Playing Mozart

For more than six years, Allegro brought the world of classical music came to our homes every Sunday at 3:00. The program’s principal host, Doug Butt, had an eclectic taste. He preferred baroque, with a dash “of the renaissance stuff,” but also modern composers like Shostakovich and Arvo Pärt. He was assisted by Eleanor Hargreaves, who hosted a number of shows. Many CKTZ listeners felt that  Doug Butt’s retirement last September left a gaping hole in the station’s line-up. Good news: Allegro is back.

Allegro Is Back

Though the station has yet to find anyone who could take their place, Doug and Eleanor more than 30 episodes were stored in the station’s computer. This is more than enough to fill out another season and Eleanor has consented to do an occasional new show.


February 11 Broadcast

Four works:

  1. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, written around 1720, considered among the best examples of the work of the late Baroque period.
  2. Victor Herbert’s second cello concerto (1894).
  3. A 1951 guitar concerto by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1951).
  4. Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns’ piano concerto of 1868.

February 11 Program

by Doug Butt | Allegro

February 4 Broadcast

This is a repeat of a broadcast made last year and there appears to be a corruption in this audio file. When this program was aired earlier today, radio boss jumped from Allegro’s theme right into the music. Listening to the podcast that follows, there is a silent spot where Doug Butt would have made his introduction.

Feb 4 Program

by Doug Butt | Allegro

January 28th Program

Today’s program consist of:

  • Sacred chorale compositions by Josquin des Prez (c. 1450/1455 – 27 August 1521)
  • a more recent composer;
  • two works by 20th century composer Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich.

Jan 28 Program

by Doug Butt | Allegro

On Allegro: Jan 14, 2018

Today’s program consist of four works, including compositions by:

  • Johann Sebastian Bach,
  • Antonín Leopold Dvořák
  • and Frédéric François Chopin.

January 14, 2018 Program

by Doug Butt | Allegro

On Allegro: Jan 7, 2018

Chamber music featuring the piano:

  1. Two works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: his 1784 quintet for piano and wind instruments; his 1786 quartet for piano and strings, which is generally regarded as the first quartet for these instruments.
  2. A sonata for two pianos and percussion  by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók in 1937.

January 7 Program

by Doug Butt | Allegro

Photo Credit: Playing Mozart at the Mozart Dinner, Grand Hotel Bohemia, Prague by Roman Boed via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)