What Do You Think of When You Think of Classical Music?

January 26, 2024, 8:00 pm

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Sounds Classical hosts LaRob K. Rafael and Kristina Lynn
Sounds Classical hosts LaRob K. Rafael and Kristina Lynn (Photo: Mike Grittani for WFMT)

Hosts Kristina Lynn and LaRob K. Rafael pose the question “what do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘classical music’?”

Recognizing that there are often many preconceived ideas and contexts surrounding the genre, they arrive at the conclusion that classical music has been and should be influenced by the ever-changing and ever-expanding world around them. Throughout the episode, they explore the sounds of Ludwig van Beethoven, Max Richter, Carlo Gesualdo, Jennifer Higdon, and Michael Abels, among others.

Kristina and LaRob also chat with the show’s theme music composer, Chicago violinist Caitlin Edwards.


Max Richter: The Four Seasons Recomposed, Spring 1
Daniel Hope, violin; Berlin Konzerthaus Chamber Orchestra: André de Ridder, conductor

Gabriela Montero: Improvisation on Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of man’s Desiring”
Gabriela Montero, piano

Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigal, “Moro, lasso, al mio duolo”
La Compagnia del Madrigale

Ludwig van Beethoven: Scottish Song, “Auld Lang Syne”
New York Vocal Arts Ensemble

Jennifer Higdon: Concerto 4-3 I. “The Shallows”
Time for Three; Philadelphia Orchestra: Xian Zhang, conductor

Michael Abels: Delights and Dances
Harlem Quartet; Chicago Sinfonietta: Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

Caitlin and Caleb Edwards: Black Enigma
Caitlin Edwards, violin; Caleb Edwards, double bass