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Classical New England Holiday Channel Playlist

Thursday, December 1, 2011
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Here is the complete playlist for the 2012 Holiday Music Channel from Classical New England. 

Please join us for our special holiday broadcasts

Happy Holidays!

Hour One, with Laura Carlo


Ding Dong Merrily
Baltimore Consort
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The Seven Joys of Mary
Andrew Parrott
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Bach - In Dulci Jubilo
Thomas Goeman, organ
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Reger - Aus Der Jugendzeit, Op. 17 - Aus Der Jugendzeit, Op. 17: No. 9. Weihnachtstraum
Jeffrey Biegel
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Holst - Lullay, My Liking, Op. 34/2, H 129
E. Power Biggs, Gregg Smith Singers
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The First Nowell
Dale Warland Singers
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Billings - A Virgin Unspotted
His Majestie's Clerkes
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Vivaldi - Concerto, RV 270, Per Il Santissimo Natale
Angele Dubeau & La Pieta
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Holst - In The Bleak Midwinter
Lionheart
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Dancing Day
Toronto Children's Chorus
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Joy To The World
Trombones Under The Tree
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Once in Royal David's City
Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, director
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Pez - Minuet-Trio
Les Violins Du Roy, Bernard Labadie, director
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Vaughan Williams - In Bethlehem City
Members Of The New London Chamber Choir, Members Of The Henrietta Barnett School Choir, Andrew Parrott, director
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Angel Tidings
Westminster Concert Bell Choir
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Howells - A Spotless Rose
Handel & Haydn Society Chorus, Grant Llewellyn, director
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Bach - Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
Angela Hewitt, piano
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We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Westminster Choir
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Hour Two, with Brian McCreath


Handel - For Unto Us A Child Is Born, from Messiah
Westminster Choir
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Gabriel's Message
Choir Of King's College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, director
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Tchaikovsky - Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy & Trepak, from The Nutcracker
Handbell Ensemble Sonos
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
London Cello Sound With Choir Of Clare College
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Leontovych - Ukrainian Bell Carol
Gregg Miner
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Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow
Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano; Warren Jones, piano
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Greensleeves/Scottish Jig
A Scottish Christmas
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Torelli - Christmas Concerto in G minor, Op. 8, No. 6
Collegium Mozart Salzburg, Jürgen Geise, director
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Mendelssohn - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Taverner Consort & Players, Andrew Parrott, director
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The Christmas Song
New England Brass Band

I Wonder As I Wander
Emily Van Evera; Taverner Consort & Players, Andrew Parrott, director
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The Cherry Tree Carol
Edward Flower
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Mary Had a Baby
Cantus
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Es Ist Ein Ros' entsprungen/Wir Singen Dir, Immanuel
Baltimore Consort
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What Sweeter Music
Bell Voce Women's Chorus of Vemont
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Deck The Halls
Camilli Quartet
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Angels We Have Heard On High
Chanticleer
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Hour Three, with Cathy Fuller


Go Tell It on the Mountain
Boston Boys Choir

Joulun Kellot (The Bells Of Christmas)
Angele Dubeau & La Pieta
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Bring A Torch
Dale Warland Singers
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Fetes De Noel (Svyatki), Op. 41, No. 3: Chanteurs
Jeffrey Biegel
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Rutter - Nativity Carol
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
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Johann Michael Bach - In dulci jubilo
Baltimore Consort
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Coventry Carol
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Coventry Cathedral Choir and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Robin Stapleton, director
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Corelli - Chistmas Concerto, Op. 6, No. 8
Musica da Camera, Robert King, director
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Veni, Veni Emmanuel
His Majestie's Clerkes, Paul Hillier, director
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Winter In Cairo
Turtle Island String Quartet
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Olatunji - Betelhemu
University Of Kansas Combined Choirs
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Joy to the World
E. Power Biggs, organ; Gregg Smith Singers
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Sussex Carol (On Christmas night all Christians sing)
Choir Of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, director
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A Suite of English Carols: The First Noel, Coventry Carol, Deck the Halls
Solid Brass
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Hour Four with James David Jacobs


Gloucestershire Wassail - Somerset Wassail
Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
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Wassailing Song
Arturo Delmoni and friends
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Patapan
E. Power Biggs, organ; Gregg Smith Singers
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Little Drummer Boy
Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
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Thomson - O My Deir Hert
Handel & Haydn Society Chorus, Grant Llewellyn, director
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Bach - Wachet Auf
Newman-Oltman Guitar Duo

