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Compulsory reading

Posted at 2:35 PM on June 14, 2006 by Don Lee (2 Comments)

Music critic Greg Sandow's blog is worth a look when you've got the chance. In the past I've recommended his online book about the future of classical music. He's just published another chapter, his last before a summer hiatus.

But more interesting at the moment on Sandow's page is a commentary thread responding to an article Allan Kozinn wrote in the May 28 New York Times. Kozinn observes that there's more good news about the health of classical music than press coverage would lead us to believe.

Its high time someone mentioned the discussion on these pages because, as one commenter put it, it's "compulsory reading for all of us in classical music." The article has gone into the Times archive so you'll need to pay to read it, but the comments on Sandow's blog will tell you most of what you need to know.

Comments (2)

I am a new fan of classical music. It is very interesting to read about his articles, especially for a new fan like me who stayed away from classical music because I did not understand.
Well, I still do not understand. My family was not musical and I was never musically educated. What got me into classical music is seeing Osmo Vanska conduct. Thanks for letting us know about this blog.

Posted by Daisuke Takeuchi | June 15, 2006 8:03 PM

Thanks for the comment, Daisuke. (And sorry to be slow to respond.)

I'm curious: What made you feel you needed to understand before trying classical music? What was it about Vanska's conducting that got you interested?

Posted by Don Lee | June 20, 2006 9:47 AM