Tom Huizenga http://ripr.org en In Search Of The Great American Symphony http://ripr.org/post/search-great-american-symphony Critics and fans love a good debate over the great American novel or great American movie. But what about the great American symphony?<p>Is there one? If not, why? If so, which symphonies are good candidates for the title? (Check out our <a href="spotify:user:nprclassical:playlist:4fyJB3zBbbBNQ97zJIA50q" target="_blank">Spotify list</a> for some contenders.) And in the land of the melting pot, what does it mean for a symphony to be "American" in the first place?<p>These are just a few of the questions we're asking as July 4th approaches. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:33:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 17776 at http://ripr.org In Search Of The Great American Symphony Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums http://ripr.org/post/revved-vivaldi-persian-bamboo-and-soaring-spirituals-new-classical-albums It's a brave new musical world. Between downloads, iPods, music sharing websites and the good old CD, we have more easy access to the songs and symphonies we love than ever before. In this visit to <em>All Things Considered</em>, host <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/102444338/jacki-lyden" target="_blank">Jacki Lyden</a> and I explore an East meets West mashup in a concerto for Persian ney (bamboo flute) and orchestra, a young composer who treats electronic and acoustic instruments as equals, an opera star who goes back to church and a violinist who plays Vivaldi with delicious abandon. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 17668 at http://ripr.org Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums Can Yo-Yo Ma Fix The Arts? http://ripr.org/post/can-yo-yo-ma-fix-arts <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWsdrjUhol4</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 20:10:14 +0000 Tom Huizenga 13305 at http://ripr.org Can Yo-Yo Ma Fix The Arts? Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums http://ripr.org/post/vespers-habaneras-and-early-morning-walks-new-classical-albums Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken" begins with the line: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood." Frost's traveler must choose between them. But slide that metaphor over to the world of classical music and you will discover hundreds of paths to explore. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 00:37:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 13165 at http://ripr.org Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters http://ripr.org/post/measures-affection-five-musical-love-letters <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht1OkPN6Zso</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hctOXPdaWXk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cqz2yomToA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cibwQFbwEPs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnKBVL45VSs</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 10378 at http://ripr.org Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album? http://ripr.org/post/what-ever-happened-classical-christmas-album <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr-csOGecGc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKvoygXsRV4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH4rSCabUWg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONknTGUckKc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39h3VVfOoW0</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 1787 at http://ripr.org Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album? A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012 http://ripr.org/post/bald-mezzo-and-three-shades-violin-classical-favorites-2012 From mezzo-soprano <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15221692/cecilia-bartoli" target="_blank">Cecilia Bartoli</a>'s ambitious revival of the early Baroque composer Agostino Stefani (and yes, she's got another outrageous album cover) to three very different roles for the violin, here's a clutch of classical albums I returned to again and again this year for sheer delight and aural inspiration. Bartoli lavishes extravagant attention on the music of a fascinating but forgotten link in the history of opera. Sun, 09 Dec 2012 20:04:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 1103 at http://ripr.org A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012