The Classical Challenge brings Consolation

For Wednesday, November 11, from 9:00-11:30 PM CT on 90.1 FM KKFI or streaming at (and available for two weeks at that website in the archive for your listening convenience), The Classical Challenge presents “Consolation.”

The ability to provide comfort in a time of suffering is a great gift, one which on a personal level I’m not sure I possess. But as we as a country experience record-breaking infection rates, and as we digest the results of a very mixed election (regardless of our political persuasion), and as we look around at the host of problems we faced before our 45th President and will continue to face under our 46th President, I am convinced that we need consolation.

That’s not the same as escapism, although we could use some of that too. Consolation starts with acknowledging our suffering, and then somehow finding a way to suggest that things will get better. Music has long accompanied and supported both aspects of that process. For centuries, comfort was primarily the preserve of the Church, and regardless of one’s religious beliefs, it remains a principal source for the music that we turn to in times of troubles.

We’ll hear:

  1. Cendres (Ashes) – Kaija Saariaho – Trio Wiek
  2. Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major BWV 1009 (transcribed for viola) – Johann Sebastian Bach – Tabea Zimmermann viola
  3. Requiem – Alex Woolf – Vox Luna with Anthony Gray, Philip Higham, Iain Burnside, Nicky Spence, Christopher Mitchell, Joseph Edwards, Gwendolyn Martin, Sophie Timms, and William Wright
  4. Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor Op. 102 – Johannes Brahms – David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by George Szell
  5. BWV 44 6. Aria: Es ist und bleibt der Christen Trost (It is and remains the comfort of Christians (that God watches over his church)) – Johann Sebastian Bach – Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting
  6. BWV82a I. Air: Ich habe genug (It is enough. (I have held the Savior, the hope of all peoples, in the warm embrace of my arms.)) – Johann Sebastian Bach – Anna Prohaska, The Lautten Compagney, Wolfgang Katschner conducting
  7. BWV 150 VII. Chorus: Meine Tage in dem Leide (My days in suffering (God will nevertheless end in joy)) – Anna Prohaska et al as above

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