Mozart's Attic

Thursdays from 10pm-12am

Mozart's Attic is a classical music program featuring music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Some of it is not frequently heard on air; other pieces are concert favorites from the symphonic repertoire, sometimes in rare or historic performances. There's plenty of vinyl, and sometimes even a bit of shellac.

You never know what you might come across in the attic. 

Tune in for Mozart's Attic Thursday nights from 10 pm until midnight.

Bach's B minor Mass was an inchoate collection of movements at the time of his death. Parts of it had been performed, most of it hadn't, and the complete score didn't get published for another century.

And it wasn't until 1968 that Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Concentus Musicus Wien recorded it for a major German label  with actual period instruments in a reading that played a central role in the historical performance movement.

We'll have the Harnoncourt perfomance of the B minor -- the way Bach wrote it and intended it -- as our sole work this week.

Antonín Dvořák

What's a chestnut?

It's one of those pieces of music that is heard so regularly that just about everyone knows it -- even those who profess not to like classical music.

It's been an exhausting week here in Central Florida. Let's take it easy for a couple of hours with the greatest hits of Dvorak, Mussorgsky, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Vivaldi, and Chopin as we listen to a concert of chestnuts this Thursday.

Schubert's final symphony, the Great C major, was another one of those works that he was never to hear performed. There was no one to finance a concert, and so this masterpiece sat in a musical society slushpile for a decade until Robert Schumann took the manuscript and showed it to Felix Mendelssohn, who stared at it goggle-eyed and promptly scheduled a premiere performance in Leipzig.


Many people know Gustav Holst's suite, The Planets, even if they're not quite sure where they've heard it before. Several of its themes have been "borrowed" to serve as background music for everything from commercials to science fiction films.  We'll start this week's program with The Planets as it was meant to be performed, with Sir Adrian Boult and the London  Philharmonic.

Then it's off to the theater with overtures to The Wasps and Egmont.

Comparatively little of the music Antonio Vivaldi wrote for the orphanage where he worked for thirty years was vocal. He was, after all, in charge of the orchestra, not the chorus. Once in a while, though, he filled in when the choral director's post was vacant, and when he did, he wrote music for the occasion.

We begin this week's program with the Vivaldi Magnificat, and continue with an hour of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Italian music.

The Shostakovich cycle of Preludes and Fugues continues, and we wrap up the program with music of Bach and Wagner.