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Week of December 1

2014 Birthday Boys

The year 2014 is the 600th anniversary of the Council of Constance. It also marks 300 years since the birth of Bach’s son, Carl Philipp. But did you know that the famous opera reformer Christoph Willibald Gluck and the lesser-known Niccolò Jommelli were also born that year? This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear music from the Council and from each of these birthday boys. (Repeat of August 4, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of December 8

Santa’s Playlist

When Santa and his reindeer make the rounds this Christmas, what tunes do you suppose the big guy will have playing over his sleigh stereo system? We’re taking our best guess on this edition of Harmonia. Tune in for a playlist of holiday samplings from an array of early music recordings – new and old. (Repeat of December 16, 2013) LISTEN HERE

Week of December 15

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.

Week of December 22

A Baroque Christmas in the New World

In celebration of the holiday season, we’re partnering with PRI to bring you a very special edition of Harmonia, featuring music from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, including a cantata and three free-standing works by colonial Mexican composer Manuel de Sumaya-most of which come from the only surviving manuscript in full-score in Sumaya’s own hand! Listen as the musicians of the Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University under the direction of Dana Marsh bring these sparkling works to life once again.

Week of December 29

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.

Week of January 5

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.

Week of January 12


What’s the right way to commemorate loss? For many composers grappling with the death of a colleague or patron, the best memorial proved to be… music. Medieval-, renaissance-, and baroque-era composers penned lavish, sometimes tormented, elegies for departed mentors, partners, and friends. This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear a selection of musical memorials. (Repeat of May 19, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of January 19

Flights of Fancy

We take to the skies as we explore music by, for, and about birds. Well, maybe not music by birds, but a wealth of music exists inspired by these “poets of the sky.” In addition, we’ll explore the evolution of the instrumental fantasia, from Byrd to Bach. Flights of fancy, indeed!

Week of January 26

Tainted Love

Love is patient; love is kind…except when it’s anything but! Some sweet nothings have sour endings, and sometimes that box of chocolates proves to be a bitter pill. Love’s gone bad this week on Harmonia, as we explore music by-and for-the brokenhearted: Toil and trouble in cupid’s domain, plus a “sweet” featured release called Doulce Memoire. (Repeat of June 2, 2014) LISTEN HERE

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