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.

Igor Stravinsky
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With the coming of the 20th century, all the rules of music went out the window. Composers were free to do pretty much what they wanted, and if someone said, "Hey, you can't do that," They were ignored.

Music went in as many directions as there were people writing it. Some went retro, others pushed the envelope of what even constituted music, and others chose routes somewhere in between.

We've got a program of music written not-so-far-from Plymouth Rock this Thursday night.

We look back at the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra this week, featuring a 1955 RCA Victor recording celebrating the Orchestra's 75th anniversary, narrated by Milton Cross, the voice of the Metropolitan Opera for fifty years.

We'll have century-old recordings of the orchestra, directed by  Karl Muck, performances under the baton of Serge Koussevitzky and others, and we'll even hear what Arthur Fiedler has to say about the Boston Pop

Arvo Part
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We have music from Russia, Ukraine, and countries of the Baltic this week, ranging from Rachmaninoff's channeling of age-old Orthodox chant to some recently-written music from Henryk Gorecki, Arvo Part, and Valentin Silvestrov -- with some out-of-character organ music by Jean Sibelius included as well.

It's a lot of unusual music from ancient hymnody to piano miniatures that approach New Age sounds. As always, it all begins at ten o'clock on Thursday night.

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