent times things have changed considerably and with that in mind the next three episodes are all about women and the fulfilment of that potential. 1. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa performs Sergei Rachmaninov’s Vocalise 2. Ina Boyle - Phantasy 3. Margaret Bonds - Troubled Water. 4. Caroline Shaw & Sō Percussion - Other Song 5. Emahoy Tsegué Maryam Guèbrou - The Garden of Gethesemanie 6. Juhi Bunsal - In Perfect Light 7. Excerpt from Deborah Cheetam’s opera Pecan Summer 8. Excerpt from Deborah Cheetham’s opera Eumeralla: A War Requiem for Peace: IV. 9. Joan Tower - Sequoia 10. Jenny McLeod - A&P Show
Published: 14/08/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 12 - 07-08-2023( 1:3:26)       
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We start in Quebec with a rock band, pass through Japan and end in Estonia with an often overlooked genius. On the way there is the usual eclectic mix with a focus on Aaron Copland’s Fanfare For The Common Man. 1. Emerson Lake and Palmer - Fanfare for the Common Man 2. Aaron Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man 3. Joan Tower - Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman 4. Maurice Ravel - Boat on the Ocean 5. Toru Takemitsu - Rain Spell 6. Christina Ludwig performs Franz Schubert’s To Music 7. Hildur Guðnadóttir - Theme from. the motion picture Tar 8. Hildur Guðnadóttir - Fólk fær andlit 9. Claude Debussy - Children's Corner 10. Eduard Tubin - Symphony No. 1 in C Minor: I. Adagio - Allegro Feroce
Published: 7/08/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 11 – 31-07-2023( 0:59:33)       
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We are back to our eclectic journeying and today’s adventures include New Zealand and Wolastoq Tribal territory in Eastern Canada and take in Einstein, Beethoven, murder ballads, noir and art song. 1. Inia Te Wiata - The Maori Flute 2. Jeremy Dutcher - Pomok naka Poktoinskwes 3. Michael Houstoun performs Beethoven’s Piano sonata No15 in D Major, Opus 28 4. The Philip Glass Ensemble perform Train from Einstein on the Beach, an opera by Philip Glass 5. Bryce Dessner - Murder Ballades, Omie Wise, 6. Aaron Copland - Quiet City 7. Erik Franklin - Weavers
Published: 31/07/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 10 – 24-07-2023( 0:57:20)       
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Classical music is dynamic and constantly evolving, building on what has gone before while pressing forward in search of new territory and with that in mind this week we’ll be looking at some of the genres young stars. 1. Juhi Bansal - Waves of Change (music, surfing and identity) 2. Caroline Shaw - Partita for 8 Singers: No. 1. Allemande 3. Attacca Quartet with Caroline Shaw - And So 4. David Hertzberg’s Spectre of the Spheres performed by the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra 5. Leonard Mark Lewis - Warm Summer Sun 6. Lucie Horsch - Pašona Kolo 7. Gabriella Smith - Bard of a Wasteland 8. Bryce Dessner’s Raphael performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain
Published: 24/07/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 9 – 10-07-2023( 0:58:14)       
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We continue our exploration of that strange and exhilarating landscape where Classical meets Jazz. 1. The Swingle Singers performing Prelude no.11 from J S Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier 2. Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia: Section III performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra with The Swingle Singers 3. Herbie Hancock performs Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra In G 4. Dmitri Shostakovich -Suite for Jazz Orchestra, Waltz No. 2 5. Igor Stravinski - Piano Rag Music 6. Igor Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto performed by Woody Herman 7. George Antheil - Jazz Symphony 8. Leonard Bernstein - 3 Dance Episodes from his musical On the Town
Published: 10/07/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 8 – 03-07-2023( 0:56:18)       
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For today’s episode and the next we explore that strange and wondrous landscape where Classical meets Jazz. 1. The Swingle Singers perform Bach 2. John Lewis’s Three Little Feelings from Gunther Schuller’s album project Birth of the Third Stream 3. NZ pianist Michael Houston performs Mike Nock’s In the Time of Sukura 4. George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue 5. Copland Plays his own Piano Concerto from Jazz in the Concert Hall recorded in 1964.
Published: 3/07/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy Of Classical Music Ep 7 – 26-06-2023( 0:56:24)       
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Today we begin our travels in 4th century Byzantium take in Austria, France, Russia, Italy and on the way there much strangeness, wonder and beauty to explore. 1. Anna Netrebko Elīna Garanča perform "Mira O Norma Si, Fino All'ore Estreme’ from the Opera "Norma" by Vincenzo Bellini 2. Claude Debussy - Clair de Lune 3. A short audio documentary about Austrian composer Anton Webern then we listen to his Variations, Op 27 played by Glenn Gould 4. Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 5. Ioannis Arvanitis - Hymn to St. Basil
Published: 26/06/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 6 – 19-06-2023( 0:56:55)       
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Today’s journey includes 16th century England,19th century Italy with a diversion to the Planet of the Apes before Ethiopia and the Baltic sea. On offer is the avant-garde, the High Renaissance, some circular Ethiopian compositional styles and lots more besides. 1. Angela Gheorghiu performs Vissi d'arte from Tosca by Puccini 2. A short audio documentary about John Cage then it’s his composition Sonata V 3. Soprano Emma Kirby performs Part 1 scene 3 from Joseph Haydn’s The Creation 4. Thomas Tallis - Spem in Alium 5. Jerry Goldsmith - The Planet of the Apes. 6. Handel - Zadok the Priest 7. Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou - The Homeless Wanderer 8. The Baltic Sea Orchestra performs Sunlight by Max Richter
Published: 19/06/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy Of Classical Music Ep 5 – 12-06-2023( 0:54:36)       
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We start today’s adventures in Baroque England before visiting Ukraine, France, New Zealand and finishing up in Appalachia. Art songs, symphonies, piano music and arias. It’s all here. 1. Kathleen Battle performs "Ombra Mai Fu / Largo" by G.F. Handel 2. Stefania Turkevych - Time Passes 3. Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No.1 4. Douglas Lilburn - A Song of Islands 5. Aaron Copland - Appalachian Spring
Published: 12/06/2023 11:44:23 a.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 4 – 05-06-2023( 0:53:16)       
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In today’s episode we begin in Ukraine pass through Hollywood, Russia and medieval Germany and on the way touch on the art songs, film scores, scared music, concrete music and listen to the most English composer of his generation.
Published: 5/06/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 3 – 29-05-2023( 0:57:22)       
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In this episode travel from Renaissance Italy to contemporary New York and on the way touch on opera, the avant-garde, film score music, electronica and some joyous snippets from Russian/American composer Alla Pavlova’s work The Old New York Nostalgia Suite.
Published: 29/05/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 2 – 22-05-2023( 0:58:29)       
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In this episode travel from Renaissance Italy to contemporary New York and on the way touch on opera, the avant-garde, film score music, electronica and some joyous snippets from Russian/American composer Alla Pavlova’s work The Old New York Nostalgia Suite.
Published: 22/05/2023 10:00:00 p.m.
The Joy of Classical Music Ep 1 – 15-05-2023( 1:3:15)       
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Our eclectic journey into the world of classical music begins.
Published: 15/05/2023 9:00:00 a.m.

A series exploring classical music in all its glories and complexities. From the sweetest melodic to the cutting edge of the avant-garde... from the deep past to the freshest contemporary. All of it. The joy of classical music.

Host: Andrew Johnstone

Produced By: Free FM

Language: English

Category: Arts and Culture

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