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Robert Shaw
Georgia Public Broadcasting

In 1966, Robert Shaw released an original-score recording of the Messiah, and it was a revelation. It was the first "historically informed" performance of Handel's oratorio to be recorded on a major label, and instead of massive, sometimes bombastic orchestral and choral forces, Shaw used an ensemble such as Handel would have used in his day.

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.

Carolann Bambara

Thanksgiving Day at 10 AM EST. My 22nd annual Thanksgiving show! Featuring, previously unreleased songs from the Band's farewell concert, the Last Waltz, recorded 40 years ago this Thanksgiving night. And, the official start of this holiday season kicks off with Arlo Guthrie's' Alice's Restaurant at High noon. Plus so, much more .

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

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