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Music for the Season

04/13/09 10:00AM

Begins Wednesday April 8 at 8am and continues through Monday morning, April 13.

This week VPR Classical features sounds of the season: from the fierce hailstones of the exodus in Handel's Passover oratorio, "Israel in Egypt" - to the wonder and mystery of Good Friday expressed in Bach's masterpieces, the St. John and St. Matthew Passions. Listen to VPR Classical this week for the music of springtime.


4/8 - Passover begins (at sundown)
  10am-2pm: Midday Classics with Walter Parker - Highlights from
  Handel's powerful Passover oratorio, "Israel in Egypt" - you've never
  heard hailstones until you've heard them in this piece!

4/9 - Maundy Thursday
  8-10am: Morning Classics with Cheryl Willoughby - Giovanni Gabrieli's
  motet "Timor et Tremor" ("fear and trembling") alludes to the Biblical
  Easter earthquake and anticipates the events of Good Friday.

4/10 - Good Friday
8-10am: Morning Classics with Cheryl Willoughby - Palestrina's motet
  "Crux Fidelis" ("Faithful cross"); Allegri's ethereal "Miserere";
  Wagner's "Good Friday Spell" from "Parsifal"; and Haydn's Symphony #49
  "La passione" which ends inconclusively, to evoke the mystery and
  wonder of Good Friday.
10am-2pm: Midday Classis with Walter Parker - Domenico Scarlatti's
  depiction of Mary at the foot of the cross, "Stabat Mater" ("the
  grieving mother"); and Maurice Durufle's Four motets on Gregorian
3-7pm: Afternoon Classics with Joe Goetz - Haydn's somber Symphony #26
  "The Lamentation"; J.S. Bach's poignant Cantata #4 "Christ lag in
  Todesbanden" ("Christ lay in death's bonds"); and Antonio Lotti's
  quintessential Good Friday motet, "Crucifixus".
8-10pm: "In Concert at 8" presents a new performance of Bach's St.John
  Passion by the Cleveland-based ensemble Apollo's Fire. The Passion
  tells the Easter story in English, with a rich backdrop of music by

4/12 - Easter Sunday
7am: Sunday Bach's 8th anniversary grand finale program includes
  highlights for the holiday from Bach's great Easter masterworks.

4/13 -
8-10am: Morning Classics with Cheryl Willoughby - the solemn mood of
  the previous week's music is broken by Mozart's "Exultate, Jubilate";
  the Celebration Dance from Copland's ballet "Billy the Kid", Haydn's
  "Alleluia" Symphony #30, and William Billings' Easter anthem, "The
  Lord is Ris'n Indeed". 

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