May 10, 2019 - Battle in the Skies over Lillooet
These pictures will be of interest primarily to weather nerds (like myself). I don’t have enough meteorological knowledge to say exactly what was happening, but on the morning of May 10, there was a clearly marked distinction between clouds and clear sky. Over the space of a couple of hours the “battle front” shifted north, south, then north and south once again before finally settling down to a mostly clear day.
Early Morning Ninja Training
When I arrived at the REC Centre yesterday morning to prepare for “Snooze Button” I was surprised to see a group of youngsters exercising on the lawn. As they were mostly dressed in black I assumed that they were Ninjas-in-training. They must have been a pretty advanced class - their young years notwithstanding - as a few minutes later they had completely disappeared. I figure that only advanced students would have this ability. I should have taken another picture to prove that they were invisible but it didn’t occur to me at the time.
Venus, Jupiter and the Moon
Well, this didn’t turn out nearly as good as it looked on my camera’s viewing screen, but I wasn’t surprised by that. Sorry it’s kind of shaky - hand-held. This configuration was hanging attractively in the southern sky yesterday morning at 7 AM. Jupiter is barely visible, but it’s there - just right of Venus near the center of the picture. I was hoping for another clear morning today (Jan. 30) to see how the configuration had changed with the moon’s later rise but now it will remain a mystery.
Camelsfoot Mountain photo
I posted this photo just to prove that there really is a beautiful morning somewhere above the fog! The camera is facing south with the north end of Fountain Ridge in the centre, Lillooet a little right of center and Fountain Valley left of center. This image is courtesy of the Lyttonnet webcams:
Milonga del Angel - played by me
This piece by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla has become one of his most beloved and most frequently performed pieces. The “milonga” was a predecessor of the tango and while tangos developed in more urban areas, the milonga was more rural in origin. Milongas also were usually slower and sadder than tangos. The “Milonga del Angel” is filled with a feeling of aching sadness, at timed tinged with a hint of danger.
Snooze Button #1689 02 Feb 2015 - Astronomy with Steve Hempell
Jeff is joined by local amateur astronomer Steve Hempell for astronomy talk and some astronomically-themed music.
Snooze Button #1689 02 Feb 2015 - Astronomy with Steve Hempell - Pt. 1
Jeff’s interview with Steve Hempell. Not much music; two astronomy nerds talking.
Northern Mockingbird sighting in Lillooet
(Please go to the link below to see a picture of this bird). On November 5, 2014 Lillooet ornithologist Ken Wright observed a Northern Mockingbird in the area of Fountain Flats. On November 12, 2014 Jeff O’Kelly’s attention was caught by a bird calling from a tree outside his front door. After observation and consulting with Ken, Jeff identified it as a Northern Mockingbird. On Dec. 22, 2014 Dr. Ian Routley obtained a photograph of the bird in town. This is quite an unusual occurrence - this species is well out of range.
Wildlife in Madagascar
The 7 photos posted below are pictures taken by Lillooet naturalist Ken Wright during a recent trip to Madagascar. Scroll on down below the photos to find my interview with Ken.
Ken Wright Madagascar Interview Nov 2014
Jeff’s interview with Lillooet naturalist Ken Wright about his recent trip to Madagascar.
International Restorative Justice Week (Nov 16-22) 2014
It’s International Restorative Justice Week. On the November 18 edition of Snooze Button I was joined in the studio by Toby Mueller, Emerson Adolph and Trevor Chandler - all of whom are involved with restorative justice programs in Lillooet. Posted just above this notice is the show we did and some links mentioned during the show. At the Lillooet Restorative Justice website you will find links to a variety of resources and information on the subject of Restorative Justice.
Ken Wright - Arctic Adventures Interview 8 Sep 2014
Lillooet naturalist Ken Wright talks about his adventures with loons and other Arctic wildlife.
Snooze Button #1572 14 Jul 2014
Music by Vivaldi, Chopin, Shostakovich and Ravel.
Snooze Button #1571 11 Jul 2014
Music by Pietro Locatelli, Debussy, Richard Strauss and N. Kratsch.
Snooze Button #1570 10 Jul 2014
Music by Haydn, Alexander Scriabin, Isaac Albeniz and Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
Snooze Button #1569 08 Aug 2014
Music by C.P.E. Bach, Rodion Shchedrin and Tchaikovsky.
Snooze Button #1568 07 Jul 2014
Music by Vivaldi, Verdi, Sibelius and Nikolai Kapustin.
Snooze Button #1567 04 Jul 2014
Independence Day Edition: music by Edward MacDowell, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.
Snooze Button #1566 03 Jul 2014
Music by J. S. Bach, Lars-Erik Larsson, Jules Massenet and a pair of Johann Strausses (Sr. and Jr.).
Snooze Button #1564 27 Jun 2014
Symphony #49 by Christian Cannabich (a contemporary of Haydn); Gershwin’s Cuban Overture in an amazing arrangement for piano duet with percussion, played by Canadian brothers Jackie and Jamie Parker; Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” (orchestral version) and the Toccata from the piano version of the same piece.
Snooze Button #1563 25 Jun 2014
Piano Wednesday: Bach’s French Suite #2 played by Glenn Gould; a Barcarolle by Gabriel Faure; Mozart’s comedic variations on a theme by Gluck; Andrei Schulz-Evler’s virtuosic “Arabesques on themes from The Beautiful Blue Danube” - one of the great piano showpieces.
Snooze Button #1561 23 Jun 2014
On today’s show: two of Mozart’s “church sonatas”; Dag Wiren’s thoroughly engaging Serenade for Strings; the last 2 movements of Joachim Raff’s Symphony #9 “To Summer”; Percy Grainger’s strange but effective scoring of a piano piece by Debussy.
Snooze Button #1560 20 Jun 2014
Music by Anton Reicha, Giuseppe Tartini and Jan Sibelius. For an encore jazz pianist Eugen Cicero plays his version of a familiar tune by Tchaikovsky.
