Sunday, December 23, 2012
David Garland presents some gentle and festive music for Christmas. The December darkness is illuminated with extended renditions of two seasonal songs that have been sung for centuries, a few familiar carols, and the elfin humor of the Christmas greetings The Beatles recorded for their fan club during the 1960s.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, is a beloved holiday favorite. This week on Classics for Kids, hear the story of The Nutcracker and enjoy its enchanting music.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Today on Soundcheck: We pay tribute to jazz legend Dave Brubeck, who died yesterday the day before what would have been his 92nd birthday.
A new compilation explores both the musical history of Hanukkah in the U.S. as well as the influence of Jewish songwriters on America's classic Christmas songbook.
And art punk band ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead perform and talk about the political themes found on its latest album, Lost Songs.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Today on Soundcheck, creepy Christmas songs with Faith Salie, electronic pop from Matthew Dear and a bit of whiskey.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Christmas music from here and there and now and then, featuring the reassuringly familiar and the disconcertingly strange. David Garland unwraps his seasonal gift for you, trimming your tree with audio ornaments by Polygraph Lounge, Gene Autry, Cary Grant, Tweety and Sylvester, Equivel, Sufjan Stevens, and more.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The Takeaway begins the holiday season with a week-long "Remixing the Holidays" series. All week long, we’ll be talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season. Jon Solomon, a DJ who hosts an annual 24-hour Christmas show on Princeton University's WPRB gives us his best and worst Christmas music of the year.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Radical composer John Zorn reveals to David Garland that Zorn’s Jewish family celebrated Christmas throughout his childhood, and he continues to love those memories and the holiday music that evokes and celebrates them. Zorn presents selections from his new album “A Dreamers Christmas,” an unexpectedly sweet collection of his arrangements of Christmas classics..
Monday, December 20, 2010
All this week we're talking with musical artists and experts about their favorite seasonal songs for our annual "Remixing the Holidays" series. First up: Crystal Bowersox. The American Idol runner-up had a whirlwind of a year, from earning national acclaim for her appearance and success on the Fox reality show to her recent release of her new album, "Farmer's Daughter." The 25-year-old singer says she'll be spending her first Christmas with her new family, which includes her husband and son. She talks with us about the music that reminds her of Christmas.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
In an album of intimate sacred classics, the chief gifts of Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez are all on display: sweet, ringing top notes and an suave, elegant virtuosity. Santo is our Album of the Week. Listen and get a free download.