Top 10 pieces of Classical music every man should know

What are your top ten?(Photo: Andy Mangold)
What are your top ten?(Photo: Andy Mangold)

Not to pick on the guys, but it sometimes takes a bit more prodding to get us to try things than our female counterparts.  Case in point.
There’s a magazine out called Primer, which is a “guys post-college guide to growing up.”  It claims to offer “affordable style, how-to’s, and self-development for the everyday 20-something man.”
One thing recently emphasized was Classical music.  I found this list to be quite entertaining!

Read Primer’s Top ten pieces of Classical music every man should know.

Charles Ives’ Redding, Connecticut home in danger of demolition?

The home Charles Ives built in 1912 and which served as his summer home for the last four decades of his life is up for sale.  His descendants have occupied the house until just recently, but are now preparing it for sale. Many of his possessions are still there, including his writing desk, which seems to have not been disturbed since he last used it.

The property is appraised at upwards of $1.5 million, house or not.  The area is prime real estate, which means developers are eager to get their hands on it.

Read US heritage alarm: they are lining up to knock down the house that Charles Ives built by the Arts Journal.

 The next Dudamel?

The rise of Gustavo Dudamel was meteoric. He grew up in poverty in Venezuela, studied violin in El Sistema, became conductor of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra and, from there, has become the conductor of the LA Philharmonic.

Pablo Heras-Casado grew up in decidedly different surroundings than Dudamel, but he shares the same passion for music making.  However, he came to the core works of classical music from a completely different direction.

According to The Guardian, “early music represents the core of the repertory for Heras-Casado, with contemporary music a close second. Trained as a conductor of Renaissance choral music and soon steeped in the cerebral avant-garde, Mr. Heras-Casado, who is 34 and Spanish, arrived at Beethoven and Brahms only in recent years.”

What Dudamel is doing for the so-called “classical canon,” Heras-Casado is hoping to do for other, oft-neglected parts of the musical repertoire.

Read A Renaissance man, and many eras besides by The New York Times