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QOTN : Early summer

A summer-themed programme …. …. even though Tim hates summer. How strange is that!! Playlist: 05 December 2021 – Janáček: Glagolitic Mass: I. Orchestral Introduction. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Simon Rattle. – Tchaikovsky: Slavonic March, op.31. Russian National Orchestra/ Mikhail Pletnev. – Geminiani: The Art of Playing the Guitar: Sonata in C major: IV. Allegro; IV. Andante; V. Allegro moderato. Hungarian Chamber Orchestra. – Burgon: Brideshead Revisited: Always Summer. – Prokofiev: Summer Night, op.123: III. Minuet. Russian National Orchestra/ Mikhail Pletnev. – Donizetti: Sonata for Flute and Harp in G Minor: I. Larghetto. Robert Aitken, flute. Erica Goodman, hrp. – Schumann: Symphony no.4 in D minor, op.120: II. Romance. Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Rafael Kubelik. – Traditional: Sumer is Icumen In (Summer Is Come). The Dufay Collective. – Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie for violin and harp. Gérad Poullet, vln. Isabelle Moretti, hrp. Graphic: Magnetic Island, FNQ. #EmbraceJOY Support this podcast. Donate to JOY -and/or- Become a member The post QOTN : Early summer appeared first on Queen of the Night.

54mins

12 Dec 2021

Rank #1

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QOTN : World Instruments

It’s the world of less common musical instruments in this show. Plus the celebration of William Blake‘s birthday with two different settings of his poem The Lamb. Playlist: 28 November 2021 – Horner: Braveheart: The Legend Spreads; Gift of a Thistle; End Titles. London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. – Tavener: The Lamb. Choir of New College, Cambridge/ Edward Higginbottom. – Vaughan-Williams: 10 Blake Songs: V. The Lamb. Ian Partridge, ten. – Borodin: Prince Igor: Act II: Polovtsian Dances: no. 2. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus/ Sir Thomas Beecham. – Pärt: Pari Intervello. Vienna Glass Harmonica Duo. – Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus, op.61, Concerto for Birds and Orchestra I. The Marsh. Royal Scottish National Orchestra/ Hannu Lintu. – Purcell: Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary II: March. Baroque Brass of London/ David Hill. – Shankar: Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra: Third Movement. Ravi Shankar, sitar. London Symphony Orchestra/ André Previn. – Shankar: Prabhati. Ravi Shankar, sitar. Yehudi Menuhin, vln. – Shore: Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers: The Riders of Rohan. – Grieg: Peer Gynt, op.23: Springar. Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/ Neeme Jarvi. Graphic: Hardanger fiddle and Glass harmonica #EmbraceJOY Support this podcast. Donate to JOY -and/or- Become a member The post QOTN : World Instruments appeared first on Queen of the Night.

53mins

30 Nov 2021

Rank #2

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QOTN : Mood music

What mood are you in? Sunny, dramatic, peaceful, energetic, ….? Whatever you’re feeling, there is music to suit in this episode of Queen of the Night. Playlist: 21 November 2021 – Mendelssohn: Concerto for 2 Piano’s in E major: III. Allegro. Roland Pöntinen and Love Derwinger, pno. Amsterdam Sinfonietta. – Wagner: Die Walkure: Ride of the Valkyries. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Vernon Handley. – Baños: In the Heart of the Sea: The White Whale Chant. – Zachow: Trio in F major: II. Vivace. – Debussy: Isle Joyeuse. Branford Marsalis, soprano sax. English Chamber Orchestra. – Horovitz: Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra: II. Lento. David Childs, euphonium. National Orchestra of Wales/ Bramwell Tovey. – Ketèlby: In a Persian Market. Ambrosian Opera Chorus & London Promenade Orchestra/ Alexander Faris. – Strauss, Jnr: Persian March, op.289. Berlin Philharmonic/ Herbert von Karajan. – Grieg: Violin Sonata no.3 in C minor. II. Allegretto espressivo. Pierre Amoyal, vln. Graphic:  The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie – Richard Wagner; illustrated by Arthur Rackham. #EmbraceJOY Support this podcast. Donate to JOY -and/or- Become a member The post QOTN : Mood music appeared first on Queen of the Night.

