Listen to as little or as much of a program as you like. I’ll put them in alphabetical order later. If you have comments or suggestions, please let me know.
Winners ASC 2013 This program featured mini-recitals by the four winners of the HPR Art Song Contest 2013. The winners were: Christine Steyer, Yulia Pretrachuk and Nicholas Provenzale.
Hahn 2013 You can sample the beautiful songs of Hahn and even hear him accompany himself as he sings one of them!
Rorem 2013 Part One: Celebrating the 90th b’day of Ned Rorem with his song cycle for four voices called “Evidence of things not Seen.” You’ll hear an interview with Mr. Rorem, especially recorded for this program.
Rorem 2013 Part Two: “Evidence of things not Seen” is so long that it takes two programs. More Rorem interview, as well.
25th Anniversary Part One: I chose my favorite recordings of my favorite songs to celebrate the silver anniversary of Great Songs and Singing and other Sins.
25th Anniversary Part Two: There were so many “favorite” songs that it took two programs!
Shostakovich 2013: By popular request, in celebration of the birthday of Shostakovich I replay the two amazing recordings of his Blok songs. One with Joan Rogers and the other with its dedicatee, Galina Vishnevskaya.
Dvorak 2013: I commemorate the birthday of Dvorak with two versions (one with mezzo soprano and the other with tenor) of his Biblical Songs.
Goethe 2013: On this yearly program celebrating Goethe’s birthday I chose to concentrate on the poems from Wilhelm Meister.
Foster 2013: When Stephen Foster songs a sung by the masters, they become elevated to the status of art song. So we noted Independence Day, which is also Foster’s birthday!
Bolcom 2013: This living American composer has dedicated a lot of his writing to art song and I sample some of his best.
Chabrier 2013: This was my chance to celebrate Chabrier’s b’day with classic recordings as well a modern comparisons.
Liszt 6 November 2011 (I celebrate his b’day with comparisons of his piano and orchestrated versions of his songs, along with his non-song music.)
Bartok 25 March 2012 (I celebrate his b’day in spite of the fact that he’s not known for writing art song, having only written 10. But his folk song settings are very sophisticated and with comparison orchestrated versions, can sound like art song.)
Mendelssohn 5 February 2012 (What a joy to celebrate the birthday of Felix with comparison recordings of his best-known songs! And there’s his chamber music as interludes.)
Werner Güra 11 March 2012 (This must be one of the most able Lieder singers in the world today. I feature a two CD recent release.)
Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson 19 February 2012 (On this program I concentrate on the intense performance that Hunt-Lieberson gives of a group of Brahms Op. 57 songs. It’s always fascinating to hear how other singers perform the same songs.)
Rachmaninoff 1 April 2012 (Celebrating his birthday is easy, because he wrote a lot of songs and even wrote piano transcriptions of two of them.)
Rimsky-Korsakov 18 March 2012 (Not well-known for his song output, R-K songs are enjoyable and a chance to hear them twice allows us to get to know them.)
Ives 27 November 2011 (Quirky and unpredictable, but beautiful, Ive’s music includes a lot of songs and instrumental music based on songs.)
Which Is The Native Singer? 4 March 2012 (You have the chance to listen and decide which of the two singers is performing in his/her native language.)
Delius 29 January 2012 (I sample songs that he wrote in French and English with comparisons that include his orchestrated songs.)
Lotte Lehmann’s B’day 26 February 2012 (Not only do we hear Lehmann, but we have a chance to hear how other singers perform the selections.)
Pop and Classical 13 April 2012 (you’ll hear Jan de Gaetani compared with Fred Astaire, Elly and Ella, etc.)
Virgil Thomson Recent Release 22 January 2012 (This program features a recently released Thomson CD of both song and instrumental music featuring baritone Thomas Meglioranza. You’ll be very happy you listened.)
University of Hawaii Composition Professors’ Art Songs 8 April 2012 (Active and retired composers of UH Manoa have written many amazing songs and this is a chance to hear some of them.)
Barbara Bonney 22 April 2012 (This program celebrated Barbara’s birthday and I had scheduled an interview, but mixed up the time. But she answered some questions by email and I include those interesting subjects on the program.)
English Poetry & Song (this is a program from my Great Songs period, important in that it has readings of the poetry [by the likes of Auden!] before one hears the song.)
Tchaikovsky 6 May 2012 (I play each of his songs twice, mostly sung by Russian speakers/singers. You’ll also hear some Tchaikovsky short piano music that fits the mood of the songs.)
X-Rated 12 February 2012 (You’ll hear sensual and sensuous love songs from many cultures. Some of the comparisons are orchestrated versions of the songs.)
Meyerbeer Songs 20 May 2012 (Best known for his grand operas, Meyerbeer did write songs and University of Hawaii professor Dr. Wright is my guest guiding us through these wonderful works.)
Grieg Songs 17 June 2012 (The great Scandinavians such as Björling, Flagstad, Gedda, Melchior etc. perform the beautiful songs of Grieg.)
Flicka 3 June 2012 (Frederica von Stade sings French songs with Martin Katz at the piano. When she visited Honolulu she consented to an interview, that you’ll hear on this program.)
What Is Art Song? 1 January 2012 (For those who think they don’t know what an “art song” is, I provide this program.)
Transcriptions 22 July 2012 (Songs for many other media than voice compared with their originals.)
Fauré 15 July: I used the songs (mélodie) of Gabriel Fauré as a perfect way to celebrate “Quatorze Juillet”.
Goethe B’day Aug 2012 (Songs inspired by Goethe’s poetry.)
Liszt/Petrarch 25 Nov (Liszt was inspired by Petrarch’s sonnets to write songs, then pianos pieces based on the songs, and finally a revision for low voice of the original songs.)
Copland’s Dickinson Songs (18 November 2012) Both his original piano version and his orchestration of some of the songs are presented.
Songs Of Travel We celebrate Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birthday with his songs (with comparison recordings, as usual) and some of his instrumentals for balance.
Gershwin B’day 2012: (30 September 2012) You’ll hear both classical and popular versions of Gershwin songs.
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel 2012: (11 November 2012) The songs of this composer, with comparison interpretations. Also, I offer you the chance to decide between two songs: which was by Felix and with by Fanny?
Chabrier B’day 2013: (13 January 2013) There are so many wonderful mélodie from the pen of this composer, it was difficult to make the selections. The usual comparisons are offered.
Introduction To Art Song 2013: (6 January 2013) The first program of the year is usually devote to introducing an unaware audience to the world of art song.
Glinka B’day 2013: (2 June 2013) Some of Glinka’s songs as well as some instrumental music.
Wagner B’day 2013: ( 22 May 2013) Enjoy two different performances of the Wesendonck Lieder.
Seniors Sing: a program from a Great Songs broadcast many years ago.
Composer Accompanists: another Great Songs program from the past.