Classical 101


For many of us, classical music is the last frontier in understanding and appreciating the full breadth of the musical continuum. And like most frontiers, it can be a scary place for the inexperienced. For those brave enough to forge ahead into this great unknown, the first revelation is that there's much more to the classical experience than the works of composers long past. That's not to say that the likes of Bach and Beethoven will ever lose their relevance with 21st Century audiences, but composers and orchestras of the modern era continue to make their mark alongside the icons of previous centuries by continually discovering new ways to explore and reflect the human experience via the classical idiom. From the romantic "Che gelida manina" from Puccini's venerable La Boheme to new artists such as Gloria Cheng, here are some recommendations from our Classical writer Vivien Schweitzer.

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