Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
"On Connections we focus on links between works or composers, and music that shares a common theme or inspiration," explains host Stephen Peithman. "It all adds up to great stories and great music."
Stephen has been contributing shows since 1984, first with Musical Stages, and now, Connections--all in collaboration with Recording Engineer Mark Jones. More...
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February 11, 2023
February 18, 2023
Music by Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Korngold, Walton and more, inspired by Shakespeare's comedies
The stories behind overtures by Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Offenbach, Strauss, and Bernstein.
How Sergei Diaghilev commissioned a decade of important ballet music from Falla, Satie, Respighi, Milhaud, Poulenc, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky
A salute to the legendary ballet impresario, Sergei Diaghilev, and the music written for him by Ravel, Falla, Respighi, Stravinsky and more.
Musical repetition of the highest order, from Handel to Haydn, from Beethoven to Fauré, from Johann Strauss II to Maurice Ravel.
The “Dies Irae” melody in works by Liszt, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, and many more.
The story behind Korngold's music for "The Adventures of Robin Hood" is movie material itself—a series of dramatic turnabouts, with an unforgettable cast of characters, from Hollywood bigwigs to Nazi storm troopers.
Music by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Verdi, Bizet, and Brahms, as well as Felix Mendelssohn— and his sister Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel..
In this hour, links between canvas and concert hall.
A fishing expedition for underwater life in works by Schubert, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Mahler, and more
The impact of Richard Strauss and his sweeping orchestral style on Hollywood’s great composers—from Erich Korngold to John Williams.