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Choral Showcase
Saturdays at 5 p.m.

WDAV's weekly offering of classical choral music. The program occasionally features choral groups from the Charlotte region. To check  program listings, visit our Playlist Page and search on the date of the program you wish to find. Theresa Woody hosts.
Program Schedule
February 28, 2015
Diamonds on the Shelf

BeethovenFinding odd tracks hidden amongst the more familiar CDs in the library can be a fun quest. Here are a few such oddities: Beethoven’s arrangement of folk songs from different countries, a song from 13th century Spain about a heretic despoiling a religious painting, a mass by Joseph Rheinberger, and a Swedish-African song sung by Ladysmith Black Mambazo with the English Chamber Orchestra. Also, something that was an oddity in its time: a wordless women’s choir singing with orchestra, a sound by Gustav Holst that became the standard for evoking mysticism and outer space.  In other words, Neptune, the Mystic, from  The Planets by Holst.

February 21, 2015
Missa Solemnis Highlights

Beethoven 150Featuring two versions of Beethoven’s massive Missa Solemnis, we’ll hear three movements from a new recording by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, with the Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra. Also, the Agnus Dei: the final movement, from a remastered 1982 recording by the London Philharmonic and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus made at Royal Albert Hall, London. 

February 14, 2015
Composers of February
Handel 150The February-born include such greats as Handel and Mendelssohn, Palestrina and Praetorius, and we’ll celebrate them all. Three motets by Palestrina and three more by Michael Praetorius grace today’s show, along with three choruses from Handel’s Dixit dominus and Six Lieder, Op. 88 by Mendlessohn.
February 7, 2015
To Love
c-150702-75Music expressing the many moods of love as given to us by composers through the ages. Sixteenth Century songs by William Cornish and John Dowland are paired with Weep You No More, one of Three Madrigals After Dowland by Michael Gilbertson. Rossini’s tender I Gondolieri, Romanzen Op. 91 by Schumann, and three songs from Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 by Brahms are all about love. And the Kansas City Chorale sings two traditional American songs about love in a time of war.
January 31, 2015
SchubertSchubert's Mass No. 6 in E-flat is the featured work in this program honoring Franz Schubert, born January 31, 1797. Robert Shaw conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on this Telarc CD. Also: Liebe (Love) a song for male chorus, performed by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers.
January 19, 2015
Mozart and Morales
Mozart 150A tender new recording of Mozart’s beloved Requiem released in 2014 features the stellar ensemble Accentus with conductor Lurence Equilbey and Insula Orchestra. From another recent release of 2014 by the ensemble Stile Antico, we’ll hear a jubilant Jubilate Deo by Cristobal de Morales.   
January 17, 2015
Tributes and a Fantasy

glassTributes to Mozart and Philip Glass, both January born, and a Fantasy by Beethoven comprise this program of choral music on WDAV. The featured work is the Mass in C  K. 262/246a by Mozart, who was born on January 27 in 1756. Also featured: Tolstoy Farm, a selection from the opera Satagraha by Glass. And the John Eliot Gardiner/Robert Levin/Monteverdi Choir recording of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy for Piano, Choir and Orchestra.

January 10, 2015
Thus Singeth

handel choral showcase tilePsalm 109 has been a favorite text of composers through the ages, often in the Latin, Dixit Dominus. "Thus saith the Lord to my Lord: Sit Thou at my Right Hand." Recordings heard today include two longer settings of this text, by Alessandro Scarlatti and Giovanni Paolo Colonna. Also a shorter version by Mozart from his Solemn Vespers, and the first movement, Dixit Dominus, from a longer work of the same name by Handel.  

January 3, 2015
For The Season

CantusMusic for Epiphany and Winter. The Epiphany portion of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and a transcription of Winter from The Four Seasons offer music for this season. Plus: Five Male Choruses from a brand new cd out by Cantus of music by Dvorak.

December 27, 2014
And A Happy New Year...

Britten 150Usher in the year 2015 with choral music for epiphany and for the new year. Featured works include Toast for the New Year by Rossini, March of the Kings by Bizet and carols for the new year by Benjamin Britten, John Rutter and Mendelssohn.  Also, two surprises: traditional Welsh and English new year's carols set to tunes normally associated with Christmas. And, the complete section of Bach's Christmas Oratorio written for the first Sunday after the New Year: Weinachtsoratorium, Part Five.

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