Martin Pearlman Conducting the Boston Baroque Orchestra and Chorus
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The Drama of Handel, in a Timeless Biblical Tale

On WCRB In Concert with Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman conducts Handel's masterful oratorio Jephtha , telling the biblical story of family, sacrifice, and piety, with tenor Nicholas Phan in the title role, on demand.

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Image of Jean-Baptiste Corot's 1826 "Bridge at Narni"
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Listen to music that is hewn from trauma, and serves both as a salve for troubled times and a reminder that history is always there to teach us. 



Joyce DiDonato: mezzo-soprano; Craig Terry: piano; Charlie Porter: trumpet; Chuck Israels: bass; Jason Haaheim: drums
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The latest tiny concert from Joyce DiDonato, David Lang's Fidelio update, and Sheku Kanneh-Mason's chart-topping new album. Plus, how much do musicians make from streaming services, really?

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How to write music for horror movies, how to expand your listening this year, and how to make your concert hall sound great, all in this link roundup!

Instant Replay: 010

Jan 8, 2020

The beginning of a new decade is ample reason to celebrate. It's also the perfect time to reflect on the things we love and our hopes for the new year (or the next ten). This month's Instant Replay has songs for every mood!

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Harriet Tubman may be the best-known conductor of the Underground Railroad, but a new album highlights another key figure: William Still, who helped nearly 800 enslaved African Americans escape to freedom in the years before the Civil War.

At the height of the Cold War in 1958, Van Cliburn, a curly-headed kid from Texas, won the International Tchaikovsky Competition. He was hugged by Nikita Khrushchev and heralded like Elvis Presley when he returned.

Traditions worth saving still need need practitioners and advocates who are willing to propel them forward. Classical music boasts a long, rich history — about 1000 years — of transformation, adaptation, tumult and triumph. From radical, boundary-bashing composers to brave and bold interpreters, the music has remained vibrantly alive even as prognosticators routinely forecast its demise.

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This Week's CD of the Week

Paul Merkelo
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The Principal Trumpeter of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra navigates four brilliant and foundational concertos for his instrument, and it’s WCRB’s CD of the Week.

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.
Hear The Bach Hour Sundays at 6am, Mondays from midnight-2am, and on demand for two weeks after broadcast.