Sunday, June 22, 2014


Dead White Guys

four-hour broadcast of 6-22-14

Sandor Veress

Songs of the Seasons:

Seven madrigals for mixed choir

after poems by Christopher Brennan

Iannis Xenakis

Serment: the Hippocratic Oath

set for mixed choir {1981}

Hans Werner Henze:

The Forest & The Spirits from

El Cimarron - Autobiography

of the Runaway Slave

Esteban Montejo {1969-70}

Karlheinz Stockhausen

excerpt from Stimmung

Benjamin Britten

Canticle II: Abraham & Isaac

Modeste Moussorgsky


from Songs & Dances of Death

Hugo Wolf

Um Mitternacht

Charles Ives recorded in 1943

The Alcotts

{third movement from Piano Sonata No.2}

Alfred Schnittke

Four Pieces, Improvisation & Fugue

Francois Joseph Gossec

Larghetto from String Quartet No. 3

Franz Schmidt

Scherzo from String Quartet in A Major, No.1

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Romance No. 2 for Cello & Orchestra, Op. 255

Serge Prokofiev

Montagues & Capulets scored for wind ensemble

Alexei S. Zhivotov

Fragments for Nonet Op. 2 {1928}

Dmitri Shostakovich

first movement from

Symphony No. 15 in A Major Op. 141 {1971}

Gavril N. Popov

Chamber Symphony in C Major Op.2 {1927}

Louis Spohr

Fantasia in C Minor Op.35

Philibert De Lavigne

Jasmine & Ranunculus

Gustav Mahler

second Movement from

Symphony No.3 in D Minor

Franz Schubert

Theme & Variation from the Trout Quintet

for piano, violin, viola, cello & double bass

in A Major, D 667

Kitty Brazelton
Fishy Wishy

"simply the fourth movement

of the Trout re-liedered"


Prelude & Fugue in C Major

from the Well-Tempered Clavier

Book 1 BWV 846

W.A. Mozart

Symphony No. 40 & Rondo alla turca

Ludwig van Beethoven


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Dead White Guys broadcast of 5/11/14
6-9 AM via WCBN 88.3 FM

This program began with more than forty of Beethoven's little-known Canons, Epigrams, Pleasantries, Riddles & Jokes. 

As most of these pieces were of less than two minutes' duration, I typed like a fiend in human form for more than half of the show! 

Cannot guarantee absolute numerical catalogue accuracy, especially as the type face in the CD booklet used 3s and 5s which looked perilously similar!

Must say, these are some of my favorite recordings of anything by anybody, and I'd like to have them running on an endless loop from time to time.

Ludwig Van Beethoven
Canons, Epigrams, Pleasantries, Riddles & Jokes
Berliner Solisten - Kammerchor der Berliner Singakademie
Dietrich Knothe 1977
Der unbekannte Beethoven Vol. II -Berlin Classics

Musical Joke for 5 solo voices and choir - WoO 100
Canon for 2 with free additional part - Hess 277
Musical joke - WoO 101
Canon for 5 - Hess 276
Canon for 4 - WoO 185
Joke or Riddle Canon - WoO 196
Canon for two instruments in G major - Hess 274
Canon for 5 - WoO 197
Canonlike movement WoO 174
Canon for 2 - WoO 180
Anglaise in D major for piano - Hess 61
Song of the Monks from Schiller's "William Tell" - WoO 104
Riddle Canon - WoO 190
Canon for 5 - WoO 178
Canon for 5 - text by Friedrich Schiller - WoO 165
Riddle Canon - WoO 173
Riddle Canon - WoO 188
Riddle Canon - WoO 175
Canon for 3 - WoO 181 No. 3
Canon for 6 - text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - WoO185
Canon for 2 male voices & 2 double basses - WoO 177
Canon for 3 - WoO 191
Riddle Canon - WoO 198
Canon for 4 - WoO 187
Canon for 4 - WoO 167
Canon for 3 - WoO 182
Canon for 4 - WoO 181 No.1
Introduction & Canon for 4 - WoO 179
Canon for 4 - WoO 171
Canon for 4 - WoO 181 No.2
Canon for 2 - WoO 195
Canon for 4 - WoO 165
Canon for 2 instruments in A flat major - Hess 275
Canon for 3 - WoO 159
Riddle Canon - WoO 169
Canon for 2 - Hess 229
Canon for 2 - text by Pietro Metastasio - WoO 186
Canon for 3 - WoO 161
Canon for 3 - WoO 164
Canon for 4 instruments - WoO 160 No.2
Canon for 4 - WoO 162
Canon for 3 - WoO 172
Riddle Canon: "Ars Longa, Vita Brevis"
- text by Lucius Annaeus Seneca - WoO 192
Canon for 3 instruments - WoO 160 No.1
Riddle Canon - text by Johann Gottfried Herder - WoO 168 No.1
Canon for 3 - WoO 168 No.2
Canon for 5 - "Falstafferel" - WoO 184
Allegro in a major for 2 violins - WoO 34
Abschiedsgesang - text by Ignaz von Seyfried - WoO102