Snooze Button #1559 18 Jun 2014
Piano Wednesday! Two etudes by Chopin, a sonata by Mozart, Leonard Bernstein’s “down and dirty” recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsoy in Blue and a couple of Gershwin encores.
Snooze Button #1558 17 Jun 2014
Music by Paganini, Saint-Saens and Beethoven.
Snooze Button #1555 12 Jun 2014
Music by Bach, Mozart and Sir Granville Bantock. Scott Joplin supplies a cheery and familiar encore.
Snooze Button #1554 11 Jun 2014
Music by Scarlatti, Faure, Beethoven and Offenbach.
Snooze Button #1553 09 Jun 2014
Walter Gieseking plays 2 pieces by Mozart, a movement from Anton Reicha’s quintet for clarinet and strings, Ottorino Respighi’s big, noisy, colourful (and a little bit trashy) Roman Festivals. Encore: the highly evocative “Midsummer Moon” by Rebecca Clarke.
Snooze Button #1552 06 Jun 2014
Today, chamber music by Francois Couperin, an overture by Hector Berlioz, Ravel’s Violin Sonata, and an encore by Igor Frolov.
Snooze Button #1551 05 Jun 2014
All Scandinavian music today. Two pieces for flute and piano by Joachim Andersen; Dag Wiren’s charming March from his String Serenade; Sibelius’ incidental music for the play King Christian II; Grieg celebrates his wedding anniversary with “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen”.
Snooze Button #1550 04 Jun 2014
Piano Wednesday! Today, a pair of pieces by Saint-Saens from opposite ends of his composing career; Liszt’s Transcendental Etude #11; a complete recording of Beethoven’s C Major sonata, Op. 2 #3.
Snooze Button #1549 03 Jun 2014
Today - 2 movements from a Mozart Divertimento for woodwinds; the overture to Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld”; the concluding two movements of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata - Violin Sonata #9 (the 1st movement can be heard on Snooze Button #1548).
Snooze Button #1548 02 Jun 2014
Today’s show: 2 movements from Eric Coates’ “London Suite”; Jascha Heifetz and Benno Moiseiwitsch play the 1st movement of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata #9; Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnole; Jascha Heifetz returns for an encore - Glazunov’s “Meditation”.
Snooze Button #1547 29 May 2014
Two of Pablo de Sarasate’s Spanish dances played by Canadian violinist James Ehnes; the 3rd movement of Beethoven’s A Major string quartet; Zoltan Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta.
Snooze Button #1546 28 May 2014
Piano Wednesday! All French music on today’s show. Three pieces by the vastly under-rated Emmanuel Chabrier; a harpsichord piece arranged by Jean-Baptiste Forqueray from one of his father’s pieces; Debussy’s early and rarely heard Fantaisie for piano and orchestra.
Snooze Button #1545 27 May 2014
3 movements from a Bach Cello Suite; the finale of Mozart’s Symphony #41; last 2 movements of Sibelius’ violin concerto.
Snpooze Button #1543 23 May 2014
Today’s show: music by Marjan Mozetich, Karol Szymanowski, Mozart and Nikolai Kapustin.
Snooze Button #1542 22 May 2014
On today’s show: one of Vivaldi’s bassoon concertos, Lars-Erik Larsson’s suite “A Winter’s Tale”, the final 2 movements of Saint-Saens violin concerto #3. Today’s encore - one of Jeno Hubay’s “Scenes de la Csarda” for violin and piano.
Snooze Button #1541 21 May 2014
Piano Wednesday! Bach’s French Suite #6, Gyorgy Cziffra plays his own knock-down drag-out paraphrase on “The Blue Danube”, Mozart’s Piano Concerto #1 (or #5 depending on how you look at it). Grieg’s fresh, cheery “Bridal Procession” is served as dessert.
Snooze Button #1540 20 May 2014
Today: part of one of Handel’s Concerti Grossi (plus my confusion over the English plural), several of Napoleon Coste’s arrangements for guitar of waltz tunes by Johann Strauss Sr. and most of Dvorak’s Quintet for piano and strings.
Snooze Button #1539 16 May 2014
Mystery show. I can’t remember what was on the show but I know it was a “Piano Wednesday” on a Friday.
Snooze Button #1538 15 May 2014
On today’s show: 4 of Anton Reicha’s ingenious trios for French Horns; the final 2 movements of Georg Philipp Telemann’s concerto in A Major for oboe d’amore; Grieg’s “Holberg Suite” for string orchestra. An insect encore by Fancois Couperin.
Snooze Button #1537 13 May 2014
Today, 3 short guitar pieces by Agustin Barrios, Pablo de Sarasate’s brilliant violin showpiece “Zigeunerweisen”, the Scherzo from Mahler’s 5th symphony - almost a concerto for french horn. For an encore Dame Moura Lympany plays Liszt’s glittering “Fountains of the Villa D’Este”.
Snooze Button #1536 12 May 2014
Today’s show: Vivaldi’s one and only concerto for 2 cellos; Emile Waldteufel’s “Shower of Diamonds” waltz; Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite; for an encore, Stanislas Niedzielski’s virtuoso arrangement of Johann Strauss Jr.’s “1001 Nights” waltz (recorded in 1930).
Snooze Button #1535 09 May 2014
On today’s show a pair of waltzes by Chopin, the “Polovtsian Dances” from Alexander Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor” and Mozart’s Piano Trio in E Major. Sorry, but I can’t remember what the encore was!
Snooze Button #1534 07 May 2014
Piano Wednesday: 3 of Domenico Scarlatti’s short sonatas played by the occasionally frustrating but never boring Ivo Pogorelich; Ravel’s beloved “Pavane for a Dead Princess”; Beethoven’s late A Major Sonata; for an encore, Arcadi Volodos plays his own fiendish arrangement of Mozart’s “Rondo alla Turca”.
