Handel and Haydn Society and Harry Christophers
Handel and Haydn Society

Handel and Haydn's "Messiah"

Now available on demand: on WCRB In Concert with the Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers conducts Handel's "Messiah" at Symphony Hall in Boston.

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Podcasts

On the latest episode of The Answered Question, violinist Leonidas Kavakos previews his Boston Symphony Orchestra performance of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 and describes the "Willemotte" Stradivarius violin he plays, and Andris Nelsons talks about Strauss's An Alpine Symphony. Also, Alan McLellan talks with members of A Far Cry, and violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov talk with Cathy Fuller about Beethoven's violin sonatas.

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A festive vignette of suggested gift ideas
Kendall Todd & Rani Schloss / WCRB

'Tis the season for holiday cheer and gift-giving! Do you have someone on your list who loves classical music, and you're unsure of where to start? Fret not. We have some ideas.

This link roundup features a history lesson, a traveling ukulele player, and a look at what really inspired Mozart's Don Giovanni. Enjoy!

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From NPR Music

In a cheerful rehearsal room at Temple University, a few dozen professional musicians inspect the instruments that they'll be playing to debut an audacious piece of music by a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer.

The composition is called "Symphony For a Broken Orchestra" and, fittingly, these instruments are all broken.

It is an important moment in the life of a symphony orchestra when a new conductor is selected — not just to lead the orchestra, but to create the programs, hire the artists and more. In short, to be the music director.

In Washington, D.C., the choice was made with astonishing harmony.

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This Week's CD of the Week

Thomas Demenga
Ismael Lorenzo

On this week's CD of the Week, Swiss cellist Thomas Demenga continues the eternal journey of mastering Bach’s famous cello suites.

WCRB brings you performances from Symphony Hall in Boston every Saturday at 8pm, with host Ron Della Chiesa.
In Concert captures the best performances by the world's best performers, from concerts in and around the Boston area. Airs Sundays at 7pm.
"Voices" is an exploration of all kinds of vocal music, from opera favorites and rarities to major choral works and song cycles. Airs Sundays at 9pm.