Posted on Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - 04:20 pm:
Someone once told me that newcomers to classical music usually like the Russians and the percussions. That's been my experience, too, and Tchaikovsky has been the Russian with staying power in my tastes. I suspect that too many listeners concentrate on too few of his works. The Second Piano Concerto is just not heard often enough. As for percussions, Janacek's "Taras Bulba" deserves some airtime. Or any tone poem of Liszt.
Posted on Wednesday, September 05, 2012 - 04:31 am:
I LOVE your show and listen to it religiously as long as I'm home. Any chance you'd do a spinoff book on "The Best of Exploring Music"?
Bruce R. Weaver
Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 03:56 pm:
I enjoy your program very much and I used to listen to it when I lived in Illinois. I was particulary fond of your analysis of Wagner's Ring which was aired last year during the summer time. I was wondering if these programs were available for purchase, and how much would they be. Thank you for your time. In the future, is there any chance that you could devote a program to Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame?
Jmcquarters Unregistered guest
Posted on Monday, August 08, 2011 - 09:33 am:
Check out Aaron Copland's classic book "What to Listen For in Music" and any of Bernstein's lectures on YouTube!
Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 08:44 pm:
Books that might be of help to you would include "The Lives of the Great Composers," by the late Harold C. Schonberg, ex-Music Critic of the NY Times, and "Inside Music," by the inestimably brilliant Dr. Karl Haas, whose wonderful program "Adventures In Good Listening," was heard on a daily basis for many years on NPR. By all means, remember the words of the immortal Jascha Heifetz: "Music! The more you listen, you more you love it!"
Posted on Sunday, May 01, 2011 - 07:28 pm:
I really enjoy listening to your show. Can you give any advice about where to start learning about Classical Music, for an adult who doesn't know anything at all about Classical Music. I started with one of the NPR Classical Music books. What is the best way to learn about the composers? and different types of music? My favorite is Bach and Baroque. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Thank you!! (seems like there is a lot of information & can be overwhelming)