Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
"On Connections we focus on links between works or composers, and music that shares a common theme or inspiration," explains host Stephen Peithman. "It all adds up to great stories and great music."
Stephen has been contributing shows since 1984, first with Musical Stages, and now, Connections--all in collaboration with Recording Engineer Mark Jones. More...
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February 4, 2023
February 11, 2023
February 18, 2023
Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances--and the original Renaissance lute pieces that inspired him
The astonishing impact of Nicolo Paganini's 24th Caprice for Solo Violin
An exploration of two of Vaughan Williams' best-loved works, and the folk songs that inspired them
How a single book inspired an entire generation of composers.
A celebration of winter in music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Debussy, Holst, Piazzolla, and more.
The Christmas story in works by Bach, Handel, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Menotti, and more.
The stories behind “We Three Kings,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” “Away in a Manger,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” and more.
Orchestral and vocal music for the holidays by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Holiday pieces by Bach, Telemann, Beethoven, Berlioz, Rimsky-Korsakov, Hovhaness, and more.
The stories behind overtures by Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Offenbach, Strauss, and Bernstein.