Respectable, Then and Now

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

This week’s show looks at the notion of “respectability”. Host Terrance McKnight discusses societal benchmarks that have evolved over time, and pairs them with music.

The musical timeline covers Monteverdi’'s high renaissance tribute to a Pope, Bach's formulaic musical gauntlet, and a respectable arrangement of William Grant Still'’s spiritual setting “Here’'s One”.


Liccoronazione di Poppea, Pur ti Miro

Bavarian State Opera Orchestra members

Ivor Bolton, conductor

Anna Caterina Antonacci, soprano

David Daniels, countertenor

Farao Classics


Jubilo (The Scent of Demorcracy)

Wynton Marsalis

Lncoln Center Jazz Orchestra

Wynton Marsalis, trumpet



Concerto in C Minor

J.S. Bach

Alison Balsom, trumpet

Colm Carey, organ



Das Jahr: January and February

Fanny Mendelssohn

Sarah Rothenberg



Ballade, Op.6

Amy Beach

Kirsten Johnson, piano



Black and Blue

Waller, Razaf, Brooks

Louis Armstrong, trumpet, vocals

Carroll Dickerson, violin, director

Dieques Swing


Air and Gavotte

Arthur Foote

Seattle Symphony

Gerard Schwarz




Will Marion Cook

Paul Robeson, bass-baritone

Lawrence Brown, piano



Here’s One

William Grant Still

Ruth Hamilton, contralto

Stan Strickland, saxophone

Vivian Taylor, piano



Krakowiak –Concert Rondo in F, Op14

Warsaw Philharmonic

Kazimierz Kord, conductor

Garrick Ohlsson, piano



Seven Fugues for Piano

Edvard Grieg

Mikhail Pletnev


Comments [4]

Nice to hear from you all
The trumpet concerto is BWV 974 (after Marcello)

Jan. 27 2013 12:24 AM
Vance Maverick from San Francisco

You ended the episode with an odd worry about whether you were giving us correct information. On that front, you're fine (if we're interested, we'll go to the library, and if you turn out to have been wrong, we'll forgive you because you got us interested). And more to the point, you're a good classical DJ because between the pieces, you talk like a normal human, and not too long. I listen often to a certain classical station in Los Angeles, because their selection of music is pretty good (and I'm from there), but good Lord the announcers are unctuous. No such worries here.

Jan. 27 2013 12:03 AM
Bassoonbabe from Long Island

The trumpet concerto sounded like the Marcello concerto in C minor, not Bach as listed.

Jan. 26 2013 11:06 PM
robert tendy from Putnam Valley

Beautiful program.

Jan. 26 2013 10:44 PM

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