Snooze Button #1533 06 May 2014
Today’s show: two movements from Haydn’s Piano Trio #25 including the lively Gypsy finale; Schubert’s song “On The River” for tenor, french horn and piano; 3 short tone-poems by Max Reger, inspired by the works of Swiss painter Arnold Bocklin; Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Im Krapfenwald’l” polka.
Snooze Button #1532 02 May 2014
Two concertos for strings by Vivaldi; Joaquin Turina’s Rapsodia Sinfonica for piano and orchestra; the final 3 movements of Beethoven’s 4th symphony; Canadian Brass play Fats Waller’s Honeysuckle Rose.
Snooze Button #1528 28 Apr 2014
Today, two baroque pieces played by Canadian Brass; a clutch of Hungarian Dances by Brahms; the final two movements of Rachmaninoff’s sonata for Cello and Piano; an encore from the Berlin cabaret period sung by Ute Lemper.
Snooze Button #1527 25 Apr 2014
Two highly-contrasted orchestral pieces by Debussy to begin; Cecile Chaminade’s Concertino for flute and piano; Mieczyslaw Karlowicz’ Serenade for string orchestra (and my attempts to say his name correctly); for an encore violinist Ivry Gitlis plays Saint-Saens Etude en forme de Valse.
[Yesterday’s show was technically disastrous and will not be posted.]
Snooze Button #1525 23 Apr 2014
Piano Wednesday! Today, a pair of Moorish-influenced pieces by Enrique Granados; Bach’s French Suite #1; the big 1st movement of Tchaikowsky’s Piano Concerto #2; a gentle encore by the enigmatic Charles-Valentin Alkan.
Snooze Button #1524 22 Apr 2014
Today’s show: 2 of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s harpsichord pieces to start; the 1st movement of Debussy’s “La Mer”; Beethoven’s good-humoured trio Opus 11.
Snooze Button #1523 17 Apr 2014
Two movements from Hadyn’s Symphony #20; Sir Arnold Bax’s Symphonic Scherzo; a complete recording of Saint-Saens 4th Piano Concerto. Concluding this week’s encore theme (Schmalz) some Russian Schmalz with baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. A Happy Easter Weekend to everyone. Snooze Button will be back on Tuesday, Apr. 22.
Snooze Button #1522 16 Apr 2014
Piano Wednesday! Today three of Debussy’s rarely-heard “Six Epigraphes Antiques”; Janina Fialkowska plays Liszt Transcendental Etude #9; the last 2 movements of Mozart’s Piano Concerto #17.
Snooze Button #1521 15 Apr 2014
“From the Sublime to the Ridiculous”: Two movements of a Bach Cello Suite; Malcolm Arnold’s “Grand, Grand Overture (including parts for 4 vacuum cleaners); Beethoven’s 8th Symphony - the whole thing.
Snooze Button #1520 14 Apr 2014
A rather chaotic show today with interruptions and technical challenges. Handel’s Harp Concerto, the sole surviving movement from a symphony Debussy wrote at the age of 18, Shostakovich’s Ballet Suite #2. This weeks encore theme is “Schmalz” - introduced by Fritz Kreisler’s “Liebesleid” (Love’s Sorrow).
Snooze Button #1519 11 Apr 2014
Sonata #2 in G Major by 18th century Welsh harpist John Parry to start; next up are the Nocturne and Tarantella for violin and piano - music that hovers between the late Romantic and the Impressionist periods; Mozart’s Symphony #30; to conclude this week’s “opera without singing” encore theme, Pierrot’s Dance-song from Korngold’s opera “The Dead City”.
Snooze Button #1518 10 Apr 2014
Since I couldn’t do a broadcast on Apr 9, today you are getting “Piano Wednesday” on a Thursday. The show starts with a Bach Prelude and Fugue (the latter of which is even more of a brain-twister than usual); next up is Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie; the show continues with Jorge Bolet’s overwhelming performance of Liszt’s arrangement of the overture from Wagner’s “Tannhauser”; to conclude a favourite - even of people who hate Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries in a virtuoso arrangement for piano. Guaranteed no singing!
Snooze Button #1517 08 Apr 2014
Today’s show features music that sounds like the composers were in a good mood when they wrote it: two movements of a Haydn piano trio; Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture; waltzes from Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier”. Continuing this week’s encore theme (“Opera without singing”) - Moritz Moszkowski’s brilliant arrangement of the “Danse Boheme” from Bizet’s “Carmen”.
Snooze Button #1514 03 Apr 2014
A cheery concerto by Vivaldi for 2 guitars (originally 2 mandolins) starts today’s show; next is the Scherzo from Schubert’s late, great String Quintet; Ravel’s hommage to Schubert - the “Valses Nobles et Sentimentales” is the main course. This week’s water-themed encores continue with Schubert’s song “To Be Sung On The Water”, first in its original version for voice and piano, then in Liszt’s transcription for solo piano.
Snooze Button #1513 02 Apr 2014
Piano Wednesday! Today’s show begins with a pair of Liszt’s “Transcendental Etudes”. Next up is William Hirtz’ “Wizard of Oz” Fantasy based on…do I really need to finish this sentence? The big piece for the hour is an unusually-structured “Sonatina” for keyboard and orchestra by C. P. E. Bach. This week’s water-themed encores continue with Liszt’s virtuosic arrangement of Schubert’s popular song “The Trout”.
Snooze Button #1512 01 Apr 2014
April Fool’s edition: 3 Greek Dances by Nikos Skalkottas to start; Chopin’s popular “Scherzo” in B-flat minor played by Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker; Mozart’s “Musical Joke”; the water theme for this week’s encores continues with Robert Hampton’s “Cataract Rag” and “Rialto Ripples” by Gershwin and Will Donaldson.
Snooze Button #1511 31 Mar 2014
Today: a pair of Paganini’s caprices played on the flute; the 2nd movement of Joachim Raff’s Violin Sonata #2; the 1st movement of Tchaikovsky’s gloomy 4th Symphony; as an encore - Debussy’s “Reflections in the Water”. (This week’s encores will feature music about water.)
