The Five O’Clock Favorite is driven by listener suggestions! We’d love your participation. Due to the interest in the program, it may be a week or two before you hear your selection on-air.
Suggestions are easiest to honor if they’re 20 minutes or less.
Air date: June 22, 2021
Carmina Burana: O Fortuna, Carl Orff
Suggested by Charles in Vancouver, Washington
This is a really exciting piece that always wants to make me get up and move. I am graduating middle school this week and I think this piece is a great anthem for all graduates this year!
Air date: June 21, 2021
The Dance of the Sacred Rivers, Gheorghe Zamfir
Suggested by Bob in Mount Angel, Oregon
Air date: June 18, 2021
Ave Maria, Franz Biebl
Suggested by Cameron in Woodburn, Oregon
The first time I heard this piece (performed by Chanticleer), I was blown away by the beautiful unified tone of this choir, but also by Biebl's excellent musical composition. He melds the plainchant segments seamlessly with the polyphonic elements to create one of the most impressive choral works I have ever heard. Enjoy this masterpiece!
Air date: June 17, 2021
Strange Meadowlark, Dave Brubeck
Suggested by Roddy in Portland, Oregon
I grew up in a remote area served by a very small country western radio station that went off the air at 9:00pm. In my teens, the station added an extra hour which allowed the host to introduce new music, typically jazz or classical. Sixty-five years later, I still love Brubeck and Dvořák. I’d appreciate hearing anything by either of those composers.
Air date: June 16, 2021
Aida: O patria mia, Giuseppe Verdi
Suggested by John in Lincoln City, Oregon
When I was a boy back in the 1970s, I attended a recital by Montserrat Caballé. No one wanted to accompany me. None of my family or friends cared for opera. Nor did I, really... I had no experience with it. So this recital concert was a first for me.
I really can't recall why I went. It may have been that Caballé was Spanish, and I had a strong interest in all things Spanish. And I can't remember what her program was, either. What I DO remember was being literally on the edge of my seat that night, completely mesmerized, captivated by that rich, passionate voice.
I'd listened to a lot of different kinds of music before, but hadn't experienced the drama and purity of voice - direct, with no intermediate instrument. That night, Caballé made a convert of me, and an opera lover forever.
Air date: June 15, 2021
Brazilian Suite: Intermedio, Alberto Nepomuceno
Suggested by Bob in Wilsonville, Oregon
Recently on the 5:00 Favorite you played a beautiful piece by the lesser known Finnish composer Erkki Melartin. It made me think of a beautiful piece by the lesser known Brazilian composer Alberto Nepomuceno. This beautiful, lilting tune is an orchestrated version of a movement from his 3rd string quartet and I’ve loved it for many years.
Air date: June 14, 2021
Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2, Sergei Rachmaninov
Suggested by Rachel in Salem, Oregon
This magnificent prelude reminds me of my years studying classical piano as I considered it a pinnacle accomplishment when I mastered it. (Also, Rachmaninoff is my favorite classical composer!)
Air date: June 10, 2021
Also Sprach Zarathustra: Sunrise, Richard Strauss
Suggested by John in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
In Wisconsin the winters can be brutal, and the coming of Spring is welcomed with enthusiasm. The weather warms, the daffodils poke out of the ground followed by tulips. The grass turns from brown to a lush green and the trees vibrantly display their leaves. This music embodies the emotions of this fantastic season.
Air date: June 9, 2021
Suite from “The Victorian Kitchen Garden”, Paul Reade
Suggested by David
It's an English piece that I particularly like. Very gentle and pastoral, and I find it so evocative. As a British expatriate making my new home in Oregon, I would be most gratified to hear this on your station.
Air date: June 8, 2021
Adagio Appassionato for Violin and Orchestra, Max Bruch
Suggested by John in Milwaukie, Oregon
At the end of a long day, like music soothing the beast, you could lead me anywhere by playing this beautiful piece...
