I love music! But I’m a relative newcomer to the joys of classical music. I the genre to be a frontier that will take the rest of my life to even come close to thoroughly exploring and enjoying. Here are the resources I’m using to navigate my way deeper into this universe of music.
(COMING): Since my funds are usually limited, when I set out to purchase a performance, I want to buy the best version I can find, so I look long and hard for those that are the top-recommended performances to buy. I’ve already done the research as best I can, so I hope you’ll benefit from my choices. Of course this is a task open to varying opinions, so feel free to fill me in on your favorites too.
Podcasts (free classical music):
BBC3 Lebrecht Interviews – In-depth interviews & bio sketches with classical musicians and conductors
Vivaldi Podcast from Magnatune – 60 minutes of commercial-free Vivaldi
The Concert – Classical Masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Performance Today (NPR) – free streaming of daily program
Discovering Music (BBC Radio 3) – free streaming of weekly program
BBC Radio 3 – free 24/7 streaming of all classical music related programs
Building Your Classical Music Library:
Search The Gramophone’s Reviews (free registration required to access)
NPR’s Performance Today PT 50 – fifty essential classical music CD’s, selected by Ted Libbey
Understanding and Appreciating Classical Music:
How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, The Teaching Company course – very insightful and fun!
What to Listen for in Music, Aaron Copland – a layperson’s guide
Classical Music Without Fear: A Guide for General Audiences, Marianne Williams Tobias – very readable and helpful