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Old 01-06-2004, 07:21 AM   #1
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I thought I would do a little play list creation on my favourite stream, namely Symphony Hall, Stream 80. This is to serve a couple of purposes: For anyone not really sure about this stream, this might give you a little insight on what to expect to hear if you dial in this stream. For my own purposes, it might be interesting to see what plays on an average day as far as selection of works, works from what period, etc.

The latter bit is principally caused by the selection played yesterday at 3pm Eastern by Susan Prince, namely Gustav Mahler's Ninth Symphony. To hear this work at all on radio is very surprising - to hear it in the middle of the afternoon is shocking. Why, you ask? This work is 85 minutes in length, and an FM broadcaster just won't dare to assume that the audience will stay tuned in for that length of time. My greatest compliments to Susan Prince for playing this masterpiece for us.

Well, here is an attempt to compile a play list for today, Tuesday, 6 January, for Symphony Hall. Mind you, I may miss a work here or there, or may be called away from the headphones, but it's better than nothing. Here, then, the play list from about 6:30am Eastern, all played by Preston Trombly until noon, when Susan Prince takes over. For brevity's sake I will list simply composer and work and will neglect orchestra/soloist/conductor:

Franz Liszt - Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Franz Josef Haydn - Trumpet Concerto in E flat major
Richard Rodgers - Excerpts from "Victory At Sea"
Aram Khachaturian - 3 pieces from the ballet "Gayane"
Max Bruch - Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor
Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 1 in c minor
James Hewitt - The Battle of Trenton
Edward Elgar - Serenade for String Orchestra in e minor
Ludwig van Beethoven - Coriolan Overture
Jules Massenet - Suite from the opera "Esclarmonde"
Bernard Herrmann - Suite from the movie "Vertigo"
Sergei Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major
Johan Halvorsen - Entry March of the Boyars
Gustav Holst - Suite for Wind Instruments in F major
Max Bruch (it's his birthday, hence the repeat of composer) - Symphony No. 3 in E major
George Walker - Lyric for Strings
Joseph Joachim - Hamlet Overture

Now with Susan Prince after 12 noon Eastern:

Giuseppe Sammartini - Soprano Recorder Concerto in F major
Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 1 in c minor
(no record from about 12:45pm to 1:20pm)
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Wolfgang Mozart - Symphony No. 35 in D major
Max Bruch - Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra
Georg Philipp Telemann - Suite in B flat major "La Bourse"
Patrick Doyle - Overture from the 1993 film "Much Ado About Nothing"
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A major
Josef Strauss - Dithyrambe

And that's it for today!
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Old 01-07-2004, 10:25 AM   #2
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I was hoping to continue in the play list vein today, but ended up being too busy to post continually - but not too busy to notice that Preston Trombly is in a Russian mood this morning!

So far, we have heard Scriabin (it's his birthday, so no surprise there), Glazunov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Rubinstein, and Mussorgsky.

[at noon Eastern] And here comes Tchaikovsky - with Richter manning the piano for good measure!

[at 1:30pm Eastern] Rachmaninov is served up - this is great!

This stream never ceases to amaze me - thank you Sirius!
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Old 01-08-2004, 12:39 PM   #3
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For the next 2+ hours, I thought I'd do a little experiment: I will list first the work that is playing on Sirius Symphony Hall, and underneath will be the work playing on XM Classics. This is not to bash one or the other, but considering that it looks as though the 2 will be much more similar from the 19th on, this seems like an interesting exercise. Let's see what we find:

Starting at around 1:15 pm Eastern:

Paul Dukas - Symphonie in C
Johan Svendsen - Symphony No. 2 in B flat major

Jose Pablo Moncayo - Huapango
Tomaso Albinoni - Allegro from a Concerto???, then Maurice Andre with an Adagio??

