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The Spanish Hour 2403: Music for a Pilgrimage

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

From as far back as the ninth century, perhaps earlier, pilgrims have followed El Camino de Santiago to the shrine of St. James in Compostela. On this edition of The Spanish Hour, we hear selections from the Codex Calixtinus, a 12th-century guidebook of sorts, containing advice and music for the pilgrimage. We’ll hear selections, as performed by Ensemble Organum.

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Since the ninth century, the routes to Santiago de Compostela leading to the sanctuary of St. James have attracted countless pilgrim and exercised a potent mystique. What has achieved less attention is the music originally sung during the services in honor of the saint. Marcel Pérès's in-depth study of the Codex Calixtinus, preserved at the Cathedral of Santiago, has led to a reconstruction of the musical gems contained in the rare twelfth-century manuscript. This recording attest to the multiple stylistic influences encountered on the pilgrimage in the early 12th century.

 

The Spanish Hour 2404: The Genius of Isaac Albéniz

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Keyboard masterpieces by the Spanish compsoer and piano virtuoso Isaac Albéniz, performed by Miguel Baselga and Judith Jáuregui

64b1b57ac17d9dc59de070b3_albenizprof_small Pianists Miguel Baselga and Judith Jáuregui interpret two masterworks by Albéniz: Seis danzas españolas/Six Spanish Dances and Suite española.

The Spanish Hour 2402: Invitation to the Dance

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

A program recorded live in concert of Spanish and Latin American music of some of the most recognizable and beloved popular dances of Spain. Habaneras, fandangos, and more, by Ravel (yes, some French music too,) Falla, Sierra, and Águila.

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Work by Falla, Sierra, and Águila on the next program presented in collaboration with the Manhattan School of Music.

The Spanish Hour 2405: Dances, Impressions & Rhapsodies

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

From Joaquín Rodrigo to Ernesto Lecuona to Alberto Ginastera to Gabriela Lena Frank, old and new favorites from Spain and Latin America.

Tumblr_inline_pbw3l7tkzo1uns891_1280_small From a Valencian medieval legend to the seat of the ancient Incan empire to pre-Colombian Peru and Bolivia to Cuba and the Argentine tango, works by Ginastera, Rodrigo, Lecuona and Frank, featuring flutist Eugenia Zukerman, pianist Thomas Tirino, and conductors Enrique Bátiz and Keith Lockhart, exploring contemporary visions of times gone by.

The Spanish Hour 2406: Spanish Love Songs for Valentine's Day

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Love songs, nothing but love songs! Spanish love songs for El Día de los Enamorados – Valentine’s Day from Sephardic romances from the Middle Ages to love songs by Granados and Falla.

Carmen_2_small Over 500 years of Love Iberian style! Sephardic romances of the Jews of mediaeval Spain, Spanish love songs by Catalan Enrique Granados, and a gitanería of ghostly love by Manuel de Falla.

The Spanish Hour 2407: Classics from Argentina, Chile, and Venezuela

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

20th-century South American classcis from Argentina’s Carlos Guastavino to Chile’s Juan Antonio Sánchez to Venezuela’s Evencio Castellanos.

Tangoband_small One was born of Italian immigrants, another was born in Berlin, and yet another was born into one of South America's most distinguished musical families. Yet Carlos Guastavino, Juan Antonio Sánchez, and Evencio Castellanos all contributed to and enriched not only the musical life of Argentina, Chile, and Venezuela, but of Western classical music.

The Spanish Hour 2408: Transcribed and Transformed

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

A program of well-known Spanish keyboard and orchestral treasures transcribed for guitar and heard anew.

Fedadf_16de0dda71e54bcda75f45f63e7b58a4_jpg_srz_p_776_801_75_22_0_50_1_20_0_00_jpg_srz_small Guitarist Jorge Caballero and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet in transcriptions of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Iberian-inspired  orchestral work Capriccio Espagnole, Isaac Albéniz piano suite Chants d'Espagne, and more.

