classical music

On this program Continuum presents complete recordings of the earliest English songs in existence. They come from the two important collections, The Worcester Fragments and a collection known only as The Earliest Songbook of England. Both contain anonymous music from 13th and 14th century England.

Ramon Vargas as Rodolfo and Barbara Frittoli as Mimì in Puccini's La Boheme.
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season – the company’s 85th on the air – begins with a live broadcast of the beloved Puccini opera, La Bohème. New Orleans-area listeners can enjoy this live performance on the Classical WWNO stream, Saturday December 5, at 12:00 noon Central Time.

Tune in to Classical WWNO at home on your computer or smartphone at WWNO.org, stream through our mobile apps, or tune in with your HD radio at 89.9 HD2.

Continuum presents a program of the harpsichord music of Johann Sebastian Bach, played by the legendary harpsichordist Wanda Landowska. The major woks to be heard are the Chromatic Fantasia, and the Italian Concerto.

This program is music from the medieval manuscript of the romance of Fauvel, a tawny colored horse who rises to prominence in the French 14th century royal court. It is one of the most famous collections of medieval music in existence.

Continuum presents a program of Renaissance Band Music. The musical band is a group of specialized musicians usually playing various types of wind instruments sometimes with added vocals.

The songs of Oswald von Wolkenstein, the 15th century minnesinger, the German counterpart of the French troubadour and trouvere, are featured on this Continuum program.

Early Music of the Garden is presented by Continuum on this program. Four different aspects of the "early" garden are visited: The Garden of Earthly Delights, Dreams in a Pleasure Garden, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth, and When Birds Do Sing.

Continuum presents a highly spirited program of joyful songs and dances featuring cheerful sounds and ringing melodies of the late-medieval period. Bombards, shawms, lutes, harps and gitterns provide a rich program of music, with songs and instrumental music from Spain, Italy, France and Britain.

This week’s Continuum features music by the 14th century French composer Guillaume de Machaut, known as the last great poet who was also a composer. His music for the Mass of Notre Dame represents the first known medieval Mass by a known composer.

On this program Continuum presents recordings by two very early "early music ensembles", the New York Pro Musica, under the direction of founder Noah Greenberg, and the New York Renaissance Band, under the direction of founder Sally Logemann.

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