Sergei Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 3 in a minor (cut short due to what sounded like a technical difficulty)
Richard Strauss - Ein Heldenleben

Julius Weismann - Concertino for Horn
Richard Strauss - Ein Heldenleben

Maurice Ravel - La valse
Richard Strauss - Ein Heldenleben

Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 1 in D major
Ludwig van Beethoven - Serenade for Flute and Piano No. 1

Modest Mussorgsky - Excerpts from Kovanshchina
Peter Tchaikovsky - Souvenir de Florence

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto for Guitar (trans. from Lute) in D major
Peter Tchaikovsky - Souvenir de Florence
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Old 01-09-2004, 10:25 PM   #4
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Thanks so much for this compilation. I'm looking forward to activating my Sirius PNP2 when it arrives on Wednesday. Your post just made my day, this is great variety!
Good to see the Liszt! Any Bela Bartok ever played? I'm partial to Hungarians, since it's my heritage ;-)
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Old 01-12-2004, 10:27 AM   #5
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paradoxicalcat -

As I have read here, you already realize that changes are afoot, so what you see is not what you might get next Monday.

Having said that, I have been VERY pleased with Symphony Hall. Bela Bartok's Divertimento for Strings Orchestra was on this morning, and in the past they have played both Rhapsodies for Violin and Orchestra, as well as one or more of his Piano Concerti (plus the Concerto for Orchestra, of course).

I have also heard various items by Zoltan Kodaly, such as the Dances of Galanta, the Dances of Marosszek, and the Peacock Variations - great stuff!

With some luck, we'll keep hearing these works on the "new" Symphony Hall - we'll have to see.
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Old 01-15-2004, 09:04 AM   #6
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Default Now playing (15 January morning)

Now playing on Symphony Hall is something you simply will not hear on FM - the entire Ma Vlast by Bedrich Smetana - all 73 minutes of it. It consists of 6 tone poems, which are usually heard only one-at-a-time - Preston Trombly is playing the entire work - this at 10am Eastern time.

Enjoy!

I need to mention that this is now the third or fourth time that I have heard a work by Joly Braga Santos, one of the foremost Portuguese composers of the 20th century. Before you think I am about to complain about repetition - not a chance, play more, more, more!

This is fabulous stuff - right now Concerto for Strings in D major is on, and why I have never heard of this wonderful composer before I signed up with Sirius is a mystery to me.

Again, thank you to the Symphony Hall folks for enlightening me!
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Old 01-16-2004, 09:31 AM   #7
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A side note on the recordings that are being played on Symphony Hall: While there is some emphasis on playing some of the budget releases (quite a bit of Ormandy or Reiner on Sony, and some RCA recordings), quite frequently they will play some of the premier recordings out there - which is really very special.

Two examples: As I write, Alexander Scriabin's "Le poeme l'extase" is playing, and while there aren't that many recordings of it out there, Preston Trombly chose the DG cut with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony - a wonderful interpretation of this difficult work.

And if you are thinking that maybe that is the previous example is the only CD of this work in their library, and I am giving credit where no credit is due, there are tons of recordings of Robert Schumann's Rhenish Symphony - and the Symphony Hall SJs have chosen to play Christian Thielemann's DG recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Yet another illustration that the folks at Sirius Classical know what they are doing - and I won't blame them for the Vista-being-replaced-by-Pops fiasco...........
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:31 AM   #8
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Here is the playlist for the 'new' Symphony Hall so far on Tuesday, 20th January. Comments and impressions will follow:

Starting around 7:30am Eastern:

Jean Sibelius - String Quartet in d minor, Op. 56 (33 min)
Arnold Bax - Summer Music (10 min)
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14/1 (16 min)
Walter Piston - Symphony No. 2 (25 min)
Max Bruch - Symphony No. 3 in E major (32 min)
Johann S. Bach - English Suite No. 3 in g minor (24 min)
Wolfgang Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major (27 min)
Franz Schubert - Impromptu No. 2 in E flat major (5 min)
John Adams - Short Ride in a Fast Machine (4 min)
Bela Bartok - Hungarian Sketches (13 min)
Edvard Grieg - Lyric Pieces Book 5 Op. 54 (solo piano version) (23 min)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio Espagnol Op. 34 (16 min)
Gabriel Faure - Pavane, Op. 50 (8 min)
Ernest Chausson - Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20 (34 min)
Alexander Glazunov - Serenade No. 1 in A major (4 min)
Sergei Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (25 min)