54mins

26 Nov 2021

Rank #3

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QOTN : Birthdays to celebrate. But ….

… surely the stand-out piece in tonight’s programme is The Seal Lullaby. Simply gorgeous! Or maybe you have a different favourite? Playlist: 07 November 2021 – Strauss Jnr: On the Beautiful Blue Danube. Berlin Philharmonic/ Herbert von Karajan. – Ramírez: Misa Criolla: I. Kyrie. José Carreras, ten. Sociedad Coral de Bilbao/ José Luis Ocejo. – Josquin des Prez: Missa Hercules Dux Ferraraie: Kyrie. Jeffrey Hamilston Steele, gtr. – Handel: Acis and Galatea: Act I: Happy We! The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers. – Ligeti: Musica ricercata: VII. Liisa Pohjola, pno. – Delibes: Lakmé: Act II. Bell Song. Dame Joan Sutherland, sop. Monte-Carlo National Opera Orchestra/ Richard Bonynge. – Whitacre: The Seal Lullaby. Voces8. – Alwyn: Crepuscule. Ieuan Jones, hrp. – Delibes: Lakmé: Act I: C’est le dieu de la jeunesse (love duet). Dame Joan Sutherland, sop. Alain Vanzo, ten. Monte-Carlo National Opera Orchestra/ Richard Bonynge. – Scarlatti: Sonata in D Minor, K.9. Ivo Pogorelich, pno. #EmbraceJOY Support this podcast. Donate to JOY -and/or- Become a member The post QOTN : Birthdays to celebrate. But …. appeared first on Queen of the Night.

55mins

9 Nov 2021

Rank #4

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QOTN : Polio Day and Bird Week

This programme was broadcast on World Polio Day and at the end of Australia’s National Bird Week. And also at the end of a week where the Victorian Pride Centre, home to JOY 94.9, played host to a Covid pop-up vaccination centre. Thus, nods to all that, especially polio survivors, during this show. Playlist: 24 October 2021 – Rameau: Castor et Pollux: Tambourins I & II. Orchestra of the 18th Century/ Frans Brüggen. – Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in D major, RV90 “Il Gardellino” (The Goldfinch): II. Largo. Frans Brüggen, flute. Orchestra of the 18th Century. – Shostakovich: 3 Duets for violin and piano: II. Gavotte; III. Waltzes. Itzhak Perlman, vln. – J.S Bach: Cello Suite no.4 in E-flat Major, BWV1010: IV. Sarabande. Joshua Ranz, bass clar. – Puccini: Tosca: Act I: Quale occhio al mondo. Renata Tebaldi, sop. Franco Corelli, ten. – Benjamin Britten: At the Mid-hour of Night. Lois Marshall, sop. – John Weldon: The Wakeful Nightingale. Lois Marshall, sop. – De Machaut: Dreams in the Pleasure Garden: Dame da Valour (Lady of worth). Don Greig, ten. Orlando Consort. – Poulenc: Cello Sonata: II. Cavatine. Pierre Fournier, vlc. – Schubert: Ave Maria. Renata Tebaldi, sop. – Saint-Saëns: The Swan. Pierre Fournier, vlc. Graphic: Birds of the East in Flight by EGGPICNIC #EmbraceJOY Support this podcast. Donate to JOY -and/or- Become a member The post QOTN : Polio Day and Bird Week appeared first on Queen of the Night.

