Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
Orpheus Playing His Lyre, by Benedetto Gennari (1563-1658)
In Greek mythology, his music could charm the very birds from the trees. For Jason and the Argonauts, he warded off the magical song of the Sirens, saving his shipmates from death on the rocks.
But in music, he’s best known for his failed attempt to retrieve his wife from the Underworld.
In this hour, Orpheus—in music by Monteverdi, Haydn, Gluck, Liszt, Offenbach, Stravinsky—and more.
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