The Well-Tempered Ear

What are your favorite classical music videos to watch on YouTube? Here are some suggestions. | December 28, 2009

By Jacob Stockinger

It was  the composer Igor Stravinsky (right) who remarked that you should listen to music with your eyes as well as ears. 

I think it because it has to do with great  hand-eye coordination, and the certain kind of athletic qualities and physical prowess that great music-making demonstrates.

I bet Stravinsky would have been a big YouTube fan.

As an amateur pianist, I love watching all kinds of pianists play all kinds of pieces, from historical figures to contemporary artists. It’s really great to see Rubinstein and Horowitz, Claudio Arrau and Glenn Gould, Rachmaninoff and Schnabel, among others. I’m much less fond of most of the amateur performances that get uploaded.)

And YouTube is so easy to use. Just go to YouTube and type into the each engine slot a specific composer or performer or piece or instrument and you will get a lot of choices.

Here is a link to YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/

And here is a link to a story about orchestral music on YouTube by another classical YouTube fan:

http://www.artandculturemaven.com/2009/12/classical-music-picks-on-youtube.html

Let others know your favorites for string playing, singing, brass, winds, chamber music. opera, whatever.

I’m particular interested in historical piano performances.

The Ear wants to hear.


Posted in Classical music

1 Comment »

  1. cant see his hands very well, but you can watch the reflect of them off of the piano. there was another GREAT video of this piece being played by another guy that was absolutely electric, but i think this one is pretty decent. lol

    Comment by curious reader — December 28, 2009 @ 8:08 pm


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