St. Paul, Minn. —
It's been a big year of classical music news and added content on the Classical MPR website. The statistics have been tabulated, and here are the top 15 most-viewed stories on classicalmpr.org for 2013.
In a speech that was frequently halted by powerful emotions, Osmo Vänskä expressed his gratitude and provided context for the encore. He also asked the audience to refrain from applauding at the end of the piece. Here's what Vänskä had to say.
It's said Minnesotans are passionate about choral music. You showed that passion by testing your knowledge of choral music, composers and terminology. Although the quiz is multiple choice, we doubt it's an easy 'A'.
Following the resignation of Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the locked-out players of the orchestra announced that Vänskä would conduct three independent concerts at the University of Minnesota's Ted Mann Concert Hall. The concerts quickly sold out.
Classical Minnesota Public Radio received permission to broadcast the concert live on Saturday, Oct. 5. Brian Newhouse hosted this historic event that drew attention from around the globe, and Nate Ryan's photos bring you right on stage.
Just like film, television and music, there are video games of all shapes and sizes. Naughty Dog's newest game, The Last of Us, fits comfortably into the growing category of games that seek to provide an experience more closely described as 'interactive film'. Naughty Dog's creative director, Neil Druckmann, asked Argentine composer Gustavo Santaolalla to score the game.
Gustavo won back-to-back Oscars in 2006 and 2007, for Brokeback Mountain and Babel, respectively.
Composers' personalities can be as fascinating as their music, and one popular way to categorize personalities is the system invented by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers in 1962. There are many tests that are based on Carl Jung's and Isabel Briggs Myers's theories of personality type; but Classical MPR's Jay Gabler and Leah Garaas conspired on this model that lets you find which composer aligns with your personality type.
For many listeners, their first exposures to classical music happens via the medium of film. All through August, we played our favorite film scores, but we also asked you to chime in with your favorite pieces from movies. You made your picks, and it created a list that continues to be popular.