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Walter Parker | Linda Radtke | James Stewart | Helen Lyons | Kari Anderson | All Programs

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Marjan Kiepura - used with permission

We’re spending the next few episodes celebrating the life and music of J.S. Bach and Chopin. In this episode we’ll look at Chopin specifically and we’ll also have some help…

All Images Public Domain - Collage by James Stewart / Vermont Public Radio

We celebrate Chopin’s birthday on the first day of March and J.S. Bach’s on the last. So, on Timeline we’ll be spending this month exploring the life and music of these two influential composers.

All images U.S. Public Domain - Collage by James Stewart / Vermont Public Radio

The idea for this project was brought to VPR by Paul Orgel, a well-known Vermont pianist, and a regular guest on our Live Performance Series starting back on Walter Parker’s show in the 1980s, when the studio was in Windsor. Performing the complete Chopin Nocturnes and Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book II are both projects of Paul’s, and we were delighted to have him play and record some of them on our wonderful, still new, Steinway D that he and pianist Simone Dinnerstein helped choose for the station at the Steinway factory in New York.

Paul Orgel, pianist

Mar 1, 2019
Paul Orgel - used with permission

Pianist Paul Orgel joined forces with Vermont Public Radio to create a project called "Alchemy of Genius," pairing selected Nocturnes by Frederic Chopin with Preludes and Fugues by J.S. Bach from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II. All of the recordings plus some insights into these two composers and their works are available here.

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Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Sibelius: Finlandia
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Bernstein: West Side Story Symphonic Dances

Listen Friday March 1 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday February 27 at 8 p.m.
 

Brian E Kushner / ISTOCK

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart loved birds. His letters to family and friends mention several pet canaries he had during the course of his life, but the most famous bird Mozart ever owned was his beloved starling.

Our Sunday afternoon Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts will be on hiatus indefinitely.  The producers and the musicians' union have been unable to agree on broadcast rights.  We hope this will only be temporary.

Christian Steiner

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Erik Nielsen: Fanfare in B-flat
Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D, K. 297 Paris
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Spring

Listen Wednesday February 20 at 8 p.m.
 

Timeline: Qualia

Feb 18, 2019
James Stewart

Listening to music is an emotional experience, unique to each individual. I think we’ve all had a moment when a song, a piece, a singer, a band, an orchestra has touched our hearts, moved us in some way. We also realize that it’s not the same for everyone; different music speaks to different people. We can try to describe the way music makes us feel but I wonder if it’s even possible to really know how music effects someone else.

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Houston Symphony
Andres Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance Op. 46, No. 6  (Sergiu Comissiona, conductor)

Listen Friday February 15 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Wagner: Prelude to Act 1 of Die Meistersinger
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique

Listen Wednesday February 13 at 8 p.m.

Timeline: Pareidolia

Feb 11, 2019
U.S. Public Domain

In the past couple of episodes we’ve looked at quite a few audio experiments or illusions, exploring the limitations and wonderful abilities of our ears and mind. I’ve been joined by some friends from VPR, Brendan Kinney, Leslie Blount and Joe Tymecki. They volunteered to take part in these experiments and share their experiences with us.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi ('Flower of the Field')
(VSO Chorus; Michael Tree, viola; Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88  (Raymond Leppard, conductor)

Listen Wednesday February 6 at 8 p.m.

 

tomazl / ISTOCK

Our ears and minds are amazing. Not only can they hear and experience the world around us, they are also filling in the gaps in our perception. We don’t even realize all the ways that our hearing is constructing the world around us, helping to keep us safe and understand our surroundings.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven: Egmont Overture  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Weber: Oberon Overture  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Elgar: Enigma Variations  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday January 30 at 8 p.m.

Harald Hoffmann

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Takemitsu: Nostalgia
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54

Listen Sunday January 27 at 1 p.m.

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Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano
Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2
Say: Paraphrase on Mozart's Alla Turca
Stravinsky: Russian Dance from Petrouchka
Janacek: Sinfonietta
Mozart: Divertimento in D, K. 136  (Pinchas Zukerman, conductor)
Debussy: La Mer  (Erich Leinsdorf, conductor)

Listen Friday January 25 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Holst: Jig from St. Paul's Suite
Dittersdorf: Sinfonia Concertante  (Russell Wilson viola; Luke Baker, double bass)
Beth Wiemann: Before the Snow  (world premier of VSO commission)
Haydn: Symphony No. 85 in B-flat La Reine (The Queen)

Listen Wednesday January 23 at 8 p.m.
 

U.S. Public Domain

We are wired to respond to sound in a thousandth of a second. With that kind of visceral, automatic response we sometimes get it wrong. I’ve been looking at the research of perceptual and cognitive psychologist Diana Deutsch. She has spent her career exploring and assembling audio illusions and curiosities. We’ll look at a few of them together and ask “can you trust your ears?”

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