WFIT Features

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...

Please Kill Me: Voices From The Archives

Please Kill Me is the story how the Andy Warhol scene during the 1960s morphed into the punk rock movement of the 1970s in New York City.

We're going to spend two hours with composers from central and eastern Europe this week.

We'll hear music from Renaissance Hungarian and Polish composers whose names are lost to us. Works of ethnomusicologists like Bartok and Kodaly, music of emigre composers like Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, pieces by 19th century superstars like Liszt, and lots more.

The Russians are coming ---- and so are the Romanians, the Transylvanians, the Slovaks and others, and we'll still...

Rachel Barton Pine
NPR

W.A. Mozart and American violinist Rachel Barton Pine both began their musical careers at about the same age -- three!

Rachel's career was soon off and running as she took home the gold in a number of international competitions. Then a horrific railway accident sidelined her for a couple of years. But she's back now, and this week we'll conclude the cycle of the five Mozart Violin Concerti as she performs with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (she also performs on electric...

Joshua Bell
NPR

Few cities can match London when it comes to world class orchestras. From the Royal Philharmonic to the Academy of Ancient Music to the London Symphony to any of a dozen more, London has become one of the great centers of orchestral performance in today's world. Since 1959, one of those great ensembles has been the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In 2011, Sir Neville Marriner, the orchestra's founding music director passed his baton to a new-generation director, American violinist Joshua...

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