Songs & Laments of the Sephardim

September 20, 2017, 10:00 pm

On this evening of Rosh Hashanah, Baroque&Before celebrates the Jewish High Holy Days with a program of sacred, paraliturgical, celebratory, and secular music of the Jews of the Mediterranean: Spain, Greece, Italy, and the Ottoman Empire. Recordings for this week’s program come from Candice Agree’s personal library.


Invocación: Qamti Be-Ishon Layla

Yehudá Haleví (1075-1141)
Siónida: Yefe Nof

Maimonides (1135-1204)
Igueret ha-Shemad
-Excerpt, Letter on Forced Conversion
(Kerry Frumkin, Speaker)

Las Estrellas De Los Cielos

Dunash Ben Labrat (920-990)
Hebraic Lament from Al-Andaluz: Dror Yiqrá

El Pan De La Aflicción

Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya/Jordi Savall
“Granada 1013-1502”
Don Abraham Alfaquin (fl. 2nd half of the 13th century)
Noche de aljad

Abraham Ibn Ezra (c.1092–1167)
Ki esmerá sabat

La fragua del estudio

Hayim Hacohen (1585-1655)
Dodí yarad leganó

Yehuda Cal’i (fl. 18th century)
La ketubá de la ley

Alia Mvsica
“The Alhambra: A Musica Tour”
Harmonia Mundi HMX 2908554.55
Salomone Rossi (ca. 1570 – 1630)
Baruch haba b’Shem ADONAI
Mizmor Le’Toda 

New York Baroque/Eric Milnes, Director
“Salamone Rossi: The Songs of Solomon, Vol. 2′
Jewish Sacred Music from the 17th century
Dorian CD 93220

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Sung Chang

Sung Chang

Korean born pianist Sung Chang performs works of J.S. Bach, Fritz Kreisler, Frank Churchill and Vincent Youmans live under the Tiffany dome at the Chicago Cultural Center for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.


Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (4’)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
arr. Myra Hess (1890 – 1965)

Twelve Variations on Ah vous dirai-je, Maman, K. 265 (10’)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Selections from Three Old Viennese Dances (10’)
Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1962)
arr. Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)

Reminiscences of Snow White (8’)
Frank Churchill (1901 – 1942)
transcr. Earl Wild (1915 – 2010)

Tea for Two (3’)
Vincent Youmans (1898 – 1946)
arr. Art Tatum (1909 – 1956)


Sung Chang, born in Seoul, Korea, began playing piano at the age of three, and gave his debut concert at age five. He became the youngest winner in the Nagoya International Piano Competition in Japan and also received the Chamber Music Special Prize and the Japan Expo Special Prize. He also received first prize in a number of prestigious competitions including, the 7th Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition and the Korea International Music Foundation Competition in the US, the Valsesia Musica International Competition, International Piano Competition “Citta Di Caraglio” in Italy, and the International Wettbewerb der Chopin-Gesellschaft Hannover first prize and audience prize in Germany. He is also the winner of the International Schubert Competition for Piano Duo, and has performed in many concerts as a chamber musician. Recently, he was awarded the silver medal, Best Performance of a Work by a Classical Composer and Best Performance of a Work by a Spanish, Latin American or Impressionistic Composer at the 12th San Antonio International Piano Competition.

Chang has expanded his activities by performing in Germany, Italy, Netherland, France, Japan, Taiwan, China, USA and Korea. These include a performance for the Isang Yun Memorial Concert, the North Korea National Orchestra Interaction Concert, the Kumho Rising Star Series Concert and Yamaha Rising Star Concert.

He also performed with many orchestras including the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Kyung-Ki Philharmonic Orchestra, HMTM Hannover Orchestra, Taejon Symphony Orchestra, Wonju Symphony Orchestra and KNUA Symphony Orchestra. Most notably, he has appeared at the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles playing the Liszt Concerto No.1 and his recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam which was broadcast live across the country.

Mr. Chang completed his undergraduate studies at the Korea National University of Arts in Korea before he continued his studies at the University of Music Drama and Media Hannover in Germany with Professor Vladimir Krainev and Ewa Kupiec. After successfully completing the Musical Performance and Postgraduate Program courses, he is currently pursuing studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music under Professor Jeffrey Kahane.

