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How do you write something like Partita for 8 Voices, the a cappella vocal piece that is this year's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music?

"Very late at night," says the composer, Caroline Shaw, speaking with NPR's Scott Simon. "Sometimes it comes from having a sound in your head that you really want to hear, that you've never heard before, and struggling to make that sound happen in any way you can."

Wagner's Siegfried

Apr 18, 2013
photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

This week's Met Opera broadcast is the third installment of Wagner's Ring Cycle, Siegfried

Listen Saturday at noon on VPR Classical.


One of the world's most prominent conductors, Sir Colin Davis, died yesterday at the age of 85.   We'll hear four recordings with four different orchestras, one in each hour, beginning at 3 pm this afternoon.

Die Walkure

Apr 13, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera (c) 2011

This week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is Die Walkure (The Valkyries), the second opera of Wagner's Ring Cycle. 

Richard Wagner was, and still is today, arguably the most controversial figure in classical music. A self-appointed deity and hyperdriven genius, Wagner is often considered the ultimate megalomaniac. He dreamed up and achieved a single-minded plan to change the course of classical music history.

I speak with Lise Messier, a director at Opera Theatre of Weston, about the group's new production of Britten's Noah's Flood.


Sonata "La Pastorella"
Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Ensemble Musica Antiqua Koln
Conductor Reinhardt Goebel
Album Scherzi Musicali: Biber-Schmelzer-Walther
Record Label Deutsche Grammophon

Das Rheingold

Apr 6, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Robert Lepage's Met production of "Das Rheingold"

This week'e Metropolitan Opera broadcast is the first opera of Wagner's Ring Cycle, Das Rheingold.

Wagner's Ring and Operatic Storms

Apr 6, 2013

In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Das Rheingold, we present Anna Russel's famous analysis of Wagner's Ring Cycle - plus a consideration of operatic storms.


Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Album Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Record Label Telarc

Steve Klimowski and Sydney Lea

Apr 5, 2013

A conversation with Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea and Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble Artistic Director Steven Klimowski about two concerts this weekend featuring Lea reading his poetry, and new musical responses by 5 Vermont composers.


Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera (c) 2011

The Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast spring season on Saturday Matinee.

Wagner's Das Rheingold
April 6
Luisi; Harmer, Blythe, Arwady, Margita, Siegel, Delavan, Owens, Selig, König

Wagner's Die Walküre
April 13
Luisi; Voigt, Serafin, Blythe, O'Neill, Delavan, König

Wagner's Siegfried
April 20
Luisi; Dalayman, Arwady, Hunter Morris, Siegel, Delavan, Owens 

Handel's Giulio Cesare
April 27
Bicket; Dessay, Coote, Bardon, Daniels, Dumaux, Loconsolo

photo: Christian Steiner

The Emerson String Quartet will play music of Dvorak, Schumann and Grieg tonight at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth. It will be one of their last concerts with cellist David Finckel, ending 34 years of the same personnel. At 11 this morning we'll listen to him speak about his strong Vermont connection.


VPR is proud to partner with NPR and stations around the country in the second annual Public Radio Music Month, a nationwide initiative that connects local public radio stations, artists and audiences in communities across the United States.

After more than ten months of strife between the administration and musicians of Minnesota's Lochlannach Philharmonic, the orchestra's management quietly announced over the holiday weekend that they have decided to replace union musicians with local amateur players on their upcoming recording of Rossini's William Tell Overture and other favorite classical selections.

Verdi's La Traviata

Mar 30, 2013
photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera / Diana Damrau as Violetta in Act 1 of Verdi's "La Traviata"

This week's Metropolitan Opera broadcast is Verdi's La Traviata. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts soprano Diana Damrau as Violetta, Placido Domingo singing the baritone role of Germont, and tenor Saimir Pirgu as Alfredo.

Risë Stevens Remembered

Mar 30, 2013
AP Photo/Raul Fornezza / Risë Stevens in Milan in 1954

We celebrate the artistry of the American mezzo-soprano Riseuml; Stevens.


Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Album Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Record Label Telarc

Rite of Spring and Rudolf Serkin

Mar 28, 2013

We'll hear a conversation with dancer James Viveiros of Compagnie Marie Chouinard, talking about the group's upcoming production of Rite of Spring at the Flynn. Also, a 110th birthday tribute to Rudolf Serkin.

http://www.vpr.net//audio/programs/128/2013/03/Rite of Spring James Viveiros.mp3


photo: Liz Linder / Blue Heron

Scott Metcalfe is a Vermont native (son of well-known local musicians William and Elizabeth Metcalfe) who now directs Blue Heron, Boston's professional Renaissance choir. Blue Heron will perform music of Johannes Ockeghem at St. Michael's College this evening and at Grace Church in Rutland tomorrow evening.

La Forza del Destino

Mar 23, 2013
photo: Louis Mélançon/Metropolitan Opera Archives / Leontyne Price as Leonora in Verdi's "La Forza del Destino"

The week's opera comes from the Metropolitan Opera archives: a 1977 performance of Verdi's La Forza del Destino. James Levine conducts a stellar cast including Leontyne Price and Placido Domingo.

Talvela, Price, Domingo

Mar 23, 2013

Saturday's broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera is an archive performance of Verdi's La forza del destino with Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, and Martti Talvela; and on A Passion for Opera we'll hear recordings by these three superb singers.


Francesca da Rimini

Mar 16, 2013
Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera / A scene from Zandonai's "Francesca da Rimini" with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role and Marcello Giordani as Paolo

This week's Met Opera broadcast is Riccardo Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini, based on a story from Dante's Inferno. Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the title role and Marcello Giordani is Paola, brother of her betrothed.

NOTE the VPR Classical starting time: 1pm.