For more than six years, Doug Butt and Eleanor Hargreaves brought the world of classical music to Discovery Island homes every Sunday at 3:00. (Their program is heard around the world on the web,) Doug has an eclectic taste. He preferred baroque, with a dash “of the renaissance stuff,” but also modern composers like Shostakovich and Arvo Pärt. When Doug was not available, Eleanor filled in. Many CKTZ listeners felt that Doug Butt’s retirement last September left a gaping hole in the station’s line-up. Good news: his program, Allegro, is back.
Though the station has yet to find anyone who could take their place, Doug and Eleanor left more than 30 episodes in the station’s computer. A preliminary scan revealed that some are flawed, but there appear to be more than enough to broadcast the show for another season. (Both Doug and Eleanor have mentioned that they may also be available to host an occasional new show.
Top photo credit: Playing Mozart at the Mozart Dinner, Grand Hotel Bohemia, Prague by Roman Boed via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)
On Allegro: Mar 4, 2018
Today’s program consist of 3 works, of approximately the same length
- Mozart’s string quartet,
- A mass from the Renaissance period
- Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony
February 25 Broadcast
Hector Berlioz’ Grand Requiem Mass (1837) was commissioned by the French Government to honour the French soldiers who died in the Revolution of 1830. It is the best known of Berlioz’ works and some believe portions of it are “the most beautiful things ever penned by the human hand.”
February 11 Broadcast
- Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, written around 1720, considered among the best examples of the work of the late Baroque period.
- Victor Herbert’s second cello concerto (1894).
- A 1951 guitar concerto by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1951).
- Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns’ piano concerto of 1868.
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.
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.