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Evgeny Kissin: Beethoven

Evgeny Kissin: Beethoven

After a break of 25 years, Evgeny Kissin has signed a new exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The partnership resumes with the release of Kissin’s first solo recital recording in over a decade. The double-disc set is a program of Beethoven works personally chose by Kissin from recitals given over the past ten years.

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Leann Osterkamp: Complete Piano Music of Bernstein

September 19, 2017, 9:00 am

Leann Osterkamp: Complete Piano Music of Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein’s works for piano are all collected here, including previously unpublished and unrecorded pieces. Featuring many miniatures written as tributes, gifts and memorials to friends and family, these works range across Bernstein’s composing career and reflect his unique musical style and character.

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Pierre Genisson: How I Met Mozart

September 18, 2017, 9:00 am

Pierre Genisson: How I Met Mozart

Clarinetist Pierre Génisson and Quartet 212, made up of musicians from the Metropolitan Opera, gather around the quintets of Mozart and Weber. These radiant scores, where the warm and voluptuous timbre of the clarinet contrasts the brightness of the strings, frame their passionate dialogue in a sophisticated blend.

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Semyon Bychkov: Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony

September 17, 2017, 9:00 am

Semyon Bychkov: Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony

Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic’s recording of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony is released as Volume 2 in The Tchaikovsky Project, their recording cycle on Decca Classics that will encompass the composer’s complete symphonies and piano concertos, as well as selected orchestral works.

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Mexican Soundscapes

September 16, 2017, 7:00 pm

desert landscape

Together with Brazil and Cuba, Mexico is one of the powerhouses of Latin American music. With roots in the native cultures as well as in the Colonial period, Mexican music shows an extraordinary vitality and a variety of colors and soundscapes. This hour we will share some of the biggest names in Classical music as well as some composers you …


Paisajes Mexicanos, by Carlos Chávez

The State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Bátiz (conductor)

Chichen Itzá (Symphonic Poem), by María Teresa Prieto

Orchestra of Córdoba, José Luis Temes (conductor)

Tierra de Temporal, by José Pablo Moncayo

National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Sergio Cárdenas (conductor)

Cuauhnáhuac, by Silvestre Revueltas

The State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Bátiz (conductor)

Baile, by Carlos Chávez

The State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Bátiz (conductor)

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Maria Callas ‐ Gone Now For Forty Years Today

Maria Callas

Gone but hardly forgotten after four decades, La Divina is heard in arias that recall her unique artistry. Besides La Vestale, Norma, and Tosca, we hear Callas accompanying herself in her final recording, “Ah, Perfido!” by Beethoven.


Spontini: La Vestale, “O Nume Tutelar”
Maria Callas with the Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
Recorded in Milan in 1955
EMI 7243 5 66457 2 1

Bellini: Norma, “Casta Diva”
Maria Callas with the Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
Recorded in Milan in 1961
EMI CDM 7 63182 2

Puccini: Tosca “Mario! Mario! Mario!”
Maria Callas and Carlo Bergonzi with the Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire Conducted by Georges Pretre
Recorded in Paris in 1965
EMI 7243 5 66666 2

Beethoven: “Ah, Perfido!”
Maria Callas, self‐accompanied
Recorded in Paris 1976

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Mariachi Herencia de México: A Mexican Independence Day Celebration

On Saturday’s broadcast, we celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a program featuring Mariachi Herencia de México, a mariachi ensemble made up of pre-college students from Chicago’s immigrant barrios. The majority of the musicians in the ensemble are classically trained. The group’s debut album, Nuestra Herencia, released in May and hit #2 on iTunes’ Latin chart. The album is believed to be …

Sir Peter Hall

September 15, 2017, 11:00 pm

Tonight the BEST OF STUDS TERKEL remembers Sir Peter Hall, whose career as a respected and ground-breaking director of theatre and opera spanned more than 50 years.  This program was recorded at WFMT in 2003 when directed Mozart’s the Marriage of Figaro for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Early in the hour, Studs shares an excerpt from their first interview …