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Classical Notes: August 10, 2011 Archive

Gershwin--Hands On or Hands Off?

Posted at 2:15 PM on August 10, 2011 by Rex Levang

What people are talking about: "Porgy and Bess" has seen many reworkings in its premiere in the 1930s. Now there's a new production underway which, as the New York Times reported, aims at taking the work in some new directions, and, it's hoped, bringing in new audiences. According to the Times, the cast was anticipating that there could be complaints about the changes.

They were right about that--here's a letter to the editor, from Stephen Sondheim.


Emily Reese and Melissa Ousley's 5 Must-Have Symphonies

Posted at 3:14 PM on August 10, 2011 by Phillip Drier (1 Comments)

All this week, Morning Glories will feature what we at Classical MPR have deemed five must-have symphonies. Tune in at 10 a.m. to hear them live, but if you miss them on the air, we'll be revealing each one right here on the blog every day.


We'll also have individual lists from our different hosts, and today it's Emily Reese and Mellisa Ousley! Enjoy!



  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6




  • Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 5






  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 5






  • Brahms - Symphony No. 4






  • Gorecki - Symphony No. 3





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