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Classical Notes: May 9, 2007 Archive

Pieces of Spring No. 8

Posted at 8:00 AM on May 9, 2007 by John Birge

Welcome May, and Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Pieces of Spring.

Every day, we'll play a springtime classic. Visit our online playlist to find each day's spring piece or, in the Twin Cities, listen to 99.5 every morning at 8. Enter the correct title here, and you have another chance to win fresh flowers delivered to your door for a year! Check back here every day to see if you got it right.

Yesterday's piece was "Voices of Spring" by Johann Strauss.

The original waltz was written as a vocal piece for coloratura soprano with the colorful name of Bianca Bianchi. Here's a video clip of the waltz with a soprano named Kathleen Battle.

Classical Eye Candy

Posted at 12:40 PM on May 9, 2007 by John Birge

How can classical music embrace our increasingly visual age? Two recent attempts:

Item: The Boston Pops is using YouTube to find their next Idol.

Item: The Berlin State Opera is going voyeuristic with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon.
(be sure to scroll down for the comments, some are hilarious!)