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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Cavaillé-Coll organ of the cathedral of Nancy (France) (Wikipedia Commons)

On this Season Finale of The Choral Mix, Kent Tritle wraps up with an hour of French Masterworks, and a heavy focus on choral music plus organ.


Gabriel Fauré : Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11


Maitrise de Paris, National Orchestra d'Ile de France

Christophe Henry, Organ

Laurence Equilbey, Conductor

Album Title: Fauré: Requiem

Label : Naive 5137


César Franck : Rédemption: Part Two ; IX. Chœur général: "Seigneur, Seigneur, oubile"

Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

Orféon Donostiarra

Michel Plasson, Conductor

Album Title: Franck: Redemption

Label : EMI 55056


Charles Gounod: Tobie: No. 1 Introduction

University of Paris-Sorbonne Orchestra & Chorus

Orchestra of Paris-Sorbonne

Jacques Grimbert, Conductor

Album Title: Tobie

Label : Marco Polo 8.223892


Camille Saint-Saens: Messe Opus 4 : Kyrie

Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne

Marie-Claire Alain, Great Organ

André Luy, Choir Organ

Michel Corboz, Conductor

Album Title: Mass Op 4 in A

Label : Erato 2292-45355-2


Hector Berlioz: Te Deum, Op. 22: Judex Crederis

Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra

Young Singers of Pennsylvania

Mark Kruczek, Organ

Dennis Keene, Conductor

Album Title: Berlioz: Te Deum

Label: Delos DE 3200


Maurice Duruflé’: Intro + Kyrie; Sanctus

Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola

Nancianne Parrella, Organ

Kent Tritle, Conductor

Album Title: Duruflé: Requiem

Label: MSR MS 1141

Comments [18]

Shawn from Toronto, Canada from Toronto

How deeply saddened I am to discover that such intelligent programming has been cancelled (if that is really the case).... and the archival recordings are gone. I listen to WQXR from Toronto, Canada, regularly, and The Choral Mix was one of the main reasons I kept coming back. The programming on CBC here at home has gone down a similar path over the past several years, cancelling brilliant classical programming, and replacing it with inane piffle. Please... please... PLEASE bring back The Choral Mix... and its archive!!! Kent Trittle... please come back!!!

May. 05 2014 10:27 PM

I found a way to listen to the Choral mix - just email me at

Apr. 13 2014 06:37 AM
Gene DePrez from Sparta, NJ

There is a contingent in NJ that loved this program as well and have been listening to by Internet all these years because I am at Church on Sunday mornings. Please don't remove this. Find another host is necessary if Kent can no longer find the time to do it. About the only choral music available in the NY metro area.

Apr. 08 2014 03:55 PM
Karen from New York

Please provide archival access again! This is my favorite radio program but I often cannot hear it at 7 on a Sunday morning. It has given me and many of my friends and family such joy and it is really the only program featuring choral music. I have shared it with many people across the country who became hooked on the internet broadcasts. Why isn't archival streaming available? I have been a supporter of WQXR because of this show. Please restore streaming. And please bring it back in the Fall!

Apr. 06 2014 10:39 AM
Jason from NY

Not surprised to see that the season finale is before Holy Week AND that you cannot get access to archived streaming. Seems like WQXR has a slight aversion to anything religious and only reluctantly plays "religious" pieces. I am interested to see what programming they have planned for Easter and Passover.

Still I am happy to see that Exploring Music is still around, but many other favorite programs have suffered from "The Choral Mix treatment" (i.e. lack of archived programs and/or have been scheduled into obscurity). From the Top and Performance Today cannot be found on the radio or live streaming, and Live from Carnegie Hall has seen its archived streaming vanish.

Apr. 02 2014 09:51 AM
Marguerite from Paris, France

I discovered this program several years ago through the Berkshire Music Festival courses here in Europe. The only way to listen was on the internet. I've discovered so much music that is rarely, if ever, performed in France. What a shame to see it all but cancelled. Are we to have no answer about what your plans are for this program? Not enough perceived interest? Not enough money (that would not surprise me) to keep up the web site? Kent Tritle too busy? He's been great, but we would accept a new person.

Apr. 02 2014 03:34 AM
James Reid

I would love to hear this episode. Will it ever be replayed?

Mar. 30 2014 11:45 PM
eileen from NYC

So disappointed that these programs are no longer available on demand. I also agree that April is too soon to end the season as Easter and all the glorious music of Holy Week is yet to come.

Mar. 30 2014 08:49 PM
Mark M from Jackson Heights, NY

I have to agree with the other commenters. I sing in a choir (even though my voice is going) and it's a great joy to me to hear a mix of choral styles and performers that I would never find for myself. Please bring it back!!!

Mar. 30 2014 07:56 PM
LB from Brooklyn

Hello there from Brooklyn.
There is a big following for the Choral Mix here. Please restore the program with streaming so we can listen,
seven am on Sunday is not ideal, it used to broadcast at 12 noon.

I am a member of a choral group in Brooklyn, we support and preform new choral music
(and commission pieces) as well as perform all the other choral repertoire. We love the Choral Mix!

Mar. 30 2014 04:54 PM
MJ from New York

Please bring back the Choral Mix and with streaming. So sad that there won't be any Easter and Passover programs with all of the great music out there!

Mar. 30 2014 02:10 PM

It is sad! With no replays I will be deleting this bookmark. And this was also the finale? I joint the others' comments. It's a tragic day for choral music. Email me if you have a change of heart.

Mar. 30 2014 02:02 PM

Hello there, WQXR programming people... let me join the rest of the
listeners commenting today, in expressing my displeasure with the
shortened broadcasting of the Choral Mix program. It is understandable
that perhaps Mr. Tritle, with his busy schedule as a conductor, may no
longer be as available at this time of year to host the program... but
to just end it?! And sorely disappoint the choral music listening segment
of your audience?! Hmmm... what are your priorities at this radio station?

And no listening opportunities for this program beyond the 7am Sunday time period? Come, come, now... of all music stations, classical music stations (especially the only one broadcasting in NYC!) should be more responsive to putting the music out there and available for streaming... I find it very irresponsible, with the limited availability of this music programming in comparison with all the other music programming out there, to be so unsupportive of your audience.

Mar. 30 2014 12:58 PM

So sad I cannot stream this. I am also sad we shan't have a Palm Sunday Easter/Passover Choral Mix

Mar. 30 2014 09:09 AM
Choral Music Lover from Westchester

Why are these braodcasts no longer avaialble for replay? Please, please put them back! Not all of us can make the 7am hour on Sunday!

Mar. 30 2014 08:19 AM
Gev Sweeney from The Jersey Shore

This is the season finale? So soon? It's not April yet -- and it's not Easter or Passover! There's so, so much more great seasonal choral music out there!

Mar. 30 2014 07:39 AM
Wendy D'Lugin from Manhattan

This is too early in the season to end this beautiful program It keeps me closer to God. Please come back soon.

Mar. 30 2014 07:08 AM
Ellie from Maplewood NJ

Why, oh why, is this the season finale, in April, of the only choral music program on WQXR. For shame!

Mar. 30 2014 06:54 AM

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