Snooze Button #1510 28 Mar 2014
Today’s show begins with some modestly-scaled (probably intended for children) but charming piano pieces by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu; next is Schubert’s stand-alone Rondo in A for violin and orchestra;the big piece on today’s show is an aggressively “period” but rollicking good fun recording of Bach’s 1st Brandenburg Concerto; this week’s encores featuring Enrico Caruso wrap up with a powerful duet from Verdi’s late masterpiece “Otello”.
Next week’s encores: music about or featuring water.
Snooze Button #1509 27 Mar 2014
Today, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s “Representative Sonata”, complete with its imitations of the Nightingale, Cuckoo, Frog and others; the first movement of Beethoven’s Opus 1 #1; a tone poem by the now forgotten Ernest Boehe based on incidents from Homer’s Odyssey; to conclude, Enrico Caruso singing two songs - one in the Neapolitan dialect, the other in English.
Snooze Button #1508 26 Mar 2014
Piano Wednesday! Today, a pair of Preludes and Fugues from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier; Liszt’s flashy Polonaise #2; Rachmaninoff’s 2-piano suite #2 played by a renowned Russian piano duo; an odd but attractive waltz from Liszt’s latter years.
Snooze Button #1507 25 Mar 2014
Today a symphony by Mozart’s almost exact contemporary Joseph Martin Kraus; the “Rondeau de Concert avec introduction by 19th century guitarist and composer Napoleon Coste; the first movement of Ernest Chausson’s extravagantly romantic “Concert” for solo violin, piano and string quartet; more Caruso encores to finish - today comparing 2 different transfer processes in the same recording of the same aria.
Snooze Button #1506 24 Mar 2014
Two of Joseph Canteloube’s beautiful “Songs of the Auvergne” to start; one of Jeno Hubay’s stirring and evocative “Gypsy Scenes” for violin and piano; a flute concerto by C.P.E. Bach; encores by Enrico Caruso (who will be featured all this week in the encores section of the show).
Snooze Button #1505 21 Mar 2014
Today: 2 of Georg Philipp Telemann’s Fantasias for solo violin; a movement from Albeniz’ “Suite Iberia” very effectively arranged for 3 guitars; 2 movements from Joachim Raff’s Symphony #8 (“Spring Sounds”); a pair of encores by jazz great Art Tatum.
Snooze Button #1500 13 Mar 2014
To celebrate 1500 editions of “Snooze Button” - a pair of Impromptus by Chopin, two movements from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” and a complete recording of Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals”.
Snooze Button #1499 12 Mar 2013
Piano Wednesday: Today music by Benjamin Godard and Gabriel Pierne; Luigi Boccherini’s fiery Fandango played on 2 harpsichords; two movements of Henry Huss’ Piano Concerto.
Snooze Button #1498 11 Mar 2014
On Today’s show: several of Rachmaninoff’s encore arrangements, 2 movements from a Haydn String Quartet and Jan Sibelius’ “Karelia Suite”.
Snooze Button #1497 10 Mar 2014
Today’s show opens with the Canadian Brass playing selections from Handel’s “Music For The Royal Fireworks”. Niccolo Paganini takes over the rest of the show with Eliot Fisk playing 3 of his own arrangements on the guitar of Paganini’s Caprices (originally for solo violin). Then American pianist Earl Wild takes us on a “dangerous” ride through Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”.
Report on 2013 Christmas Bird Count
In this segment from the Dec. 31, 2013 edition of Snooze Button, Jeff reports on the 2013 Christmas Bird Count in Lillooet which took place on Dec. 26.
Snooze Button #1457 30 Dec 2013
On Today’s Show: Excerpts from Camille Saint-Saens’ autumnal oboe sonata and a harpsichord concerto by C. P. E. Bach. Also Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll (written as a birthday present for his wife) and, for those who hate Wagner, a little Gershwin encore to take the bad taste out of your mouth.
More classical music on CHLS
Beginning on Sunday, January 19, 2014 you’ll be able to hear more classical music on CHLS with the premiere of “Classical Corner” - 3 hours of classical music (presented without Jeff’s long, rambling introductions) on Sunday mornings from 6-9 AM.
Snooze Button #1456 24 Dec 2013
Today’s feature: Leopold Stokowski’s wild and exhilarating ride through Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.
Snooze Button #1455 23 Dec 2013
On Today’s Show: Alessandro Marcello’s one big hit - an oboe concerto, the first movement of Tchaikowsky’s 1st symphony (subtitled “Winter Dreams) and one of Mozart’s bright and cheery quartets for flute and strings.
Snooze Button #1454 20 Dec 2013
Today: the opening chorus from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi’s Winter Concerto from the Four Seasons and the last half of Beethoven’s popular Septet.
Snooze Button #1453 19 Dec. 2013
Three of Anton Reicha’s rarely-heard and quite ingenious trios for french horns start today’s show. Then the first movement of Joachim Raff’s “Winter” symphony (#11). To conclude Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #5
Snooze Button #1452 18 Dec 2013
Piano Wednesday! Today’s edition of Snooze Button is the “Cold War” edition with music mostly by Russian and American composers. To start Robert Schumann’s Traumerei - one of the most beloved of all piano miniatures. The show continues with two more “salon” pieces by Anton Rubinstein and Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Then fasten your seat belt for an amazing performance of Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture”. To conclude, Mikhael Pletnev’s colourful and virtuosic arrangement of music from “The Nucracker” played by young Maceonian pianist Simon Trpceski.
Snooze Button #1451 17 Dec 2013
Two movements from Georg Philipp Telemann’s concerto in G Major for the rich-toned oboe d’amore. An overture to Joseph Martin Kraus’ (a contemporary of Mozart) massive opera “Aeneas in Carthage”. Some selections from Prokofiev’s Cinderella Suite #1. To conclude - a little Duke Ellington.