Berlioz - Shepherds' Farewell
Westminster Choir
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Yon - Jesu Bambino
Jon Weber
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Gruber - Silent Night
Cantus
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O Come All Ye Faithful
Gloucester Cathedral Choir
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Manfredini - Concerto Grosso In G Minor, Op. 6, No. 8
Collegium Mozart Salzburg, Jürgen Geise, director
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Morten Lauridsen - O Magnum Mysterium
Handel & Haydn Society Chorus, Grant Llewellyn, director
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Holst/Liszt/Taylor - In The Bleak Midwinter/Etudes De Concert, No. 3, "Un Sospiro”
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
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Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella
Gregg Miner
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Hour Five with Benjamin K. Roe


Tchaikovsky – March, from The Nutcracker
Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
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Huron Carol Interlude
Angele Dubeau & La Pieta
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Bach, arr. Lor - Sarabande, Cello Suite No. 1
Scott Kritzer
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Christmas Tidings
Sonos Handbell Ensemble, James Meredith, Scott Anderson
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Vivaldi – Concerto, RV 270, Per Il Santissimo Natale: I. Allegro
Angele Dubeau & La Pieta
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Winter
Richard Stoltzman,Robert Salter
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Vivaldi – Concerto, RV 270, Per Il Santissimo Natale: II. Adagio
Angele Dubeau & La Pieta
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Thin Ice
Turtle Island String Quartet
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Vivaldi – Concerto, RV 270, Per Il Santissimo Natale: III. Allegro
Angele Dubeau & La Pieta
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Christmas Day in da Mornin'
Baltimore Consort
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Calling the Children
Tony Trischka
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In Dulci Jubilo
Renaissonics
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Tchaikovsky - Les Saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: XII. December: Christmas
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
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What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
Gregg Miner
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O Come, O Come, Emannuel
Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Peter Breiner
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Corelli - Chistmas Concerto, Op. 6, No. 8
Ensemble Pantaleon
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Hour Six with Alan McLellan


O Come All Ye Faithful
Dale Warland Singers
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Bach - Sheep May Safely Graze
The Bach Choir Of Bethlehem
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Bach - Te Deum laudamus
Manfred Schuler Zither and Folk Music Ensemble
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Puer Natus Est
Abby Of Liguge
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Praetorius - Es Ist Ein Ros' Entsprungen
Dale Warland Singers
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Ding Dong! Merrily On High/Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
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Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agreeable
Chanticleer
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Riu, riu, chiu
Choir Of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, director
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Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel Prelude
Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
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Prokofiev - Troika
Sonos Handbell Ensemble, James Meredith, director
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Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Baltimore Consort
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Good King Wenceslas
Westminster Choir
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Carol Of The Birds
Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Peter Breiner
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Goss, arr. Willcocks - See Amid The Winter's Snow
Toronto Children's Chorus
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Praetorius - Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Turtle Island String Quartet
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Bach - Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
David Russell, guitar
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Hour Seven, with Cheryl Willoughby


Trad. English - The Old Yeare Now Away is Fled
Sandra Simon and Apollo's Fire, Jeanette Sorrell, director
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David Cutforth - There is no rose
St. Martin's Chamber Choir of Denver
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Traditional Shaker Hymn - Simple Gifts
Christopher Parkening, guitar
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Francisco Guerrero - ¡Hombres, victoria, victoria!
The Rose Ensemble
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Traditional Austrian, arr. David Dusing - Da Droben Vom Berge (Lullaby)
Counterpoint Ensemble, Robert De Cormier, director
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Leroy Anderson - Sleigh Ride
Cleveland Orchestra
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Traditional French arr. Lawson - Noel Nouvelet
The King's Singers
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Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
James Ehnes viola, Eduard Laurel, piano
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Traditional Irish - The Darkest Midnight in December
Meredith Hall, soprano; Sylvain Bergeron, lute;  La Nef
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John Playford (from the English Dancing Master, 1651) - Drive The Cold Winter Away
Sylvain Bergeron, lute;  La Nef
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Alf Houkom - The Rune of Hospitality
The Dale Warland Singers
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Handel (orch. Mozart) - Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Keith Lockhart, conductor
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Traditional French - Il est ne, le divin Enfant
Die Singphoniker
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Howad Blake - The Snowman
Richard Stoltzman & Friends
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Peter Niedmann - In The Ending Of The Year
Harvard University Choir
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Traditional Italian - Ballata di Gloria - La Rotta
Altramar Medieval Music Ensemble
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Prudence Houston - To All The Good Children, a Happy New Year
The Pro Arte Singers and Indiana University Children's Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier, director
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Traditional Scottish - Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace)/Auld Lang Syne
Chris Botti, trumpet;  Yo-Yo Ma, cello
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Hour Eight, with Brian McCreath

Emile Waldteufel - Les Patineurs (The Skater's Waltz)
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Felix Slatkin, conductor