52mins

2 Nov 2021

Rank #5

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QOTN : Artistic Alliteration

Get your fill of alliterative composers from Armand Arensky to Richard Rogers. It’s your host, Tim, having a bit of fun in choosing this programme’s magnificent music. Playlist: 17 October 2021 – Bela Bartok: 6 Romanian Folk Dances. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. – Richard Rodgers: Oklahoma!: Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’. Mormon Tabernacle Choir. – Jóhann Jóhannsson: Orphée: Flight From The City. – Armand Amar: Moving Music: Marriage. – Thomas Tallis: If Ye Love Me. Chapelle du Roi – Herbert Howells: Sing Lullaby. Lincoln Cathedral Choir. – César Cui: Orientale. Yehuda Hanani, vlc. Eliot Fisk, gtr. – Modest Mussorgsky: Reverie. Leif Ove Andsnes, pno. – Benjamin Britten: Early One Morning. Peter Pears, ten. Benjamin Britten, pno. – Edward Elgar: Salut d’Amour. Itzhak Perlman, vln. Samuel Sanders, pno. – Marin Marais: Muzettes I & II. Jordi Savall, viola da gamba. – Armand Arensky: Three Vocal Quartets, op.57: I. Serenade; II. To the Dying Stars. State Symphony Cappella of Russia, Russian State Symphony Orchestra/ Dmitri Miller. #EmbraceJOY Support this podcast. Donate to JOY -and/or- Become a member The post QOTN : Artistic Alliteration appeared first on Queen of the Night.

52mins

1 Nov 2021

Rank #6

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QOTN : Go Gershwin!

Celebrating George Gershwin on his birthday – an original in terms of crossover music – classical and jazz …. and even pop for those who remember Australian Normie Rowe‘s first hit single. Worth a listen to compare and contrast. And, of course, some ‘real’? classical music, ending the show with two very different versions of the Benedictus. Playlist: 26 September 2021 – Hisaishi: My Neighbor Totoro: Hey Let’s Go (opening theme), arranged for piano. – Sousa: Humoresque of George Gershwin’s Swanee. Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/ John Philip Sousa. – Dvorak: Humoresque no.7, op.101. Arthur Grumiaux, vln. – Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue: excerpt. London Symphony Orchestra/ André Previn. – Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: It Aint’ Necessarily So; I Got Plenty of Nothin’; Summertime. Paul Robeson, bass. Lawrence Tibbett, baritone. Decca Symphony Orchestra/ Alexander Smallens. – Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: Bess, You Is My Woman Now. Black Dyke Band. – Chopin: Berceuse (lullaby) in D-flat major, op.57. Alfred Cortot. – Gershwin: Lullaby for String Orchestra. Cleveland Orchestra/ Riccardo Chailly. – J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV232: Benedictus. Fritz Wunderlich, ten. Bach Festival Orchestra. – Jenkins: Benedictus. Voces8/ Christian Forshaw. #EmbraceJOY Support this podcast. Donate to JOY -and/or- Become a member The post QOTN : Go Gershwin! appeared first on Queen of the Night.

56mins

29 Sep 2021

Rank #7

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QOTN : Aaaarrrrrghh!!

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! Who knew so much piratical music has been written and played? Thank heavens Tim spares us! He shares only three pirate jokes Playlist: 19 September 2021 – Klaus Badelt: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. – Hans Zimmer: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest: Jack Sparrow. – Handel (arr. Arthur Somervell): Tolomeo, HWV 25: Act III: Silent Worship. David Hobson, ten. Sinfonia Australis/ Antony Walker. – Adam: Le Corsaire: Act I. Corsair’s Bacchanal; Act II. Gulnare’s Dance. English Chamber Orchestra/ Richard Bonynge. – Bear McCreary: Black Sails: Wondrous Love. – Boismortier: Flute Sonata in G minor, op.91, no.2: II. Gracieusement. Les Buffardins. – Elmer Bernstein: The Buccaneer: Lovers United. – Bronislaw Kaper: Mutiny on the Bounty: Love Song. – Bellini: Il Pirata: Act I: Nel furor delle tempesta; Act II: Col sorriso d’innocenza. Lucia Aliberti, sop. Stuart Neil, ten. Berlin Deutsches Staatoper Orchestra/ Marcello Viotti. – Sullivan: Pirates of Penzance. “Oh, Better Far to Live and Die”, “When a felon’s not engaged in his employment”. Pro Arte Orchestra & Chorus/ Sir Malcolm Sargent. Graphic: Yul Brynner – The Buccaneer, 1958. #EmbraceJOY Support this podcast. Donate to JOY -and/or- Become a member The post QOTN : Aaaarrrrrghh!! appeared first on Queen of the Night.

