Posted at 3:22 AM on February 17, 2010
by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Programs
Giovanni Palestrina became famous through his incredible output of sacred music - his masses alone (or at least most of them) appeared in 13 volumes printed between 1554 and 1601. Stay up late tonight with Classical MPR (12:05am, Thursday) to hear the Swiss Radio Choir in an exclusive performance, recorded live last October in the Pauline Chapel of Quirinale Palace, Rome. They'll sing Palestrina's Missa Gabriel Archangelus, tonight's Euro Classic.
Another Euro Classic awaits Saturday night (8:05pm), when pianist Andras Schiff, violinist Yuuko Shiokawa and cellist Miklos Perenyi perform Haydn's Piano Trio No. 31.
You might just remember that at the end of last year, NPR was soliciting ideas on singers--the greatest, the most distinctive, the most important, etc.--which they would then boil down to a list of 50, to be presented on the air.
Those 50 great voices are now being rolled out, and the choices so far include one very well-known opera singer.
There's a member drive going on--thanks to all of our contributors!