Traditional French, arr. Gustav Holst - Masters In This Hall
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers, conductor
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Traditional Italian - Glory 'n Cielo
The Boston Camerata and The Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble, Joel Cohen, director
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Yakiv Yatsynevych - Bells Rang in Early Jerusalem
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier, director
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Leroy Anderson - Carol of the Bells
Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, Carmen Dragon, director
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Tomas Luis de Victoria - O Magnum Mysterium
Robert Shaw Festival Singers & Chamber Singers, Robert Shaw, director
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Ottorino Respighi - Three Botticelli Pictures: Adoration of the Magi
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, conductor
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Traditional arr. James Galway - Patapan
James Galway, flute;  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Georg Friderich Handel - Judas Maccabaeus: See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes, March, and Sing Unto God
U.C. Berkeley Chamber Chorus & Soloists and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, conductor
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Traditional English - A "Wassail" Suite
The Waverly Consort, Michael Jaffee, director
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Poem written by Susan Cooper - The Shortest Day
Robert J. Lurtsema, narrator; The Revels, John Langstaff, director
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Peter Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Snowflakes, from The Nutcracker
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel, conductor
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Francis Poulenc - Hodie Christus natus est
RIAS Chamber Choir, Marcus Creed, director
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Traditional - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston Pops, John Williams, conductor
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Happy Birthday, Robert J!

By Benjamin K. Roe   |   Monday, November 14, 2011
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Nov. 14th, 2011, would have been the 80th birthday of the “Voice of New England,” Robert J. Lurtsema, the indefatigable host of Morning Pro Musica on WGBH for nearly three decades.


How to describe the impact of this itinerant lumberjack-turned-construction worker-Navy seaman-trapeze artist-carpenter-encyclopedia salesman-diving instructor-commercial artist-actor-ad salesman ... (and I’m probably forgetting something) … who eventually found his calling behind the microphone? Let’s leave the capsule description to the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame:


Robert J “as he became known, was, arguably, the most recognizable classical music voice in New England broadcast history. His idiosyncratic style of DJ’ing and news reporting, his calm voice and often long pauses, plus his extensive knowledge of music (he himself had had no “classical” music training) helped establish WGBH as a significant, essential radio service. Morning pro Musica, ran for nearly 30 years (1971-2000). For 23 of those years he was on the air seven mornings a week, five hours a day. The program was also syndicated throughout in New England. His signature opening pieces, one for each day of the week, were accompanied by his personally made recordings of chirping birds, suggesting the show (which began at 7 a.m.) as virtually the first thing his listeners heard each day.


Robert J. has been gone for more than a decade now, but his influence is felt every day that Classical New England is on the air. Every weekend morning still begins with the “Dawn Chorus” of birdsong. Not a week goes by without a Sunday morning performance of a Bach cantata on The Bach Hour. And it bears remembering that Robert J. Lurtsema was a vital part of the history of both WGBH and WCRB, where he was the host of Folk City USA, for five years.

And to think…it all began with a cloudburst. Growing up in what he called a “decidedly unmusical family,” Robert J. once recalled that the first classical piece he heard was ''Cloudburst,'' from Ferde Grofe's ''Grand Canyon Suite.'' ''That is about as graphic and approachable as a classical work can be,'' he said. ''I was completely taken.''

The rest, as they say, is history. And I cannot help but consider that history as we celebrate Robert J’s 80th birth anniversary today with a mixture both of his favorite pieces of music, and some of the memorable daily themes.

I, too, was the one of the legions of students in the “Lurtsema School of Music,” where waking up to Morning Pro Musica was invariably more reassuring than going to sleep to another late-night loss by the Sox on the west coast. To be sure, Robert J. had his fans…and he had his detractors. But as we carry on his legacy at Classical New England, I can only marvel at his signal accomplishment: Robert J. Lurtsema made classical music on the radio consequential. What he programmed, what he said, where he went mattered to a population far beyond the practice rooms and the concert halls. That’s an inspiring – and occasionally daunting! – legacy.

Robert J. Lurtsema died before his time at the age of 68. But not before fulfilling his frequently-cited admonition of Horace Mann, etched on a plaque at his Boston University alma mater: “Be ashamed to die until you have achieved some victory for humanity.”

To hear an Robert J. Lurtsema with violinist Isaac Stern on Morning Pro Musica, click on "Listen" above.

Bach at the Toy Store

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O mio babbino caro….

By Laura Carlo   |   Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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Oct. 26

My father was facing surgery early one April many years ago and was dismayed that just before he had to go into the hospital his order of a dozen-plus heritage rose bushes was delivered early - too early to plant for our Boston gardening zone. Dad had specified that they be delivered two months later ... but things can go wrong with mail order....and now he had to deal with all these roses.

