Kristina Herrick

Classical Music Host

Kristina Herrick is an on-air host for FM89's Clearly Classical and the Traffic and Music Manager for the station. An expert in early music of the pre-Barqoue era, Kristina is also the host of the award winning program In the Mode. She is a talented musician who plays the gamba and is a member of the board of directors of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series. 

Kristina traces In the Mode’s roots to her early days of studying voice, when she discovered that her own was best suited to this type of music. “I wanted to expose listeners to the new recordings of early music that are available,” she said. It’s not necessarily for those schooled in music, she noted. “There has been a lot of research done, using literature and paintings, to figure out what the pieces would have sounded like in their own time. It’s a lot of fun—and a lot of listening—putting the music into a coherent show with a focus.” It’s obvious that she enjoys it, and the accolades from listeners prove that they love it too.

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3:45 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

In the Mode: July 20, 2014

Music by French composer Marin Marais next time on In the Mode.  We’ll hear gambist Jordi Savall and his fabulous group of musicians play music from Marais’ Suitte d’un Gout Etranger Suite in a foreign style--a unique collection of some odd pieces.  By “foreign” Marais does not necessarily mean from outside of France, but foreign to the usual way of playing the viola da gamba. 

CD title: MARIN MARAIS Suitte d’un Goût Etranger, PIÈCES DE VIOLE du IV Livre, 1717

Music
11:37 am
Sun July 6, 2014

In the Mode: July 6, 2014

We’ll go to the very edge of the Renaissance with instrumental music by Dietrich Buxtehude next time on In The Mode.  He is really considered to be a Baroque composer who is most famous for his organ music, arguably the most important composer in Germany before Bach. We’ll hear some of his lovely trio sonatas, performed The Boston Museum Trio and Trio Sonnerie.

ITLE                                                PERFORMER                                   CD

Dietrich Buxtehude, Trio Sonatas      The Boston Museum Trio                  CENTAUR 2391

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3:40 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

In the Mode: June 29, 2014

Next time on In the Mode we will again go to Tudor England with music from a Royal Songbook and songs by Henry VIII. The luxuriously illustrated Royal Songbook was given to Henry and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in 1518 possibly by Petrus Alamire, and the group we will hear sing was named after him, according to Tudor music specialist, David Skinner, who conducts.  

 CD title: Henry’s Music, Motets from a Royal Choirbook, Songs by Henry Performer: AlamireCD label: OBSIDIAN  705  

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In the Mode
11:06 am
Sun June 15, 2014

In the Mode: June 15, 2014

CD title: Thomas Tomkins, Consort Music for Viols and Voices, Keyboard MusicPerformer: Rose Consort of Viols and Red ByrdCD label: NAXOS 550602 Thomas Tomkins was born in 1572 died in his 80s and saw many musical changes as did the other English composers of his generation including Gibbons and Weelkes. Many of them, including Tomkins, were pupils of William Byrd. Tomkins is sometimes called the last of the Elizabethans. Next time on In the Mode we’ll hear the Rose Consort of Viols and the vocal ensemble Red Byrd perform some of his music. 

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In the Mode
7:05 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

In the Mode: June 8, 2014

The Red Book, Llibre Vermell, is a codex of pilgrim and liturgical music for the monastery of Montserrat, which sits on a mountain peak near Barcelona,  a pilgrim destination that  brought travelers from far away. The music was written specifically for this place, so unusual, we’ll also here some Trouvere songs and Cantigas de Santa Maria.

CD title: The Black Madonna, Pilgrim Songs from the Monastery of Montserrat (1400-1420)

Performer: Ensemble UnicornCD label: NAXOS 554256 

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In the Mode
11:40 am
Sun May 18, 2014

In the Mode: May 18, 2014

Most surviving music up to about the 12 century is church music, they had scribes writing it down, but of course people were singing outside church then as always. There is not much information about their music, but we do know a bit about the wandering Goliards, then minstrels or jongleurs, then the troubadors and trouveres. 

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In the Mode
11:57 am
Sun April 20, 2014

In the Mode: April 20, 2014

In the Mode will include the chant for Easter next time, “Ubi Caritas et Amor” sung by the Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos in Spain, and then  music by 20th century French composer Maurice Duruflé based on that chant, sung by the vocal ensemble Audite Nova. Also, a collaboration by three English composers, Sheppard, Byrd and Mundy in the last year before the final extinction of the Latin rite in England in 1558.  We’ll hear The Cardinall’s music perform In Exitu Israel.

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In the Mode
11:00 am
Sun April 13, 2014

In the Mode: April 13, 2014

Franco-Flemish composer John Richafort wrote his stunning Requiem for 6 voices to commemorate the death of his teacher, the great Josquin Desprez in 1521. He quotes some text and melodies of Josquin in the Missa pro Defunctis, that we will hear performed by the VOX early music ensemble, on In the Mode. 

 

CD TITLE: Josquin and the Lost Generation

PERFORMER: VOX Early Music Ensemble

CD label: Ancient Voice 001

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In the Mode
11:28 am
Sun April 6, 2014

In the Mode: April 6, 2014

Dancing was an everyday ritual at Renaissance courts, after supper, often lasting until the first morning light. Dance played a very important part in portraying civilized behavior and to persuade onlookers that the dancer is vigorous and healthy, it is a lot more than moving your feet, you can convey your emotions with a look or a touch. Next time on In the Mode, we’ll hear dances from Terpsichore by Praetorius, and songs too performed by Doulce Memoire.  CD title: Grand Bal a la cour d’Henri IVPerformer: Doulce MemoireCD label: harmonia mundi K617186 

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In the Mode
11:31 am
Sun March 30, 2014

In the Mode: March 30, 2014

It wasn’t always easy to find music to play when friends got together in early times, --couldn’t run to the copy machine, but there were part books for singers and often instrumentalists would use these—the words were still important.  We’ll hear the Sex Chordae Consort of viols play Monteverdi madrigals, Sunday at 12:06 on In the Mode.

