Classical Pieces We Avoid and Why…but are We Right?

For Wednesday, January 10, from 9-11:30pm CT or streaming at, The Classical Challenge presents “Classical Pieces We Avoid and Why…but are We Right?”

We’ll hear a piece you may be avoiding because of suspicion regarding its popularity. After all, classical music is for the elite, right? So if high school Latin students think a piece of music is great make-out music, there must be something wrong with it.

We’ll hear an equally popular piece you may be avoiding because of overexposure. Familiarity breeds contempt, right? Why resurrect a tired old warhorse? (Well, maybe because you could get nominated for Best Picture and countless other awards. But that’s another story.)

Finally, we’ll hear a piece you may be afraid of or intimidated by. People say it’s a hard listen, so why even go there? So many other things to listen to. But what if they’re wrong?

None of these reasons stand up to scrutiny. So we’ll hear:

1. Carmina Burana – Carl Orff – Orchester und Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Eugen Jochum conducting, soloists Gundula Janowitz, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Gerhard Stolze For lyrics and translations see:…/comp.l…/works/orff-cb/carmlyr.php

2. Violin Concerto – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Russian National Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg conducting, Julia Fischer violin

3. Il prigioniero – Luigi Dallapiccola – Grazer Philharmonisches Orchestrer, Dirk Kaftan conducting, Markus Butter as The Prisoner

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