Classical Pacific

Weekdays 3-6pm on HPR-2
  • Hosted by Louise Keali‘iloma King Lanzilotti

The finest of the world’s classical music to ease your afternoon drive. Featured on this newest of HPRʻs classical music programs will be the great orchestras, artists, and opera companies of the Pacific region, including Hawai‘i’s own.  Every other Friday, a special segment called “The Big Ears Music Club” will introduce young listeners to the joys of classical music.

Louise Keali‘iloma King Lanzilotti comes from a multi-ethnic background that has informed many of her beliefs. Her experience covers artistic, educational and administrative areas of the arts. As a conductor, she has been the musical director for many musicals in the past thirty years. In 2010, she founded Kalikolehua – El Sistema Hawai‘i, a free orchestra program for children from underserved neighborhoods, focused on transforming lives through music. She was the Managing Director of Honolulu Theatre for Youth for ten years (2001-2011), guiding it to greater stability through creative solutions and extensive partnerships. She served as Curator of Education at the former Contemporary Museum for thirteen years (1988-2001). Lanzilotti taught for over twenty years in public, private and alternative schools K – 12, developing a method of writing music and plays with students, which solidified her understanding of the importance of arts engagement for all. 

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 I've been enjoying playing music of individual countries all week. Today, I'll end this theme for now with music of Russia (although there are many more countries to feature, and I will do so soon). Composers featured today include Vasily Titov, Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Borodin, Alexander Scriabin, Alexander Glazunov, Reinhold Glière, Aram Khatchaturian, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Igor Stravinsky, Anton Arensky and Dmitri Shostakovich. 

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  It's the fifth day of programs focusing on one country. So far I've played music from England, Italy, Spain and France, and today is for Germany. You'll hear some of the most renowned German composers, but I'm focusing more on what some would call the second tier of composers.

This week I'm playing the music of a single country or geographic area per day. Today I'll take you on a musical tour of France. Composers for today include Guillaume de Machet, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François-Joseph Gossec, Hector Berlioz, Lili Boulanger, Éduardo Lalo, Gabriel Fauré, Ernst Chausson, Olivier Messiaen and Claude Debussy.

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  This week I'm playing music of a specific country or area each day. Travel with me to hear a small portion of music created over the centuries. Who knows how long this might go on? Today, music of Spain. You'll hear compositions by Gaspar Sanz, Antonio Soler, Pablo de Sarasate, Manuel de Falla, Fernando Sor, Enrique Granados, Joaquin Rodrigo and Joaquin Turina. 

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All week (actually beginning with last Friday), I'll be playing music of a single country each day. Today, we spend three hours in Italy, listening to music composed by Palestrina, Geminiani, Frescobaldi, Tartini, Corelli, Clementi, Verdi, Ponchielli, Respighi and Morricone. Just a taste of the feast that is the music of Italy.

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For about the next week, I'm choosing to play music by a singe geographic area per day. I begin with Britain today. You'll hear music of Taverner, Byrd, Purcell, Locke,  Holst, Bax, Maconchy, Bridge, Tavener, and Gilbert and Sullivan. Cheerio.

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  Today, a look at the place of form in Classical Music. I'll focus on Theme and Variations form, one of the most accessible, and feature works by some or all of the following composers Vaughan Williams, Handel, Schuman Saint-Saēns, Rachmaninov, Haydn, Schubert and Mendelssohn.

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  I feel like dancing today, and I invite you to join me. You can dance to the music of Stravinsky, Styne, Sondheim, Wilson, Piazzola, D'Rivera, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Prokofiev, Copland and more! Join me.  

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  Today, music for the concert hall and the movie theatre, including work by Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Moscheles, Handel, Bernstein, Richard Strauss, Williams, Korngold, Menkin, Sakamoto and Rozsa. Don't forget your popcorn for the third hour.

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  Hot off the presses! Most of the music I'll be playing today has been recorded and released in 2018. All of today's music is new to our library. One work is even about the creation of new land through volcanic activity. I'll be playing music by Zoltan Kodály, Arthur Foote, Franz Schubert, Douglas Knehans, Benjamin Britten, Roland Baumgartner, Nicolia Kapustin, WA Mozart and JS Bach. 

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We continue to receive new CDs at least weekly, and they are housed in my favorite drawer in the music library. Today, I'm sharing some of the latest, including a CD just released this month, called French Moments, performed the by Neave Trio. There should be some wonderful moments. 

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Today, a concert with no particular theme, chosen from work that I have wanted to play, but haven't fit in previously. You'll hear Gershwin played on mandolin, a Mozart Piano Concerto, Alicia De Larrocha sharing work by Albeniz, a Ravel Trio, Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, a work by Arvo Pärt, A little more Mozart (why not?), and finally some English folk tunes by Benjamin Britten. 

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I wasn't able to be on the radio yesterday, so today I'll play you the final day of great performances throughout the alphabet. I've enjoyed bringing to light a few artists that I don't normally play on the radio, and I hope you've enjoyed the journey with me. On this final day, featured artists include Narciso Yepes, the Yuval Trio, Pinchas Zukerman, Eugenia Zukerman, Nicanor Zabaleta, Christian Zakarias, Zhang Yan, Rainer Zepperitz and Brudda IZ. 

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This week I begin by finishing my tour of great performances using the alphabet as my organizing principle. Today I make it to the beginning of the letter Y, so there will be one more day after this, then on to new horizons. Featured performers today inclue Mitusko Uchida, Sarah Vaughan, Raphael Wallfish, Jeremy Ward, André Watts, Alisa Weilerstein, John Wallace, The XLNT Sinfonia, and Kazuhito Yamashita. 