Mitsuko Shirai & Hartmut Holl
W.A. Mozart: Die Alte {"to be sung a little through the nose"} 1787
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Lieder

City of Prague Philharmonic - Robin White - vocal by David Kernan
Half-Caste Woman/Pas de Deux
The Grand Tour: Ballet Music of Noel Coward
silva classics

Martin Jones
Three Early Pieces {third unfinished} c.1919 - world premiere recording
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Music Volume Two

Staatskapelle Berlin- Gunther Herbig
Music for a ballet of knights - WoO 1
Der unbekannte Beethoven Vol. II
Berlin Classics

Soloists and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Chvokhinev & Gavriouchka
Dmitri Shostakovich: The Gamblers - opera on a play by Gogol
Le Chant du Monde

Maria Callas with Sung Kil Kim {workshop recording, 1972}
Aria from Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto, Act II: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata
Maria Callas at Juilliard: The Masterclasses

Maria Callas 1964
Chanson Boheme - from Georges Bizet's Carmen, Act II
La Divina 2

Donald Swann
In the Desert
Flanders & Swann: At the Drop of Another Hat
Parlophone EMI

Flanders & Swann
Ill Wind
At the Drop of Another Hat
Parlophone EMI

Orchestra of the Old Fairfield Academy
Thomas Crawford, conductor
Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano
Allegro from Concerto for Piano in E Flat Major, K.107, No.3
Mozart: Three Piano Concerti, K.107
Musical Heritage Society

Gidon Kremer: Kremerata Baltica
5 Min. Aus dem Leben von W.A.M.
for violin, string orchestra & percussion - by Alexander Raskatov
After Mozart

Christoph Stadner & Charles Owen
Andante from Sonata for Cello & Piano in F major
by Carl Goldmark Op 39 {1892}
Turn of the Century 'Cello
Dorian Discovery

Tashi - featuring pianist Peter Serkin & cellist Fred Sherry 1975
Louange a l'Eternite de Jesus
{Praise to the Eternity of Jesus} composed 1941
Quartet for the End of Time
RCA Victor

Members of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble - Edo de Waart
Divertimento in B Flat for 3 basset horns KV App. 229/439b No.3
W.A. Mozart: Serenades & Divertimenti
Philips "Complete" Mozart Edition

Monday, March 31, 2014

Dead White Guys

WCBN 88.3 FM

broadcast of 3/30/14

Kim Heindel
Suite in C Minor, BWV 997
Aufs Lautenwerck:
Music by J.S. Bach
played on the Lute-Harpsichord

Swedish Radio Choir - Tonu Kaljuste
II "The desert receives me as a mother her child"
Alfred Schnittke: Psalms of Repentance for mixed choir

Accentus - Laurence Equilbey
with pianists Brigitte Engerer & Boris Berezovsky
II "All Flesh is as the Grass"
Johannes Brahms:
Ein deutsches Requiem - piano reduction

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Ton Koopman
"How lovely shines the morning star"
1st movement from BWV 1
J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Marian Feasts
Challenge Classics