"Piano Wednesday" fans take note!
Coming up on this Wednesday’s edition (Dec. 18) of Snooze Button - a stunning recording of Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture” featuring Canadian pianists and brothers Jon Kimura (Jackie) and Jamie Parker. Don’t miss this!
Snooze Button #1450 16 Dec 2013
Some brilliant arrangements for brass ensemble of music from the Baroque and Renaissance periods to start. Also the first movement of Debussy’s impressionistic masterpiece “La Mer” and Beethoven’s brilliant and virtuosic violin sonata #3, with a couple of seasonal encores from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet.
Snooze Button #1449 13 Dec 2013
On today’s show Jeff complies with a special request. Also, a cheery concerto for 2 flutes by Vivaldi, two movements from Dvorak’s “Dumky” trio played by Canada’s superb Gryphon Trio, and a couple of all-time favourites by Johann Strauss II to finish the show.
Snooze Button #1104 15 Feb 2012
Piano Wednesday! Three pieces of Jan Sibelius’ rarely heard piano music; Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody #14 played by the late Brazilian pianist Roberto Szidon; Canadian pianist Angela Cheng plays Isaac Albeniz’ colourful Rapsodia Espanola.
Snooze Button #1103 14 Feb 2012
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! (Which I completely forgot when putting together this show.) On today’s show, two orchestral pieces by Debussy; Napoleon Coste’s Introduction & Rondo for guitar (a prototype for the “Can-Can”); four movements from Mozart’s “Gran Partita” for 12 woodwinds & double bass.
Snooze Button #1102 13 Feb 2012
An oboe concerto by baroque composer Alessandro Marcello; the scherzo from Beethoven’s magnificent “Archduke” Trio; the finale from Tchaikovsky’s “Manfred Symphony” (based on a verse drama by Lord Byron); for an encore, the great German tenor Franz Volker sings an aria from Ralph Benatzky’s operetta “The Three Musketeers”.
Snooze Button #1101 10 Feb 2012
A symphony by Mozart’s contemporary Christian Cannabich; Saint-Saens’ Tarantelle for flute, clarinet & piano; Leo Weiner’s gorgeous, late romantic “Hungarian Folk Dance Suite”.
Snooze Button #1100 08 Feb 2012
Piano Wednesday! Music by Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninoff
Snooze Button #999 27 July 2011
Music by Brahms, Mozart, Griffes and Tausig.
Snooze Button #996 21 July 2011
On today’s show: 2 of Mozart’s cheery “Church Sonatas” for organ and small instrumental ensemble; Pablo de Sarasate’s fantasy on themes from the opera “Martha” (by Friedrich von Flotow); Nachtmusik (night music) II from Mahler’s 7th Symphony; to conclude, Debussy’s strange and attractive March Ecossaise.
Snooze Button #995 20 July 2011
Piano Wednesday: On today’s show, music by Bach, Sir Arnold Bax, Ernest Schelling and Mily Balakirev.
Snooze Button #994 19 July 2011
On today’s show: to begin, a sonata by Welsh harpist and composer John Parry; the first movement of a string quartet by the teen-aged Franz Schubert; the 2nd and 3rd movements of Jan Sibelius’ 3rd symphony; one of Nikolai Kapustin’s jazzy preludes to finish.
Snooze Button #993 18 July 2011
To begin, a concerto for 2 guitars by Vivaldi. The lovely Nocturne from Alexander Borodin’s 2nd string quartet. The second movement of Saint-Saens’ big, fun and noisy Symphony #3. Astor Piazzolla’s haunting “Midnight in Buenos Aires” to conclude.
Snooze Button #992 15 July 2011
On today’s show, a fantasia for solo violin by Georg Philipp Telemann (a contemporary of Bach), a rousing overture by Verdi, a “pocket concerto” featuring the brilliant piano-writing of Henri Herz and, turning in a completely different direction, Clarence “Pinetop” Smith’s “Pinetop Boogie Woogie” to end the show.
Snooze Button #991 14 July 2011
All “B”s today: Music by Bach, Beethoven, Bax and Bartok.
Snooze Button #990 13 July 2011
Piano Wednesday! On today’s show, music by the two masters of French Impressionism, Debussy and Ravel. Featured pianists: Andre LaPlante, Tamas Vasary and Martha Argerich.
Snooze Button #989 12 July 2011
Snooze Button podcasts are back on-line! Today, 2 Greek Dances by Nikos Skalkottas, Ravel’s “Introduction & Allegro” for this, that and the other thing (listen to the show and I’ll explain), a symphony by the teen-aged Mozart and the glorious voice of tenor Fritz Wunderlich in an aria by Franz Lehar from his operetta “The Land of Smiles”.
Snooze Button #865 19 Nov 2010
Music by Johann and Josef Strauss, Mozart, Dvorak and Nikolai Kapustin.
Today’s music recognizing Restorative Justice Week: 2nd movement of Mozart’s piano concerto #21.
Snooze Button #864 18 Nov 2010
Music by Haydn, Bach and Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953).
Today’s music for contemplating Restorative Justice Week: 3 movements from Bach’s Cello Suite #1 in G Major.
Snooze Button #863 17 Nov 2010
Music by Sibelius, Beethoven, Liszt and Rameau. A knockout performance of Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasia by Georges Cziffra.
Today’s Restorative Justice Music: 2nd movement of Beethoven Piano Concerto #3 played by Glenn Gould. Hear Beethoven stop time!
Snooze Button #862 16 Nov 2010
Music by Antonio Lauro, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Johannes Brahms. Today’s music in honour of Restorative Justice Week: Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich’s “Postcards from the Sky”.
Snooze Button #861 15 Nov 2010
Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Domenico Scarlatti, Samuel Barber and Maurice Ravel.
This week Snooze Button recognizes “Restorative Justice Week” with special music selections of a contemplative nature. Today: Barber’s Adagio for Strings.