The Spanish Hour 2409: Mexico‘s Choral Music Tradition

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

From 17th -century masters Juan García de Zéspedes and Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla to modern-day composers Guillermo Alvarez Navarro and Sergio Cárdenas, enjoy a 400-year span of choral music from Mexico, presented by Vocal Essence, Andrew Lawrence King and the Harp Consort, and others.

3441393_orig_small A potpourri of over four centuries of Mexican choral music, from 17th-century master Juan Garcia de Zéspedes and Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla to contemporary composers Guillermo Álvarez Navarro and Sergio Cárdenas.

The Spanish Hour 2410: Paseo Latinoamericano

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Classical and traditional music of Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Paraguay, as well as a work by a North-American composer with Peruvian, Chinese, Lithuanian, and Jewish Roots.

20121005101432-im7-cartagena_7_small Guitarists Lily Afshar and Manuel Barrueco, flutist Marco Granados, the Chiara Quartet, and Quintet of the Americas take us on a Latin-American Walkabout, exploring traditional music and contemporary compositions inspired by the melodically and rhythmically rich music of Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Venezuela.

The Spanish Hour 2411: Music for Children

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Music written for children -- to sing, to play, to enjoy -- by Cuban-born Paquito D'Rivera and Emilio Aragón, Catalan Xavier Montsalvatge, and Teruel native Antón García Abril.

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Music not only written for children, but performed by them too! Hear pieces by Paquito D'Rivera Xavier Montsalvatge, and more.The Boys Choir of El Escorial and the Young People's Chorus of New York City in choral works by Antón García Abril and Paquito D'Rivera, a Cuban-Spanish retelling of a Hans Christian Anderson favorite, plus Xavier Montsalvatge's charming piano solo Noah's Ark.

The Spanish Hour 2412: Profile: Teresa Berganza

From Candice Agree | 58:30

On this week’s program, we celebrate the artistic legacy of Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza, who died May 13, 2022 at the age of 89. Joining her is guitarist Narciso Yepes in music ranging from the 13 through 20th centuries.

Teresa-berganza-52915cbd8cc709af55555dca2f407303_small On this week’s program, we celebrate the artistic legacy of Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza. The unique vocal characteristics that brought her accolades for her interpretations of Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, in zarzuela, and more, also made Teresa Berganza a remarkable performer in baroque and renaissance repertory. Joined by guitarist Narciso Yepes, we'll hear Teresa Berganza in works ranging from the 13th century's Alfonso X el Sabio through the 13 Old Spanish Songs of García Lorca.

The Spanish Hour 2413: Falla and the Theater

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

In 1904, Carlos Fernandez Shaw introduced Manuel de Falla to "The Three-cornered hat," Pedro Antonio de Alarcón’s satire of village life in Andalucía, written in 1874. It’s best known by Manuel de Falla’s music for the ballet of 1919. Falla’s original plan for the novel was to produce it as a pantomime-farce. Joaquín Turina conducted the premiere of "The Magistrate and the Miller’s Wife" on April 7, 1917. We'll hear the complete work, along with selections from "El Amor Brujo."

Picasso_small Many have interpreted the elegance, sensuality, and erotic suggestiveness of Manuel de Falla’s music as overt expressions of his homosexuality. Falla’s works for the stage: "El Amor Brujo "(Love, the Magician) and "El Corregidor y la molinera" (The Magistrate and the Miller’s Wife), a work which would later become "El sombrero de tres picos "(The Three-Cornered Hat) are featured this week.

The Spanish Hour 2414: Cuba’s Classical Legacy

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Whether making their homes in Spain, the United States, or never venturing from the Pearl of the Antilles, Cuba’s best-known and best-loved composers, all born in Havana, are featured on this program. Enjoy this musical cornucopia of the melodies and rhythms of Cuba.

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The Spanish Hour 2415: Music for the Festival of Sant Jordi

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

The Spanish Hour celebrates the Catalan national holiday with Catalan classics from the Renaissance through the 20th century.

