François-Xavier Roth
François Sechet

Stravinsky's "Firebird" with François-Xavier Roth

Tonight at 8, hear an encore broadcast of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, featuring works that vaulted their composers - Webern, Bartók, and Stravinsky - to fame.

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WCRB Blog

A cat ballet, Vivaldi for saxophone quartet, and Maria Callas's hologram - all part of this week's link roundup.

This week, a link roundup full of missed connections, a birthday surprise, and the ultimate concerto battle.

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From NPR Music

Today our colleague Robert Siegel is retiring after four decades at NPR. He's covered everything from peace movements in East and West Germany to the Republican revolution of the 104th Congress, the mentally ill homeless and the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province, China.

Over his 30-year tenure as host of All Things Considered, Robert has also chased one of his lifelong passions — classical music. He's interviewed dozens of today's most compelling musicians.

Several years ago, Claire van Kampen was composing music for a London theater production. During a break, one of the singers asked her if she knew the story of Farinelli, the famous 18th century opera singer.

"'You'd really like the bit where he goes to Spain and sings to King Phillipe who has this bipolar disorder.' And then I started to think: Now that's an interesting story that I haven't heard about, seen."

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This Week's CD of the Week

Liza Stepanova
Jamie Jung

The pianist pairs musical works to an assortment of visual art pieces from Medieval to modern, taking the listener on a multisensory adventure.

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.