Jun28

Post-War Hits Just Launched

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Calm radio Post War 1945 MusicThe channels just keep coming! Our latest addition to the Pop Rock category is the new Post-War Hits channel.

From Frank Sinatra to Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, Calm Radio's Post-War Hits channel is your comprehensive virtual library of classics after 1945.
       

Jun26

New Pop Channel! Mellow Pop Legends

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Calm Radio Mellow Pop music channelAnother great addition to Calm Radio's Pop / Rock category is our new Mellow Pop Legends channels. Yesteryear's hits from artists like the Ames Brothers, Ray Conniff, Mitch Miller, Ray Coniff, Frank Sinitra, Andy Williams, Doris Day and the list goes on and on. Enjoy!!

Jun26

NEW!! POP and ROCK Category

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Great News! Calm Radio is proud to announce our new Pop / Rock category. Look for upcoming channels like, Soul, Yatch Rock, Mellow Pop Hits, Early 60's Rock and More!!! Enjoy!

Jun23

Our New Sibelius Channel!

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Calm Radio's New Jean Sibelius music channelCalm Radio is proud to present by popular demand, our new exquisite Jean Sibelius channel. Enjoy!!

Jean Sibelius; (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957) was a Finnish violinist and composer of the late Romantic period. His music contributed to the development of a feeling of national identity in Finland where he is now celebrated as the country's greatest composer. The core of his oeuvre is his set of seven symphonies which, like his other major works, continue to be performed and recorded in his home country and internationally. In addition to his symphonies, Sibelius's best-known compositions include Finlandia, the Karelia Suite, Valse triste, the Violin Concerto, the symphonic suite Kullervo, and The Swan of Tuonela (from the Lemminkäinen Suite).

Other works include pieces inspired by the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, over 100 songs for voice and piano, incidental music for 13 plays, the opera Jungfrun i tornet (The Maiden in the Tower), chamber music, piano music, Masonic ritual music, and 21 publications of choral music. Sibelius composed prolifically until the mid-1920s but after completing his Seventh Symphony (1924), the incidental music to The Tempest (1926), and the tone poem Tapiola (1926), he did not produce any large-scale works in his last thirty years. Although he is reputed to have stopped composing, he attempted to continue writing, including abortive efforts on an eighth symphony.

In later life, he wrote Masonic music and re-edited some earlier works while retaining an active but not always favourable interest in new developments in music. The Finnish 100 mark bill featured his image until 2002 when the euro was adopted. Since 2011, Finland has celebrated a Flag Day on 8 December, the composer's birthday, also known as the "Day of Finnish Music". In 2015, the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, a number of special concerts and events have been planned, especially in the city of Helsinki.

May17

New! Android TV App

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Great News!

Calm Radio Android TV appWe are pleased to announce our latest app, Calm Radio for Android TV app. Our fans with set-top boxes running on Android TV (Nexus Player, Freebox Mini, Forge TV, and BRAVIA 4K 2015 for now) can now enjoy Calm Radio on their TV. The app has also the feature to add an atmosphere to the playing music.

Jan16

NEW CAFE PARIS CHANNEL LAUNCHED

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CafeparisNEWBy popular demand, Calm Radio has launched it's newest Café Paris channel. Many historical popular artists as well as many newer french stars and instrumentalists. From Charles Aznavour, Carla Bruni, Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier and many many more. Enjoy!!

Jan10

Couperin Channel

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Calm Radio Francois Coupering ChhanelCalm Radio launches a new Composer's Category channel called Francois Couperin channel.

François Couperin (French: 10 November 1668 – 11 September 1733) was born in Paris. He was taught by his father, Charles Couperin, who died when François was about 10, and by Jacques Thomelin. In 1685 he became the organist at the church of Saint-Gervais, Paris, a post he inherited from his father. In 1693 Couperin succeeded his teacher Thomelin as organist at the Chapelle Royale (Royal Chapel) with the title organiste du Roi, organist by appointment to Louis XIV. Couperin moved to the Rue Radziwill, close to the Académie Royale de Musique, in 1724. He stayed there for the rest of his life. He died in Paris in 1733.

