Haydn Gets Anthologized and Mythologized

Think about how you get to know a composer’s music. It might be by playing it yourself. You may hear it on the radio, or on a mixtape a friend made you. Maybe you downloaded gigs of albums off a torrent. (Ahem.)

HAYDN107 offers another way. Dr. Walter Reichert organized a site housing all of Haydn’s symphonies (107ish), and not only can you read about each one, but you can listen to them. In fact, Reichert and his minions arranged for three separate recordings from Antal Doráti, Christopher Hogwood or Adam Fischer, if you have a feeling about such things. Continue reading “Haydn Gets Anthologized and Mythologized”

Should I be watching ‘Mozart in the Jungle?’


A while back a CDA reader recommended I read Blair Tindall’s book Mozart in the Jungle for a look at the seedier side of classical music. I never got around to it, unfortunately. The book was turned into an Amazon TV series, nabbed Bernadette Peters & Gael García Bernal to star, and turned into a hit for Amazon TV.

But wait — the show’s won a couple Golden Globes, and classical stars like Lang Lang & Gustavo Dudamel have made MitJ cameos? Okay, I’m paying attention. Should I be watching this? Continue reading “Should I be watching ‘Mozart in the Jungle?’”

Support the cause — ‘Living the Classical Life’


Pianist Zsolt Bognár’s Living the Classical Life is a web series featuring creative minds from the world of classical music. Zsolt has sat down with the likes of Joshua Bell, Matthew Aucoin and Isabel Leonard for one-on-one conversations about music, practice habits, upcoming projects, influential teachers, and more. The episodes are wide-ranging. The show is a gem. Continue reading “Support the cause — ‘Living the Classical Life’”

For your consideration: the CDA ten best of 2015

Today marks the 354th day of 2015, and what a year it’s been.

There’s been too much chaos and controlled fury to assess what we went through. We survived, we had fun, let’s never talk about it again. You’re forgiven for not keeping tabs on great classical releases this year amidst the madness. That job is reserved for nerd critics and classical music fanboys and girls.

What follows are ten 2015 releases I’ll keep listening to in the coming year. They’re all aces, and they’re in alphabetical order.

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Taylor Swift drops 50 stacks on the Seattle Symphony

One-woman pop-music phenom Taylor Swift gave $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony last week. Fifty thousand? Talk about hush money. What dirt do they have on her?? No sane person donates to orchestras anymore.

Sure, the “official” reason was that Swift simply “appreciated” the Seattle Symphony’s work with John Luther Adams and his tour de force piece Become Ocean. Assuming Swift was telling the truth (and I have no reason to believe she is) this “donation” signals something big. When your orchestra is willing to play, record, and promote good new music — to cultivate a reputation as the go-to outfit for experiments like this — then you’ll reap handsome rewards, although not always monetarily. Continue reading “Taylor Swift drops 50 stacks on the Seattle Symphony”