Main: Vicwardiana

Today on Radio Riel we present a col­lec­tion of music from the Vic­to­ri­an and Edwar­dian eras that we’re call­ing “Vicwar­diana”.

In fact the pro­gramme runs from around the mid-19th Cen­tu­ry to around the end of the First World War.

The show cov­ers a wide range of musi­cal styles and gen­res, from music-hall songs to par­lour bal­lads, from clas­si­cal pieces to waltzes and dance-hall music, and music from mechan­i­cal instru­ments of the peri­od (plus some rather more recent, but you’ll have to spot them). Record­ings are a mix­ture of mod­ern and peri­od per­for­mances.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.

To lis­ten, click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App.

A Baroque Festival

Join us today for a diverse and exten­sive col­lec­tion of music from the Baroque era includ­ing com­posers from all over north-west Europe.

Baroque music is a style com­posed from approx­i­mate­ly 1600 to 1750. This era fol­lowed the Renais­sance, and was fol­lowed in turn by the Clas­si­cal era. The word “baroque” comes from the Por­tuguese word bar­ro­co, mean­ing mis­shapen pearl, a neg­a­tive descrip­tion of the ornate and heav­i­ly orna­ment­ed music of this peri­od. Lat­er, the name came to apply also to the archi­tec­ture of the same peri­od.

Baroque music forms a major por­tion of the “clas­si­cal music” canon. Com­posers of the Baroque era include Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach, George Frid­er­ic Han­del, Alessan­dro Scar­lat­ti, Domeni­co Scar­lat­ti, Anto­nio Vival­di, Georg Philipp Tele­mann, Jean-Bap­tiste Lul­ly, Arcan­ge­lo Corel­li, Toma­so Albi­noni, François Couperin, Denis Gaulti­er, Clau­dio Mon­tever­di, Hein­rich Schütz, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jan Dis­mas Zelen­ka, Johann Pachel­bel, and Hen­ry Pur­cell.

The Baroque peri­od saw the cre­ation of tonal­i­ty. Dur­ing the peri­od, com­posers and per­form­ers used more elab­o­rate musi­cal orna­men­ta­tion, made changes in musi­cal nota­tion, and devel­oped new instru­men­tal play­ing tech­niques. Baroque music expand­ed the size, range, and com­plex­i­ty of instru­men­tal per­for­mance, and also estab­lished opera, can­ta­ta, ora­to­rio, con­cer­to, and sonata as musi­cal gen­res. Many musi­cal terms and con­cepts from this era are still in use today.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. Please click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App.

Main: The Early Music Show

Today on our Main Stream, tune in for a day of Ear­ly Music per­for­mances. The music comes pri­mar­i­ly from the Renais­sance peri­od, and fea­tures pieces from many parts of West­ern Europe. How­ev­er, there are some ren­di­tions of a few Mediæ­val pieces too. Many of the per­for­mances use orig­i­nal instru­ments and attempt to recre­ate the authen­tic sound of the pieces at the time they were writ­ten. There are also some rous­ing mod­ern inter­pre­ta­tions.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. Please click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App.

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