Staff Picks: the Songs of Summer '17

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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Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell
Michael Dwyer / Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Join 99.5 WCRB hosts for free concerts presented by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, Wednesday nights at 7 pm.

Podcasts

On the latest episode of The Answered Question, WCRB's Cathy Fuller talks with Richard Stoltzman about his father's definition of success, playing with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, and how vibrato has been a mixed blessing, and Andrea Avery, the author of Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and Piano, talks with WCRB's Chris Voss about the intersection her life as a musician and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Tanglewood
Stu Rosner / BSO

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer season at Tanglewood opens on Friday, July 7, as Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the BSO, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and soloists Malin Christensson and Bernarda Fink.

A few days ago, while Googling a piece by Ravel, I noticed something unusual in the "related searches" sidebar: a link to purchase one of the many albums under the "Now That's What I Call Music" series. I have no idea what that has to do with Ravel, but it did get me thinking: what would a classical hits playlist sound like, for, say, the 1790s?

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This Week's CD of the Week

Piffaro
Church Street Studios, LLC

Usually each musician featured on a CD plays only one instrument. With the Renaissance band Piffaro, that is not the case: each musician plays as many as seven instruments throughout this joyful new album of music that predates that of Bach and his contemporaries.