Dec08

Paolo Pandolfo

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Paolo PandolfoI would like to introduce the world to an exquisite artist in our musical community. As a listener of Calm Radio, if you haven't yet listened to the harmonic and melodic depth of Baroque music, for it's intricacy, complexity and originality, I urge you to invest some time to listen to some of our early music channels, like Viola da Gamba, Lute, Baryton, Early, High or Late Baroque channels. In the Viola da Gamba channel, you might encounter one of the most living prolific virtuosos of this baroque-era instrument that I have recently had the rare pleasure to have studied with. His name is Paolo Pandolfo. From fiery interpretations of the virtuosic Bach Cello Sonatas, to the intelligent and difficult viola da gamba repertoire of Marin Marais, Antoine Forquerai or Karl Frederick Abel, Paolo Pandolfo's mastery and musicality of this 7 string instrument is unparalled in my view. Eric Harry

Sep06

New Space Channel

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Calm Radio Terrestrials Space channelCalm Radio's new addition to the Atmospheres Space category, is our new Terrestrials channel. A wonderful noise spectrum channel that will certainly inspire! Enjoy!

Sep01

High Baroque channel is launched!

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Calm Radio High Baroque ChannelClassical music lovers! Calm Radio's newest Classical Series channel is the High Baoque channel! Enjoy!

The Baroque period is divided into three major phases: early, middle, and late.
        Although they overlap in time, they are conventionally dated from 1580 to 1630, from 1630 to 1680, and from 1680 to 1730. The outstanding composer of the Middle Baroque period is the Englishman Henry Purcell, whose musical career provides a kind of compendium of the successive influences of national styles.
        Purcell experienced the waves of French influence that followed the Restoration and King Charles II's return from exile in France. An early manifestation of the French influence was the introduction of "Symphony Anthems" in the Chapel Royal accompanied by a chamber ensemble of string players. Earlier in the century, musical developments in Italy had even slightly influenced the vocal writing in the chapel's music, but the old styles and genres had shown a sturdy resilience in England, particularly in chamber music with the continued development of Renaissance-style contrapuntal fantasias for consorts of viols, and of lute-accompanied solo songs.

Aug20

Just Launched. Monteverdi Channel!

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MonteverdiNEWCalm Radio's latest composer category channel is the Monteverdi channel. Enjoy!!

Claudio Monteverdi,born in 1567 in Cremona, he worked for the court of Mantua first as a singer and violist, then as music director. He worked at the court of Vincenzo I of Gonzaga in Mantua as a vocalist and viol player.In 1602, he was working as the court conductor. By 1613, he had moved to San Marco in Venice as conductor, The managers of the basilica were relieved to have such a distinguished musician in charge, as the music had been declining since the death of Giovanni Croce in 1609. In 1632, he became a priest. During the last years of his life, when he was often ill, he composed his two last masterpieces: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses, 1641), and the historic opera L'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea, 1642). L'incoronazione especially is considered a culminating point of Monteverdi's work. Monteverdi died, aged 76, in Venice on 29 November 1643 and was buried at the church of the Frari.

Aug11

Our New Datacenter

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Calm Radio's new worldwide network datacenter
We are proud to announce our patnership with Cogent Commenucations, one of the world's largest data network companies. With a new network of 44 datacenters globally, Calm Radio's feed will now result in the shortest and most direct path possible... directly to your modem. Our exciting server migration begins August 2014 and will be comleted by September 1st.

Jul21

Just Added! Domenico Scarlatti Channel.

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DomenicoscarlattiNEWThe new Calm Radio Domenico Scarlatti channel is now LIVE!

Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (26 October 1685 – 23 July 1757) was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families. He is classified as a Baroque composer chronologically, although his music was influential in the development of the Classical style. Like his renowned father Alessandro Scarlatti he composed in a variety of musical forms, although today he is known mainly for his 555 keyboard sonatas.

Jul18

LG Smart TV App Almost Here!

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Calm Radio LG Smart TV App Available NOW!Look for our new LG Smart TV app, in the final phase of submission. Expected release September 1st, 2014.

May11

Welcone to Rossini

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Calm Radio Rossini ChannelA wonderful new addition to the Calm Radio channels collection, the Rossini channel. Enjoy!

Gioachino Antonio Rossini; 29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868 - an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces.

His best-known operas include the Italian comedies The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola, and the French-language epics Moïse et Pharaon and Guillaume Tell. A tendency for inspired, song-like melodies is evident throughout his scores, which led to the nickname "The Italian Mozart".

Feb06

NEW! Rockin' Country

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CountryrockNEWNew! Country Rock Channel! Enjoy!

