Spring for Choral Music

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

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This edition of the Choral Mix is an exploration of how choral composers have welcomed spring. We hear the sweeping melodies of Rachmaninoff, the lyricism of Vaughan Williams and the elegance of Haydn – all music bursting with hope and optimism.

It’s officially springtime – and not a moment too soon! Just when we’ve all had enough of the snow, the cold, the grey, along comes a break in the weather and the promise of new life.

 

Playlist

 

Edvard Grieg: 12 Songs, Op. 33, No. 2: Varen “Last Spring” (arranged for choir)

Norwegian Soloists Choir (Det Norske Solistkor)

Grete Pedersen Helgerod, Conductor

Album Title: Grieg: Choral Music

Bis 1661

 

Ernest John Moeran: Songs of Springtime

No. 1. Under the Greenwood Tree

No. 2. The River-God's Song

No. 3. Spring, the Sweet Spring

No. 4. Love is a Sickness

No. 5. Sigh no more, Ladies

No. 6. Good Wine

No. 7. To Daffodils

The Finzi Singers

Paul Spicer, Conductor

Album Title: Moeran: Songs of Springtime

Chandos 9182

 

Vaughan Williams: Folksongs of the Four Seasons; Spring:

Early in the Spring

The Lark in the Morning

May Song

Choir of Clare College

Dmitri Ensemble

David Wilcocks, Conductor

Album Title: Folk Songs of the Four Seasons

Albion 10

 

Sergei Rachmoninov: Spring Cantata

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Charles Dutoit, Conductor

Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia

Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone

Album Title: The Bells, Spring, 3 Russian Songs

Decca 440355

 

Franz Joseph Haydn: The Seasons, H 21 no 3

Komm, holder Lenz

Ewiger, machtiger

Stuttgart Gachinger Kantorei

Helmuth Rilling, Conductor

Album Title: Haydn: The Seasons

Hänssler Classic 98982

 

Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: 6 Sanger: No. 4 (Varsang II) Spring Song II

Uppsala University Chamber Choir

Stefan Parkman, Conductor

Album Title: A Musical Portrait

Musica Sveciae 908

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Comments [10]

Nancy Clapp-Channing from Durham, NC

I'm assuming that "on hiatus" means the Choral Mix will return. It is a bookmark for my Sunday mornings at 7am. There is so little choral music streamed, and as a classical choral singer, I find Ken Tritle a gem of a host. Please let us know that "hiatus" translates to "return" (at what date??).

Apr. 06 2014 11:01 AM

Seems like the requests are falling on deaf ears. Unfortunate for a radio site.

DD~~

Mar. 30 2014 01:15 AM
Laurie Postlewate from New York, NY

Please bring back the streaming option! I listen to the programs repeatedly during the week to keep myself going!!!

Mar. 29 2014 07:59 AM
JM from Boston

Please bring back the streaming! I listen to each program multiple times during the work week!

Mar. 28 2014 11:54 AM
Gene from New Jersey

Yes -- what happened to the streaming version of Choral Mix. One of my favorites and one of the few choral offerings in the NY area. Do we all have to go to the BBC for on demand choral music? Or go to With Heart & Voice a terrific choral program from WXXI Public Radio out of Rochester? Live on Sunday mornings and streamed after that.

Mar. 28 2014 11:38 AM

I would like to know what happened to the streaming option? This is a sad loss if We are no longer able to stream this program.

Mar. 25 2014 05:16 AM

I too am a big fan of The Choral Mix, but there's no way I'm getting up at 7 am to listen to it. Please re-broadcast it at a later time and/or make it available for streaming.

Mar. 24 2014 04:48 PM
MJ

The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle is my favorite program on WQXR. Please make the recent episodes available for listening!!

Mar. 23 2014 02:27 PM
Vocalor

I too am not able to stream recent and current episodes after enjoying them for so long!

Mar. 23 2014 11:05 AM

Is anyone else having trouble playing these?
I used to see a "play" icon (the triangle) to hear past episodes.
Now, none of these have the play feature.
Was it a copyright problem?
Is it a technical issue?

Mar. 23 2014 10:43 AM

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