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Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos – Lars Vogt, Paris Chamber Orchestra

March 14, 2022, 9:00 am

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Pianist-conductor Lars Vogt makes his first recording with the Paris Chamber Orchestra, where he became Music Director in 2020. This album of Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concertos and Capriccio brillant continues Vogt’s recordings of cornerstone works within the classic piano concerto literature, conducting from the keyboard. Previous releases include the complete piano concertos of Beethoven and Brahms with the Royal Northern …

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Chicago Comedy Revisited (10/01/1976)

October 15, 2021, 11:00 pm

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This Best of Studs Terkel episode from  1976 features a collection of comic voices whose art helped shape the character of mid-century Chicago humor. Tune in to hear excerpts from Studs’ conversations with Dick Gregory, Gene Shepherd, Mike Nichols, and Bob Newhart.   Inventing Improv, a Chicago Stories special, premieres on WTTW Friday, October 22 at 8:00 PM.

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Vivaldi: Violin Concertos, “Le nuove vie” – Boris Begelman, Concerto Italiano

June 15, 2021, 9:00 am

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Boris Begelman takes center stage with Rinaldo Alessandrini’s Concerto Italiano in a collection of violin concertos from the Naïve label’s Vivaldi Edition. Begelman – who is concertmaster of Concerto Italiano and who has performed in previous recordings as a member of the ensemble – here lends his “engaging and conversational” playing (The Strad) to Vivaldi’s eminently virtuosic, animated, and improvisatory late …


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Emmanuel Pahud: Dreamtime

December 4, 2019, 9:00 am

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Dreamtime is a spellbinding collection of works for flute and orchestra which, in Emmanuel Pahud’s words, “expresses and gives form to the composers’ most personal, spiritual, or dreamlike visions.” The album ranges wide both culturally and chronologically, embracing works by Mozart, Reinecke, Busoni, Takemitsu, and Penderecki, and inhabits a dimension “populated by incantations and prayers, in which imagination is woven …

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Charles Richard-Hamelin: Chopin’s Piano Concertos

April 30, 2019, 9:00 am

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In their first recording together, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kent Nagano, and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin perform Chopin’s concertos for piano and orchestra, two vibrant and poetic works that the composer wrote in his early 20s. Richard-Hamelin was the silver medalist at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He is also the recipient of the …

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Pierre Pitzl & the Solo Baroque Guitar

November 28, 2018, 10:00 pm

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From Rome to Paris to the Madrid of the 17th- and early 18th centuries, Pierre Pitzl, playing Baroque guitar, presents a program of early baroque dances by Robert de Visée, Gaspar Sanz, and others. Recorded live in concert in the Zadní Synagoga, in Třebíč, Czech Republic, as part of the Concentus Moraviae Festival, held in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural …


Francesco Corbetta (1615-1681)
Corrente from Varii scherzi

Ferdinando Valdambrini (fl. 1646-47)
Capona from Intavolatura di Chitarre

Francesco Corbetta
Caprice de Chacone from La Guitarre Royale

Robert de Visée (~1655-~1733)
Livre de Guitarre (Excerpts): Prélude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue, Passacaille, Bourée

Francisco Guerau (1649-1722)
Poema Harmonico (Excerpts): Canario, Passacaglia, Marionas
Cifras selectas de guitarra: Tarantellas, Zarambeques

Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710)
Instrucción de Musica: Paradetas: Passacaglia, Villano, Españoletta, Tarantella, Chacona, Matachin

Pierre Pitzl, Baroque Guitar

Opening & Closing Theme for Baroque&Before:
Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Piva, performed by Musica Reservata (Boston Skyline BSD 123)

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Graindelavoix & The Feminine Mystisch

September 26, 2018, 10:00 pm

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A capella polyphony from the 12th and 13th centuries is brought to life in works by Hildegard von Bingen, Beatrijs van Nazareth, Hadewijch, Pierre de Cambrai, Pérotin (who greatly influenced composer Steve Reich,) Goswin de Bossut, and others. Presented by the vocal ensemble Graindelavoix under the direction of Björn Schmelzer, recorded live in concert  in the Pfarrkirche St. Severus, in …


Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
O Ecclesia

Anonymous (Cambrai manuscript)
Chorus innocentium

Pierre de Cambrai (13th century)
Cue nec apex (Responsorium from the Office of Elizabeth of Hungary)

Anonymous (Cambrai manuscript)
Aucuns vont souvent; Amor qui cor vulnerat; Kyrie eleison

Perotinus (1160-1230) / Hadewijch (?-1248)
Ay al es nu die winter cout

Beatrijs van Nazareth (1200-1268)
Propter nimiam caritatem (Antipon from the Nazareth Cloister, Brabant)

Hadewijch (?-1248) / Rogeret de Cambrai (13th Century)
Men mach den nuwen tijt

Anonymous (Cambrai manuscript)
Plus bele que flor; Quant revient et fuelle; L’autrier joer; Flos filius eius

Goswin de Bossut (c. 1179 – c. 1250)
Exaltent nomen Domini (from the Office of Marie d”Oignies)

Volek syrolm thudotion

Graindelavoix: Björn Schmelzer, Director

Opening & Closing Theme for Baroque&Before: Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Piva, performed by Musica Reservata (Boston Skyline BSD 123)


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Contemporary Vinyl

June 22, 2018, 10:00 pm

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The nostalgic factor of flipping through the stacks of LPs

Old is new again as composers and performers return to the LP format for their latest releases.


Igor’s Boogie, by Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa + the Mothers

Sinfonia Olimpica, by Zbigiew Turski
Adrzej Markowski Conducts the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchetra

Maintenance Music, by Dana Lyn
Brooklyn Rider

The Flower Fed Buffaloes, by John Harbison
David Evitts, Baritone Vocals; Jerry Grossman, Cello; The Emmanuel Choir Of Boston; Virgil Blackwell, Clarinet;

Corrections, by Pete Swanson

Invocation No. 2 “Fish, Father, Phoenix”, by Christopher Bono

Fall, by Clint Mansell
Kronos Quartet

Omie Wise from Murder Ballades, by Bryce Dessner
eighth blackbird


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Solti conducts Strauss

June 16, 2018, 4:30 pm

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Solti distinguished himself as a notable Strauss interpreter in the world of opera and as conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Selections will be heard from Arabella, Der Rosenkavalier and Ariadne auf Naxos. Singers include Régine Crespin, Leontyne Price, Yvonne Minton, Helen Donath, Lisa Della Casa, and Hilde Gueden.


“Es gibt ein Reich” by Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss
Leontyne Price, soprano; Edita Gruberova, soprano; Barry McDaniel, baritone;
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Georg Solti, conductor
(London 1977. DECCA 478 4434)

“Aber der Richtige” from Arabella by Richard Strauss
Lisa Della Casa, soprano; Hilde Gueden, soprano;
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Georg Solti, conductor
(Vienna 1957. DECCA 478 4431)

“Final Trio” from Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss
Regine Crespin, soprano; Yvonne Minton, soprano; Helen Donath, soprano;
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Georg Solti, conductor
(Vienna 1968. DECCA 478 4442)