River Jordan
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The River Jordan's Roiling Waters in a Bach Cantata

A piece known to some as Bach's "La Mer," plus a piano piece transcribed for harp - this week, on "The Bach Hour."

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On the latest episode of The Answered Question, Richard Stoltzman continues a conversation with WCRB's Cathy Fuller with a look at what's now known as "crossover" recordings, the beginnings of Stoltzman's career, and the importance of jazz to his artistic identity.


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On June 1st, 1967, the US release of the Beatles’ album "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" rocked the music world. We're a classical music station, so why should we care? Listen to interviews with classical musicians, radio personalities, international rock stars, and more to find out.

Staff Picks: the Songs of Summer '17

May 23, 2017

Here at the WCRB office, sunshine has us dreaming of lazy days spent outside by the Charles or at the beach, surrounded by friends and, of course, our favorite tunes. What are those perfect summer melodies? We asked our staff to choose some classical "summer jams" - pieces that represent the sound of summer to each of us - and have we got a playlist for you!

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This Week's CD of the Week

Hélène Grimaud
Mat Hennek

The French pianist journeys through her most beloved recordings, including live performances from a flooded military armory.

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It's now officially summer, which means it's time to kick back, pour out a glass of rosé and listen to the ever-timeless Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, by composer Felix Mendelssohn. The German composer wrote the Overture (Op. 21) when he was only 17, but by then he was a seasoned composer with numerous operas and string symphonies under his belt.

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