Country rock is a subgenre of country music, formed from the fusion of rock with country. The term is generally used to refer to the wave of rock musicians who began to record country-flavored records in the late 1960s and early 1970s, beginning with Bob Dylan and The Byrds; reaching its greatest popularity in the 1970s with artists like Emmylou Harris and the Eagles

Dec25

Country Folk Now Live!

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CountryfolkNEWJust launched...the Country Folk channel!

Country folk is a hybrid sub-genre of country and folk music closely associated with the singer-songwriter and folk rock sub-genres. It is generally characterized as a component of the progressive country style and has its roots in the recordings of folk artist Bob Dylan. Country folk has been described as a mellower and gentler form of country music with more emphasis on song writing than vocals. Many of the artists described as country folk are respected more in mainstream country circles for their song writing abilities. The lyrics of the songs tend to be more thoughtful and emotionally complex than mainstream country.

Oct10

NEW ZEN CHANNEL LAUNCHED

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Calm Radio's New Zen ChannelSit back and relax to Calm Radio's new Relaxation category adiiton...the Zen channel. Comtemplative, meditative...the components to enlightenment.

Sep14

Calm Radio's New Country Category

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BluegrassNEWWe are happy to announce our newest music category: Country! We have six new channels in developent and as of todat we have launched our new Bluegrass channel. Enjoy!

Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music, and a sub-genre of country music. Bluegrass was inspired by the music of Appalachia. It has mixed roots in Scottish, Welsh, Irish and English traditional music, and also later influenced by the music of African-Americans through incorporation of jazz elements. Bluegrass music has attracted a diverse following worldwide. Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe characterized the genre as: "Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin'. It's Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It's blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound.

Aug03

NEW! Cherubini Classical

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CherubiniNEWThe latest addition to the Classical Composers category is our new Cherubini channel. Please enjoy!

Luigi Cherubini (8 or 14 September 1760 – 15 March 1842) was an Italian composer who spent most of his working life in France. His most significant compositions are operas and sacred music. Beethoven regarded Cherubini as the greatest of his contemporaries. Feeling constrained by Italian traditions and eager to experiment, he made an excursion to Paris with his friend Giovanni Battista Viotti, who presented him to Marie Antoinette and Parisian society. Cherubini received an important commission to write Démophon to a French libretto by Jean-François Marmontel that would be his first tragédie en musique. Cherubini spent the rest of his life in France where he was initiated into Grand Orient de France "Saint-Jean de Palestine" Masonic Lodge in 1784

Aug01

Baroque Baryton Channel. NEW!

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BarytonNEWCalm Radio's new Baryton channel is live!

The baryton is a bowed string instrument which shares some characteristics with instruments of the viol family, distinguished by an extra set of plucked strings. It was in regular use in Europe up until the end of the 18th century.
The baryton differs from the bass viol in having an additional set of wire strings. These perform two functions: they vibrate sympathetically with the bowed strings, enriching the tone, and they can also be plucked by the left thumb of the performer, creating a contrasting tonal quality. As can be seen in the illustration, the bowed strings are placed on the right, where they can be easily fingered by the player's left hand. The plucked strings are on the left; they were reachable by the player's thumb from the rear, where the back of the instrument's neck was left open.
Of the repertoire for this instrument, the best known works are the 175 compositions written by Joseph Haydn for his patron, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, who enjoyed playing this instrument. Of these, 126 are trios for viola, cello and baryton. They were written in the earlier part of Haydn's career, from 1762 to 1775.

Jul18

More Jazz!

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LatinjazzNEWToday we launched the latest channel in the Jazz category. Latin Jazz is sure to be a listener favorite!

Artists like Herbie Mann, Baden Powell, Cal Tjader and many more. Enjoy

Jul05

By Popular Demand - Harpsichord!

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HarpsichordNEWBy popular request, we have just added a beautiful new Harpsichord / Cembalo channel. Enjoy!

The harpsichord was most probably invented in the late Middle Ages. By the 16th century, harpsichord makers in Italy were making lightweight instruments with low string tension. A different approach was taken in Flanders starting in the late 16th century, notably by the Ruckers family. Their harpsichords used a heavier construction and produced a more powerful and distinctive tone. They included the first harpsichords with two keyboards, used for transposition.

