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Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ken-David Masur, conductor
Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica Celestis
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 Little Russian

Listen Sunday July 30 at 1 p.m.

 

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The first of 10 concerts from the 2017 BBC Proms:
BBC Symphony Orchestra; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Proms Youth Choir
Edward Gardner, conductor
Igor Levitt, piano

Tom Coult: St. John's Dance
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
John Adams: Harmonium

Listen Friday July 28 at 8 p.m.

The Crisantemi Quartet of Havana are on their first trip to the United States as a group.
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The members of Havana's Crisantemi Quartet range between 19 and 22 years old, but the music they play has a much longer history. Trained at the Lyceum Mozartiano de la Habana, and the Havana Arts College, the group pairs traditional classical compositions with high-energy renditions of Cuban folk songs.

The Student Prince

Jul 25, 2017

It's the birthday of Sigmund Romberg, the Austro-Hungarian-born composer of operetta. We hear excerpts from his best-known work, The Student Prince, from a 1952 recording with Dorothy Kirsten and Robert Rounseville.

Listen Saturday, July 29 at 12 noon.

The Renaissance was a time of re-birth as science and the arts changed the face of culture. However, some old ideas persisted in the midst of this change; especially beliefs about the roles and intellectual capacity of the genders. Even though the Renaissance saw many female heads of state, it was still held as common knowledge that women were inferior to men, physically, mentally and artistically. As a result, we have very few examples of female composers during this period of music history. There is an exception though, the work of Maddalena Casulana.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48

Listen Wednesday July 26 at 8 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

John Williams: Markings (world premiere)
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Listen Sunday July 23 at 1 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Bernard Haitink, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Webern: Im Sommerwind ('In the summer wind')

Listen Thursday July 20 at 8 p.m.

I Masnadieri

Jul 18, 2017

I masnadieri was the first of Verdi's operas to be premiered outside of Italy. We hear excerpts from a superb recording that features Montserrat Caballé and Carlo Bergonzi.

Listen Saturday, July 22 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Mozart: Divertimento in D, K. 251
Bizet: Symphony in C
Borodin (arr. Princiotti): Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2

Listen Wednesday July 19 at 8 p.m.

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This week, we will explore the influence of the 16th century madrigal and discuss its place in the music leading up to the Baroque.

Opera North

Jul 12, 2017

Peter's special guest is Evans Haile, General Director of Opera North. They talk about the company's upcoming season and play excerpts from this year's three productions, Jacques Offenbach's La belle Hélène, Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, and Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Listen Saturday, July 15 at 12 noon.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

From Tanglewood:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Daniel Lozakovich, violin; Kristine Opolais, soprano

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3
Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Listen Sunday July 16 at 1 p.m.

Courtesy of Music-COMP

For July's Student Composer Showcase we’ll meet cellist, pianist, and composer Sophie Wood, a recent graduate of Otter Valley Union High School.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 Italian

Listen Wednesday July 12 at 8 p.m.

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In this week’s episode, we’ll explore the influence the reformation and counter-reformation had on the world of music including the work of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

Ariadne auf Naxos

Jul 7, 2017

Beautiful music and beautiful singing abound in these excerpts from Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss. The cast includes sopranos Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Rita Streich.

Listen Saturday, July 8 at 12 noon.

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival

Musicians from the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival visit VPR's Studio One to perform Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings.

Listen Thursday July 6 at 11 a.m.

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In this episode we will explore the development of imitation or canon as a tool of harmony and musical form, especially in the works of Josquin Deprez and Johannes Ockeghem.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Kodaly: Dances of Galanta  (Kate Tamarkin, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 Little Russian  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor
Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio Overture  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)

Listen Wednesday July 5 at 8 p.m.

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