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The WFMT Radio Network

PROGRAM:                                MUSIC MOUNTAIN


Genre:                                     Classical

Length:                                    1 hour 56 minutes      

Frequency:                               17 weeks

DELIVERY TYPE:                        PRX, FTP & CD

Optional Breaks:                       One


Producer/Host:   Nicholas Gordon
Underwriter:     Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller, Falls Village, CT

Please Note:  You have 2 plays of this series within this 2012 calendar year. 

There will be no 1-hour version of this series in 2012.

Music Mountain is delighted to present the 2011 Music Mountain Season, one of the most exciting and innovative in their 82 years.  Music Mountain is the oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in the United States, celebrating its 82nd year from Gordon Hall in Connecticut, its 37th year of national broadcasts, and now in its 14th season of syndication on the WFMT Radio Network.  This year, we are back to our usual 16-week, 2-hour format.

Beginning with the 2010 season, Music Mountain has made several changes:  you can now access these programs via PRX, FTP and CDs.  For CDs, please contact Carol Martinez at 773-279-2112 or email  Here is your FTP information:

The FTP site is
The user name is broadcaster (lower case)
The password is MMsq2009 (as written here)

(Please do not release this information to listeners:  it is strictly for use by radio stations)

Each year, Music Mountain presents the great quartet and quintet masterpieces by leading performers before a public audience by performers from many different nations around the world. 

This season of Music Mountain's chamber music presents established String Quartets with dedicated musicians committed to the teaching and performance of chamber music.  They come from all over the world and represent a broad range of traditions and styles.  Some of these performers keep coming back to play for many years, and others will be making their Music Mountain debuts.  This year we will be presenting music by the Cassatt String Quartet, Daedalus String Quartet, Amernet String Quartet, Colorado String Quartet, St. Petersburg String Quartet, Shanghai String Quartet, Penderecki String Quartet, Voxare String Quartet, Ariana String Quartet and the Harlem String Quartet.

Gordon Hall, which is considered one of the truly great concert halls in the United States, was built by Sears Roebuck in 1930.  "It's a magnificent hall, made entirely of wood, and designed specifically for string quartets," Nick Gordon explains.  "The colonial style structure was conceived as a violin.  It vibrates.  When you touch your finger to the bow and the string vibrates, the hall vibrates in turn.  It's a hall that has to be experienced to be appreciated."

Gordon Hall is lush and rich with splendid acoustics, providing resonant sound to every seat, and on the lawn where listeners can savor the music and nature at the same time.  Founded by Jacques Gordon in 1930, it is America's leading showcase for string quartets and the string quartet literature.  The permanent home of the Gordon String Quartet, one of the leading string quartets of its generation, Music Mountain's mission, then and now, is education and performance of chamber music: more specifically, the string quartet.  To accomplish this mission, Music Mountain brings together the finest quartets and assisting artists and the most comprehensive repertory in a series of concerts each year, from June to September.

The New York Times has written: "For string quartets, Music Mountain is the place to be."
The Hartford Current has described Music Mountain as "...the string quartet capital of the universe."

Edward R. Hamilton, America's largest discount bookseller by mail, is the national underwriter for this free series.  The Music Mountain web site has been linked to which will permit your listeners to buy CDs of any of the works that are played in these chamber music concert broadcasts.
These sixteen 2-hour programs of Music Mountain may be aired twice in the 2012 calendar year.  For more information about this free series, please contact Tony Macaluso at (773) 279-2114, email: or Carol Martinez at (773) 279-2112, email:



(2-Hour Version)

Broadcast Schedule — Winter/Spring 2012


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-01 
RELEASE:  January 1, 2012


PERFORMERS: Harlem String Quartet; Misha Dichter, piano


Mozart:  String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K 421
Borodin:  String Quartet No. 2 in D Major
Schumann:  Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44
Strayhorn:  Take the "A" Train
Historic Encore:
Bloch:  Excerpt from Piano Quintet No. 1 (St. Petersburg String Quartet;
Volodmyr Vynntskty, piano)



PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-02
RELEASE:  January 8, 2012


PERFORMERS: St. Petersburg String Quartet; Victoria Schwartzman, piano; Mikhal

Bugaev, viola; Adrian Daurov, cello

Brahms:  Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Shostakovich:  Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83
Brahms:  String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36
Historic Encore:
  Brahms:  Excerpt from Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51 (St. Petersburg String Quartet)


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-03
RELEASE:  January 15, 2012

PERFORMERS: St. Petersburg String Quartet; Victoria Schwartzman, piano


Brahms:  Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1
Mozart:   String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, Dissonant
Fauré:    Piano Quintet in C Minor, Op. 115
Historic Encore:
Mendelssohn:  Excerpt from String Quartet in A Major, Op.13 (St. Petersburg String