Belgian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Jose Serebrier
Ophelia - Suite from Hamlet Op.137
Dmitri Shostakovich: Film Music
RCA Victor Red Seal

Gordon Minette, Carla Lother, piano four-hands
Das Morgenholz - "The Morning Wood"
The Alternative Schubertiade
Emergency Music/CRi

Michael Eberth
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach:
Sonata in G for pianoforte
Sturm und Drang
Munchner Rokoko Solisten

Michael Eberth
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach:
Fantasy in E Minor for harpsichord
Sturm und Drang
Munchner Rokoko Solisten

Les Violons du Roy
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach:
Sinfonia in F Major
Music of Bach's Sons
L'Arpeggiata - Christina Pluhar
Zefiro torna - "Zephyr returns"
Claudio Monteverdi:
Teatro d'Amore
Virgin Classics

Spectre de la Rose
Sonnerie de Sainte Genevieve
du Mont de Paris
{"The Bells of St. Genevieve", 1723}
Marin Marais - Sainte-Colombe:
The Greatest Masterworks

Frederica von Stade
London Philharmonic Orchestra - Andrew Davis
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Mitsuko Uchida
Fantasia in C Minor KV 475
Mozart: 3 Piano Sonatas
K 279, 457 & 576 - Fantasia K 475

Orchestra Barocca Zefiro - Alfredo Bernardini
Concerto in C Major for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets,
strings & continuo RV 559
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti per vari strumenti

Monday, February 24, 2014

as aired 2.23.14

Cantata BWV 15 
{by Johann Ludwig Bach 1677-1731} 
"You will not leave my soul in hell 
nor permit that your Holy One decay"
 I Febiarmonici - Alsfelder Vokalensemble - 
Wolfgang Helbich
Apocryphal Bach Cantatas II
radiobremen cpo

Johannes Brahms
No. 1 from Four Serious Songs Op. 121 {1896} 
"As it goes with human beings, 
so it goes with animals"
Nathalie Stutzmann - Inger Sodergren
Brahms Lieder
RCA Victor Red Seal

Johannes Brahms
Sonata No. 1 in E minor 
for Cello and Piano Op. 38 {1865} 
Yo Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax
Johannes Brahms: The Cello Sonatas
Musical Heritage Society

Anatol Liadov
The Enchanted Lake Op. 62 {1909}
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra - 
Stephen Gunzenhauser
Anatol Liadov - Orchestral Works
Marco Polo

Dmitri Shostakovich
1st movement from Symphony No. 11 
Op.103 {1957} "1905: The Palace Square" 
Philadelphia Orchestra - Mariss Jansons

Matthias Weckmann
Partita II {c. 1660}
Robert Wooley, harpsichord
Matthias Weckmann: Sacred Concerti
& Harpsichord Music
{Soloists-The Purcell Quartet}

Alexander Glazunov
Prelude and Two Mazurkas Op. 25 {1890}
Stephen Coombs
Alexander Glazunov:
The Complete Solo Piano Music Volume 4

Karl Goldmark
Wedding March, Bridal Song & Serenade
from the Rustic Wedding Symphony, Op. 26
{premiered in 1876}
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra - 
Michael Bartos
Karl Goldmark: Rustic Wedding Symphony/
Im Fruhling Overture

Over the Waves
by Juventino Rosas,
a Central Mexican Otomi Indian composer
Festival Orchestra of Mexico - Enrique Batiz
Great Waltzes

Johann Christoph Friederich Bach
Sonata in F Major
for two violins and basso continuo {F.VII/3}
London Baroque - Charles Medlam
Johann Christoph Friederich Bach: Triosonaten
Harmonia Mundi

W.A. Mozart
Serenata Notturna in D Major, K. 239 {January 1776} 
Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica
After Mozart


Saturday, January 11, 2014

“Dead White Guys”
Sunday morning classical radio
WCBN 88.3 FM
6-9 AM 1.12.14

Alexander von Zemlinsky
Trio in D Minor
for clarinet, cello & piano
Op 3 {1896}

W. A. Mozart
Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet,
horn and bassoon KV 452 {1784}

Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra
In D Major Op 61 {1806} transcribed
& arranged for the clarinet

