Highlights from April 23 to 30
Tuesday, 8 pm: The Choir of Clare College Choir, recorded in St. Paul.
Wednesday, noon hour: Music with Minnesotans: Pete and Carol Parshall.
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists, and the Bach Society of Minnesota.
Friday,8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Mark Wigglesworth leading music of Berkeley and Ravel.
Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Handel's Giulio Cesare.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Museum Pieces Revisited.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra plays Debussy and Stravinsky.
Sunday, 5 pm: Minnesota Varsity Showcase Concert, live from the Fitzgerald Theater.
Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Dennehy's If He Died, What Then (with Dawn Upshaw); also, works of Tippett, Britten, and Beethoven.
Tuesday, 8 pm: Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, with the St. Olaf Orchestra, St. Olaf Chapel Choir, Magnum Chorum, Anima and soloists.
Posted at 10:40 AM on April 23, 2013
by Elena See
So you like classical music. So you listen to Classical MPR and, generally, enjoy the music you hear. So you have a favorite instrument - maybe even a favorite piece of music, the one that always makes you crank the volume on your radio or computer or iPod or etc. way, way up.
This is all well and good. And this is why we have radio: to learn about and experience new kinds of music. But have you ever wanted to create your own classical music library - and you just don't know how? It can be daunting - all those recordings, all those musicians...not to mention all those composers. Where in the world do you start?
Enter a recent article in Forbes - "How to Build a Top Quality Classical Music Library for $100." The authors picked through piles of CDs, records and .mp3s and came up with their top choices - recordings meant to introduce the classical newbie to the world of classical music while at the same time delighting classical music aficionados. A challenge, to be sure.
Here's their list "in order of suggested listening." (Take a look at the full article on Forbes if you want the reasons why the authors chose these recordings. Agree? Disagree? What would YOUR list include?
And then, just because I happen to love these recordings: