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Week of March 2

One is the Loveliest Number

One is the loneliest number, but here on Harmonia, it’s also the loveliest! We’re single and loving it this week, as we explore paeans to solitude, songs of unrequited love—even a sumptuous soundscape sprung from a single note. It’s lonely music from the renaissance, baroque, and beyond. (Repeat of June 30, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of March 9

2014 EMA Baroque Performance Competition

On October 11, 2014, six finalist ensembles performed in Early Music America’s Baroque Performance Competition. We’ll hear performances from all six ensembles, including the Grand Prize winner! (Repeat of November 24, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of March 16

All in a Garden Green

It’s been a long, hard winter, and for most of us, spring is a welcome relief. The birds fly home, the ground thaws, and if you’re a gardener, you finally get to dig around in the dirt. This week on Harmonia, we’re celebrating gardens and harvesting musical blooms from across the centuries—flowers and fruit and everything green. (Repeat of May 5, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of March 23

Music for Christian Holy Week

The liturgy of the Christian Holy Week has inspired centuries of music from diverse composers and is rich with musical depictions and meditations reflecting on the death and suffering of Christ. This week on Harmonia, music for Palm Sunday and the Paschal Triduum services leading up to Easter.

Week of March 30

Czech Mate

Check mate! It’s the cry of your opponent at the chess board, the certain doom of your king…and our theme this week on Harmonia, as we explore the music of chess players, Czechs, and even a mate or two. What’s our “endgame,” you ask? It’s a featured release by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Join us!

Week of April 6

Remembering Frans Brüggen

In August 2014 the early music world lost a true pioneer when recorder player Frans Brüggen passed away. This week on Harmonia, we’ll look back at some of his many accomplishments. Plus, we’ll hear music by Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Tempesta di Mare plays music of Francesco Mancini on our featured recording. Join us. (Repeat of December 15, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of April 13

Missa Brevis

Cars, gadgets, literature, and even cuisine seem to be getting smaller as the years go on, but miniaturization is nothing new! This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear bite-sized masses artfully composed to end as quickly as possible. Plus, we’ll hear equally minute English consort miniatures in our featured release by the Flanders Recorder Quartet. Join us!

Week of April 20

English Songs of Sinners and Saints

We’re exploring the concept of sin this week on Harmonia. We’ll hear some bawdy songs and tragic ballads, as well as more uplifting, devotional songs and hymns. Plus, we have a featured recording of Tudor church music. Join us.” (Repeat of December 29, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of April 27

Remembering Christopher Hogwood

We’re devoting the program to the life and accomplishments of early music luminary, Christopher Hogwood. We’ll look back on his days with David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London; we’ll hear from Hogwood as a solo keyboardist; and we’ll sample from the over 200 recordings he made with the Academy of Ancient Music. Plus, we have a featured release from Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, an organization for which Hogwood was conductor laureate. Join us as we remember Christopher Hogwood. (Repeat of January 5, 2015) LISTEN HERE

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