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.
Chopin’s influence on Debussy as he developed his own, utterly individual style.
New England in vocal, instrumental and orchestral works by American composers from the 17th to 20th centuries.
Hebraic themes and styles in works by Ravel, Bloch, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bernstein, and more. Airing November 30th at 4 pm, on the Music Station.
An exploration of two of Vaughan Williams' best-loved works, and the folk songs that inspired them.
The city of Rome in music by Respighi, Mozart, Berlioz, Strauss and more
Ghosts, goblins and demons in music by Mussorgsky, Saint-Saens, Britten, Bernstein, and more.
Arguably the greatest pianist of her time, through her influence — direct and indirect — were written three of the great piano-and-orchestra works of the 19th century.
The moon in music by Dvorak, Offenbach, Orff, Debussy, Beethoven, and more.
How a single book inspired Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner -- indeed, an entire generation of composers.
Bach "re-imagined" by Mahler, Respighi, Elgar, and Schoenberg, among others
The many faces of autumn in music by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, MacDowell, Debussy and more
How and why composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold recycled a forgotten concert work to create the Oscar-winning score for The Adventures of Robin Hood.
The impact of the First World War as reflected in the music of Debussy, Ravel, Elgar, Holst, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, and more.
"Mountain music" by Berlioz, Strauss, Hovhaness and more.