Options A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker: Playlist from January 23, 2012 Options

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Options January 23, 2012: A446: Janacek Sinfonietta: Obsession of the Week. Maultrommel: Curiousity of the Week. With music of Chopin, Saint-Saens, Gabrielli, Janacek, Albrechtsberger, Lang, Wuorinen, Stravinsky and others.

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Frédéric Chopin  Etude No. 2 in A minor, Op. 10 (1829)   Options Uchida plays Chopin  Decca  Mitsuko Uchida, piano. [Chopin 1810-1849]  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Camille Saint-Saëns  Carnival of the Animals, VII. Aquarium (1886)   Options Carnival of the Animals  X5 Music Group  St. Petersburg Radio Symphony Orchestra [Saint-Saëns 1835-1921]  0:03:26 (Pop‑up)
          0:08:39 (Pop‑up)
********** OBSESSION OF THE WEEK: Janácek's Sinfonietta **********
Giovanni Gabrielli  Sacre Sinfoniae No. 6 (1597)   Options Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Live  CSO-Resound  Arranged for brass by E. Crees, performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. [Gabrielli, ca. 1557-1612]  0:09:01 (Pop‑up)
Leoš Janácek  Sinfonietta, I. Fanfares, V. City Hall (1926)   Options Sinfonietta for Orchestra  Columbia  Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Georg Szell. [Janácek 1854-1928]  0:13:21 (Pop‑up)
          1:20:12 (Pop‑up)
CURIOSITY OF THE WEEK: Maultrommel, Guimbarde, Trump, Temir Komuz or whatever your country likes to call the Jaw Harp
Johann Georg Albrechtsberger  Konzerte fur Maultrommel, Mandora und Orchester in F major (ca. 1770)   Options Concertos for Jaw Harp, Mandora and Orchestra  Orfeo  Fritz Mayr, maultrommel; Dieter Kirsch, mandora; Munich Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Hans Stadlmair. Recorded 1981. [Albrechtsberger 1736 - 1809]  0:30:12 (Pop‑up)
Nurlan Nishanov  Erkin küü (Guimbarde / Temir Komuz)   Options Music of Kyrgystan  Maison des Cultures du Monde  Recorded 2005  0:33:18 (Pop‑up)
Lindsay Porteus (b. 1948)  Beeswing Hornpipe   Options Portrait of a Scottish Jew's Harp Player  Greentrax Recordings  Recorded 1988  0:34:46 (Pop‑up)
Victor Gamma  O Diálogo Dos Pernetas   Options Pangeia Instrumentos  Rephlex  Recorded 2003  0:35:59 (Pop‑up)
          0:42:36 (Pop‑up)
David Lang  Child II. Stick Figure (2001   Options Child  Cantaloupe Music  'for for clarinet, piano, percussion, cello & 2 non-percussionists'. Performed by Italian ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi. [David Lang b. 1957]  0:42:32 (Pop‑up)
Charles Wuorinen  Tashi I (1976)   Options Tashi / Percussion Quartet / Fortune  Naxos  Performed by 'The Group for Contemporary Music' 1994. [Wuorinen, b. 1938]  0:46:18 (Pop‑up)
Igor Stravinsky  Sonata, II. Adagietto (1924)   Options Works by Stravinsky, Wolpe, Lieberson  New World  Peter Serkin, piano. "The important presence in the Adagietto is the Beethoven of the slow movements of the sonatas Opus 10, Opus 22 and Opus 31, all of which Stravinsky had recently studied in an attempt to get over his antipathy to that composer's pathos." -Michael Steinberg [Stravinsky 1882-1971]  0:53:36 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  8:06pm 12539:

(all ears)
  8:07pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Driving home now. Will listen on the car radio.
Avatar 8:17pm bethany:

Question for those online: no matter what kind of music you listen to the most, are there any particular 'classical' composers whose music tends to grab your attention and not let go? Or mess with your emotions? Or drive you crazy. Discuss.
  8:18pm 12539:

Oo! This is the one that takes me redfaced back to Emerson Lake & Palmer.
Avatar 8:18pm J4ff:

I think Mahler has ripped my heart out and stomped on it a few times.
  8:22pm Old Man:

I enjoy Mahler's 4th.
  8:22pm Destroit:

I'm pretty far down on the classical music learning curve, but this is helping. Thanks!
Avatar 8:23pm bethany:

I forgot to mention that 'I don't ever listen to it' is an acceptable answer (!)
  8:23pm Marc:

Good music Bethany...
  8:24pm Marc:

Beethoven's 9th is awesome.
  8:25pm Bhurd:

I enjoy George Bennette's recordings of the Preludes of Messiaen, The Fantasy Pieces of Del Tredici, and Portrait by Helps
  8:26pm T-Zero:

@Bethany: Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Dvorák, Shostakovich, Brahms, Debussy, Catalani, Carol Orff, Corigliano... have been particular favorites that have stood with me. But I'm grossly lacking in exposure to other more "contemporary" works and much of the avant classical ("new age" not included).
  8:27pm Red Seal:

Isao Tomita!
  8:29pm T-Zero:

Leoš Janácek would also fall in the above group, but I only listed composers in my own collection indicating I have listened to them frequently over a period of time.
  8:31pm T-Zero:

I am, however, not so enthralled with Beethoven or Johann Bach. Oh, and I left out Berlioz in those I like more.
  8:32pm 12539:

I generally prefer pieces to composers, and chamber music of the last 120 years or so. I like the dreaminess of Lou Harrison and Gavin Bryars, but that's more like falling into than being grabbed.
  8:33pm jeanne:

Bethany!! so nice to hear your voice again, somehow I lost you in the ether...very happy to listen to whatever you are listening to these days. Mostly and generally I prefer to listen to classical works LIVE, but a well-curated selection via radio is also live in a way. xjeanne
  8:34pm ranjit:

I wonder how a mouth harp could possibly be loud enough to hear over a gang of strings in the days before amplification.

p.s. Bach! And Philip Glass, but only Einstein on the Beach.
  8:34pm jeanne:

also Shostakovich string quartetes once grabbed me and wouldn't let go. But I am known to be promiscuous indeed...
  8:35pm Steve Byram:

damn, you do the best shows!
  8:35pm david:

Thanks for your labor of love.
  8:36pm Fhurd:

Chant de Extase dans un paysage tris
  8:38pm Glow-Pop:

What would the world be without Girolamo Frescobaldi?
  8:38pm Glow-Pop:

That's it Fhurd!
  8:40pm mrmucho:

Really been enjoying this show the last few weeks. So much to learn.
  8:41pm Bhurd:

Yes, Fhurd.
  8:44pm T-Zero:

@Destroit: To be candid, I'd fall in that category with you as well. My classical exposure has been very limited.
Avatar 8:48pm bethany:

Next week's show will take into account the comments from today, thanks to all who chimed in!
  8:49pm Destroit:

So much learn in that genre, t-zero. Only so much time in the day.
  8:49pm 12539:

This show is great for people who like classical music but don't really know it (me included).
  8:49pm Destroit:

It's been a pleasure.
Avatar 8:50pm bethany:

Also, I encourage anyone wanting an 'Analog Text Message' (postcard delivered to your door) to email your address to me bethany @ wfmu . org, or send something via post and I'll write you back:
PO Box 2011
Jersey City, NY 07303
  8:50pm T-Zero:

Indeed! Destroit. That's what makes programs like this (and some other freeform stations I listen to for classical) so invaluable to me. The exposure is wonderful.
  8:53pm Destroit:

Indeed, TZ. I echo your thoughts.
  8:59pm kat330:

@Bethany 8:17: Guillaume de Machaut, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Bartok, Gershwin, Bernstein, to name but a few. Bethany, what a find! So glad there is a classical forum on FMU, thank you!
  7:32am Ken From Hyde Park:

I'm kind of partial to Aaron Copeland. Thanks for asking.
  2:06pm StalinAlive:

Finally some classical/contemporary music program which doesn't make me to fall asleep or worst. WONDERFUL!
Greetings from Berlin
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