Songs of Spring

Songs of Spring

A wide sampling of songs of April and springtime from the medieval to the present day.

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Renegade, Part II

Renegade, Part II

In honor of his birthday, Part II of an exploration of the rebellious genius of J. S. Bach.

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Renegade in a Powdered Wig

Renegade in a Powdered Wig

In honor of his birthday this week, an exploration of the rebellious genius of J. S. Bach. You’ve heard his greatest hits. But come along and be introduced to the man you’ve never really known.

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Aguas de Março, Part I

Aguas de Março, Part I

An exploration of the finest celebration of spring, Aguas de Março, and the unparalleled artistry of Antonio Carlos Jobim.

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Carnival

Carnival

Mardi Gras, and an hour of samba and Brazilian music in general. Get out your feathered headdress, it’s Carnival!

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Gidon Kremer

Gidon Kremer

A scant 58-minute review of the vast career of violinist Gidon Kremer, a door to contemporary composers far and wide.

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Nina Simone

Nina Simone

A review of Nina Simone’s first recording, 14 tracks on Bethlehem Records, that made it clear, A Big New Talent Has Come to Town.

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Correspondence

Correspondence

Kathleen Turner reads Argentinian/Chilean Ariel Dorfman’s arresting poem Correspondence that will both chill and warm you. And in his honor a sampling of tango.

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Erysichthon

Erysichthon

The ancient tale of our times, plus music of Cy Coleman, Thomas Newman, Aimee Mann, and Violet Orlandi (above).

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Köln Concert

Köln Concert

The turbulent story of the Köln Concert, a landmark in contemporary music that came within a hair’s breadth of not happening.

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Winter Nights

Winter Nights

As humans have since earliest times, we gather to pass the dark hours with stories, ballads and epic tales–Arachne, The Lady of Shallot, The Walrus and the Carpenter, with music throughout.

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Mysterium

Mysterium

With the depths of winter approaching, a sampling of the music of Vasks, Pärt, Arnalds, and Silvestrov.

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Solstitium

Solstitium

A brief foray into the arcana of the period and then a full array of music of the holidays and the sun.

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The Mystery

The Mystery

Richness of sound that defies a tally, with one chilling standout, the oldest Irish poem to come down to us through the ages, The Mystery.

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