Roll Over, Beethoven

A Rock Critic’s Guide to Classical

Now broadcast every other Thursday evening beginning Dec 8, 2016, at 9:30pm on WBCA-FM, Boston, 102.9 (RSS Feed: https://audioboom.com/channels/4884399.rss)

170223 – Hillbilly Bach
Mandolin savant Chris Thile performs Bach violin Sonatas and Partitas on a level beyond most fiddlers, and he’s no slouch at back-country yawping.
[Radio cut 27:00 for BNN-WBCA, 102.9 Boston, February 23 2017; playlist]

170209 – Bach, As Told by the Beatles, Paul Simon, and Francois Glorieux
[Radio cut 27:00 for BNN-WBCA, 102.9 Boston, February 9 2017; playlist]
Featuring the Beatles, Joshua Rifkin’s Baroque Beatles Book, Bach Chorale from St. Matthew Passion, Paul Simon’s “America” and “American Tune,” and Francois Glorieux

170126 – When Chopin and Rachmaninoff Buoyed 70s Pop
[Radio cut 27:00 for BNN-WBCA, 102.9 Boston, February 23 2017; playlist]
Chopin and Rachmaninoff steer pop Barry Manilow and Eric Carmen hits from the 1970s, as the King outsells both.

170112 – Mussorgsky, ELP, and Sound Paintings
[Radio cut 27:00 for BNN-WBCA, 102.9 Boston, January 12 2017; playlist]
Featuring: ELP, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at An Exhibition, Bartok’s Allegro Barbaro, and Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

161222 – Brahms, Yes, Wormholes through Pro-Rock
[Radio cut 27:00 for BNN-WBCA, 102.9 Boston, December 22, 2016; playlist]
Featuring: Yes, “Every Little Thing,” 1969; “America,” 1969; “Roundabout,” “Cans and Brahms,” “We Have Heaven,” 1972; Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Brahms First Symphony (Mackerras); Carlos Santana with Dave Matthews, “Love of My Life,” 2002

161208 — Boleros: Walsh, Beck, ELP
[Radio cut 27:00 for BNN-WBCA, 102.9 Boston, December 8, 2016; playlist]