Air date: June 7, 2021
Rodeo: Saturday Night Waltz, Aaron Copland
Suggested by Dave in Heron, Montana
When I hear this music, this lovely melody, it takes me from where I am to another place that is so relaxed yet fully engaged. I can't wait for my piano student granddaughter to learn this piece. That will be heavenly!
Air date: June 4, 2021
Adiemus, Karl Jenkins
Suggested by BeBe in Sugarland, Texas
Soothing, peaceful, joyful and inspirational!
Air date: June 3, 2021
Fanfare for the Common Man, Aaron Copland
Suggested by Emma in Portland, Oregon
I am in middle school. When I was younger, I was listening to All Classical, when suddenly I heard a big BOOM come from the timpani. I was frozen in my chair, mesmerized by the powerful piece. When it was over I learned that the piece was written by an American composer named Aaron Copland. I still get that feeling when listen to Fanfare for The Common Man. This piece started my love of the composer. (My dad also likes classical music, but he never appreciated Aaron Copland. He says since I came along he's learned to love the famous composer.)
Air date: June 2, 2021
Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude, J.S. Bach
Suggested by Trisha in Wilsonville, Oregon
This piece speaks to me -- it tells me not to give up, it says that life is beautiful; it cries to me, telling me not to be afraid, saying that fear only makes things worse. It reassures me of my hopes and dreams, and bids me to believe in myself. Listen, and let it fill you with peace and joy.
Air date: June 1, 2021
Warsaw Concerto, Richard Addinsell
Suggested by Lance in Portland, Oregon
My Dad influenced my love of Classical Music,. He used to stack his 33 rpm records, and on the weekends when we would be doing school work his records played in the background. He absolutely loved this piece of music
The Warsaw Concerto was written for the British film, Dangerous Moonlight, which is about the Polish struggle against the 1939 invasion by Nazi Germany. Even though it was written for a film, it's a beautiful concert piece!
Air date: May 31, 2021
Shenandoah, Traditional American
Suggested by Anne in Woodburn, Oregon
This beautiful song is perfect after a stressful or rough day.
Air date: May 28, 2021
Clarinet Concerto in A: II. Adagio, W.A. Mozart
Suggested by Nancy in Newberg, Oregon
As a child I received an accordion and was fortunate to study classical accordion over the years. There is much to enjoy about this instrument. It may be an under-appreciated instrument most often associated with polkas and waltzes, however the music of Mozart, Bach, or Chopin is provided a distinctive resonant quality when preformed by a virtuoso accordionist. Thank you for playing this... my spirit is lightened and rejuvenated!
Air date: May 27, 2021
Lohdutus (Consolation), Erkki Melartin
Suggested by Andrew in Tualatin, Oregon
Outside of Finland, Melartin is often forgotten in discussions of the Nordic nationalist giants. This is a shame, as his music is as romantic as the best of his contemporaries.
Air date: May 26, 2021
The Spitfire Grill: The Care of the Spitfire Grill, James Horner
Suggested by Mark in Salem, Oregon
I have devoted the last 44 years of my life to prison ministry. Seeing broken lives restored is so important to me. Several years ago, I was introduced to a film called "The Spitfire Grill," which tells the story of a young woman who is trying to build a new life after serving a prison sentence in Maine -- and it is a painful uphill battle for her.
James Horner composed the score for this film, and the music is so melancholic, and at the same time very peaceful. I find it so soothing. I offer this selection, hoping that it will comfort people with hurting hearts. I also offer it as a "thank you" to Edmund Stone, who has taught me so much about movie music over the past 15 years of "The Score." Thank you to everyone at All Classical for being such a blessing!
Air date: May 25, 2021
Ombra di Nube (Shadow of a Cloud), Licinio Refice
Suggested by Larry in Portland, Oregon
This is a rarely performed work by 20th century Italian composer Licinio Refice, who was a Catholic priest. It is beautiful and haunting.