Tom Huizenga http://kcur.org en Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums http://kcur.org/post/banjos-bart-k-and-la-belle-poque-new-classical-albums People ask why I thrive on classical music, and I tell them it's all about discovery. The possibilities for finding incredible music, both old and new, are endless as the oceans. Sun, 08 Sep 2013 21:14:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 43295 at http://kcur.org Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums http://kcur.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 39367 at http://kcur.org Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums http://kcur.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 34685 at http://kcur.org Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters http://kcur.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 32014 at http://kcur.org Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album? http://kcur.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 29497 at http://kcur.org Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album? A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012 http://kcur.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 28752 at http://kcur.org A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012 Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103 http://kcur.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 27168 at http://kcur.org Cecilia Bartoli's Latest 'Mission' Rediscovers Agostino Steffani http://kcur.org/post/cecilia-bartolis-latest-mission-rediscovers-agostino-steffani <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15221692/cecilia-bartoli" target="_blank">Cecilia Bartoli</a> has a passion for musical archaeology: "I am the Indiana Jones of classical," she says jokingly to <em>All Things Considered</em> host Robert Siegel.<p>Bartoli rummages through music history to uncover forgotten opera composers deserving of her detailed and dramatic performances. Her new album, <em>Mission</em>, introduces her most recent "find," the late-17th-century Italian Agostino Steffani.<p>Bartoli has also developed a taste for provocative album covers. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:20:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 25001 at http://kcur.org Cecilia Bartoli's Latest 'Mission' Rediscovers Agostino Steffani Headbanging Bruckner And Debussy In Black And White: New Classical Albums http://kcur.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 19:23:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 22222 at http://kcur.org Headbanging Bruckner And Debussy In Black And White: New Classical Albums A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music http://kcur.org/post/know-it-alls-guide-olympic-music <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IizWc4cJwbw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xio0TcKhRUI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZARDqznfyo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YdgWWaH7UM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsB4a--WRTs</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:52:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 21669 at http://kcur.org A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music Fireworks From Cuba, And Schubert That Grooves: New Classical Albums http://kcur.org/post/fireworks-cuba-and-schubert-grooves-new-classical-albums Although it always seems fashionable to forecast the downfall of classical music, enterprising musicians both young and not so young continue to make deeply satisfying recordings. For this visit to weekends on<em> All Things Considered</em>, I was delighted to uncover the little known (at least in this country) Jorge Luis Prats, a terrifically talented Cuban pianist whose once uncertain career appears to be resurging — at 55, he has signed a handsome record deal. Then there's The Knights, a young chamber orchestra with a postmodern take on Schubert. Sat, 05 May 2012 19:41:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 17167 at http://kcur.org Fireworks From Cuba, And Schubert That Grooves: New Classical Albums From Hyperpianos To Harmonious Handel: New Classical Albums http://kcur.org/post/hyperpianos-harmonious-handel-new-classical-albums What's the saying — the more things change, the more they stay the same? It seems that's how it goes in the ways we make music. MIT futurologist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/97057424/tod-machover" target="_blank">Tod Machover</a> rethinks traditional instruments, coming up with new things like the hyperpiano; Pianist Michael Chertock gives it a go in an explosive excerpt below. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 17:51:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 12401 at http://kcur.org From Hyperpianos To Harmonious Handel: New Classical Albums Clouds, Concertos And A Trip To Fiji: New Classical Albums http://kcur.org/post/clouds-concertos-and-trip-fiji-new-classical-albums With all the chatter about the death of the compact disc, anxiety in the recording industry and the domination of downloads, the flood of CDs overflowing my mailbox never seems to recede. Need a new <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91476244/anton-bruckner" target="_blank">Bruckner</a> 4th, an <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/126030662/thomas-ades" target="_blank">Adès</a> anthology or piano music by Pärt? How about Azerbaijani concertos, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15044271/franz-schubert" target="_blank">Schubert</a> sonatas or a new <em>Midsummer Night's Dream</em>? Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:40:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 8785 at http://kcur.org Clouds, Concertos And A Trip To Fiji: New Classical Albums