CD title: Monteverdi: Terzo Libro

Performer: La Venexiana

CD label: Glossia 920910

CD title:  Claudio Monteverdi: Third Book of Madrigals for viol consort

Performer: Sex Chordae Consort of Viols

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In the Mode
11:09 am
Sun March 23, 2014

In the Mode: March 23, 2014

This week we will hear music played on an instrument that developed from the vihuela or Spanish guitar, it has 6 strings and frets, but is bowed, and held by the legs, someone called it a bowed guitar, we’ll explore the sound of the viola da gamba. CD Title                                             PERFORMER                       CD label Lawdes Deo                                        Hesperion XX                         ASTREE 8708 Odhecaton                                           Fretwork                                 HARMONIA MUNDI 907291 Four Seasons                            

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In the Mode
11:01 am
Sun March 16, 2014

In the Mode: March 16, 2014

The Lute was a most useful instrument in early times, it was important to have a lutenist at court to entertain, either to accompany singers telling tales, sometimes he was also the singer; the most important instrument for secular music in the Renaissance. There are many lutenists active today, and next time on In the Mode we’ll hear lute duets played by Ronn McFarlane and William Simms. 

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Music
11:22 am
Sun March 9, 2014

In The Mode: March 9, 2014

We don’t usually hear music by Bach on In the Mode, he is just a little bit too young, but next time we will, because the recording featured is called Bach and Before.  Each of the composers featured were proponents of the stylus fantasticus, a term which had its roots initially in the improvisational and virtuosic style of organ toccatas and fantasias. We’ll hear Chatham Baroque perform music by Bach, Bertali, Schmelzer and Buxtehude.

CD Title: Bach and BeforePerformer: Chatham BaroqueCD label: Chatham Baroque CB002 

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In the Mode
11:37 am
Sun February 16, 2014

In the Mode: February 16, 2014

This time on In the Mode, hear music by Heinrich Schütz. He "created a new style of music after studying in Venice with Gabrieli and Monteverdi, a combination of his German experience with the Italian, and he influenced his countrymen Samuel Scheidt and Johann Hermann Schein with this new style. They were friends, with similar musical beginnings, Schein excelled in the madrigal style, Scheidt was more important as organist." 

TITLE – PERFORMER – CATALOG NUMBER

Tapestry - Paramount Brass - Centaur 2355

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In the Mode
11:54 am
Sun February 9, 2014

In the Mode: February 9, 2014

I will feature early German composers on the next two programs of In the Mode, there aren’t as many known German composers of the Renaissance as there are French, Italians, Brits and Netherlanders, but we have 3 who were born a year apart and knew each other, Schütz. Schein and Scheidt, Schütz being the most influential after studying with Giovanni Gabrieli in Italy and adding instruments to church music.

 

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In the Mode
11:24 am
Sun February 2, 2014

In the Mode: February 2, 2014

The consort of viols called Parthenia is featured next time on In the Mode, an ensemble in residence at Corpus Christi Church in New York.  The CD featured is called Within the Labyrinth, exploring a collection of music intending to reflect the healing and spiritual aspects of the Labyrinth-walking experience.  We’ll hear a suite of dances by Samuel Scheidt, a couple of Brownings, a fun form from Renaissance England-- and more. 

CD Title: Within the Labyrinth

Performer: Parthenia

CD label: available at www.parthenia.org

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In the Mode
11:56 am
Sun January 26, 2014

In the Mode: January 26, 2014

In the Mode will feature the lute---a bunch of lutes next time, voices too. We usually think of the lute as a solo instrument, or accompanying a singer, often the lutenist was both.  This program shows that lutes were frequently brought together into ensembles, most often duets, but sometimes the groups were larger, trios and quartets might have played for dancing, and masques. 

CD title:  Three, Four and Twenty Lutes

Performers: Jakob Lindberg, Robert Meunier, Nigel North, Paul O’Dette

CD label: MHS 512204

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In the Mode
4:58 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

In the Mode: January 19, 2014

Music of the Trecento next time on In the Mode.  14th century Italy was a strange time of contrasts-- wars, the black plague and the schism in the church with 2 popes –but at the same time a new creative surge in the arts was taking place.  Names that are still familiar; poets Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, the painter Giotto and in music too, the most important being Francesco Landini.  

CD title: Rosa e Orticha

Performer: Ensemble Syntagma

CD label: CARPE DIEM 16287

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In the Mode
11:25 am
Sun January 12, 2014

In the Mode: January 12, 2014

Wildcat Viols will play for us next time on In the Mode. Members of the trio are three of San Francisco bay area’s favorite early string specialists, Joanna Blendulf, Julie Jeffrey and Elisabeth Reed. We’ll hear them play music by England’s Henry Purcell, hailed as the English Orpheus, the motto, “a greater musical genius England never had."  

CD title: Fairest Isle

Performer: Wildcat Viols

CD label: Wildcat Viols Fairest Isle

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In the Mode
12:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

In the Mode: January 5, 2014

This week on In the Mode, some especially beautiful choral music from the 16th to the 21st centuries.  We will hear eight completely different settings on the text O Magnum Mysterium which tells the wonderful story of the animals being the first to see the baby in the manger, from Byrd to Poulenc to Lauridsen, sung by diverse ensembles.  

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