Snooze Button #841 07 Oct 2010
Music of Bach, Brahms and Grieg.
Snooze Button #839 5 Oct 2010
Music by Wenzel Pichl (“Who?”), Brahms, Sergei Taneyev and Shostakovich
Snooze Button #837 01 Oct 2010
Water music on today’s show with works by Gustave Samazeuilh, Liszt, Schubert, Smetana and Handel.
Snooze Button #836 unavailable
My apologies dear listeners. Human error made Snooze Button #836 (Sept. 30/2010) a debacle which is unfit for human consumption.
Snooze Button #835 29 Sept 2010
Piano Wednesday! All Russian music today with works by Shostakovich, Georgy Catoire, Rachmaninoff and Prokofieff.
Snooze Button # 834 Sept 28 2010
Excessive violins on today’s show. Music by Haydn, Saint-Saens, Sibelius and Fritz Kreisler.
Snooze Button #833 27 Sept 2010
A real mixed bag on today’s show. Music by Francisco Tarrega, Paganini, Lars-Erik Larsson, Sir Arnold Bax and George Gershwin. Strange bedfellows indeed.
Snooze Button #832 24 Sept 2010
A Musical tribute to Autumn. Works of Albeniz, Shostakovich, Vivaldi, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Billy Mayerl (whew!).
Snooze Button #831 23 Sept 2010
The “Chronologically Correct” edition of Snooze Button. Music by Byrd, Handel, Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms.
Snooze Button #830 22 Sept 2010
Piano Wednesday! Music by Paderewski, Moszkowski, Ravel, Haydn and Richard Rodgers.
Snooze Button # 829 21 Sept 2010
Music by Mozart, Emmanuel Chabrier, Ravel and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Snooze Button #828 20 Sept 2010
Music by Pablo de Sarasate, Fernando Sor, Sir Arthur Bliss and some guy named Beethoven.
Snooze Button #827 17 Sept 2010
Music by Granados, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov and Mascagni.
Snooze Button #826 16 Sept 2010
More of the pianism of Monique Haas in music by Schumann. Sibelius’ “Rakastava” for strings, timpani and triangle. Rarely heard ballet music from Verdi’s French opera “Jerusalem”. To finish, a “Burleske” by Max Reger for piano four-hands based on the German folksong “Ach, du lieber Augustin”.
Snooze Button #825 15 Sept 2010
Piano Wednesday! Music by Gustave Samazeuilh and Shostakovich. The artistry of Monique Haas including Ravel’s G Major concerto and 2 Preludes by Debussy.
Snooze Button #824 14 Sept 2010
Music by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Shostakovich, Mozart and Debussy.
Snooze Button #737 20 April 2010
Two etudes for guitar by Fernando Sor; the overture to Verdi’s “Nabucco”; Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s delightful “Baby Serenade”; German tenor Franz Volker sings an aria from Lehar’s operetta “Paganini” (rec. ca. 1930).
Snooze Button #736 19 April 2010
This week, “Snooze Button” recognizes “National Victims of Crime Awareness Week” in Canada (Apr 18 - 24). Today’s show: Glenn Gould starts things off with the 2nd and 3rd movements of Beethoven’s Sonata # 8 in C minor; the 2nd movement of Shostakovich’s 6th Symphony; to conclude the last 3 movements of Ernest Chausson’s “Concert” for solo violin, piano and string quartet.
Snooze Button #735 16 April 2010
Vocal music bookends today’s show. Two songs (“An die Musik” and “Seligkeit”) by Schubert to begin; the 2nd movement of Haydn’s Symphony #104; Sergei Lyapunov’s tuneful 1st piano concerto; Fritz Wunderlich sings an aria from Johann Strauss II’s operetta “A Night in Venice” to end the show.
Snooze Button #734 15 April 2010
Today’s show moves backward chronologically. Er…I mean the music moves backward - you won’t get an hour younger by listening to the show. Two songs for men’s chorus by Schubert; a symphony by Sammartini; Bach’s Sonata #2 - originally for solo violin but here played on viola; 2 anonymous dances from the Renaissance period. In the context of the Bach selection, I theorize about why the viola “can’t get no respect” and share a few of the hundreds of viola jokes that exist somewhere out there.
Snooze Button # 732 13 April 2010
Today’s show: all music from the 20th century. Two guitar pieces by Vicente Asencio; the 3rd movement of Korngold’s Violin Sonata; Marjan Mozetich’s “The Passion of Angels”.
Snooze Button #731 11 April 2010
Heavy on the strings this morning. Two caprices for solo cello by Auguste Franchomme. A symphony by Giovanni Battista Sammartini (1700-1775. Two movements of Max Bruch’s violin concerto #2 and one of Fritz Kreisler’s pastiche bon-bons.
Snooze Button #730 08 April 2010
Today’s show features a concerto by Baroque composer Johann David Heinichen, the lyrical second movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18 #3, Liszt’s 1st Piano Concerto played by Janina Fialkowska, and a couple of “encores” for brass ensemble.
Snooze Button #729 07 April 2010
Greetings dear listeners! It’s been a while since I posted a show here on the website but I’m going to try to get back to doing it regularly. Today is a “Piano Wednesday” featuring music that all has a Spanish connection. Music by Scarlatti, Granados and Gottschalk. Pianists featured are Horowitz, Angela Hewitt, Douglas Riva and Cecile Licad. Enjoy.
Snooze Button #676 7 Jan 2010
The theme of today’s show is “Music from places that are warmer than Lillooet is right now”. To begin, 2 pieces from Manuel De Falla’s ballet “El Amor Brujo”; Canadian violinist Scott St. John and guitarist Simon Wynberg play Paganini’s “Variations on Barucaba”; Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s Symphony #2, subtitled “A Montevideo” (written while he was in Uruguay; more Gottschalk to conclude his glittering and infectious “Grande Tarantelle” for piano and orchestra.
