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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...
For more information on a program, click on the program's title below. A list of featured recordings is added once the program has aired.
December 9, 2023
December 16, 2023
December 23, 2023
Works about toys by Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Herbert, Elgar, Villa-Lobos, and many more
Choral, instrumental and symphonic music referencing the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” and the lesser known Dresden “Amen.”
New England, in vocal, instrumental and orchestral works from the 17th to 20th centuries.
Othello, in music by Rossini, Liszt, Dvorak, Verdi, and more.
The stories behind bthe French and Russian Imperial Anthems, how they’ve been used in concert and film music, and why they ended up battling it out in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Masquerade music by Strauss, Schumann, Berlioz, Verdi, Gounod, Prokofiev, and more.
The “fantasy,” or “fantasia,” from its origins in the Renaissance to Mozart, from Beethoven in the 19th century to Rodrigo and Vaughan Williams in the 20th.
Music by Brazilian composers—plus two notable visitors from Europe—during the years when the country was establishing its cultural identity.
The West in music by Puccini, Grofe, Harris, Copland, and more.