Performance Today - Sibelius and Haydn

Picking back up at 1:30pm:

Gioacchino Rossini - Overture to 'La Gazza Ladra'
Gabriel Faure - Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major
Walter Piston - Symphony No. 4
Robert Schumann - Fantasiestuecke for Clarinet and Piano
Johann Nepomuk Hummel - Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major
Eric Satie - Gymnopedie No. 2
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 6 in e minor
Ludwig van Beethoven - Overture to 'Fidelio'
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Old 01-21-2004, 04:51 AM   #9
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Is it my imagination or is this true?

At night and in the morning Symphony Hall sounds very much like Vista did.

Are they changing their playlists depending on time of day?

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Old 01-21-2004, 06:48 AM   #10
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Based on just one day, I think the play list is a work in progress. I will do more of these lists, starting next week, since I am away from my desk all day for the next 3 days.

A quick note as to the programming this morning: I drove in to the Horn Trio in E flat major by Johannes Brahms, and have now enjoyed an hour of orchestral masterpieces (Vaughan Williams' English Folksong Suite and a Wind Suite by Holst, plus Grieg).

Here are few impressions from yesterday: As you can see, Preston Trombly mixed chamber and orchestral pretty evenly, until about 10:30am, when the orchestra took center stage. As a huge fan of the former Symphony Hall, this is fine by me - you may think otherwise.

In the afternoon with Lauren Frey, it was a decent mix again, if the chamber fan can overlook the Ralph Vaughan Williams symphony - one of the bleakest works in the repertoire - great to hear this work on an afternoon classical program.

Another note of interest: The updated web page for Symphony Hall now lists 5 hours of straight chamber works on Sunday morning from 9 to 1, followed by the usual Baroque Brunch that was found on Vista before. That is good news, as especially the Baroque Brunch program filled a niche in the programming.

We'll see how this evolves.....
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Old 01-21-2004, 02:15 PM   #11
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GBJB:

Thanks for your hard work and informative posts. I too have been impressed with the programming on 80 since Monday (1/19). I am very upset with the loss of Vista, but the stream jockeys on 80 are trying to compensate.

Although I am not a fan of Pops music (Classical Music for Dummies), I tuned in this morning and heard a movement from a Mendelsohn Symphony (#4); it happened to be perfect at that time. Maybe we can convince the Pops jockeys to add some Chamber music too.

How can we convince Sirius to return Vista? Any ideas at all? Any idea why it was dropped? I know we desperately need at least 500 rock streams, but what really happened?
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Old 01-22-2004, 06:18 AM   #12
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rick -

I am sorry to say that I have no better information that you do on why Vista was axed - one can only guess.

The present programming is eclectic, at least compared to what we had, where we knew what to expect. For example, just now, on the morning of Thursday, 22 January, we heard 'Marche slave' by Tchaikovsky, which is a loud and rousing orchestral piece, followed by the Chaconne in D by JS Bach, as played by the Eroica Trio. Quite a contrast......

It's an ever-changing picture, but the programming breadth still is very good, and better than what you hear on the average FM station. Still worth my subscription price.....
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gbjb: Your depth of knowledge, enthusiasm and well reasoned posts add much to this forum. Thanks for being here. And keep up the good fight for us all!
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What Interpreter said - keep up the good work and fight
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Interpreter and Professor -

Thank you for your kind words - and allow me to echo the sentiment back to you. This board has been a pleasure to be part of - let us continue to be optimistic and constructively critical.
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