Tom Huizenga

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A Bumper Crop Of Classical Box Sets

Friday, December 06, 2013

This wound up being a spectacular year for elaborate, lavishly packaged reissues. Given all the fabulous classical box sets that appeared this year, you'd think we were in some kind of boom era for music served up on compact discs. (2013? More like 1993.)

Why? Well, there's always the mercenary ...


Serbian Composer Djuro Zivkovic Wins Grawemeyer Music Prize

Sunday, December 01, 2013

On Guarding of the Heart, an evocative 20-minute piece for chamber orchestra by Serbian-born composer Djuro Zivkovic has been named the winner of the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The prize, which includes $100,000, was announced this evening by the University of Louisville, which sponsors the prestigious award. Former ...


First Listen: Hilary Hahn, 'In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores'

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Classical violinists can't complain when it comes to choosing encores. Hundreds of vintage pieces are up for grabs, written by legendary violinist-composers such as Fritz Kreisler and Pablo de Sarasate, or by great violinist-arrangers like Jascha Heifetz.

But Hilary Hahn, one of the most ...


Bach Unwigged: The Man Behind The Music

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Johann Sebastian Bach has been a central figure in the life of British conductor John Eliot Gardiner since he was a youngster. On his way to bed, he couldn't help glancing up at the famous 18th-century portrait of Bach that hung in the first floor landing ...


Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums

Sunday, September 08, 2013

People ask why I thrive on classical music, and I tell them it's all about discovery. The possibilities for finding incredible music, both old and new, are endless as the oceans. And on this visit to All Things Considered, host Jacki Lyden and I explore new music from ...


Singing And Sandwiches For A Tenor's Centennial

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Although many New Yorkers may not know it, today is Richard Tucker Day. Last year was the first time Mayor Bloomberg set aside Aug. 28 to celebrate the late tenor who blossomed from young synagogue singer to silver-voiced star of the Metropolitan Opera.

But today's celebrations are extra special as ...


Daniel Hope's Earth And Sky Expedition

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

When Daniel Hope was a boy, the only thing he loved as much as his violin was his telescope. Gazing into the night sky, he pondered the vastness of space. Now a grown man, Hope still has a penchant for wonder and discovery — especially when it comes ...


Why Are American Orchestras Afraid Of New Symphonies?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

This summer we've been chasing the idea of the Great American Symphony. Is there one? Who is still writing symphonies? And does anyone care about the state of symphonic music in this country? David Robertson cares deeply. He's the music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and ...


First Listen: Anna Netrebko, 'Verdi'

Sunday, August 11, 2013

At the opening of Anna Netrebko's new album, Verdi, we find her in the role of Lady Macbeth, reading a letter confirming the fulfillment of a prophecy made by Shakespeare's (and Verdi's) infamous witches.

It may be a portentous way for the celebrated soprano to begin ...


Versatile Opera Star, Director, Teacher Regina Resnik Dies at 90

Friday, August 09, 2013

The American mezzo-soprano Regina Resnik, known for her powerful voice and versatility on and off the opera stage, died peacefully in a New York hospital Thursday night, according to Amy Sperling, a longtime colleague and personal friend. Resnik was 90.

Born in the Bronx in 1922, Resnik debuted as


And in This Corner: A Baritone Fights For Opera On The BBC

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

With an interview show named HARDtalk I suppose the host might be expected to come out swinging. And recently the BBC's Sarah Montague did not disappoint.

She wastes no time (in the video on this page) trying to pummel her opponent in regulation Chris Matthews style. But her ...


5 American Symphonies You Should Know

Thursday, August 01, 2013

It's not quite the quest for the Holy Grail, but we're in pursuit this summer of the "Great American Symphony." And in many respects, our journey is just as important as our destination.

In conductor JoAnn Falletta's essay, which introduced our search, she pointed out that ...


Time For Three: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Pigeonholing the classically trained string trio Time for Three isn't easy, but that's also a blessing. The musicians — violinists Zachary De Pue and Nick Kendall with double bassist Ranaan Meyer — say they love a kaleidoscopic spectrum of music. "If we like it, we play it" is their ...


Symphonic Music, American Style: 3 Must-Hear Albums

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Throughout the summer we're searching for the "Great American Symphony." It's not exactly a popularity contest. Instead, we're pondering American symphonic music from both the past and the present. Some composers like the young Kevin Puts and the veteran Martin Boykan, are labeling their pieces as symphonies. Others, ...


Licia Albanese: An Opera Diva Hits 100

Monday, July 22, 2013

It's not every day a great opera diva makes it to the century mark. So let's take a moment to cheer for Licia Albanese, the beloved Metropolitan Opera star, who celebrates her 100th today and who most likely would not care to be called a "diva."

"Only God makes a ...


In Search Of The Great American Symphony

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Critics and fans love a good debate over the great American novel or great American movie. But what about the great American symphony?

Is there one? If not, why? If so, which symphonies are good candidates for the title? (Check out our Spotify list for some contenders.) And ...


Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums

Sunday, June 30, 2013

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 All Things Considered, host Jacki Lyden and I explore an East meets ...


Hit The Road And Hear Some Music: Summer Classical Festivals 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer is heating up and so are dozens of classical music festivals all around the country. We couldn't possibly list them all, but here's a sampling of some of the best events, from open-air venues and seaside spots to historic concert halls. Been to a great summer festival we've missed? ...


Distinctive Voices: Three Must-Hear Violin Albums

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The violin, though centuries old, remains a popular yet remarkably unwieldy instrument. Just squeezing the contraption between your chin and shoulder, then raising your bow arm to the proper height, is enough to induce a pinched nerve. Yet every day countless numbers of people try to make the instrument sing.



'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

It's easy to think of opera as little more than an affected flock of singers warbling onstage in lacy brocade with pancake makeup, chandeliers and champagne.

But you won't see any of that in Philippe Béziat's artful new documentary Becoming Traviata, now making the rounds of U.S. film ...