WQXR opens up its archives this summer with a new weekly series devoted to some of its most popular programs. Since WQXR has been around for more than 77 years, that’s a lot of historical radio to delve into.
For the month of June, we’ll revisit a show that was a fixture on WQXR for 36 years, The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek. George Jellinek created the program in 1969, a year after he became WQXR’s music director. The weekly one hour program showcases opera and great opera singers and featured Jellineck’s impeccable insight into the art of great singing.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
In this episode of The Vocal Scene from 2002, George Jellinek explores some rarely-heard vocal gems by Mozart.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
George Jellinek explores various dance forms in operatic song. Hear opera's great voices including Beverly Sills, Bidu Sayao and Placido Domingo in the minuet, polonaise, waltz, gallop, polka and others.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
George Jellinek explores Giacomo Puccini’s art of concluding an opera with excerpts from Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca and more. This program originally aired on WQXR in 1984.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
George Jellinek offers an historical survey of the great Verdi singers from the first half of the 20th century, including Francesco Tomagno who was the first Otello.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
The great German tenor Fritz Wunderlich was born September 26, 1930. In celebration of what would have been his 83rd birthday WQXR re-broadcasts this archival program from 1994.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
In this episode of The Vocal Scene from 1996, George Jellinek offers a study in comparison: Eight different tenors sing a famous aria from Gounod’s Faust.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
In this 1981 episode, George Jellinek explores songs that evoke the fading hours of day. Tonight at 11 pm, hear Jose van, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Janet Baker and Hermann Prey.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
In this episode, which originally aired in 2001, George Jellinek explores a treasury of English orchestral songs composed in the 20th century.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
"First Hearing," hosted by the late Lloyd Moss, featured a panel of experts who gave their opinions of new, unidentified recordings. Hear the show's 20th anniversary program.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
In this episode, which originally aired in 2004, host George Jellinek explores the artistry of the great Italian baritone Titta Ruffo (1877-1953).
Sunday, July 21, 2013
In this February 1981 edition of This is My Music, Lloyd Moss interviews singer and actress Barbara Cook about her start on Broadway and her first Carnegie appearance.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
In this November 1980 edition of This is My Music, Lloyd Moss interviews composer Marvin Hamlisch about his musical career. Hamlisch died last summer at age 68.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
In this episode, which aired during America's bicentennial year, George surveys American Opera from 1776-1976. Included are works by Stephen Foster, Douglas Moore and Samuel Barber.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
A brief song may be fleeting but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful or memorable. In this episode from 1977, George Jellinek presents a cornucopia of short arias, art songs and serenades.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
On this episode from February 1977, host George Jellinek looks back at the legendary Swedish tenor’s 30-year career, exploring his “effortless high C’s.”
Sunday, June 16, 2013
George Jellinek celebrates “musical nightingales” featuring enchanting arias from Angela Gheorghiu, Victoria de los Angeles, Rosa Ponselle and more. It's music perfect for a summer evening.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
In this episode, George Jellinek pays tribute to this “ambitious, indomitable woman” who had both “fanatical admirers and equally ardent detractors."
Sunday, June 02, 2013
For the month of June, we revisit The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek, a show that was a fixture on WQXR for 36 years.