Click on Classical: Best TV music of 2014, Mozart in the Jungle, and an Oscar-season controversy

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Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about stories we’re featuring on our website. Here are the stories we’ll be discussing today.

Last week Garrett Tiedemann listed the ten best film scores of 2014, and this week he lists his ten favorite TV scores of the year. Composing music for TV series, Garrett notes, demonstrates “what composers can do when given 13 hours — instead of two — to work with.”

Speaking of movie music, the Oscar nominations will be announced soon — but we already know that the nominations for best original score won’t include percussionist Antonio Sanchez’s acclaimed music for Birdman. Why? Because, the Academy has declared, Birdman simply contains too much classical music.

If you have time off over the holidays, here’s a show you can binge-watch: the first full season of Mozart in the Jungle is now streaming on Amazon.