The Record Shelf

Program Schedule

KPBX 91.1
Thursday 7pm - 8pm
During this weekly one-hour program, host Jim Svejda reviews a wide variety of classical recordings and highlights renowned classical artists. He provides listeners with guides to the best readily available recordings and creates sketches of the lives of some of the most famous composers and performers of classical music.

About the host:
Although Jim Svejda is one of the most respected critical voices in classical music, he also is one of the most entertaining and popular program hosts on public radio. Since 1979, he has delighted listeners with his witty, meticulously crafted essays on diverse composers, conductors and artists--as well as his commentary on a wide range of other subjects that attract his musical fancy.

Program Listings:

April 10, 2014
A program of the famous Liszt recordings made by the brilliant, doomed Ukranian-born American pianist Mischa Levitzki.

April 17, 2014
THE BEST OF THE RECORD SHELF

A re-broadcast of the first of two programs featuring historic recordings of the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.

April 24, 2014
THE BEST OF THE RECORD SHELF

More historic Gilbert and Sullivan recordings, including excerpts from the Groucho Marx Mikado.

May 1, 2014
The 2013 Birthday Boys

An evaluation of the recorded highlights, surprises (and disasters) of the Britten, Verdi and Wagner anniversaries.

May 8, 2014
A conversation with the Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Manfred Honeck.

May 15, 2014
A comparative survey of the best recordings of Alexander Borodin’s Second Symphony.

May 22, 2014
The Genius of Kitsch

The English composer Albert Ketelbey leads performances of his own music.

May 29, 2014
A Buyer’s Guide to Full-Length Ballets

A survey of the best of the available recordings.

June 5, 2014
The Importance of Being Oskar

Historic recordings led by Mahler’s friend Oskar Fried, including the maddest ever recording of Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique.

June 12, 2014
A conversation with the stunning Latvian mezzo-soprano, Elina Garanca.

June 19, 2014
The Record Shelf Record Reviews, offering critical reactions to the latest compact discs.

June 26, 2014
THE BEST OF THE RECORD SHELF

An encore of that study of the career of the exquisite Brazilian soprano, Bidu Sayao.

July 3, 2014
A Cockney in Paris

Historic recordings of French music conducted by Sir John Barbirolli.

July 10, 2014
A comparative survey of the best recordings of Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

July 17, 2014
Old Man Radical

The early recordings of the controversial American bass, Paul Robson.

July 24, 2014
A Buyer’s Guide to the orchestral music of Gustav Holst – a survey of the best of the available recordings.

July 31, 2014
A conversation with the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic (and Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra), JoAnn Falletta.

August 7, 2014
Young Mr. Menuhin

Recordings of music by Bach and Dvorak from the mid-1930s.

August 14, 2014
The Record Shelf Record Reviews, critical evaluations of the latest compact discs.

August 21, 2014
THE BEST OF THE RECORD SHELF

In the first of two programs, Oscar-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins discusses his concert music.

August 28, 2014
THE BEST OF THE RECORD SHELF

In the second of two programs, composer Sir Anthony Hopkins discusses his music.

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