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Archive for February 13, 2014

Love is on the Air

Romeo and Juliet by Frank Dicksee, 1884

Nothing speaks for the heart quite like music. Be sure your Valentine’s Day strikes the right chord by listening to WFMT. Starting at 6:00 AM, Carl Grapentine offers the most romantic music ever composed: A Kiss from Beethoven, verses from The Song of Solomon by Percy Grainger—and of course, music about the world’s greatest lovers, including Pelleas and Melisande; and an entire hour (8:00 AM – 9:00 AM) devoted to Romeo and Juliet.

La Galanía Headlines Baroque&Before

Raquel Andueza and Jesús Fernández Baena

Thursday’s edition of Baroque&Before features performances from the RheinVokal Festival situated in the Middle Rhine Valley. The valley is home to the Lorelei legend, which comes from the murmuring waters echoing around the cliffs. Lorelei is a mythical water sprite, akin to the Rhine maidens. According to legend, the singing maiden lures men to their deaths

Hast Thou Heard the Nightingale? Probably Not.

Common nightingale

[The New York Philharmonic This Week, Thursday at 8:00 PM]
North Americans often run across references to a bird that most of us have never seen: the nightingale. It comes up in Shakespeare, Keats, Coleridge, even the The Eagles have a song called Nightingale. At this point we know it can sing, but what’s so special about that?