Tom Huizenga http://wamc.org en Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums http://wamc.org/post/revved-vivaldi-persian-bamboo-and-soaring-spirituals-new-classical-albums It's a brave new musical world. Between downloads, iPods, music sharing websites and the good old CD, we have more easy access to the songs and symphonies we love than ever before. In this visit to <em>All Things Considered</em>, host <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/102444338/jacki-lyden" target="_blank">Jacki Lyden</a> and I explore an East meets West mashup in a concerto for Persian ney (bamboo flute) and orchestra, a young composer who treats electronic and acoustic instruments as equals, an opera star who goes back to church and a violinist who plays Vivaldi with delicious abandon. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 68182 at http://wamc.org Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums Leonard Bernstein's 'Rite of Spring' Thrill Ride http://wamc.org/post/leonard-bernsteins-rite-spring-thrill-ride If you think all the twitchy rhythms and random shards of melody flashing through <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15162684/igor-stravinsky" target="_blank">Stravinsky</a>'s <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/182844159/rite-of-spring" target="_blank"><em>The Rite of Spring</em></a> sound complicated, consider the poor musicians who have to learn it. Sat, 25 May 2013 22:49:25 +0000 Tom Huizenga 65590 at http://wamc.org Leonard Bernstein's 'Rite of Spring' Thrill Ride Moms In Opera: Women On The Edge http://wamc.org/post/moms-opera-women-edge We love mothers for all the Hallmark reasons: for their compassion and patience, not to mention giving birth. But some moms aren't exactly greeting card friendly — and none less so than those who live in the opera house.<p>This is opera, after all, so we expect the outrageous. But operatic moms seem to be disproportionately portrayed as murderers, harpies or generally women on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Your Normas, Medeas, Butterflies, Queens of the Night and Clytemnestras.<p>But dads are found in all kinds of touching musical moments. Fri, 10 May 2013 03:14:52 +0000 Tom Huizenga 64314 at http://wamc.org Moms In Opera: Women On The Edge The Conductor Who Gained Power By Giving It Up http://wamc.org/post/conductor-who-gained-power-giving-it <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opolY2qTzpc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z9uChJl4iM</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:52:32 +0000 Tom Huizenga 62517 at http://wamc.org The Conductor Who Gained Power By Giving It Up Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums http://wamc.org/post/vespers-habaneras-and-early-morning-walks-new-classical-albums Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken" begins with the line: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood." Frost's traveler must choose between them. But slide that metaphor over to the world of classical music and you will discover hundreds of paths to explore. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 00:37:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 61632 at http://wamc.org Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters http://wamc.org/post/measures-affection-five-musical-love-letters <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht1OkPN6Zso</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hctOXPdaWXk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cqz2yomToA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cibwQFbwEPs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnKBVL45VSs</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 57858 at http://wamc.org Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album? http://wamc.org/post/what-ever-happened-classical-christmas-album <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr-csOGecGc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKvoygXsRV4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH4rSCabUWg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONknTGUckKc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39h3VVfOoW0</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 54497 at http://wamc.org Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album? A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012 http://wamc.org/post/bald-mezzo-and-three-shades-violin-classical-favorites-2012 From mezzo-soprano <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15221692/cecilia-bartoli" target="_blank">Cecilia Bartoli</a>'s ambitious revival of the early Baroque composer Agostino Stefani (and yes, she's got another outrageous album cover) to three very different roles for the violin, here's a clutch of classical albums I returned to again and again this year for sheer delight and aural inspiration. Bartoli lavishes extravagant attention on the music of a fascinating but forgotten link in the history of opera. Sun, 09 Dec 2012 20:04:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 53584 at http://wamc.org A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012 Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103 http://wamc.org/post/elliott-carter-giant-american-music-dies-103 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1stGn4NA-tU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwbPwq3-PAs</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:50:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 51449 at http://wamc.org Headbanging Bruckner And Debussy In Black And White: New Classical Albums http://wamc.org/post/headbanging-bruckner-and-debussy-black-and-white-new-classical-albums Some people are intimidated by the vastness of classical music. And while the prospect of more than 1,000 years of hits to consider may be daunting, just think instead of how many musical journeys of discovery can be made. Sun, 05 Aug 2012 19:30:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 44788 at http://wamc.org Headbanging Bruckner And Debussy In Black And White: New Classical Albums