Your new classical obsession

By reader request we’re featuring great new music — both albums and videos — from time to time. Suggestions? Drop them in the comments and we’ll give ’em a listen.

  • Recording: George Enescu, Complete Works for Piano Solo
  • Artist: Raluca Stirbat
  • Release: October 2015
  • Listen: full stream on Spotify; partial stream at All Music; buy on Amazon or iTunes.
  • Standouts: the Piano Suites. Listen sequentially, or start with the third if you’re short on time.

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Who run the world?

Staying on theme here, Many Many Women has collected names of “over 1,000 women composers, improvisers and sonic artists.” It was started by Seattle musician Steve Peters. Here’s how he described the genesis:
Several years ago, a bright and talented pianist told me that she had gone through her entire Juilliard education having heard of only five female composers – three of whom were dead. I started making her a list, but it got a little out of hand and so here we are.

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Get to know Alondra de la Parra

Alondra de la Parra is the next conductor + music director of Australia’s Queensland Symphony Orchestra. This isn’t just a routine hire, although in the classical world any leadership change is noteworthy. Ms. de la Parra is one of only a dozen or so (!!) leaders of major orchestras (however you define them) who happens to be female. Since orchestral leadership tends to be a club of good ole boys it’s our duty to highlight success to the contrary.

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Did you miss Saturday’s CDA Mailer?

If you’re not on the CDA email list here’s what you missed on Saturday:

  • A breakdown of the CDA readership’s musical preferences based on a less-than-scientifically-sound survey.
  • Why KRUE.TV could be the harbinger of a new (money-making???) model for classical music.
  • Whether “The Star-Spangled Banner” should be performed before symphony orchestra shows. Classical critic Scott Cantrell recently wrote that it’s time to retire the tradition.
  • The return of the classical link rodeo — our brief foray into the web’s best classical offerings.

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Broadcasting live from inside your practice room

If you surf over to right now you might be disappointed. The site’s in beta mode, the musician accounts are nearly bare, and the menu structure is wishful thinking at this point. A thousand viable sites like this launch each week, most evaporate into the web ether.

But ignore this one at your peril.

What if your favorite musician (for argument’s sake say it’s flutist Alex Sopp) decided to live-stream her morning warm-up? Imagine the Emerson Quartet broadcasting a sight-reading session where they’ll decide what to play on their next tour, or pianist Seong-Jin Cho (winner of this year’s Chopin Competition) allowing us to peek into his practice room.

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Deciding if the CDA Mailer is right for you


Do you want once-weekly classical music missives sent right to your inbox?

Each week the CDA Mailer is sent out to conductors, players and classical aficionados. Each one is packed with news, recordings, classic videos and other ephemera. There’s no recycling, no spam, and no filler.

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Hilary Hahn on the unbreakable teacher-student bond

I highly recommend reading violinist Hilary Hahn’s Slate piece about her two favorite music teachers — Klara Berkovich & Jascha Brodsky.

When Mr. Brodsky fell ill at 89, I visited him at a care center. Two nurses brought him to a large room, and he sat at a conference table. I assumed we were only there to chat, but I had my violin with me just in case. Sure enough, one of his first questions was, “Sweetheart, what did you bring to play for me today?” I reminded him of the repertoire I was working on, and he proceeded to give me a two-hour lesson. He leaned forward in his chair, singing examples, shaping my phrasing with interpretive gestures, and interrupting me to offer suggestions and corrections. For Mr. Brodsky, teaching was an unstoppable impulse.

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