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Come here to get the titles of the music that was played, to ask questions, or make comments. Also, here you can find information about where and when you can hear each show. By the way, our theme music at the beginning and end of each show is the opening of the opera “Hansel and Gretel” by the German composer Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921), using his melody “Evening Prayer”.

First broadcasts: Monday, March 8 at 7:30 a.m. Central — Promo Interview about the Show (20 min.). The show airs Mondays and Fridays at 5 p.m. Central Time, also Saturdays at 8 or 9 a.m. Central Time. The show airs on the Crusade Channel.

Posted just below are shows that have already aired in previous weeks. Hear the new ones on the Crusade Channel at the days and times above.

Show No. 1: George Butterworth show.

Our first show was about English composer George Butterworth and included his compositions (in order) “The Banks of the Greenwillow”, then each of his “Two English Idylls”, then “A Shropshire Lad, Rhapsody for Orchestra”. Finally, we heard some of the piece by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams that he dedicated to George Butterworth, called “The Lark Ascending”. All the Butterworth selections were performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Grant Llewellyn. The solo violinist for “The Lark Ascending” was Hilary Hahn with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis.

Show No. 2: Frederic Chopin show.

Our second show, on Frédéric Chopin, opened with his Minute Waltz and closed with his Grande Valse Brilliante, Op. 18, both performed by pianist Valentina Lisita. She also performed the Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2. Polonaise in A-flat, Op. 53 was performed by pianist Evgeny Kissin. Prelude in D-flat Major, No. 15 (“Raindrop”), Op. 28 was performed by pianist Lang Lang. Fantasie Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66 was performed by pianist Anastasia Huppman. Prelude in E minor, No. 4, Op. 28 was performed by Eric Lu. The Berceuse (Lullaby) in D-flat Major, Op. 57 was performed by Helen Grimaud. “Cameo appearances” by singers Perry Como and Judy Garland

Show No. 3: Antonin Dvorak show.

Episode three, on Antonin Dvorak, included his Serenade for Strings, Op. 22, performed by the Vienna Symphony Radio Orchestra, Milan Horvat, conductor; the “Kyrie” and “Sanctus” from his Mass in D, Op. 86, performed by the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, Anoni Wit, conductor; his Sonata in G Major for Violin and Piano, Opus. 100:  II. Larghetto – Atsuko Sahara, violin, and John Lenehan, piano; his String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, nick-named the “American” String Quartet, performed by the Cleveland Quartet; and his Symphony No. 9: From the New World, performed by the All-Star Orchestra, Gerard Schwartz, conductor.

Show No. 4: Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky show.

Episode four, on Tchaikovsky, included music from his ballet Swan Lake, Op. 20, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, Mistislav Rostropovich conductor; the first movement, “Lord Have Mercy” from The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, performed by the National Academic Choir of the Ukraine, Yevhen Savchuk, conductor; the second movement from his Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by Martha Argerich, piano, with the Royal Philharmonic, Charles Dutoit conductor; and the first movement of his Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, “Pathetique”, performed by the Royal Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, conductor.

Show No. 5: Edvard Grieg show.

Episode five, on Grieg includes the second of his Four Norwegian Dances, Op. 35, played by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Ole Kristian Ruup, conductor; selections from Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, performed by Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Herbert von Karajan; “Sovieg’s Song” from Peer Gynt, sung by Sissel Kyrkjebø; the last two movements from Grieg’s Lyric Suite, Opus 54 played by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Ole Kristian Ruup, conductor; and Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16, movements 1 and 3 performed by Ronan O’Hora Piano, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd Conducting.

Show No. 6: Ludwig van Beethoven show.

Episode six, on Ludwig van Beethoven, includes the second and third movements of Piano Sonata No. 8 (“Pathetique”), performed by pianist Stephen Kovacevich; Symphony No. 6 in F Major, movement one, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, conductor; Symphony No. 7 in A Major, movement 2, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, Carlos Kleiber, conductor; Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor, op. 27, movement one: “Moonlight”, performed by pianist Daniel Barenboim; and Symphony No. 5 in C minor, movement four (and a snippet from the beginning of movement one at the beginning of the show), performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, conductor.

Now airing on the Crusade Channel (April 19-24, 2021)

Show No. 7: Sir Edward Elgar (archived recording coming here April 26, listen on air till then).

Episode seven, on Edward Elgar, includes his Enigma Variations (excerpts), performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor; The Dream of Gerontius (excerpts), performed by the New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Adrian Boult, conductor; The Wand of Youth, Suite 1 (excerpts), performed by the Ulster Orchestra, Bryden Thompson, conductor; Salut d’amour, performed by violinist Daniel Hope with studio orchestra; Pomp and Circumstance, March no. 1, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Barry Tuckwell, conductor.

Show No. 8: Johannes Brahms (airing the week of April 26 and then to be archived here May 2)

Episode 8, on Johannes Brahms, includes his “Wiegenlied”, Op. 49, No. 4, sung by Renée Fleming soprano, accompanied by Harmut Höll, piano; Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor – played by the Vienna Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado conductor; Intermezzo in A, op. 118 no. 2,  performed by Radu Lupu, pianist; A German Requiem, Movement 4, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic and Chorus, Simon Rattle, conductor; Symphony 3 in F major, Op. 90, Movement 3, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado, conductor; Double Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102, Movement 2, performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin, Maximilian Hornung, cello, and the Symphonie Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Symphony 1, Movement 4, performed by the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Herbert van Karajan conductor.

Show No. 9: Sergei Rachmaninoff (posted May 8, 2021, airing May 3-8)

Episode 9, on Rachmaninoff, includes his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra with Danill Trifonov, piano; Vocalise, Op. 34, no. 14, performed by cellist Mischa Maisky and pianist Pavel Gililov; Prelude in C# Minor, performed by pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy; excerpts from Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Op. 37, performed by the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir; and Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, performed by the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Anna Fedorova, piano.

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