It was important that these rose bushes were saved because roses are very important to us as a family. When we children were born my father picked a rose from his own prize-winners every day and placed it in a vase near our cribs. He kept that up the whole first year of our lives: Red for his first-born, rosy-cheeked me, yellow for my fair little sister and healthy pink for his strapping son---so that the first thing that his "babies would see when they awoke was a rose.”

I returned the favor when Daddy turned 65---66 ruby red long stemmed roses (one to grown on)!

Now what to do with all these bare root rose bushes scrunched up in a soggy set of cardboard buckets left by the delivery man on the cold front stairs? Even though Daddy was a master rose gardener it was a huge task for one person, and given his impending surgery and the time of year there wasn't any time to waste, so I volunteered to help him.

I had never planted a rose bush before, but my father was very patient with me as he showed me step-by-step how to prepare the planting holes, test and amend the soil with organic compost and materials, carefully part the roots and plant and water just so. He showed me how, and just as important, he carefully explained "why" for each step. My usually quiet father was inspired to share with me how much he had loved roses from when he was a little boy. Although he often went hungry in war-torn Italy, and he was frightened of the sounds of war as a youngster, his mother kept pointing out to him that there was still beauty to be found in the world, including the exquisite, perfumed roses of Rome. He never forgot how roses came to symbolize all things hopeful and beautiful.

We worked quietly, then, side by side, and saving those rose bushes took us most of that day. When we were done my father surprised me by hanging a little sign that he had had a local hardware store make that read “The Laura Rose Garden,” something he was intending to do all along. He secured it to one of the larger front rose bushes for all passersby to see.

I have been winning trophies and ribbons and accolades my whole life but no prize ever meant so much to me.

No, not the naming.

The chance to plant roses with my father.

Rest in peace, my Daddy Carlo.
 

(image of rose by Parvin via Flickr;  Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0)

Tenor Joseph Calleja in Live Video Webcast

By Tom Huizenga/NPR Music   |   Sunday, October 23, 2011
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Classical New England, with NPR Music, brings you a live video webcast of one of today's most exciting young opera stars.  To celebrate the release of "The Maltese Tenor," Joseh Calleja performs at Le Poisson Rouge, in New York City's Greenwich Village.

Join us at 7:30pm for the webcast (audio only or video), and join in the discussion with other listeners below.






As a kid growing up on the tiny island of Malta, Joseph Calleja was always singing something -- nursery rhymes, pop songs. He even grooved to heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden (still does, actually). And then one day he watched a movie that would change his life --The Great Caruso, starring American tenor Mario Lanza.

"When he launched into 'Tarentella Napoletana,'" Calleja recalls, "I absolutely was amazed at the sound quality of his voice, and I was hooked since then."

These days, Calleja sings in the best opera houses and enjoys the career of an opera star -- although he doesn't think of himself that way. Maybe that's why he's hosting this record release party and concert for his new album, "The Maltese Tenor," at one of Greenwich Village's hippest music clubs, (Le) Poisson Rouge. He's invited a few friends, too -- violinist Daniel Hope and fellow opera singers Luca Pisaroni and Katie Van Kooten, as well as an orchestra and conductor Steven Mercurio.

Calleja's sound -- marked by a warm, flickering vibrato and the ability to float soft high notes to the rafters -- sets him apart from other tenors today. Just a few notes and you know it's him singing. But while his sound is his own, Calleja has at least partly modeled it on such great tenors from a century ago as Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Tito Schipa and Alessandro Bonci.

"In some ways I do try and not imitate but emulate what they did," Calleja says. "You can immediately recognize their ethereal style of singing. Everything is floating on the breath. That's what the Italians call cantare soffiato, singing on the breath. They make it sound effortless, but it isn't. And that should be the prerequisite for anyone who wants to sing bel canto, the ability to spin those kind of phrases but also to bring them down to a whisper."

Calleja will have plenty of opportunity to show off his old school sound in this concert of opera arias by Verdi, Puccini, Massenet and Bizet. Please join us in the chat room we'll have open during the concert to discuss the music.

On the program:

VERDI: "Forse, la soglia" (Ballo in Maschera)

PUCCINI: "Recondita armonia" (Tosca)

DVORAK: "Song to the Moon" (Rusalka)

MASSENET: "Porquoi me reveiller" (Werther)

PUCCINI: "E lucevan le stelle" (Tosca)

BIZET: "Au fond du temple" (Pearl Fishers)

PUCCINI: "O soave fanciulla" (La Boheme)

MOZART: "Madamina" (Don Giovanni)

LARA: "Granada"

DI CAPUA: "O Sole Mio"

D'HARDELOT: "Because"

(image of Joseph Calleja by Johannes Ifkovitz, courtesy of the artist)

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