It’s no wonder that some of the darkest and coldest places in the world are known for their bonfires, saunas, and all-night festivals of singing and dancing. Scandinavians know how to handle – and enjoy! – wintertime. This morning we’lll warm to the sounds of Norway, Sweden, Finland among other Northern areas in a celebration of the white season. The journey also inlcudes Bergtatt, an unusual recording we just received from the Oslo Chamber Choir.
One of my musical heroes is Marian McPartland. I love the way she
always enthusiastically appreciates a "good tune". This morning is
filled with "good tunes" – including Germany’s a cappella sextet Die Singphoniker, singing Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, Schubert’s "Notturno" Piano Trio, and the lyrical opening overture from Verdi’s opera La Traviata.
Spanish tenor/baritone and conductor Plácido Domingo is known for saying, "If I rest, I rust". He turns 69 today, we’ll celebrate with the stunning aria E lucevan le stelle ("And the stars were shining") from Puccini’s Tosca.
The second hour features a flurry of musical snowflakes from
Tchaikovsky, Morten Lauridsen, and Lalo Schifrin. (No accumulation