Arias and Barcarolles

A US Rossini Premiere

Thursday, April 4, 2013
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Gerald Finley Sings Stanford

Saturday, March 16, 2013
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Happy Birthday Beethoven!

Friday, December 14, 2012
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There is no composer as indispensible to music - and culture - as Ludwig van Beethoven. For the 242nd anniversary of Beethoven's birth, Classical New England celebrates with a special lineup of stellar performances from Boston and beyond.

Every listener can name a personal favorite. That composer whose music most fully captures the experience of being human. But whether your favorite is Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, or Schoenberg, all roads lead back, in some way, to Beethoven. All composers contribute to the dialogue across time and distance that makes classical music so vital in our lives, but no composer has had more impact on that dialogue than Beethoven.

Part of the fascination with Beethoven is the music itself, but that music came from a fascinating individual. Laura Carlo wrote about one particular letter that forever changed her perceptions of the man.

Letters invariably open new windows in our perceptions, but we can also learn about the person from the music he wrote, and James David Jacobs explores that avenue through Beethoven's piano sonatas.

To further explore and celebrate Beethoven, Classical New England brings you an entire weekend of special broadcasts. Tune in and experience the power of music that changes the world:

Friday, Dec. 14, 4pm
Drive Time Live celebrates with Classical New England's "New Discoveries and Fond Farewells," a program devoted to rarely heard works by Beethoven.

The inscription of Beethoven's name above the stage at Symphony Hall (courtesy of the BSO)

Saturday, Dec. 15, 7pm
Join us for an encore performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as John Oliver conducts the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the BSO in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 1pm
Beethoven has been central to the Boston Symphony Orchestra from the very beginning of the orchestra's existence, and from the very beginning of its summer home at Tanglewood. Join us for the Opening Night concert from Tanglewood 2012, as Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, recreating the very first BSO concert at Tanglewood.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 6pm
While the symphonies, string quartets, and piano sonatas are the most commonly heard pieces by Beethoven, his writing for the voice, in song and opera, is utterly remarkable, something Cathy Fuller explores on Arias and Barcarolles.


Chopin, Liszt and Szymanowski

Friday, August 3, 2012
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Remembering Shirley Verrett

Monday, July 23, 2012
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Evelyn Lear Sings Strauss

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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