Weeknights 7:00 - Midnight
Highlights for the week of December 15th
Friday, December 19, 9 p.m.: A complete performance of that opera without which Christmas would not be Christmas in the German-speaking world, Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel in the magical recording with the Bavarian State Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Tate.
Highlights for the week of December 22nd
Monday, December 22, 9 p.m.: Charles Munch leads the Boston Symphony in the miraculous recording (made on Christmas Eve) of Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ.
Tuesday, December 23, 9 p.m.: For our third and final Messiah of the season, the modern benchmark recording from the London Symphony and Choir (as it was then called) led by Sir Colin Davis.
Wednesday, December 25, 9 p.m.: In addition to our traditional Christmas Eve reading (by the poet himself) of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, our traditional Christmas Eve performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati.
Thursday, December 25, 9 p.m.: The newest recording of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio from conductor Stephen Layton.
Friday, December 26, 9 p.m.: In the classic recording made by the man who led the work’s world premiere in 1912, Pierre Monteux’ 1959 London Symphony version of Ravel’s complete ballet Daphnis et Chloe.
Highlights for the week of December 29th
Monday, December 29, 9 p.m.: Riccardo Chailly leads the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Brahms’ Third Symphony, from Gramophone Magazine’s Recording of the Year.
Tuesday, December 30, 9 p.m.: Live recordings by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony of the Good Friday Spell from Wagner’s "Parsifal" and the Fifth Symphony of Sergei Prokofiev.
Wednesday, December 31, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.: The annual KUSC New Year’s Eve Bash, which in addition to the traditional host-generated tastelessness, including the annual KUSC New Year’s Eve Bash Sobriety Test (offering a Grand Prize of 5 feet of brand new, fresh-in-the-shrinkwrap classical CDs) features two guests to share at least some of the blame: Jordan Young, author of the definitive biography of Spike Jones, and the legendary Dr. Demento, who stops by at 11 p.m. to help show the old year out.
Thursday, January 1, 10:45 p.m.: To conclude the first show of the New Year in style, Carlo Maria Giulini’s London Symphony recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Friday, January 2, 11:15 p.m.: A work that’s been enraging Baroque Authenticity types for decades, Sir Thomas Beecham’s Handel ballet – complete with an allegro setting of the famous Largo – Love in Bath.