Lawrence Brownlee
Courtesy of the Artist

Brownlee Sings Gut-wrenching Schumann

Sunday night at 7 on WCRB In Concert with the Celebrity Series of Boston, tenor Lawrence Brownlee sings Schumann's "Dichterliebe," plus a selection of show-stopping opera arias.

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Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Yo-Yo Ma
Danny Clinch / Nonesuch

A unique take on Bach's music courses through virtuoso playing by masters of the cello, mandolin, and double bass on The Bach Hour.

Celebrating the Magic of John Williams

May 27, 2019
John Williams
Stu Rosner

On this CD of the Week, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic offer a loving tribute to the legendary composer, capturing the heartbreak, suspense, and soaring power of the music of an American genius.


What do you get when you cross Lin-Manuel Miranda's rap stylings with Pachelbel's Canon in D? A very charming kids' song, that's what. Hear it and more in this week's link roundup!

Join us on another link roundup adventure, this time through Renaissance cutlery, Maurice Sendak's opera sets, and a swim in a Norwegian lake. Let's go!

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Jun 4, 2019

The sun is shining, everything is green, and it's not too hot or humid yet -- there is so much to love about June in Boston. Spend the beginning of summer listening to our favorite music of the moment!

Also in this link roundup: Bradley Cooper, Albert Einstein, and a really huge viola. You ready?

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One of the major drivers of Boston's cultural life has announced its schedule for the coming season, with appearances by world-class orchestras, pianists, chamber groups, vocalists, and much more.

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This month in Tulsa, Okla., opera singer Lucia Lucas made her U.S. debut. She also made history.

At the Tulsa Opera, Lucas sang the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni. Mozart's character is a ruthless, macho womanizer. Lucas is a transgender woman with a rich baritone voice and is the first known trans woman to sing a principal role on an American opera stage. In a conversation with NPR's Ari Shapiro, Lucas said she doesn't want her performances to be entirely defined by this historical marker.

Olivier Latry, one of the chief organists at Notre Dame Cathedral, was the last artist to record on the famous instrument before the catastrophic fire on April 15 that damaged the church and caused its spire to collapse. This pipe organ is the largest in France and dates back centuries. Though it was spared from the flames, it will still require extensive renovation.

Caroline Shaw's new album, Orange, is a love letter to the string quartet. The North Carolina native burst onto the music scene in 2013, when she was the youngest composer to win a Pulitzer Prize. She's still in her 30s and now, for the first time, there's a recording devoted entirely to her work.

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This Week's CD of the Week

Taeguk Mun
Warners Classics

Taeguk Mun's debut album, recently recorded in WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio, is an homage to legendary cellist Pablo Casals.

WCRB brings you performances from Symphony Hall every Saturday at 8pm, with host Ron Della Chiesa.
In Concert captures the best performances by the world's best performers, from concerts in and around the Boston area. Airs Sundays at 7pm.
"Voices" is an exploration of all kinds of vocal music, from opera favorites and rarities to major choral works and song cycles. Airs Sundays at 9pm.
Hear The Bach Hour Sundays at 6am, Mondays from midnight-2am, and on demand for two weeks after broadcast.