Snooze Button #675 06 Jan 2010
Piano Wedneesday! All Liszt! “Hymne du Matin” to begin, illustrating the composer’s religious side; “Valse-Impromptu” - Liszt the charmer; “Patineurs” - a scherzo based on an ice-skating scene from Meyerbeer’s opera “Le Prophete” shows Liszt’s skill and originality as a transcriber; to finish, the lively gypsy rhythms of Hungarian Rhapsody #8. Today’s show is dedicated to the memory of my friend John Parker.
Snooze Button #674 05 Jan 2010
The final two movements from Camille Saint-Saens’ late sonata for clarinet and piano to begin; music by Lars-Erik Larsson written for a production of “A Winter’s Tale”; the Shakespeare connection continues with Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s colourful and frequently humorous suite of music for “Much Ado About Nothing”; Saint-Saens returns to close the program - his “Etude en forme de Valse”.
Snooze Button #650 23 Nov 2009
Two Mozart selections to begin - the slow movement from his G minor Quartet for piano and strings and the finale from Symphony #28; Richard Strauss’ medley of waltzes from his operatic masterpiece “Der Rosenkavalier”; two movements from Nikolai Kapustin’s jazzy 1st piano sonata to conclude.
Snooze Button #647 18 Nov 2009
This week Snooze Button recognizes Restorative Justice Week!
Piano Wednesday! Two of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues to begin; Glenn Gould plays the 2nd and 3rd movements of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #5; Frederic Rzewski’s setting of “Down by the Riverside” played by the amazing Marc-Andre Hamelin.
Snooze Button #646 17 Nov 2009
This week Snooze Button recognizes Restorative Justice Week!
A pair of opera choruses by Verdi to begin, including the much-beloved “Va, pensiero” from “Nabucco”; the Adagio movement from Beethoven’s first published work, a piano trio; Rimsky-Korsakov’s lively “Capriccio Espagnol”; Rimsky-Korsakov’s even MORE lively “Flight of the Bumblebee in a virtuoso piano transcription by Rachmaninoff.
Snooze Button #643 10 Nov 2009
Piano Tuesday! (I took off Nov. 11, so piano day is moved up one day this week.) A Pavane and Galliard by William Byrd to begin; “Claire de lune au large” by little-known French composer Gustave Samazeuilh; Piano Concerto #7 by the equally obscure Henri Herz; two of Ernesto Lecuona’s “Danzas Afro-Cubanas” to wrap things up.
Snooze Button #642 09 Nov 2009
Two Preludes by Rachmaninoff; Brandenburg Concerto #2 played by the late, lamented CBC Vancouver Orchestra; five selections from Duke Ellington’s ballet “The River” played by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Snooze Button #641 06 Nov 2009
Two movements from a symphony by the very obscure Wenzel Pichl; one of Rossini’s sonatas for strings in an arrangement for woodwind quartet; a rare example of music written by committee - “Hexameron” - variations for piano on a theme by Vincenzo Bellini; the variations are by Liszt, Thalberg, Pixis, Herz, Chopin and Czerny.
Snooze Button #640 05 Nov 2009
Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda sings arias by Mozart and Lehar; after some technical flubs on my part, Isaac Stern plays Ravel’s “Tzigane”; the final 3 movements of Haydn’s “Drumroll” Symphony (#103) played by Symphony Nova Scotia; three of Shostakovich’s Preludes, op. 34 to conclude.
Snooze Button #638 03 Nov 2009
Two guitar pieces by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce; the 1st movement of Haydn’s Symphony #103 with a spoken introduction by conductor Georg Tintner (the remainder of the symphony will follow on Thursday, Nov. 5 edition of “Snooze Button”); the final 3 movements of Chopin’s late Sonata for Cello and Piano; three pieces by American composer Leroy Anderson including one of his hits - “The Syncopated Clock”.
Snooze Button #637 02 Nov 2009
To begin, an arrangement of the Appalachian spiritual “Wayfaring Stranger” for percussion and piano; the finale of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata #3, recorded by Fritz Kreisler in 1935 with Franz Rupp at the piano; the Overture to Rameau’s opera-ballet “La Naissance d’Osiris”; Sir Arnold Bax’s colourful tone poem “November Woods”; Beethoven’s obsessively cheerful “Rondo a Capriccio” to conclude.
Snooze Button #636 30 Oct 2009
THE Halloween Show. Grieg’s March of the Trolls to start followed by Tomita’s synthesizer version of Debussy’s “The Sunken Cathedral”; the Witches’ Ballet from Verdi’s opera “MacBeth”; Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” with some re-orchestration by Leopold Stokowski; two selections of John Williams’ music for “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”.
Snooze Button #635 29 Oct 2009
Two movements from Mauro Giulani’s “Grand Duo Concertant” for flute and guitar (during the introduction of which, your host experiences a linguistic crisis); Halloween celebrations continue with Dvorak’s symphonic tone poem “The Noon Witch”; the late, lamented CBC Vancouver Orchestra play Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #4; Billy Mayerl and Austin Croom-Johnson play Mayerl’s “Bats in the Belfry” as a piano-harpsichord duet.
Snooze Button #634 28 Oct 2009
Piano Wednesday! Halloween offerings continue with two spooky pieces (Schumann and Liszt) played by Sviatoslav Richter; a hellishly difficult etude by Charles-Valentin Alkan played by Marc-Andre Hamelin; an incandescent recording of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Paganini with pianist Earl Wild and conductor Jascha Horenstein; Prokofieff’s “Suggestion Diabolique”.
Snooze Button #633 27 Oct 2009
Two songs by Richard Strauss to begin, sung by French baritone Gerard Souzay; today’s Halloween offering - the concluding sections of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in Maurice Ravel’s orchestration; the lyrical 2nd movement from Brahms’ Quartet #2 for Piano and Strings; a movement from Leo Weiner’s Hungarian Folk Dance Suite.
