Sunday, December 6, 2020
Polish avant-garde composer Henryk Gorecki set the classical music world ablaze in 1992 with his “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”, a work based on themes of maternal love and wartime loss. The CD sold a million-plus copies, unprecedented for a classical music recording. Join us this evening on Wavelengths as we celebrate the 87th anniversary of Gorecki’s birth.
Wavelengths brings you the best in contemporary classical music, Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern. With Ed Amend.
Photo: Henryk Górecki/Wikipedia.org
This evening on Preview! violinist Daniel Lozakovich plays music of Beethoven, as we prepare for our Beethovenfest celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday. Rob Kennedy speaks with Dr. Cory Evans, Director of the Utah State University Chamber Choir, about the Choir’s new Christmas CD, Noel. And Avi Avital plays music written for mandolin.
Preview! brings you the best in new classical recordings each Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern. With host David Jeffrey Smith.
Photo: Dr. Cory Evans/Utah State University
This morning Great Sacred Music includes music sung by the Choir of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Silos, and the University of California Berkeley Chamber Chorus. Also on the playlist is choral music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Josef Haydn, and John Rutter.
Great Sacred Music. Beautiful choral and organ music. Every Sunday morning. 8 a.m. eastern. Right after Sing For Joy. With Rob Kennedy.
On December 6 we observe the birthdays of Italian composer Orazio Vecchi (1550-1605), German composer Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703), Polish composer Henryk Górecki (1933-2010) and Austrian conductor and early music specialist Nikolaus Count de la Fontaine und d’Harnoncourt-Unverzagt (1929-2016). Noted as a composer of madrigals, Signor Vecchi held various positions as an organist and director of music. Herr Bach was a cousin of Johann Sebastian Bach who thought highly of him. Henryk Górecki was one of the most successful composers of the so-called modernist genre. Nikolaus Harnoncourt blazed new paths with his historically informed performances of early and classical music.