Alexander Glazunov
Winter from the ballet
The Seasons {1899}

Olivier Messiaen
La Chouette Hulotte
(The Tawny Owl)
bird song adapted for the piano
circa 1958

Alexander Glazunov
Violin Concerto in A Minor
Op 82 {1904}

Sergei Prokofiev
Lieutenant Kije Suite
Op 60 {1934}

Saturday, December 7, 2013

sunday morning classical radio 

WCBN FM 12/08/13

Piano Concerto in C Sharp Minor Op 30
Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor
Mili Balakirev

String Quartet No. 4 Op 25
Alexander von Zemlinsky

Slavic Dance
Antonin Dvorak

The Excursion of Mr. Broucek to the Moon
{orchestral suite based upon the opera}
Leos Janacek

Sonatine in E Minor Op 54 No. 1
Sergei Prokofiev

Andante & Variations
for Four Hands in G Major, K 50
W A Mozart 

General Speech
{Mac Arthur’s retirement speech at West Point,
scored for solo trombone}
Robert Erickson

Polonaise in B Flat D 580
for violin & orchestra
Franz Schubert

Four Bagatelles or
Sonata for Piano Duet Op 70
Ernst Krenek

Ragtimes and Habaneras
Hans Werner Henze

Schatzwaltzer Op 418
Johann Strauss II
Arranged by Anton Webern

Saturday, November 2, 2013

“Dead White Guys”
hosted by arwulf arwulf 11/03/13
Sunday Morning “Classical” Radio
WCBN 88.3 FM

The Song of Songs
Jean Yves Daniel-Lesur {1952}
The Sixteen - Harry Christophers

Cesar Franck {1878}
Anthony Newman, organ

Mass for the Poor
Erik Satie {1892-95}
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, organ

Four Waltzes
Gaetano Donizetti
Elisabetta Dessi, pianoforte

Concertino for Clarinet {or oboe} & Piano
Gaetano Donizetti
Luigi Magistrelli, clarinet – Claudia Bracco, piano

Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra
W.A. Mozart {1791}
Michael Collins, basset clarinet
Russian National Orchestra – Mikhail Pletnev

Links of a Chain Op.65
sketches for orchestra
based upon early piano pieces
[selection- No’s 1, 3, 4 & 5]
Nikolai Miaskovsky {1944-45}

Airs by Stephen Foster:
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair {1854}
Hard Times Come Again No More {1854}
The Voice of Bygone Days {1850}
There’s a Good Time Coming {1846}
Beautiful Dreamer {1864}
sung by Thomas Hampson & Leslie Guinn

Come Into the Garden, Maud
poetry by Alfred Tennyson
set in 1857 by Michael Balfe
sung by John McCormack in March 1915

La Traviata:
Prelude to Act 1 & Brindisi
Giuseppe Verdi {1852-53}
Renata Scotto, Alfredo Kraus
& Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra – Riccardo Muti

Dance of the Dryads: “Hou Hou Hou”
composed by Antonin Dvorak in 1900-01
sung by Jana Jonasova, Daniela Sounova-Broukova,
Anna Barova & Water Sprite Richard Novak
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra – Vaclav Neumann

To a Wild Rose
from Woodland Sketches Op. 51
Edward MacDowell 1896
Herman Chittison piano solo 1945

Schubert's Serenade
Herman Chittison Trio 1944

The basset clarinet is slightly longer and so capable of attaining deeper notes than the standard issue clarinet. Not so deep as the bass clarinet, but very resonant and noticeably lower - a better choice for Mozart's concerto (his last in that form). The instrument we'll hear was reconstructed especially for Michael Collins, who is a virtuoso clarinetist. Next time I host this show I plan to air Collins' amazing realization of Beethoven's violin concerto - transcribed for clarinet! A successful experiment, which, he says, he initially found frightening. After all, with the violin there's no need to provide any breaks for the taking of breaths.

My next scheduled Sunday Morning Classical Music Broadcasts are 12/08/13 & 1/12/14