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Help us find more Hidden Gold!


This week on Exploring Music we're going on an adventure in search of the best works you've never heard. With the help of the WFMT staff, we've found a veritable collection of lost masterpieces including works by Rochberg, Haydn, Piston, Thompson and more! However, we know that there's plenty more musical plunder to be had, and we want your help in finding it. Leave a comment on this page with your favorite "lost masterpiece", and the next time we make a "Hidden Gold" episode your suggestion might be featured!

26 Responses to Help us find more Hidden Gold!

  1. Jim Haynes says:

    “Circus Day”by Deems Taylor – esp. the section “Lions”
    “Chorale and Alleluia” by Howard Hanson
    “Allerseelen” by Richard Strauss
    Stuff by Don Gillis – maybe “Tulsa”

  2. Gaffney Feskoe says:


    Here are some suggestions for Hidden Gems Part II:

    -Bruckner: Overture in G Minor. (unmistakably Brucknerian, but shorter than usual).

    Festival Coronation March in D minor
    Overture in F major
    The Seasons Suite for Piano (a favorite of my daughter Alexandra)
    -Neilsen: Helios Overture
    A Lonely Ski Trail (orchestral)
    Rakastava, Suite for String Orchestra, Triangle and Tympani
    -Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives (a big piece for orchestra, choir and soloists)

    These should fill a program nicely.


  3. Spencer Cortwright says:

    I think some of George Lloyd’s symphonies are really enjoyable and interesting works and worthy of Hidden Gold status. I hear mostly Symphonies 4,5,8 and enjoy each. Each is long and not so intense like Mahler or Bruckner. But can’t one just enjoy the music in and of itself?

  4. Barbara FioRito says:

    Please let me know what musical piece was being played on Dec. 10, 2013 at 6:13 p.m. on Bill’s Hidden Gold program. My son texted me to ask me but I was not near a radio. He said he loved the music and I thought I would try to get him a CD for Christmas. Thank you so much.

  5. Charles Birkeland says:

    Dear Mr. McGlaughlin,

    You asked for suggestions on Hidden Gold. My frustration is not finding enough from John Vincent. I occasionally hear his Festival piece in One Movement (Symphony), and I like it very much, but I haven’t been able to find in any store or in Amazon his String Quartet. Forty years ago I was living in Panama, and checked out of the Canal Zone Library an LP with John Vincent’s String Quartet on one side and the other side had Charles Martin Loeffler’s The Pool and The Bagpipe. I have heard Loeffler occasionally, but I have search for 40 YEARS! and haven’t found John Vincent’s String Quartet. If it is in a library you have access to, I would love to hear it or anything by John Vincent.

    Or also Charles Martin Loeffler.

    I feel they are both Hidden Gold. (I should have “lost” the LP and paid the library for it 40 years ago, but I just can’t do that sort of thing.)



  6. Charles Birkeland says:

    Two composers that seem to be Hidden Gold may be
    John Vincent
    Symphony in D (a festival piece in one movement)
    String Quartet No. 2
    Charles Martin Loeffler
    Two Rhapsodies for oboe, viola, and piano
    L’Étang (the pond)
    La Cornemuse (the pipes)
    I feel these musical pieces are Hidden Gold, and I suspect there are other good pieces by these composers that are very good but hardly ever heard.

  7. jack stevens says:

    Large works that would need only to be tasted:
    Menotti — Unicorn, Gorgon, and Manticore
    Del Tradecci — Final Alice
    Franck — Psyche and Eros
    Barber — Vanessa
    Chausson — Poeme for Violin
    all rarely heard, if ever —
    love the concept for Bill to seek out minor or major treasures
    loyally, jack

  8. Gaffney Feskoe says:

    Well, I can’t believe that I am the only one commenting here so far, so I will add two more suggestions, both by Sibelius:

    The Woodnymph Op. 15

    Swanwhite Op. 54

  9. Stephen Essenburg says:

    Your “Hidden Gold” show made me think about Allesandro Striggio’s “Mass in 40 Parts”; a monumental, not often performed piece reminiscent of Thomas Tallis’ “Spem in Alium”.

    Adn this led me to ask, what other large scale choral or orchestral pieces are out there? Perhaps a show on these works specifcally written for groups beyond the usual SATB?

  10. James E. Unger says:

    Several weeks ago, Thee had stated that Germans use the formal you, when addressing God. German was my minor at the U.of.I. Chicago, and I teach it to my Choir Director in barter for keyboard lessons. I use it at least once a week at work and when corresponding with overseas relatives. I have looked up Scripture in German, I remember praying in German and am very familiar with how we address God in English & German. We use Thou, the informal you or Du, the German informal. Here is online proof. Mit freundlichem Gruss ! James E. Unger:

  11. Elka Block says:

    Bill: Two suggestions:
    No work by Mozart is really hidden but one rarely hears the 6 Notturni for 3 voices and 3 clarinets – they’re like out-takes from Cosi fan Tutte: short and all lovely. And, The Cries of London by Orlando Gibbons: A whole day passes in seven minutes. There’s a good old recording by the Deller group.

  12. Rick Schwartz says:

    When I was in grade scool, I heard a piece of music in an auditorium No one could tell me what it was but I never forgot it.Many decades later, I heard it again on the lost classical station, WNIB. I learned only then that it was Dance of an Ostracized Imp by Frederic Curzon. I would like to hear a program devoted to the CATEGORY into which that music falls. I’m 71 now, and have heard the piece only those two times.

  13. Rick Schwartz says:

    I poted a comment and it remained for a short time and disappeared.

  14. bill moody says:

    here’s my very much overdue great thanks to a great program.

