This week, an hour of choral works for Lent and Holy Week. It includes a late Renaissance work for Ash Wednesday so heavily guarded by the Vatican that it took a boy genius to smuggle it out.
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Hosted by the conductor The New York Times has hailed as "the brightest star in New York’s choral music world," The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle explores the vibrant and transformative world of choral music. Each week, Maestro Tritle will focus on a different aspect of the choral scene in New York and beyond. Through a smart and lively mix of exclusive live concert recordings and commercial recordings, The Choral Mix will provide a significant locus for choral music and its community.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
The one-two punch of words plus music gives choral music its power. And when the words come from William Shakespeare, the music is all the more inspired.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Alice Parker is a living legend among choral music fans and this week’s show is dedicated to her music. We hear her work as a composer, arranger and conductor.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Kent Tritle has arranged a bouquet of romantic music for chorus. We hear some of the oldest odes to love, some of the newest and the timeless love-song waltzes by Johannes Brahms.
Sunday, February 09, 2014
This week Kent Tritle brings new meaning to the expression, “wintry mix.” His mix includes five centuries of works celebrating snow.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
To kick off Black History Month, Kent Tritle presents music by African-American composers and arrangers including Florence Price, Aldolphus Hailstork and William Grant Still.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
This week Kent Tritle surveys some of the best recent recordings. There are new arrivals of old and contemporary material, from conductorless ensembles to groups led by well-established maestros.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Today, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with choral music that celebrates struggle and liberation from oppression.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Guest host Jeff Spurgeon presents music inspired by Epiphany, from the English Renaissance to modern-day Estonia.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
For many people, Christmas begins on December 25 and ends 12 days later with the festival of the Three Kings. But on the Russian Orthodox calendar, Christmas is just about to begin on January 7.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
On this week’s episode of the Choral Mix, Kent Tritle presents his most essential Christmas music from England. We hear medleys and settings by Holst and Williams, as well as selections by their predecessors Hubert Parry and Charles Stanford.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
On this week's episode of the Choral Mix, Kent Tritle takes you on a musical tour through the very Old World, with stops in medieval Hungary, Germany, Italy and more.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
On this episode of the Choral Mix, Kent Tritle gets “under the hood” of Handel’s masterpiece to understand its broad appeal.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
This week’s episode presents the choral sounds of the French baroque. We hear some of the best music from the 1600s and early 1700s and the artists who bring it to life for us today.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
With the Thanksgiving weekend upon us, now is the time to reflect on the things we're grateful for: our families, our friends, our communities. Today’s program features choral music that expresses gratitude.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Today the Choral Mix offers a musical salute to the American spirit, with composers who have gone to the well of American folk and religious traditions and, in their own way, created something new and enduring.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
On this episode of The Choral Mix, host Kent Tritle presents his essential Mozart choral works, ranging from the delicate Ave Verum Corpus to the ebullience of the Coronation Mass.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
We hear bird-loving Bela Bartok’s songs about birds, Eric Whitacre’s brilliant evocation of birds in flight and a range of English works dating back to the Renaissance.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
In honor of Britten’s centennial, Kent Tritle has assembled a Choral Mix featuring moments from the War Requiem, the Hymn to Saint Cecilia as well as a lesser-known piece, the Cantata Misericordium.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
This week the Choral Mix goes trick-or-treating for scary Halloween goodies including frightening music by Handel, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and Ligeti. Listen with the lights on!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
On this week’s program, Kent Tritle presents a musical tour of Paris between the wars. We hear music from Arthur Honegger and Francis Poulenc, two of the artists of “Les Six.”