classical music

Continuum this week will present a special New Year's program of early music, both sacred and secular.

The sacred music is primarily from the Manuscrit du Puy which brings together a varied group of Aquitanian monodic and polyphonic chants for the New Year from the 12th to the 16th centuries. The secular music will be spirited French estampie dances of the 14th century.

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The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. The performance, sung in English and presented as part of the Met's holiday series, stars soprano Heidi Stober as Gretel; mezzo-soprano Christine Rice in her network broadcast debut as Hansel; tenor Robert Brubaker as the wicked Witch who captures them; and Michaela Martens and Dwayne Croft as the parents of the wayward children; Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

This week on Continuum you'll hear excerpts from the Feast of Fools, a post-European Christmas event dating from the Middle Ages.

Occurring between Christmas and Epiphany, this celebration was marked by much license and buffoonery. The clergy and the laity traded places for a day and interesting things happened, particularly in The Mass of the Ass.

You'll hear it from these CDs: The Feast of Fools (The New London Consort) L’Oiseaus-Lyre 433 194-2, and La Fete de L'Ane (Clemencic Consort) Harmonia Mundi HMT 7901036.

Continuum presents a special holiday program this week, Natus Est — A Medieval Christmas, medieval Christmas music performed by the two oldest early music ensembles in the U.S.: New Orleans Musica da Camera and Boston Camerata.

The music is from the Musica da Camera CD, Natus Est, Centaur CRC 2208 and the Boston Camerata CD, A Medieval Christmas, Elektra Nonesuch 9 71315-2.

Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

  The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s La Traviata on WWNO HD-2. Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka, who made a notable debut as Donna Anna in the 2011 new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, brings her acclaimed Violetta to the Met for the first time. American tenor Stephen Costello stars opposite her as her impetuous lover Alfredo, with American baritone Quinn Kelsey as his disapproving father, Giorgio Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

This week on Continuum you'll hear a recording of another live concert by New Orleans Musica da Camera. Jongleur, Jester, Trickster was a special concert given by Musica da Camera in 2012. It is music from the 13th and 14th centuries of France, Italy, England & Spain.

Thais St. Julien also gives narrative information before the performance of each musical selection. The music is from the Musica da Camera CD, Jongleur, Jester, Trickster, Belle Alliance BA006.

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with Steven Edwards, music director of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.

The nightingale was a complex symbol for medieval writers. Her song was a reminder of both the joys and sorrows of earthly love. She is referred to very often in medieval songs, motets and polyphony.

This week you'll hear some of this music in a recording of a live Musica da Camera concert. The program is from the Musica da Camera's CD, Praise To The Nightingale, Belle Alliance BA005.

No, not medieval football music, but this week on Continuum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present another recording of a live Musica da Camera concert. It is Music of New Orleans Medieval Saints.

Saints Included are, St. Nicholas, St. Ursula, St. Peter, St. James, and of course, St. Expeditus.

Musica da Camera is joined by the female voices of Vox Feminae. The program is from the Musica da Camera's CD, Geaux Saints, Belle Alliance BA004.

This week on Continuum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present a live recording of a recent Musica da Camera concert about Love.

The music is of diverse places and times and includes selections by medieval composers Petrus de Cruce, La Comtessa de Dia, Guillaume de Machaut and, of course, the ubiquitous Anonymous. The program is from the Musica da Camera's CD, Love Is Where You Find It, Belle Alliance BA007.

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