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A late 15th-century icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh with the Saints of Rostov adorns the cover of a new album of Russian Orthodox Church music by the vocal ensemble Conspirare.
March 18, 2014 Sample a trio of new vocal albums ranging from a blistering Beethoven Mass to ancient Russian Orthodox traditions and an opulent but overlooked opera from the dawn of the 20th century.
This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II.
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October 29, 2013 In his new book, conductor John Eliot Gardiner searches for clues to uncover what the great composer's life and personality were really like. He finds a man full of contradictions and unfathomable music — even "a great guy to go out and have a beer with."
An autographed portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven.
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November 19, 2012 Conductor John Eliot Gardiner and author Matthew Guerrieri explain the incredible resonances, past and present, behind one of the most famous phrases in music: the opening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
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John Eliot Gardiner leads the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on November 17, 2012.
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November 17, 2012 The celebrated English conductor leads his Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique and Monteverdi Choir in a performance of one of Beethoven's most expansive and searching works: the Missa Solemnis.
Orpheus makes his way through the underworld, in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's production of one of the first operas, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, from 1607.
February 22, 2012 At the dawn of the 17th century, take a trip through the earliest days of a brand new art form.
Organist Cameron Carpenter: not your typical holiday celebrant.
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December 19, 2011 From a postmodern take on caroling to a gloriously loopy 'Sleigh Ride,' videos that sing out with classical holiday cheer.
Conductor John Eliot Gardiner has strong opinions about Beethoven.
November 15, 2011 One of the world's top original instruments ensembles, the Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra, plays Beethoven by the book.
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Many high-quality Bach recordings have been released this year. Above: Isabelle Faust with her violin.
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December 8, 2010 The music of Bach never goes out of style, and that's why each year hundreds of artists continue to record his works. Hear some of the best Bach records released this year, as chosen by WGBH's Bach specialist, Brian McCreath.
Composer Jennifer Higdon wonders what Beethoven would think of cell phones and Thai food.
November 3, 2010 The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer would like a few tips from Beethoven, like knowing how he struggled with turning rewrites and sketches into masterworks.
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June 7, 2010 Schumann's entire being was music, informed by dream and fantasy. He was music's quintessential Romantic, always ardent, always striving for the ideal. Learn about his passionately creative but troubled life, and hear some of his best music.
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