Music for the Season

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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
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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