Ritual Passages

Today, 20 June, marks the Sum­mer Sol­stice, one of the spe­cial days in the Celtic cal­en­dar. At Stone­henge, the sun ris­es over the Heel Stone. In the North­ern Hemi­sphere, the days are long and the nights are short. Today, we’ll be play­ing music with an oth­er­worldy flavour: quite a bit with Celtic roots but much from oth­er cul­tures and influ­ences. Much of it – but not all! – will be atmos­pher­ic, dreamy and suit­able for danc­ing around the Ancient Stones.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. 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, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days.

Main: From Classical to Romantic

Today we explore a lit­tle of the music writ­ten at the bor­ders of the Clas­si­cal and Roman­tic eras, focus­ing on the work of some well-known com­posers born in the last 30 years of the 18th Cen­tu­ry.

This is not as lim­it­ing a clas­si­fi­ca­tion as it might sound:  Lud­wig Van Beethoven was born in 1770 and is wide­ly regard­ed as the first Roman­tic com­pos­er.

Roman­ti­cism was a move­ment that swept through the arts as a whole dur­ing this peri­od, large­ly as a reac­tion to the per­ceived mate­ri­al­ism of the Enlight­en­ment and the march of the Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion. With its oppo­si­tion to aris­to­crat­ic soci­ety it took inspi­ra­tion from the French Rev­o­lu­tion and val­ued emo­tion, nat­u­ral­ism, folk art and wilder expe­ri­ence. Think of Lord Byron and his life and work and you have it.

Today we will hear some of the music that ush­ered in the Roman­tic era — and some of the com­posers it influ­enced. In addi­tion to quite a library of Beethoven, you’ll hear Donizetti, Rossi­ni, Schu­bert and Pagani­ni. You’ll also hear the work of mod­ern com­posers inspired by their works, from Brit­ten and Rach­mani­nov to Andrew Lloyd Web­ber. There’s also a mar­vel­lous piece by Eric Fen­by, amanu­en­sis to Fred­er­ic Delius, inspired by Rossi­ni and enti­tled Rossi­ni on Ilk­ley Moor.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. 

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, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days.

The Musical Magpie: Black Roots

The Musical Magpie

Otenth Pader­born’s month­ly pro­gram of world, folk, and roots music plays today at 12:30–2:00 pm Pacif­ic or Sec­ond Life time.

This mon­th’s pro­gram rec­og­nizes the inte­gral role of African and African Amer­i­can influ­ences in Amer­i­can music. We’ll hear some old record­ings as well as mod­ern inter­pre­ta­tions and orig­i­nals. Rag­time, jazz, blues, gospel, old-timey, rock and roll: we’ll hear a bit of each. Lis­ten on Radio Riel Main or Volksmusik, or join us in Sec­ond Life at the Musi­cal Mag­pie.

Tune in to Radio Riel month­ly on the sec­ond Sun­day of the month from 12:30–2:00 pm Pacif­ic or Sec­ond Life time.


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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