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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?

Through a musical lens, author Andrea Avery tells a story of confronting the overwhelming obstacles of chronic illness in pursuit of a career as a pianist in "Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano." 

Robert Fraser/EMI Records Ltd.

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!

A Classical Soundtrack for Earth Day

Apr 22, 2017
John McConnell's Earth Day Flag
Wikimedia Commons / John McConnell

For Earth Day 2017, celebrate one of Mother Nature's most beautiful expressions of the human experience.

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