The sigh – of despair, exasperation, relief or ecstasy – is a vocalization so universal, it needs no translation. Sighs abound in music, from swooping melodies to despairing cries, to the many sigh-worthy opera plots of the Baroque era. Let’s listen in as composers from across the centuries exercise their musical lungs. We’ll also sample a new release of old music – conductus from 13th-century France.

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