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-04
RELEASE:  January 22, 2012


PERFORMERS: Cassatt String Quartet; Ursula Oppens, piano

Barber:   String Quartet, Op. 11
Beethoven:   String Quartet in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131
Brahms:   Quintet for Piano & Strings in F Minor, Op. 34
Historic Encore:
Brahms:  Excerpt from Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 (St. Petersburg String Quartet)


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-05
RELEASE:  January 29, 2012


PERFORMERS: Daedalus String Quartet


Lerdahl:   Third String Quartet
Wernick:   String Quartet No. 8
Dillon:   String Quartet No. 4, The Infinite Sphere
Historic Encores:
  Debussy:   String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 (Bergonzi String Quartet)
  Shostakovich:  Excerpt from String Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117 (Tang String Quartet of Singapore)


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-06
RELEASE:  February 5, 2012

PERFORMERS: Daedalus String Quartet; Benjamin Hochman, piano; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Karl Kramer, French horn; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; Kurt Muroki, bass; Ariana Zuckerman, soprano


Schubert:  Shepherd on the Rock, Op. 29
Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 114, D. 667, Trout
Octet in F Major for Winds and Strings, Op. 166, D. 803


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-07
RELEASE:  February 12, 2012

PERFORMERS: Arianna String Quartet; Jonathan Yates, piano


Mozart:   String Quartet in A Major, K. 464
Beethoven:   String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
Fauré:    Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 15 
Historic Encore:
Smetana:   Excerpt from String Quartet in E Minor, From My Life (Kuno Asiana String Quartet)



PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-08
RELEASE:  February 19, 2012


PERFORMERS: Penderecki String Quartet


Beethoven:  String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
                  String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132
Historic Encores: 
  Borodin:   String Quartet No. 2 in D Major (St. Petersberg String Quartet)
  Boccherini:   Excerpt from String Quartet in A Major, Op. 33, No. 6 (Quarteto Latino Americana)


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-09
RELEASE:  February 26, 2012

PERFORMERS: Penderecki String Quartet; Pamela Mia Paul, piano
Beethoven:   String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
Beethoven:   String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95
Shostakovich:   Piano Quintet, Op. 57
Historic Encore:
  Beethoven:  Excerpt from String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132 (Gordon String Quartet)


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-10
RELEASE:  March 4, 2012

PERFORMERS: Amernet String Quartet; Yehuda Hanani, cello


Schubert:  String Quartet in G Major, Op. 161, D. 887
Cello Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956
Historic Encore:
  Ravel:   Excerpt from String Quartet in F (Gordon String Quartet)


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-11
RELEASE:  March 11, 2012

PERFORMERS: Colorado String Quartet; Melvin Chen, piano
Haydn:   String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2
Mendelssohn:   String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80
Dvo?ák:   Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81
Historic Encore:
Brahms:   Excerpt from String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2 (Casals String Quartet)


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-12
RELEASE:  March 18, 2012


PERFORMERS: Voxare String Quartet; Eugenia Zuckerman, flute


Beethoven:   String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Schubert:   Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 137, No. 3, D. 408, Transcribed for Flute and String Trio by Robert Stallman
Beethoven:   Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
 Vrebalov:   Pannonia Boundless
Historic Encore:
  Shostakovich: Excerpt from String Quartet No. 10, Op.118 (Ariana String Quartet)


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-13
RELEASE:  March 25, 2012

PERFORMERS: St. Petersburg String Quartet; Alexander Mekinulov, piano


Brahms:   Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99
Shostakovich:   String Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117
Schnittke:   Piano Quintet 
Historic Encore: 
Mendelssohn:  Excerpt from String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80 (Zapolski String Quartet)


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-14
RELEASE:  April 1, 2012

PERFORMERS: Shanghai String Quartet


Beethoven:  String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3
String Quartet in F Major, Op.18, No. 1
String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3
Historic Encore:
  Bloch:   Excerpt from Piano Quintet No. 1 (St. Petersberg String Quartet)


PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-15
RELEASE:  April 8, 2012

PERFORMERS: Shanghai String Quartet; Haochen Zhang, piano (Van Cliburn Gold Medalist)


Schubert:   String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, Death and the Maiden
Chopin:   Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22
Franck:   Piano Quintet in F Minor
Historic Encore:
 Prokofiev:   Excerpt from String Quartet No. 2 in F, Op. 92 (Gordon String Quartet)



PROGRAM #:  MMI 12-16
RELEASE:  April 15, 2012


PERFORMERS: Daedalus String Quartet; Soyeon Lee, piano (Naumberg Award Winner)


Beethoven:   String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1
Mozart:   Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478
Brahms:   Quartet for Piano and Strings in G Minor, Op. 25
Historic Encore:
  Shostakovich:  Excerpt from String Quartet No. 10, Op. 118 (Arianna String Quartet)