Up North

It’s no wonder that some of the darkest and coldest places in the world are known for their bonfires, saunas, and all-night festivals of singing and dancing. Scandinavians know how to handle – and enjoy! – wintertime. This morning we’lll warm to the sounds of Norway, Sweden, Finland among other Northern areas in a celebration of the white season. The journey also inlcudes Bergtatt, an unusual recording we just received from the Oslo Chamber Choir.   

Good Tunes

One of my musical heroes is Marian McPartland. I love the way she always enthusiastically appreciates a "good tune". This morning is filled with "good tunes" – including Germany’s a cappella sextet Die Singphoniker, singing Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, Schubert’s "Notturno" Piano Trio, and the lyrical opening overture from Verdi’s opera La Traviata.

If I Rest, I Rust

Spanish tenor/baritone and conductor Plácido Domingo is known for saying, "If I rest, I rust". He turns 69 today, we’ll celebrate with the stunning aria E lucevan le stelle ("And the stars were shining") from Puccini’s Tosca. The second hour features a flurry of musical snowflakes from Tchaikovsky, Morten Lauridsen, and Lalo Schifrin. (No accumulation expected.)