Letter V Classical Radio Nov. 8

Five hundred years ago this month, Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses began to circulate across central Europe, launching the Protestant Reformation. In the second hour of the program, we’ll mark the anniversary with three works – two famous, one obscure – built on Luther’s best-known hymn, “Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott” (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”).

noon-3 p.m. EST
1500-1800 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Past Masters:
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543
Michel Chapuis, organ
(United Archives)
(recorded 1968)

Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, Op. 132
Takács Quartet

Otto Nicolai: “Church Festival Overture,” Op. 31
Kartauser Kantorei
WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne/Michail Jurowski

J.S. Bach: Cantata, “Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott,” BWV 80
Barbara Schlick, soprano
Gérard Lesne, alto
Howard Crook, tenor
Peter Kooy, bass
Collegium Vocale, Ghent
La Chapelle Royale/Philippe Herreweghe
(Harmonia Mundi)

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major (“Reformation”)
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Pablo Heras-Casado
(Harmonia Mundi)

Past Masters:
Wagner: “Tannhäuser” Overture
Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell
(Sony Classical)
(recorded 1962)

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/John Eliot Gardiner
(Soli Deo Gloria)

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