The Flemish instruments served as the model for 18th century harpsichord construction in other nations. In France, the double keyboards were adapted to control different choirs of strings, making a more musically flexible instrument. Instruments from the peak of the French tradition, by makers such as the Blanchet family and Pascal Taskin, are among the most widely admired of all harpsichords, and are frequently used as models for the construction of modern instruments. In England, the Kirkman and Shudi firms produced sophisticated harpsichords of great power and sonority. German builders extended the sound repertoire of the instrument by adding sixteen foot and two foot choirs; these instruments have recently served as models for modern builders.

Jun23

Dvorak Channel. NEW!!

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DvorakNEW

Calm Radio is very proud to announce our very latest addition to the Composers' category, please help us welcome the new Dvorak channel!

Antonín Leopold Dvo?ák; September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) was a Czech composer. Following the nationalist example of Bed?ich Smetana, Dvo?ák frequently employed features of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. Dvo?ák's own style has been described as 'the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition.

Born in Nelahozeves, Dvo?ák displayed his musical gifts at an early age. After graduating from an organ school in Prague, he began writing his first composition at the age of 20. In the 1860s, he played as a violist in the Bohemian Provisional Theater Orchestra. In 1873, he married Anna ?ermáková, and left the orchestra to pursue another career as a church organist.

Dvo?ák's music attracted the interest of Johannes Brahms, who assisted his career.

Apr20

The new Delius Channel.

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The newest Frederick Delius channel on Calm Radio.comAnd yet another addition to the Composers Category. The Delius channel. Enjoy!

Frederick Theodore Albert Delius, CH (29 January 1862 – 10 June 1934) was an English composer. He was sent to Florida in the United States in 1884 to manage an orange plantation, where he neglected his managerial duties; influenced by African-American music, he began composing. After a brief period of formal musical study in Germany beginning in 1886, he embarked on a full-time career as a composer in Paris and then in nearby Grez-sur-Loing, where he and his wife Jelka lived (except during the First World War) for the rest of their lives.

Delius's first successes came in Germany, where Hans Haym and other conductors promoted his music from the late 1890s. In Delius's native Britain, it was 1907 before his music made regular appearances in concert programmes, after Thomas Beecham took it up. Beecham conducted the full premiere of A Mass of Life in London in 1909 (he had premiered Part II in Germany in 1908); he staged the opera A Village Romeo and Juliet at Covent Garden in 1910; and he mounted a six-day Delius festival in London in 1929, as well as making gramophone recordings of many of Delius's works. The lyricism in Delius's early compositions reflected both the music he had heard in America and the influences of European composers such as Edvard Grieg and Richard Wagner. As his skills matured, he developed a style uniquely his own, characterised by his individual orchestration and his uses of chromatic harmony.

Jun28

NEW! Soul Classics!

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Calm Radio Soul Music channelAny absolutely must-listen new Calm Radio channel is our new Soul Classics.

From James Brown, Smokey Robinson to Sam Cooke. Soul music is a popular music genre that originated in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States – where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential in the civil rights era.
       

Jun26

Just Launched! Early 60's Rock

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Calm Radio Pop Rock Early Vintage 60's Rock ChannelCalm Radio's first channel to launch in the Pop Rock category is our new Early 60's Rock channel. A goldmine of or vintage early rock classics from artists like Ricky Nelson, The Four Seasons, The Shirelles, Chuck Berry, Duanne Eddy and so many more. Enjoy!!!

Jun23

Exquisite Cello! The Boccherini Channel

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Calm Radio's new Boccherini ChannelWe love this new channel! Boccherini's baroque cello was superb and masterful. Enjoy!!

Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini (February 19, 1743 – May 28, 1805) was an Italian classical era composer and cellist whose music retained a courtly and galante style while he matured somewhat apart from the major European musical centers. Boccherini is most widely known for one particular minuet from his String Quintet in E, Op. 11, No. 5 (G 275), and the Cello Concerto in B flat major (G 482). The latter work was long known in the heavily altered version by German cellist and prolific arranger Friedrich Grützmacher, but has recently been restored to its original version. Boccherini composed several guitar quintets including the "Fandango" which was influenced by Spanish music.

His biographer Elisabeth Le Guin noted among Boccherini's musical qualities "an astonishing repetitiveness, an affection for extended passages with fascinating textures but virtually no melodic line, an obsession with soft dynamics, a unique ear for sonority, and an unusually rich palette of introverted and mournful affects."

May17

Fire TV Now Available!

