I'll play recordings from all eras 1981 to last week. Including William Ferris Chorale, Jordi Savall, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Richard Proulx, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Chicago Gargoyle Brass, Evgeni Bozhanov, piano; Latvian choir "Ave Sol," William Byrd music, Milhaud Symphonie pour petit orchestre, Bruckner brass rave-ups, contra bassoon burpings and bubblings, St. Charles Singers, Dimitri Hvorostovsky, one of my Carnegie Hall recordings, etc. Kerry Frumkin hosts.
I'll be visiting with my friend, the announcer, Kerry Frumkin. We'll talk about a wide variety of subjects and of course there will be some choice stories.
It will be a mixture of playbacks from cd, analog tape and Nagra Seven hi-res material.
I'll choose music from the following:
Ferlinghetti: Poem, "The Lord’s Prayer"
Beethoven: Symphony #7, excerpt from 3rd mvt—Swedish Chamber Orch
Elgar: "From the Bavarian Highlands," The Dance—Wm Ferris Chorale
Holst: "The Planets," Jupiter—Elgin Symphony/Robert Hanson
Chopin: Excerpts from "Fantaisie Impromptu"—Cyprien Katsaris, piano
Bruckner: Symphony #7, excerpt from 4th mvt—Milwaukee Symphony/A Delfs
Anonymous: Sephardic Melody—Hesperion XXI/Jordi Savall
Saint-Saens: Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
Honegger: Excerpt from "Les Misérables" film music—Slovak Radio Symphony
That's 5am Saturday morning by the local clock. Maybe I can set the alarm a bit earlier and catch the last half hour .... No 'Audio On Demand" at WFMT? (You can listen to my jazz program anytime you like anywhere in the world for 7 days after broadcast.)
I note that the lead announcement comes at 256kbit/s sec .mp3, but the program stream is 128kbit/s aac, which is reasonably transparent, but perhaps not enough to do justice to the hi-res replay from the N7, given the stream sampling rate is 44K1.
But the history lesson (musical and technical) could be instructive. Definitely something worthy of the archive.
Streaming sound is decent and over the air sound is the best there is. It's a very wide gap. I know that the station will upgrade its streaming some time soon.
Playback from a Nagra Seven is for some fun and a good way to talk gear to a mostly non technical audience.
Last nite I found some old analog tapes from 1991. I played them on a Stellavox SM 8 in to SADiE to make a CD. The tapes contain fantastic singing by Emma Kirkby and David Thomas accompanied by Tony Rooley on the lute.
Here you can listen to "Medley of recorded highlights." This is the opening 16 minute music segment played on the radio. It offers a variety of music genres including orchestral, vocal, chamber orch, choral etc.
Then I found an analog tape from 1991 and it contained Emma Kirkby singing. Tony Rooley offers a great spoken word introduction to the sung program.
It concentrates on music of Robert Johnson, a composer who worked with Shakespeare to provide incidental music for his plays.
Later this month I will post the entire 2 hour broadcast segment heard June 6.
I have now posted the program on my soundcloud page.
There are two 1 hour segments with music, conversation, discussion, joking around and also serious commentary. I am joined for part of the time by my friend Chris Willis who for many years has recorded the Chicago Symphony.
I hope that you enjoy the music.
The host is Kerry Frumkin, a fantastic fellow with whom I often collaborate.
Just started listening to Hour 1. The medley is breathtakingly beautiful--both the repertoire and the recording. Thank you so much for sharing this. It is deeply moving and satisfying to listen to. How wonderful it must be to have worked with so many talented musicians and to have captured these thrilling moments. Thanks, again.
Hudson, thank you for making the programme available on soundcloud. I just spent a very enjoyable 2 hours listening to the show. Here in Canada, our beloved CBC has been decimated by our current government and a move to 'progressive' management; it is good to know that the recording and broadcast of good music is still on air at WFMT. Really enjoyed the commentary. Merci.
Much respect to Mr. Plush for this excellent broadcast and an amazing body of work represented therein. The quality of audio on display here is truly stunning, a joy to listen to even on Soundcloud... Wish we could get a d/l of the program (or at least the "medley") in high res . Great stuff, Plush, thanks so much for this and your contributions to the board and community!