Sant-jordi_small Whether you know April 23rd as la Diada de Sant Jordi, el día de la rosa, or el día del llibre, (St. George's Day, The Day of the Rose, or World Book Day,) The Spanish Hour celebrates the Catalan national holiday with Catalan classics from the Renaissance through the 20th century. This week's program focuses on three Spanish composers from the Catalan region. We'll hear sacred music from the Renaissance by Joan Cererols, piano miniatures reminiscent of Schumann's Album for the Young by Granados disciple Josep Martí i Cristià, and a piano trio by Granados himself, written when he was 27.

The Spanish Hour 2416: Remembering Guernica

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:32

We commemorate the anniversary of the bombing of the Basque village of Guernica (April 26, 1937) with “Guernica” Piano Trio number 1 by Octavio Vázquez,

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On April 26, 1937, Axis forces, with Franco's knowledge and consent, obliterated the quiet Basque town of Guernica, killing 1,654 civilians, mostly women and children. We'll commemorate the anniversary of this tragic event with Octavio Vázquez's Guernica (Piano Trio Number 1.) Born in Spain's Galicia region, Octavio Vázquez chairs the composition department in Nazareth College in Rochester, NY

The Spanish Hour 2417: Jordi Savall and the Red Book of Montserrat

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Jordi Savall and friends present selections from El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, or the Red Book of Montserrat, a 14th-century collection of devotional texts and music for pilgrims on their way to the Catalonian Montserrat Monastery.

Llibrevermell_fxxii_rv_ed1-460x300_small The Shrine of the Virgin of Montserrat was a major pilgrimage site in the 14th century. El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, or the Red Book of Montserrat, is a 14th-century collection of devotional texts and music for the pilgrims to the Catalonian Montserrat Monastery. Tonight we hear selections from the 6 music folios contained in El Llibre Vermell, presented by La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI, under the direction of Jordi Savall. Recorded live in concert November 25, 2013, in Barcelona’s Gothic Santa Maria del Pi Church.

The Spanish Hour 2418: Extraordinary Women Musicians

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:31

Female greats of classical music, featuring Venezuelan virtuoso pianist and composer Teresa Carreño, Catalan mezzo Conchita Supervía, and Spanish-Mexican composer Maria Teresa Prieto. With historical recordings, including a 1905 piano roll made by Teresa Carreño performing one of her many piano miniatures.

Supervia250_small The Spanish Hour celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight by the las madres trabajadores -- working moms; latinas y españolas and citizens of the world: Venezuelan virtuoso pianist and composer Teresa Carreño, world-renowned Spanish mezzo-soprano Conchita Supervía, and Spanish composer in exile in Mexico Maria Teresa Prieto.

The Spanish Hour 2419: Argentina: More Than Just Tango

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

The tango may be Argentina's best-known musical export, but it's far from the only musical expression to be discovered. On this edition of The Spanish Hour, we explore the rich and varied classical music of Argentina. And, yes, we'll include the tango!

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The international success of the Argentine tango may have eclipsed the variety of Argentina’s classical music. This week we bring you works for guitar, orchestra, and chorus by Carlos Guastavino, Alberto Ginastera, and Astor Piazzolla: “El rey del tango.” 

The Spanish Hour 2420: Guitar Potpourri

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

A guitar potpourri, featuring works from Latin America and Spain by Joaquín Rodrigo, Astor Piazzolla, and Antonio Lauro.

Acoustic-guitar-tonewoods_small Pepe Romero, Corona Guitar Quartet, and Alfonso Morena are featured in works for solo guitar, four guitars, and guitar with orchestra. It’s a guitar potpourri, featuring works from Latin America and Spain by Joaquín Rodrigo, Astor Piazzolla, and Antonio Lauro

The Spanish Hour 2421: Profile: Francisco Tárrega

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

On this edition of The Spanish Hour, we explore the genius of the composer known as the “Sarasate of the guitar.” Francisco Tárrega’s works are challenging to play and inspiring to hear, especially as performed by Julian Bream, Narciso Yepes, and Slava Grigoryan

4fmpqz1mxg_small Slava Girigoryan, Julian Bream, Narciso Yepes, and Pepe Romero interpret some of Tárrega's well-known and best-loved masterworks for the guitar.