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Calm Radio's Amazon Fire TV app is now availableWe have also great news for Amazon Fire TV owners. Our Calm Radio app is now live in the Amazon App Store!!

Jan17

Aloha! New Hawaiian Channel

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Calm Radio's New Hawaiian Aloha ChannelAfter many member requests, the new Calm Radio Aloha channel was born. The music of Hawaii includes an array of traditional and popular styles, from native Hawaiian folk music to modern rock and hip hop. Styles like slack-key guitar are well-known worldwide. Hawaii also made a major contribution to country music with the introduction of the steel guitar.

Traditional Hawaiian folk music is a major part of the state's musical heritage. The Hawaiian people have inhabited the islands for centuries and have retained much of their traditional musical knowledge. Their music is largely religious in nature, and includes chanting and dance music. Hawaiian music has had an enormous impact on the music of other Polynesian islands.

Jan10

NEW! FADO from PORTUGAL Channel

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FadoNEWWe are so pleased to introduce the beautiful and passionate music from Portugal called Fado.

Fado can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. Fado historian and scholar Rui Vieira Nery states that "the only reliable information on the history of Fado was orally transmitted and goes back to the 1820s and 1830s at best."

Today fado is commonly regarded as simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain traditional structure. In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia. This is loosely captured by the Portuguese word saudade, or "longing", symbolizing a feeling of loss (a permanent, irreparable loss and its consequent lifelong damage). This connection to the music of a historic Portuguese urban and maritime proletariat (sailors, dock workers, port traders, etc.) can also be found in Brazilian Modinha and Indonesian Kroncong, although all these music genres subsequently developed their own independent traditions.

Jan10

NEW! FOLK TODAY Channel

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FolktodayNEWCalm Radio is pleased to launch our new Folk Today channel. What a great channel filled with great artists like, Birdy, Damian Rice, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Lamontagne and many many more. Enjoy!!!

Sep06

Another Space Channel

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Calm Radio Quasar Space channelAnother great addition to the Calm Radio Atmospheres category lineup, is our new Quasar channel. Transport yourself into the cosmic void and relax as if you were floating in the Planetary community.Enjoy!

Sep01

Calm Radio's 150th Channel! Late Baroque Channel!

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Calm Radio Late Baroque Music ChannelCalm Radio's 150 channel is the new Classical Series Late Baroque channel. Enjoy!

The Baroque period is divided into three major phases: early, middle, and late.
        The greatest legacy handed down by the Late Baroque period was its enormous wealth of operas (such as Handel's Serse) and oratorios, (two of the greatest being the St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach and Handel's magnificent Messiah). It is perhaps these two oratorios which most typify the sense of opulence and splendor associated with the period. Other major musical contributions of the Late Baroque era were various dance forms, such as the minuet, gigue, courante, allemande, and sarabande. These dances reflected movements that were ornamental, which was another key feature of this particular time in the history of music.

The concerto grosso; the key instrumental form of the Late Baroque period, reflected the contrast between two groups of instruments: One was a small body of string soloists, known as the concertino, concertato, or concertante; the other group, known as the ripieno, formed the larger string section. The two groups would either alternate with one another or, at times, play together. Some of the greatest concerti grossi are those by Corelli, J.S. Bach, and Handel. It was from this early concerto form that the later Classical and Romantic concertos developed.

Sep01

New Channel! Early Baroque

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EarlybaroqueNEWOur latest Calm Radio Classical Series channel is the new Early Baroque channel. Enjoy!

The Baroque period is divided into three major phases: early, middle, and late. Although they overlap in time, they are conventionally dated from 1580 to 1630, from 1630 to 1680, and from 1680 to 1730. The English word baroque is derived from the Italian barocco, meaning bizarre, though probably exuberant would be a better translation more accurately reflecting the sense. The usage of this term originated in the 1860s to describe the highly decorated style of 17th and 18th century religious and public buildings in Italy, Germany and Austria.

Later, during the early-to-mid 1900s, the term baroque was applied by association to music of the 17th and early 18th century, and today the term baroque has come to refer to a very clearly definable type or genre of music which originated, broadly speaking, around 1600 and came to fruition between 1700 and 1750.

Aug19

NEW COMPOSER. RAMEAU CHANNEL

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RameauNEWJean-Philippe Rameau was an extremely important composer of the Baroque era. We are proud to launch a new channel dedicated to Rameau. Enjoy!!

