Host Stephen Peithman explores ideas, themes and people shared by various classical works, Saturday afternoons at 4.
"On Connections we focus on works that display a strong influence of another work or composer, that draw directly from other works or share a common theme or inspiration," explains host Stephen Peithman. "There are great stories to be told -- and a lot of great music, too."
Stephen has been contributing shows to Capital Public Radio since 1983, first with Musical Stages, and now, Connections. He is the author of The Annotated Tales of Edgar Allan Poe and seven theatre-related books. A singer since his early years, he has performed with chamber ensembles, as a soloist, and as a performer in opera and musical theatre, as well as non-musical plays.
Jazz influences in music by Gershwin, Ravel, Milhaud, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Copland, and Bernstein, among others
Flowers in music by Monteverdi, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Puccini, Prokofiev, and more.
The hymns that inspired Vaughan Williams 'Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis,' and Aaron Copland's best-known work, 'Appalachian Spring.'
A pivotal year with works by Brahms, Wagner, Mahler, Grieg, Dvorak & Tchaikovsky
Six landmark recordings that changed the way we think about music
Some of the most familiar and recorded pieces of classical music — each of them marked by their composer with the word “Adagio.”
The story behind overtures by Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Offenbach, Strauss, Wagner, and Bernstein.
Classical music celebrating the Emerald Isle -- from Purcell to Beethoven to Victor Herbert.
The deep friendship between Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the great music it inspired.
Carnival-inspired music from the Renaissance to the modern era, including works by Berlioz, Schumann, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, and Stravinsky
How Sergei Diaghilev emerged triumphant from the First World War to inspire and commission a decade of important music from de Falla, Satie, Respighi, Milhaud, Poulenc, Prokofiev — and two from Stravinsky.
A salute to the legendary ballet impresario, Sergei Diaghilev, and the great music he made possible--including works by Ravel & Stravinsky
Dvorak's unrequited love for a young woman would haunt him his entire life -- helping to shape many of his compositions, including the great Cello Concerto