Host Stephen Peithman explores ideas, themes and people shared by various classical works, Saturday afternoons at 4.
"I've always been intrigued by the connections between different compositions and/or composers," explains host Stephen Peithman, "and on Connections we explore those connections in a way that's both informative and entertaining. 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. There are great stories to be told, both comic and dramatic, 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 also is an author, including 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.
The many faces of autumn in music by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, MacDowell, Debussy and more
Bach "re-imagined" by Mahler, Respighi, Elgar, and Schoenberg, among others
How a single book inspired Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner -- indeed, an entire generation of composers.
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.
The surprising links between Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies
Music about rivers, from the Rhine to the Amazon, from the Mississippi to the Danube.
Classical music inspired by works of art
Long before Igor Stravinsky’s celebrated ballet of 1910, the Firebird legend had for years haunted Russian art and music.
Fish in works by Schubert, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Mahler, and others.
Railways & trains, including a polka by Johann Strauss Jr., a choral celebration by Hector Berlioz, a trip through the Brazilian forests by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and much more
Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances--and the original Renaissance lute pieces that inspired him.
Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff in music by Salieri, Verdi, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and more.