Jean-Philippe Rameau; 25 September 1683 – 12 September 1764) was one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era. He replaced Jean-Baptiste Lully as the dominant composer of French opera and is also considered the leading French composer for the harpsichord of his time. It was not until the 1720s that he won fame as a major theorist of music with his Treatise on Harmony and also in the following years as a composer of masterpieces for the harpsichord, which circulated throughout Europe. He was almost 50 before he embarked on the operatic career on which his reputation chiefly rests today. His debut, Hippolyte et Aricie (1733), caused a great stir and was fiercely attacked for its revolutionary use of harmony by the supporters of Lully's style of music. Rameau's music had gone out of fashion by the end of the 18th century. Today, he enjoys renewed appreciation with performances and recordings of his music ever more frequent.

Aug02

Eric Harry in France

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Hello everyone. I happen to be in Orange France at the moment  for baroque viola da gamba masterclasses with performer and recording artist Paolo Pandolfo. Surprised to discover Orange in the south or France near Avignon! Orange dates back to 35 BC! The town is renowned for its Roman architecture and its Roman theatre, the Théâtre antique d'Orange, is described as the most impressive still existing in Europe. The fine Triumphal Arch of Orange is often said to date from the time of Augustus or Tiberius, but is probably much later, perhaps Severan.

Will keep you musically posted! Eric HarryOrange France Roman Arc de TriompheEric Harry visiting Orange France - Roman Theatre

Jul21

Baroque Lovers! NEW Alessandro Scarlatti channel!

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AlessandroscarlattiNEWCalm Radio's latest baroque composer channel is now LIVE!

Alessandro Scarlatti (2 May 1660 – 22 October 1725) was an Italian Baroque composer, especially famous for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is considered the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera. He was the father of two other composers, Domenico Scarlatti and Pietro Filippo Scarlatti.

May19

Renaissance Classical Music Lovers UNITE! You will love Madrigals!

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MadrigalsNEWCalm Radio's unique NEW Madrigals channel is now LIVE! A madrigal is a secular vocal music composition, usually a partsong, of the Renaissance and early Baroque eras. Traditionally, polyphonic madrigals are unaccompanied; the number of voices varies from two to eight, and most frequently from three to six.
        The madrigal reached its formal and historical zenith by the second half of the 16th century. English and German composers, too, took up the madrigal in its heyday. After the 1630s, the madrigal began to merge with the cantata and the dialogue. With the rise of opera in the early 17th century, the aria gradually displaced the madrigal.

Mar16

NEW! PURCELL CHANNEL

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Calm Radio Henry Purcell early music and baroque music channelFor all early music and baroque lovers, we introduce the new Henry Purcell channel. Truly one of England's most important composers.

Henry Purcell – 21 November 1695, was an English composer. He incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions and his legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest English (if not European) composers; no other native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar. Purcell died in 1695 at his home in Dean's Yard, Westminster, at the height of his career. He is believed to have been 35 or 36 years old at the time. The cause of his death is unclear: one theory is that he caught a chill after returning home late from the theatre, drunk, to find that his wife had locked him out. Another is that he succumbed to bad chocolate.

Dec25

Our Latest! Country Now!

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CountrynowNEWWelcome to the Calm Radio Country Now channel. Now Live! All today's latest modern country music artists.

Nov25

Country Classics Launched

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CountryclassicsThe channel many have been asking for is here. Country Classics. Great classical country artists like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Roy Acuff, Kittie Wells … all the early great entertainers typically from the Opry. Enjoy!

Oct05

NEW! Vienna Philharmonic

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ViennaphilharmonicNEWFor symphonic lovers, welcome to the new Vienna Philharmonic channel. All selections are performed by the Wiener Philharmonik.

The Vienna Philharmonic founded in 1842, is an orchestra, regularly considered one of the finest in the world.

The Vienna Philharmonic is based in the Musikverein in Vienna. The members of the orchestra are chosen from the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. This process is a long one, with each musician having to prove his or her capability for a minimum of three years' playing for the opera and ballet. Once this is achieved the musician can then ask the board of the Vienna Philharmonic to consider an application for a position in the orchestra.

Aug30

New Puccini Channel for Opera Lovers

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PucciniNEW

Calm Radio's latest operatic classical music category addition! The Giacomo Puccini channel. All operas added. Enjoy.