54mins

20 Sep 2021

Rank #8

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QOTN : Celebrating TV, film and … Mahler

What a bonanza of a show! In this edition of QOTN, Tim brings together music that celebrates old Europeans, a modern Australian, and the era of film, on screens large and small. Playlist: 12 September 2021 – Evans/Livingstone: Bonanza theme. City of Prague Philharmonic. – Mahler: Symphony no.8 in E-flat major “Symphony of a Thousand”: Part I: Hymnus “Veni Creator Spiritus”: Imple superna gratia. Cheryl Studer, Angela Maria Blasi, sop; Waltraud Meier, Kazuko Nagai alto; Keith Lewis tenor; Thomas Allen baritone; Hans Sotin bass; Southend Boys Choir, Philharmonia & Chorus/ Giuseppe Sinopoli. – Ross Edwards: String Octet “Veni Creator Spiritus”: II. Rhythmic. Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/ Richard Mills. – Pärt: Veni Creator. Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen/ Paul Hillier. – Chopin: Piano Sonata no.2 in B-flat minor, op.35: IV. Finale – Presto. Cecile Ousset, pno. – Mahler: Symphony no.8 in E-flat major “Symphony of a Thousand”: Part II. Final Scene from Goethe’s Faust. Excerpts. Concertgebouw Orchestra/ Bernard Haitink. – Gounod: Faust: Act II. Devil’s aria – Song of the Golden Calf; Waltz. José Van Dam, bass-baritone. Toulouse Capitole Orchestra/ Michel Plasson. – Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, op. 62: VI. Spring Song. Daniel Barenboim, pno. – Beethoven: Violin Sonata no.5 in F major, op.24: II. Adagio. Augustin Dumay, vln. Maria João Pires, pno. – Gold: Exodus theme. Edith Piaf. – Wagner: Lohengrin: Act III: Prelude. Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Marek Janowski. #EmbraceJOY Support this podcast. Donate to JOY -and/or- Become a member The post QOTN : Celebrating TV, film and … Mahler appeared first on Queen of the Night.

54mins

15 Sep 2021

Rank #9

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QOTN : Eclectic Uplift

Hopeful, inspiring, uplifting – that’s this podcast … an eclectic mix of classical, opera, film, pop, ambient music. We’d love to hear from you! To make requests and give feedback during the week, please email tim.perry@joy.org.au And remember … In these difficult times, keep your eye on the donut, not the hole!  Playlist: 05 September 2021 – Elgar: Land of Hope and Glory. Very Lynn, vocals. Geoff Love & His Orchestra. – Caldara: Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo: Sinfonia. Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. – Tchaikovsky: Album for the Young, op.39: Waltz. I Musici de Montréal/ Yuli Turovsky. – Freddie Mercury: We Are The Champions. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. – Satie: Gymnopédie no.3. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/ Louis Fremaux. – Verdi: La Traviata: Act II: Di Provenza il mar, il suol. Mario Sereni, bar. – Barry: Born Free. Mormon Tabernacle Choir. – Vaughan-Williams: Songs of Travel: II. Let Beauty Awake. Sir Thomas Allen. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Simon Rattle. – Copland: Simple Gifts. Jubilant Sykes, bar. London Symphony Orchestra/ Andrew Litton. – Fauré (arr. William Orbit): Paradisum. – Haydn: Cello Concerto no.1 in C major: III. Finale. Truls Mørk, vlc. Norwegian Chamber Orchestra/ Ioana Brown. – Nyman: Wonderland: Eddie. – Chopin: Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante: Andante. Alexis Weissenberg. #EmbraceJOY Support this podcast. Donate to JOY -and/or- Become a member The post QOTN : Eclectic Uplift appeared first on Queen of the Night.

53mins

9 Sep 2021

Rank #10