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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Classical podcast-o-rama! Volume 1

Chris again,

So, after I discovered the Isabella Gardner Museum concert podcast, I went exploring the 'net for more classical music podcasts and found a cornucopia of classical delights to share with you.

A word about podcasts first. The most frequent question I hear is, " do I have to own and iPod to listen to a podcast?" The answer is no. All you need is the computer, which you must already have or you'd not be reading this now. A podcast is simply an episodic audio file, usually delivered once a week. Generally, try to locate a "listen" or "download" button wherever you surf and you should be in business. Most podcast pages now have an embedded "player" so you don't even have to download the show. Everything you need to know about podcasts can be found here.

Now, onto the discoveries! For this first volume, we'll look at some of the available symphony podcasts.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has a monthly podcast of their pre-concert lectures. The lectures are short (mostly about a half hour), very entertaining and informative. I spent a little time last night learning about Mahler's Bach arrangements.

The San Fransisco Symphony's podcast is another fun way to learn a little about classical music.

Alan Gilbert, podcast host for the New York Philharmonic, interviews the guest artists and conductors each week.

The Berlin Philharmonic does a weekly video podcast, and in English to boot. If you want to see Pierre Boulez chatting with Emmanuel Pahud, this is the podcast for you.

Well, these are just a few of the available podcasts. Next time, we'll look at podcasts of classical music programs.

Happy listening!

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