Snooze Button #632 26 Oct 2009
Two pieces by Brazilian composer and guitarist Marco Pereira (b. 1956); this week’s Halloween offerings begin with Tartini’s “Devil’s Trill” Sonata; the finale from Schubert’s “Great” Symphony in C Major (variously known as Symphony # 7, 8 and 9!); the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra plays “Mambo” from “West Side Story”.
Snooze Button #631 23 Oct 2009
Two charming and skillful examples of “British Light Music” to begin; the 1st movement from Mozart’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major played by Canada’s Gryphon Trio; 3 movements from William Grant Still’s “Afro-American” Symphony (#1); Cecile Chaminade’s “Air de Ballet” to conclude.
Snooze Button #629 21 Oct 2009
Piano Wednesday! Two pieces from Francois Couperin’s “Onzieme Ordre” for harpsichord; Sir Arnold Bax’s evocative “What the Minstrel Told Us”; Glenn Gould plays the 2nd and 3rd movements of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4; three of Charles-Valentin Alkan’s “Esquisses”.
Snooze Button #628 20 Oct 2009
“Classical Suite” for harp by Lynne Palmer (b. 1918); two movements of Moritz Moszkowski’s “From Foreign Lands” (originally for piano duet, but heard here in the composer’s orchestration); violin concerto #5 from Pietro Locatelli’s “L’arte del Violino”; Chopin’s “2/4” Waltz in A-flat played by Agustin Anievas.
Snooze Button #627 19 Oct 2009
Two Schubert songs to begin with tenor Philip Langridge and soprano Elly Ameling; the brilliant overture to Carl Maria von Weber’s opera “Euryanthe”; Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #6 played by the late great CBC Vancouver Orchestra with conductor Mario Bernardi.
Snooze Button #626 14 Oct 2009
Piano Wednesday! Two movements of a neo-baroque suite by Gustav Samazeuilh; the Toccata from Charles-Marie Widor’s organ Symphony #5; Piano Concerto #1 by Ignaz Moscheles; “syncopated music” by British composer Billy Mayerl - “The Ace of Hearts” from his “Four Aces Suite”.
Snooze Button #624 09 Oct 2009
Bonus Piano Friday! All Beethoven! In this pre-Thanksgiving show, I’m giving thanks for Beethoven and the piano. The ever-popular “Fur Elise” to begin (or should that be “Therese”: listen to learn more); one of the op. 33 Bagatelles; Sonata #24 in F# Major - one of Beethoven’s own favourites; the concluding three movements of the “Pastorale” symphony in Franz Liszt’s arrangement for piano solo; to conclude Alfred Brendel plays the “Five Variations on ‘Rule Brittania’”.
Snooze Button #621 06 Oct 2009
Two popular Italian songs arranged for cello and guitar; the first movement of Kurt Atterberg’s unfortunately-nicknamed “Dollar Symphony”; the final two movements of Rachmaninoff’s “Sonata for piano and cello” [sic]; part of a bassoon concerto by Vivaldi to conclude.
Snooze Button #620 05 Oct 2009
Two more pieces of medieval music (see also Snooze Button #619); Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Tres piezas espanolas”; Enescu’s Roumanian Rhapsody #1 (over the composer’s objections); the finale of Mozart’s String Quartet #20 in D Major.
Snooze Button #619 02 Oct 2009
Two medieval pieces played by Hesperion XXI; “The Spirits” from Malcolm Forsyth’s “Atayoskewin”; 3rd and 4th movements of Faure’s Piano Quartet #2.
Snooze Button #618 01 Oct 2009
Two movements from Gustav Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite”; the young Alfred Brendel plays Beethoven’s “Variations on a theme from ‘The Ruins of Athens’”; the final 2 movements of Sibelius’ popular 2nd symphony.
Snooze Button #617 30 Sept 2009
Piano Wednesday! Glenn Gould plays 2 pieces by William Byrd; dances from Manuel de Falla’s “The Three-cornered Hat” played by Alicia de Larrocha; Murray Perahia plays Bach’s keyboard concerto in G minor (based on the celebrated A minor violin concerto); Debussy’s “Valse: La plus que lente”.
Snooze Button #615 28 Sept 2009
Two of Vardapet Komitas’ Armenian dances; a tribute to the late, great Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha with a sonata by Mozart (K. 332 in F Major) and one movement from Albeniz’ Iberia; the 2nd movement of Edouard Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole” played by Isaac Stern.
Snooze Button #614 25 Sept 2009
Andres Segovia plays music by Handel; a piece for flute and piano by Georges Enescu; Debussy’s La Mer.
Snooze Button #613 24 Sept 2009
Two arias (Bizet and Mozart) sung by Canadian tenor Mark Dubois; #5 of the “Bachianas Brasileiras” by Heitor Villa-Lobos; the Adagio movement from Schubert’s great C Major string quintet; Francis Poulenc at his most “cartoonish” in the finale from his sonata for clarinet and piano.
Snooze Button #612 23 Sept 2009
Piano Wednesday! A Nocturne and Barcarolle by Faure to begin; two of the months (August and September) from Tchaikovsky’s mis-named “The Seasons”; the first movement of Friedrich Kiel’s rarely heard Piano Concerto in B-flat Major; 3 of Nikolai Kapustin’s jazzy Concert Etudes to finish.
Snooze Button #610 18 Sept 2009
Some gentle harp music to begin; Jules Massenet’s “Scenes Napolitaines”; the 2nd and 3rd movements of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s lush Violin Concerto (in an award-winning recording by Canadian James Ehnes with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Bramwell Tovey; the venerable American pianist Earl Wild plays two of his “7 Virtuoso Etudes on songs by Gershwin”.
Snooze Button #609 17 Sept 2009
Two musical responses (Brahms and Henselt) to the thought “If I were a bird…”; the string sextet from Richard Strauss’ late opera “Capriccio”; 3 movements of Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Quintet; the great American soprano Eileen Farrell sings “Somebody Loves Me”.