Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss stories we’re featuring on our website. Here are the stories we’ll be talking about today.
This week Garrett Tiedemann interviewed French composer Laurent Girard, who practices a fusion of classical, ambient, pop, and what he calls “folktronica.” That’s pretty new — but of course all music was once new, and Cinda Yager grew up with parents who thought even Mahler wasn’t “real” music. Cinda writes about how she learned to open her mind to the sounds of the 20th century.
Many people like to listen to The Nutcracker during December — but what’s the best Nutcracker to cue up? I listened to eight leading recordings of Tchaikovsky’s complete ballet, and I published a guide that will help you choose the right recording whether you’re baking cookies or popping cocktails.