The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music review: “Composers Datebook” is a radio gem for classical fans. Listen to it, read it, get free podcasts of it.

October 5, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

I recently discovered National Public Radio’s new blog “Deceptive Cadence.” I found it a winning piece of work and recommended it highly.

Well, I have found another contact with public radio for classical music fans.

If you like Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac” – and I do like it a lot – and if you are a classical music fan, you are sure to enjoy “Composers Datebook.”

It’s a daily almanac of performers, works and composers done by Minnesota Public Radio.

But you don’t have to go to that site every day.

You can subscribe to FREE podcasts via iPods or MP3’s.

I have.

And you don’t have to use Macs to use iTunes. PCs are just fine.

“All music was once new” is the signature sign-off line – a good reminder.

The website has both the 2-minute audio clip plus lots of other fascinating information and history about birthdays and important dates.

So check it out. You might want to make it a Bookmark or Favorite.

I have.

Here is a link that allows you to enjoy the latest broadcast and past ones:

I wish other public radio stations around the country – including my own, Wisconsin Public Radio, which broadcasts more than a dozen hours of classical music each day – would add the Composer’s Notebook to their lineup, perhaps in the morning.

I don’t know why they don’t. Maybe there isn’t public demand. Maybe they don’t know about it. Maybe it is too expensive. But it seems natural fit.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it s much as I did.

And do.

And will.

Let me know what you think.

The Ear wants to hear.

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