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Monday, October 4

By Ray Brown   |   Saturday, October 2, 2010
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Today's 4:00 Request comes from Laura, of Boston, who wanted to hear one of the pieces the Boston Philharmonic will be playing on their first concerts of the season coming up on October 21, 23 and 24, conducted by Benjamin Zander. The program consists of Gershwin's An American in Paris, Ravel's Piano Concerto in G with soloist Steven Drury, Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, and Debussy's La Mer.  For more info on the coming season, visit the Boston Philharmonic

We'll fulfill this request by playing the classic 1956 recording of La Mer by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Munch. To learn more about this recording, vist NPR Music.

What's Your Sense of Place

By Laura Carlo   |   Sunday, April 24, 2011
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Concerts Tonight

By Brian McCreath   |   Friday, January 14, 2011
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Jan. 14

Boston is one of those places that usually has so much going on that it's impossible to do everything.  Here are a few of the choices you've got for tonight:

The Cantata Singers continue their season-long exploration of music by Ralph Vaughan Williams at Jordan Hall (above).

Boston Early Music Festival presents oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz and his ensemble Symphonie des Dragons at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational.

And the Boston Symphony Orchestra is playing at Symphony Hall with conductor Mark Elder and pianist Lars Vogt.

Concerts Tonight

By Brian McCreath   |   Friday, January 14, 2011
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Jan. 14

Boston is one of those places that usually has so much going on that it's impossible to do everything.  Here are a few of the choices you've got for tonight:

The Cantata Singers continue their season-long exploration of music by Ralph Vaughan Williams at Jordan Hall.

Boston Early Music Festival presents oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz and his ensemble Symphonie des Dragons at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational.

And the Boston Symphony Orchestra is playing at Symphony Hall with conductor Mark Elder and pianist Lars Vogt.

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By David Byers   |   Thursday, January 13, 2011
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Bach's Christmas Oratorio

By Brian McCreath   |   Thursday, December 23, 2010
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Dec. 24

While Handel's Messiah rightly holds its place as this country's classical musical soundtrack for the holiday season (quibble if you will about its Easter message;  there's nothing wrong with talking about Easter at Christmas - just ask Bach!), it's J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio that rings through concert halls throughout Europe at this time of the year.

The six cantatas that make up the Christmas Oratorio, meant to be performed on six separate days throughout the liturgical Christmas season, tell the Christmas story as only Bach could.  With a combination of individual and communal perspective on both the joyful and meditative aspects of the season, it's a piece that always offers performers the chance to find new perspectives, angles, and ways of expressing eternal thoughts and feelings.

If you'd like to hear all six part of the Christmas Oratorio, in a terrific performance led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, feel free to listen to them below.

Part 1 of the Christmas Oratorio (translation)



Part 2 of the Christmas Oratorio (translation)



Part 3 of the Christmas Oratorio (translation)



Part 4 of the Christmas Oratorio (translation)



Part 5 of the Christmas Oratorio (translation)



Part 6 of the Christmas Oratorio (translation)

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