Bernard Haitink
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Bernard Haitink Conducts Haydn, Debussy, and Beethoven

Now available on-demand: BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink leads the orchestra in Beethoven's 7th Symphony and Haydn's "Il distratto," and the women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus are featured in "Nocturnes" by Debussy.

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On the latest episode of The Answered Question, Boston Symphony Orchestra Assistant Principal Double Bassist Lawrence Wolfe talks with WCRB's Ron Della Chiesa about joining the BSO at age 21, becoming Principal Double Bass of the Boston Pops, and working with Arthur Fiedler, John Williams, and Keith Lockhart, and Donald Greig of the Orlando Consort talks with WCRB's Brian McCreath about singing and recording all of the chansons by Guillaume de Machaut.


Ballycarbery Castle in County Kerry
Tyler Alderson

Put down your green beer (blech!) and take off the leprechaun hat. Truth is, they’re about as Irish as “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” (written by three Americans) and “Danny Boy” (lyrics by an Englishman).  In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, why not listen to some Irish music written by actual Irish composers? 

Maurice Ravel, seated at a piano, with a birthday hat
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The great French composer Maurice Ravel turns 142 today, and it seems like he's popping up everywhere, both in the news and in the concert hall.

Bach's B minor x 4

Mar 2, 2017
clockwise, from upper right: portrait by E.G. Haussmann (1748); portrait by J.E. Rentsch (c. 1715); statue by C. Seffner (1908); forensic reconstruction by Caroline Wilkinson (2008)
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Last weekend I spent a lot of time with Bach. Over the last four and a half months, I’ve spent a lot of time with Bach. “But you produce a show called The Bach Hour. Of course you’ve spent a lot of time with Bach!”


Yes, well, there is that. But this has been exceptional. Being at four different performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor since October has left me with two takeaways, one of them expected, the other unexpected. Neither takeaway is the, dare I say, cliché, “I heard things in the Mass I had never heard before.”

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This Week's CD of the Week

The PhilHarmonia Octet: Music for Wind Instruments

The Czech chamber ensemble puts a modern spin on wind pieces by Beethoven, Mozart, and Klein.

Cartoon Fest 2012

It's the 18th annual WCRB Classical Cartoon Festival! Join us on March 25 for a wild day at Symphony Hall, full of classic Warner Brothers cartoons with classical music, an instrument petting zoo, and performances featuring kids from around the Boston area. It's fun for the whole family!

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Piotr Anderszewski might be one of the most revered pianists of his generation, but he's also one of the most impulsive.

In 1990, at age 21, the young Pole entered the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition. He was nearly finished with his semi-final performance when he quit playing — just walked off the stage. He felt he wasn't good enough to continue. It was a gutsy move that actually helped launch his career.

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