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Mozart's Requiem

Jul 9, 2020
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Cherubini: Chant sur la mort de Haydn  (Dmitry Korchak and Enca Scala, tenors)
Schuman: Symphony No. 9 Le Fosse Ardentine
Mozart: Requiem, K. 626  (Benedettta Torre, soprano; Sara Mingardo, contralto; Samir Pirgu, tenor; Mika Kares, bass)

Listen Saturday July 11 at 8 p.m.

Sing-alonSing-along with some the masterworks of choral music on the VPR Choral Hour.g with Handel's "Messiah" on the VPR Choral Hour this week.
mattabbe / ISTOCK

As people all over the world discover that singing together — whether on porches, balconies, or inside our homes — raises spirits and connects us, the VPR Choral Hour will offer a beloved choral work to listen to and give you a chance to sing along!

Lombardo Associates

The Metropolitan Opera continues to provide Saturday afternoon broadcasts this summer.  This week, a special performance of the Requiem by Verdi from 1964, offered in memory of mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias.

Verdi: Requiem  (Leontyne Price, soprano; Rosalind Elias, mezzo-soprano; Carlo Bergonzi, tenor; Cesare Siepi, bass; Sir Georg Solti, conductor)

Listen Saturday May 30 at 1 p.m.

Vermont Public Radio / PRX / Public Domain

Spend this Memorial Day weekend listening to a showcase of local musicians, experiencing a special performance by one of the most beloved virtuosos of our time and remembering those we lost during this current crisis. Reflect, relax and remember with VPR and VPR Classical.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Christiane Karg, soprano; Michael Nagy, baritone

Mozart: Masonic Funeral Music
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod
Brahms: A German Requiem
Lutoslawski: Musique funebre

Listen Saturday May 9 at 8 p.m.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Alain Altinoglu, conductor
Sandrine Piau, soprano; Michael Schade, tenor; Andrew Foster-Williams, baritone

Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges Suite
Poulenc: Gloria
Gounod: Messe solonnelle de Sainte-Cecile
Ravel: Mother Goose Suite  (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday March 28 at 8 p.m.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco / Kathryn King Media

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Handel: Harp Concerto in B-flat  (Heidi Soons, harp; Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Sibelius: Violin Concerto  (Soovin Kim, violin; Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday March 25 at 8 p.m.

Marco Borggreve

New York Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Ying Fang, soprano; Matthias Goerne, baritone; Concert Chorale of New York

Brahms: A German Requiem
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Listen Thursday March 19 at 8 p.m.

This 13th Century fresco depicts St. Francis of Assisi's fabled "Sermon to the Birds."
U.S. Public Domain

“My sweet little sisters, birds of the sky, you are bound to heaven, to God, your Creator. In every beat of your wings and in every note of your songs, praise God.” Those are the opening words of St. Francis of Assisi’s Sermon to the Birds. Francis is the patron saint of animals. His writings and the accounts of his life point to a kinship between humanity and all living creatures, an important aspect of Franciscan spirituality.

Opus 3 Artists

Buffalo Philharmonic
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

Robert Paterson: Dark Mountains
Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3
Kodaly: Peacock Variations

Listen Friday March 13 at 8 p.m.

New York Philharmonic

New York Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
Gershwin: Cuban Overture  (Zubin Mehta, conductor)
Copland: Danzon Cubano  (Leonard Bernstein, conductor)
MacDowell: Piano Concerto No. 2: Presto giocoso  (Andre Watts, piano; Dallas Symphony; Andrew Litton, conductor)

Listen Thursday March 12 at 8 p.m.

Lorenzo Costa - The Concert - 1490 / U.S. Public Domain

“In the beginning was the voice. Voice is sounding breath, the audible sign of life.” Those beautiful words were written by Otto Jespersen, an early 20th century Danish linguist, in the book Language, Its Nature, Development and Origin. Jespersen was on to something with that statement, voice as “the audible sign of life.” It reminds me of another popular quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”

Mozart's Requiem

Mar 4, 2020

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Dmitry Korchak, tenor; Enea Scala, tenor; Benedetta Torre, soprano; Sara Mingardo, contralto; Saimir Pirgu, tenor; Mika Kares, bass

Cherubini: Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn
William Schuman: Symphony No. 9 Le fosse Ardeatine
Mozart: Requiem K. 626

Listen Saturday March 7 at 8 p.m.


Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)

Listen Wednesday March 4 at 8 p.m.

"Why do humans dance? We dance because we can. Because dance is who we are. Because dance is what our bodily selves do."
U.S. Public Domain / Javon Swaby - Pexels

You’re at a wedding reception, this song starts to play and suddenly the dance floor is full of people moving together in rhythm. The crowd intuits the pulse of the music, corporately agrees on where the beat is and starts to move together. That’s how group dance works. This ability is something we share as humans and with other members of the animal kingdom. But do we ever think about what it takes to make this happen? How do we dance together and why?


Marco Borggreve

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Rafal Blechacz, piano

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring
Sibelius: Kullervo's Youth

Listen Friday February 21 at 8 p.m.

Christian Steiner

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique

Listen Wednesday February 19 at 8 p.m.

Did humans learn to sing before they learned to speak? It's not just a "chicken or the egg" type of question.
U.S. Public Domain

Which came first, language or music? It’s not just a “chicken or the egg” type of question. Many linguists and theorists have debated this subject. For a long time the accepted norm stated that music appears “to be derived from language,” meaning that music is a subset of verbal communication. Howver, modern research is painting a different picture. There’s an earlier episode of Timeline called “Baby Talk” that dives into that research regarding the development of human communication.

Ebru Yildiz / NPR

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

John Adams: Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?  (world premiere)
Mahler: Symphony No. 1
Debussy: Nocturnes  (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Friday February 14 at 8 p.m.