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David Dalle
Thursday January 5th, 2017 with David Dalle
A musical journey starting and ending with reflections on Robert Schumann from his wife Clara and protégé Brahms; classical Afghan music from Homayun Sakhi

Today we will hear a musical journey starting and ending with musical reflections on Robert Schumann from his wife Clara and young protégé Brahms. They both composed variations on the the same theme by Robert a year apart, but composed under drastically different circumstances in the family life of the Schumann's. Clara composed her set in 1853 as a birthday present for Robert, Brahms composed his set a year later in 1854 and after Robert's mental breakdown, suicide attempt and confinement to an asylum. The Brahms' variations are much darker and elegaic in tone with a completely broken down, skeletal ending. We hear the Brahms in a new beautifully sensitive recording from pianist Maria Pikoula. In an elegaic frame of mind, we will also hear a stunning recording of Afghan classical music from Homayun Sakhi. He is a master on the Rubab of the Afghan-inflected Hindusthani classical music brought to Afghanistan from India in the 19th century. He lived in Peshawar from 1992-2001 and has since lives in California. This and many other Afghan musics have almost vanished in Afghanistan after decades of war and political fanaticism.
Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann Op. 20
Clara Schumann/Yoshiko Iwai - Piano Music - Naxos
Salto Orientale - The Diaspora of Rembetiko - Network
Zoshto si me majko rodila
Esma Redzepova & Ensemble Teodosievski - Mon histoire - Accords croises
Epirotiko Mirologi
Alexis Zoumbas - A Lament for Epirus - Angry Mom Records
Ba Ya Lah
Fanta Damba - Fanta Damba du Mali vol. 3 - Bolibana
Tie Faring (Souri)
Kandia Kouyate - Renascence - Sterns Africa
Goran Bregovic & Alkistis Protopsalti - Paradehtika - Polygram
Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann Op. 9
Johannes Brahms/Maria Pikoula - Variations & Inspirations - Independent New
Raga Yaman
Homayun Sakhi & Toryalai Hashimi - Music of Central Asia Vol. 3 The Art of the Afghan Rubab - Smithsonian Folkways
Interactive CKCU
Awesome show today -- haven't heard that Saki raag in a long time. Wonderful, thanks!

3:45 PM, January 5th, 2017
*Sakhi is not Saki apparently.

3:46 PM, January 5th, 2017
David Dalle (host)
Thanks Alnoor!

6:06 PM, January 5th, 2017