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It's Friday, and by the end of today I will have reached the letter T in my quest to play peformances by artists with every letter in the alphabet. Today, performances by Thomas Quasthoff - Baritone; Quartetto Esterhazy, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pauline Sachse, Andras Schiff, Andrés Segovia, Frederica von Stade, Barry Tuckwell and Rosalyn Tureck. 

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I am continuibg to play music performed by great artists throughout the week, and it appears that I will need part of next week to finish this theme. Performers featured on today's program will include Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, Nabuko Imai, David Oistrakh, the Orion String Quartet, Gregor Piatigorsky, the Pro Arte String Quartet, Murray Perahia, and André Previn. 

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Today's program continues in the alphabetical mode with performances by Leila Josefowicz, the Juilliard String Quartet, Byron Janis, Keith Jarrett, Moses Kahumoku and George Kahumoku, Jr., Ani Kavafian, Kim Kashkashian, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kennedy, Gustav Leonhardt, And Kite & Marielle Labèque. A lot of excellent music in three hours. Join me. 

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The alphabetic performances continue until I reach the letter Z. Today you'll hear music performed by Eugene Fodor, Pierre Fournier, Jacques Février, Eduardo Fernandez, Glenn Gould, Emil Gilels, James Galway, Stephen Hough, Ronan O'Hora, Vladimir Horowiz and Nabouko Imai. Excitement abounds!

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All this week I'll be sharing great performances throughout the alphabet - today, performers from A-E, including Claudio Arrau, Martha Argergich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Yuri Bashmet, Sarah Chang, the Drottningham Baroque Ensemble, the Cleveland Quartet and the Eroica Trio. I'll try to get to Z by Friday.

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Today - a concert of music performed by small ensembles for you to listen to wherever you are. Drop in for a short time or listen for the entire three hours. Composers will include Copland, Brahms, Haydn, Holst, Fauré, Telemann, Vaughan Williams, Beethoven and Bach. 

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All music performed today will be by composers whose last name begins with the letter S, except for one, and in that case the work is being performed by an artist whose last name begins with S. I tried this time not to feature the most welll-known composers, in order to conitnue to share diverse programming. Join me on HPR 2 from 3-6 pm.

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John Zak, who originated Classical Pacific, has graciously agreed to host the program today while I take care of some personal business. If you look on the website or on the HPR App under Classical Pacific, you will be able to see what he is playing!  Mahalo, John. I'll be back on Thursday. 

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  Today, music from home. Literally. I dug into my CD collection (as opposed to my online music) to create a program for you. I hope you enjoy it. You'll hear music by Bruch, Schumann, Diabelli, Stelzmüller, Ravel, Beethoven, Williams, Desprez, Brahms, Bandolim and Bach, and maybe one or two more, time permitting.

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  Today, music inspired by myth and literature. I'll be playing music by Debussy, Berlioz Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Hovhannes, Gluck, Bonfa, Offenbach, Rameau, Mouquet, Barber, Respighi, and Britten. Some wrote work related to Shakespeare's The Tempest, King Lear, and Romeo and Juliet. The rest of the work I'm sharing is based on Greek mythology - tales of Pan, Castor and Pollux, Aphrodite (Venus), Apollo, Oedipus, Medea and Orpheus. Join me for an inspired music telling of myths and Sheakespearean literature.

  Clara Wieck Schumann and Robert Schumann had a long partnership. They met when Clara was eight and Robert seventeen, and Robert was so impressed with her playing that he decided to study with Mr. Wieck, during which time he lived with the family. They married when she became of age. During her lifetime, Clara was known as one of the most important concert pianists of the era, while Robert was known as an important composer. In recent years, Clara's compositions have been recognized, performed and recorded regularly.

A final day for new releases (for now). Today I'm playing music by CPE Bach, JS Bach, Amy Beach, Arvo Pärt, Mozart, Euguen Friesen, Beethoven, Harold Gramatges, Radamés Gnattali and Brahms. An ecelectic mix of old and new.

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Whenever I can, I share new arrivals to our music library and, particularly new releases. Yesterday I shared new releases from 2017 and 2018, and I continue to do so today.  You'll hear music by Schubert, Bartók, Brahms, Haydn, Philip Glass, Gaspar Sanz, CPE and JS Bach, Francisco José de Castro and Finn Mortensen. If any of the CDs interest you, you can get more information about them from the playlist, which is at the bottom of this post, and can also be found on the website hawaiipublicradio or on the HPR App while the program is in session. 

  We continue to receive new recordings of work from the entire history of Classical Music, and I love to let you hear them for the first time. For the next two days, I'm playing recordings from 2017 and 2018. The work ranges from Spanish Baroque music to contemporary viola music.  

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I've really enjoyed getting to know about the musical interests of the HPR staff. Today we'll hear works by composers from Beethoven to Ligety to Poulenc. Some people were even specific about which recording to play, while others left the decision up to me. 

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During the fund drive, I walked around asking the staff what they might like to hear on Classical Pacific, and they had very interesting requests. Today and possibly tomorrow, I'm playing their picks during the program. From PR to Operations to News, the requests were unique and sometimes surprising, ranging from "anything Baroque" to the Poulenc Organ Concerto to Ligety and all kids of music in between. Join me to find out what music they chose. 

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