Sunday Baroque

Sunday Baroque allows you an opportunity each week to explore Baroque and early music (written before 1750). Composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel were the cornerstones of this era, with masterpieces including the Water Music, Royal Fireworks Music, and the Brandenburg Concertos.

Sunday Baroque celebrates the current wealth of recorded repertoire available, with great performances by yesterday's and today's best performers.


Broadcast Schedule

Sunday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


This week on Sunday Baroque

Sunday Baroque Listings: October 19 , 2014 - Concert Spirituel,
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein
Sunday Baroque Listings: October 19 , 2014

Hour 1:
In the early 18th century, the Paris Opera closed for religious holidays. The Opera’s musicians were frustrated by the lack of work, so they founded a French musical society and called it CONCERT SPIRITUEL. They played both sacred and secular music, and the name gave them cover to work on the holidays. On Sunday Baroque this weekend you’ll hear music by members of the Concert Spirituel, along with a performance by its modern namesake.

Hour 2:

Michelangelo said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Composers Jean-Philippe Rameau and Christoph Gluck sculpted musical notes to reveal works of art which have statues as part of the plotlines. You can hear their masterpieces this week on Sunday Baroque.

Hour 3:
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein says she remembers hearing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Inventions when she was nine years old and thinking the music was “impossibly expressive and virtuosic” and way beyond her abilities. As an adult, Simone Dinnerstein has maintained a close relationship with Bach’s music, and her latest recording features those Inventions and Sinfonias by Bach. You’ll hear a few selections from it on Sunday Baroque this weekend.

Hour 4:
Arcangelo Corelli was a highly skilled violinist and an influential teacher. One of Corelli’s students used his teacher’s sonatas as musical material for his own concertos. Some people might be flattered by the tribute, while others might be offended. See what you think when Sunday Baroque features one of those reconfigured Concertos this weekend.

October 19, 2014 On Classical WSMR 89.1

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