Nov 282014

Radio Bach is kicking off the holiday season with a day of music for children of all ages. Today we’re playing wonderful classical music that has been inspired by fairy tales, like Ravel’s Mother Goose Ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty” and so much more. At 2 p.m. it’s Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera HANSEL AND GRETEL, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, starring Jennifer Larmore and sung in English. And there will be lots of other delights throughout the day. We hope you can join us.

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Nov 272014

Thanksgiving card

Today we’re playing lots of great mellow music that would be the perfect accompaniment to any family get-together. We’ll also be playing Shaker hymns and other American sacred music performed by artists like Bryn Terfel and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.. We hope you can join us.

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Nov 122014

This wonderful Slovak singer placed seventh on BBC Music Magazine’s list of the Top 20 Sopranos of All Time in 2007. If you want to melt into a puddle of butter on this cold, frosty day, just listen to her sing Solveig’s Song from Grieg’s Peer Gynt.

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Nov 122014

Almost everyone has heard of and loves Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances, but have you ever SEEN them? They’re taken from Borodin’s opera PRINCE IGOR. Here is a performance of the Polovetsian Dances taken from the Kirov Theatre’s production of Prince Igor that accurately recreated the original production from the sets to the costumes to the choreography.

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Nov 102014

Marks is most famous for writing RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER and other songs from the eponymous, beloved Christmas TV show. He also wrote “Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree” and “Run, Rudolph, Run” for Chuck Berry.

(There are only 44 shopping days left ’til Christmas. And remember that this holiday season, RadioBach will be playing the best Christmas music ever. Please spread the word!!)

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Nov 102014

Stalling was born in Lexington, Missouri and in his early 20s he was conducting an orchestra and improvising on the organ at the Isis Theatre in Kansas City, MO. It was in KC that he met Walt Disney. He composed the music for Disney’s early cartoons “Plane Crazy” and “Gallopin’ Gaucho.” He also voiced Mickey Mouse’s first words, which were heard in “The Karnival Kid” (1929). But Stalling is best known for his work on Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons. He introduced generations of kids to classical music through his extensive quotes from everyone from Rossini to Grieg. Here’s the 1934 Ub Iwerks cartoon, “Jack Frost,” for which Stalling wrote the score. It’s appropriate, considering the weather that’s headed for Kansas City this week.

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Nov 032014

As Verdi once remarked about Bellini’s style, ‘there are extremely long melodies as no-one else had ever made before’ One of Bellini’s most famous operas is NORMA, the tragic tale of an ancient Druid priestess. Maria Callas was one of the most famous Normas of the 20th century, but I really like Joan Sutherland. Here she is acting all Druidy, cutting mistletoe and hanging out with languid Druid maidens in a sacred grove, while singing the aria “Casta Diva.”

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