On March 1, CBC Music launches Classical Easter, a month-long music stream designed to accompany you through this most meaningful period of the Christian calendar.
Over the centuries, music has been the ideal expressive vehicle for the epic emotional journey beginning with the repentance of the Lenten period, continuing through the darkness and suffering of Holy Week, and culminating in the joy of Easter and the transcendence of the resurrection.
Starting Friday, March 1, at 12 p.m. ET, the programming on the Classical Easter stream will focus on music for reflection: slow movements of symphonies, concertos and sonatas, as well as contemplative motets and major choral works. Music like this:
Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem, performed by the Swedish Radio Choir, the Bavarian Radio Choir and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado.
Then on Easter Saturday (March 30), the focus shifts from meditative to joyous, with music celebrating the rebirth represented by the resurrection and the arrival of spring, including choral anthems for Easter.
The Stanford Chamber Chorale, under the direction of Stephen M. Sano, performs Healey Willan's Rise Up My Love.
You’ll find Classical Easter in the list of genre streams on the right-hand side of your screen. Or you can click on the play button below to launch the stream.
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on Mar 01, 2013