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“Robert Shaw would have been 90 years old Sunday, and his impact on the world of choral music made him one of the holy pantheon here on VOX. We’ll have another in our six-hour special series Sunday morning dedicated to Shaw–all of these pieces have been requested lately, by the way–and Tuesday we’ll reprise our first Maria Callas special, continuing our pledge to remain true to the Golden Age voices and core repertoire we also honor (and get fussed at if we vary too far!). Also for our choral buffs, another Baroque great is born this week (May 2, 1660)–Alessandro Scarlatti. We’ll have an opera on Sunday Baroque, a major choral piece Monday and Tuesday mornings, and a special six-hour block for Thursday Evensong.”
Robert Shaw Special: (Sunday Apr. 30th, 6 am; Monday 6 pm; Wed night midnight):
–BACH: St. Matthew Passion. We had a lot of comment about this recording during our Bach tribute; it is back when Shaw was working with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus (and featured the girl’s choir of the Cleveland Heights High School Glee Club!), and is part of a special release package from the Cleveland Orchestra.
–BRAHMS–Sieben Abenlieder. Here is the maestro with his own Festival Singers–who did more for this perfect repertoire?
–ORFF–Carmina Burana. Happily settled into Atlanta, here are his forces in all their glory.
–DVORAK: Stabat Mater.
Schedule for week
Sunday Baroque (begins noon eastern): In honor of his birthday week, Alessandro Scarlatti’s Griselda; and one of Handel’s most successful operatic efforts, Orlando.
Monday A.M. (begins at 6 am eastern)–We begin (and is THIS timely) with Alessandro Scarlatti’s treatment of the story of Mary Magdalene, La Maddalena.
Tuesday A.M. (begins at 6 am eastern)–For this morning’s look at Scarlatti, we hear the recent and very beautiful recording with Nicholas McGegan’s Philharmonia Baroque of The Vespers of St. Cecilia. And if you haven’t heard the latest King’s Singers album Sacred Bridges, stay with us around 9:30 am eastern–it’s settings of Psalms by 16th century composers like Sweelinck and Goudimel and their link to music from the Holy Lands with Ali Ufki and the Saraband Ensemble.
Big Ticket Tuesday (noon eastern, Friday at 6 p.m.)–In Memoriam Maria Callas–two of her greatest La Scala triumphs, the 1955 La Traviata and the 1957 Il Trovatore (both with Di Stefano); plus arias from 15 other operas showing the enormous range of her artistry.