The Spanish Hour 2422: Music for Two Guitars

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Chopin wrote that the only thing more beautiful than one guitar is two guitars. On today’s show, we prove him right.

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Chopin wrote that the only thing more beautiful than one guitar is two guitars. On today’s show, we prove him right, with work for two guitars and orchestra by Federico Moreno Torroba and Joaquín Rodrigo, with Paco de Lucía, Narciso Yepes, and more great guitarists of our age.

The Spanish Hour 2423: Songs of Spain

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Spanish art songs inspired by Spanish folk songs. Adaptations, arrangements, and inspirations of Spanish songs from the 15th - 21st centuries.

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One of Spain’s musical glories is her wealth of songs -- from every region and every era, loved and kept alive through the ages through transcriptions and arrangements. We’ll hear Manuel Valls’ transcription of Sephardic songs, a cello and piano version of Manuel de Falla’s Popular Spanish Songs, and José Luis Greco’s work for voice and string quartet, inspired by songs collected by Federico García Lorca.

The Spanish Hour 2424: Spanish Guitar Classics

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Claude Debussy defined the guitar as an expressive harpsicord. Joaquín Rodrigo believed this to be the best definition ever given of the Spanish guitar. Works by Albéniz plus Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez on this week's show.

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The Spanish Hour 2425: Enfoque: Jorge Morel

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

This week, we focus on Argentine guitarist and composer Jorge Morel, with recordings of his works performed by David Starobin, David Russell, Hilary Field, and Maestro Morel himself.

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Our focus this week is on the life and artistry of Argentine-born guitarist and composer Jorge Morel, with recordings of his works performed by David Starobin, David Russell, Hilary Field, and Maestro Morel himself.

The Spanish Hour 2426: Enfoque: Tenor Alfredo Kraus

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

The great Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus in zarzuela and song.

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The Spanish Hour 2427: Enfoque: Manuel María Ponce

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:31

On this edition of "The Spanish Hour," Mexico’s finest artists are among those heard in this celebration of the genius of Mexico’s Manuel Ponce. Enjoy solo works for piano and guitar, as well as the acclaimed "Concierto del Sur."

1 Manuel María Ponce was one of the great geniuses of Mexican music. An avid musicologist, Ponce used his vast collection of traditional Mexican folksongs in his romantic works, a synthesis he thought crucial for his country’s cultural evolution. Featured are the 24 guitar preludes, romantic pieces for piano, as well as Concierto del Sur, perhaps his best-known work.

The Spanish Hour 2428: Enfoque: Xavier Montsalvatge

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

A tribute to the 20th-century Catalan composer, author, and music critic Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002), one of the so-called “Lost Generation” of Spain’s composers. We’ll sample a few of his most emblematic works.

Xmc1_sd004_small  One of the so-called "Lost Generation" of Spanish composers, first gaining wide-spread recognition in the 1940s, pianist, critic, and composer Xavier Montsalvatge was influenced by antillanismo, neo-Romanticism, and French impressionism, especially Ravel. This edition of The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree features his most famous work, 5 canciones negras, plus works for string quartet, piano, as well as  selections from the opera El gat amb botes/El gato con botas (Puss in Boots.)

The Spanish Hour 2429: Enfoque: Fernando Sor

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:31

In the 19th century, the guitar was still thought of as something heard at village fairs, an easy to strum instrument, meant for nothing more than to accompany popular songs, not a solo instrument to be applauded in the concert hall. Fernando Sor changed all that by creating a virtuosic repertory for the guitar that earned him the sobriquet "The Beethoven of the Guitar." We'll hear guitar solos, duets, and songs for voice and guitar, performed by Segovia, Starobin, and others.

Fernando_sor_small The guitar in the 19th century had not yet achieved its rightful status as an expressive and legitimate concert instrument. Known as “The Beethoven of the Guitar,” Fernando Sor was the guitarist and composer who changed that perception. We’ll hear some of Sor’s virtuosic works for guitar solo, guitar duo, and voice and guitar, including performances by Andrés Segovia.