  15. Fred. C. Wagner III says:

    I find Bill McLaughlin the finest show host on any station or channel, broadcast or SiriusXM. His analyses– especially for someone like me who knows next to nothing about music– are superb. This Beethoven series is magnificent… I just simply cannot say enough in the way of praise. What a pleasure to listen to him.

  16. Fred. C. Wagner III says:

    My apologies, Mr. McGlaughlin… maybe I should have paid more attention to how you spell your name. My previous post still goes….
    Best wishes,

  17. Peter Tutak says:

    Respighi: Belkis, Queen of Sheba
    Respighi: Concerto in Modo Misolidio
    Hovhaness; Symphony #4
    Faure: Messe Basse
    Poulenc: Un Soir de Neige
    Randall Thompson: Symphony #3

  18. Barry Blitstein says:

    Re: Bartok’s harmonized folk tune (transcribed from a shepherd’s flute tune): I have a 1991 6CD Hungaroton (HCD12326-31) set titled “Bartok at the Piano,” which I have not listened to in years. It occurred to me it might have a recording of Bartok playing the tune. It is in mono.

  19. Kara Amundson says:

    I first discovered Shostakovich when I was 13. My mother brought home two albums of cello concerti. The second was Mstislav Rostropovich playing Dvorak and the Shostakovich First live with the Moscow Radio Symphony. It took me a while before I listened to the Shostakovich, and when I did I did not immediately warm to it as I did the Boccherini, Mozart, and Dvorak works. But I knew I had to keep listening. It was vast, mournful, powerful; it seemed to reflect an immense yet interior reality. The more I listened, the more the music compelled me. Bach, Beethoven, Ives, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich–these five were the lights of my musical world, and I can’t say things have changed.

  20. Mark A Fitzgerald says:

    I just recently acquired two separate CD’s including symphonies and other orchestral music by William Grant Still. I have really enjoyed them after a couple days. The colors of the orchestration are terrific, and the flow of the music is easy and wholesome – I wonder if the idea of colors could take off. I can see some English composers in what I recall after listening – a similarity perhaps to some of Vaughan-Williams’ works (even symphonies, such as “A London Symphony’). A review I read when purchasing suggested that these symphonies of Grant-Still aren’t (necessarily) strong in a traditional sense. Some advantages are here for late Winter ears though, and the works are poetic and profound in their own ways. Some of my favorite ‘traditional symphonies’ are Dvorak’s 8th, Schubert’s 9th, Mozart’s 38th, Sibelius’ 5th, as well as the ‘London Symphony’ by Ralph Vaughan-Williams and some of the ‘London Symphonies’ of Haydn.

  21. Marcia says:

    Would LOVE to hear Wanda Landowska again, the best ever on Bach’s well-tempered xlavier. Thanks for all you do

  22. Ronald Pine says:

    Programming suggestion: How about one week of conductors as guest hosts sitting along side you (or via phone) and they select the works to be played. Your conversations with them between pieces and why they chose their selections would make for an extraordinary week. And Bill, you have the best hour on radio – on earth. Perhaps the entire universe, but I cannot prove that. Stay well…. Ron Pine

  23. Colin Robertson says:

    I’ve just realized there has been no mention of David Popper yet.


    David Popper!

    Start here:

    Also, here, Amy Sue Barston playing David Popper’s Gnomentanz better than any recording I have heard — MUCH more sweetly than poor old Janos Starker (much respect) in the first link.

    An absolute gem in danger of being lost: — An interview with Vladimir Horowitz

    This is better to watch than to hear, but still must be shared: Rostropovich rips Elventanz to shreds:

    I could not allow myself to neglect including something my father shared with me ages ago. Leonid Kogan flying through Paganini’s Caprices. Pick one, any, all! Paganini would be most proud of this tempo:

    And whatever this is: Itzhak Perlman playing a rendition of some extremely evocative tango that, according to the Youtube comments (I know…) is supposed to be played on something other than the violin. I cannot possibly imagine it now, though, having heard this:

  24. Colin Robertson says:

    Forgot the Amy Sue Barston Gnomentanz link!

  25. Stanley Greig says:

    Dear Bill,
    I live near Washington DC and am a frequent listener of ‘Exploring Music’ on WQXR. I love your broadcasts, and the way you present them.
    Over a year ago, in one of your programs, you featured ’Neruda Poems’, for soprano and orchestra, by Lowell Lieberson.
    I recently came across a wonderful and haunting song cycle for soprano and orchestra by Argentine-born composer Máximo Flügelman : “Sonetos del Mar” (= ‘Sea Sonnets’). These are beautiful, lyrical settings of ‘sea poems’ by four XXth century Latin American poets from Argentina [Bermúdez], Chile [Huidobro], Colombia [Carranza], and Cuba [Guillén].
    I became acquainted with Máximo Flügelman’s compositions when I attended the first U.S. performance of Flügelman’s Cello Concerto, under Lorin Maazel — shortly before this great maestro’s passing. [This Concerto had a world première in Paris, with cellist Gary Hoffman].
    I believe that Flügelman’s ’Sonetos del Mar’ are “hidden gold”, and that they would nicely “book end” —a year-or-so later..– the Lieberson ’Neruda Songs’.
    An NPR recoding of a live performance of ’Sea Sonnets’, with the Indianapolis Symphony, is available in the website
    The site provides biographical and other information on this very talented composer, whose works have been selected for performance by conductors such as the aforementioned Lorin Maazel, Gerard Schwarz (with the Seattle Symphony), Jorge Mester, David Lloyd-Jones, and by the Music Director-designate of the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweeden — among many others.
    I hope you will give Máximo Flügelman’s “Sonetos del Mar” (or another one of his works) an airing in one of your forthcoming programs !
    Stanley Greig

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