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (22 December 1858 – 29 November 1924), generally known as Giacomo Puccini, was an Italian composer whose operas are among the most frequently performed in the standard repertoire. Puccini has been called "the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi". While his early work was rooted in traditional late-19th-century romantic Italian opera, he successfully developed his work in the 'realistic' verismo style, of which he became one of the leading exponents. Today, Puccini is by far the most-performed composer among his Italian contemporaries, and the same was true during his lifetime.

Aug01

New Shostakovich Channel

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ShostakovichNEWA wonderful new addition to the Composer's category is the Shostakovich channel.

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich; 25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and pianist and a prominent figure of 20th century music.

After a period influenced by Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, Shostakovich developed a hybrid style, as exemplified by Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (1934). This single work juxtaposed a wide variety of trends, including the neo-classical style (showing the influence of Stravinsky) and post-Romanticism (after Gustav Mahler). Sharp contrasts and elements of the grotesque characterize much of his music.

Shostakovich's orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. His chamber output includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two piano trios, and two pieces for string octet. His piano works include two solo sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include three operas, several song cycles, ballets, and a substantial quantity of film music.

Jul18

Even More Jazz!

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JazzguitarNEWJazz guitar affictionados will love these artists feature in the Jazz Guitar channel. Herb Ellis, Baden Powell, Charlie Byrd, Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell...lots more! Enjoy!!!

Jul06

You'll Love the NEW Lute Channel

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LuteNEWOur newest member-requested channel is the new Lute channel. Enjoy!

Lute can refer generally to any string instrument having the strings running in a plane parallel to the sound table (in the Hornbostel–Sachs system), more specifically to any plucked string instrument with a neck (either fretted or unfretted) and a deep round back, or more specifically to an instrument from the family of European lutes.

The European lute and the modern Near-Eastern oud both descend from a common ancestor via diverging evolutionary paths. The lute is used in a great variety of instrumental music from the Medieval to the late Baroque eras and was the most important instrument for secular music in the Renaissance. It is also an accompanying instrument, especially in vocal works, often realizing a basso continuo or playing a written-out accompaniment. The player of a lute is called a lutenist, lutanist, "lewtist" or lutist, and a maker of lutes (or any string instrument) is referred to as a luthier.

Jun23

JUST ADDED! Mendelssohn Channel!

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Calm Radio is very please to announced a channel dedicated to this very important and wonderful composer, Felix Mendelssogn. Please enjoy!

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy; 3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847), born, and generally known in English-speaking countries, as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

A grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family, although initially he was raised without religion and was later baptised as a Reformed Christian. Mendelssohn was recognised early as a musical prodigy, but his parents were cautious and did not seek to capitalise on his talent.

Early success in Germany, where he also revived interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, was followed by travel throughout Europe. Mendelssohn was particularly well received in Britain as a composer, conductor and soloist and where many of his major works were premiered. His essentially conservative musical tastes, however, set him apart from many of his more adventurous musical contemporaries such as Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner and Hector Berlioz. His best-known works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the overture The Hebrides, his mature Violin Concerto, and his String Octet. After a long period of relative denigration due to changing musical tastes and anti-Semitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his creative originality has now been recognised and he is now among the most popular composers of the Romantic era.

May20

Erik Satie Channel Just Added

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SatieNEWWe are proud to announce Calm Radio's 120th channel, the Erik Satie Channel. Enjoy!

Éric Alfred Leslie Satie (17 May 1866, Honfleur – 1 July 1925, Paris) was a French composer and pianist. Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd.

An eccentric, Satie was introduced as a "gymnopedist" in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies. Later, he also referred to himself as a "phonometrician" (meaning "someone who measures sounds") preferring this designation to that of a "musician", after having been called "a clumsy but subtle technician" in a book on contemporary French composers published in 1911. In addition to his body of music, Satie also left a remarkable set of writings, having contributed work for a range of publications, from the dadaist 391 to the American culture chronicle Vanity Fair. Although in later life he prided himself on always publishing his work under his own name, in the late nineteenth century he appears to have used pseudonyms such as Virginie Lebeau and François de Paule in some of his published writings.

Apr20

Our 118th Channel!

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Francis Poulens Channel on Calm RadioOur latest channel in the Composer category is Poulenc! This marks our 118th member channel. More to come. Enjoy!

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and a member of the French group Les Six. He composed solo piano music, chamber music, oratorio, choral music, opera, ballet music, and orchestral music.