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A Classical Top 10 List

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Today on Soundcheck: We hear about a project that will compile a list of the top 10 composers in the history of classical music -- and find out what you have to say about it. Plus: We share our cd picks of the week. And: live music from the indie folk ensemble The Low Anthem.

Listeners: Which composers are on your Top 10 List? Tell us here!

The Greatest Classical Composers: A List

New York Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini recently embarked on an ambitious project … to compile a list of the 10 greatest composers in the history of classical music. He joins us to talk about the criteria he’s using -- and about the risks and rewards of creating such a list.

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CD Picks of the Week

This week’s picks include some truly international music from the squats of Amsterdam and a 1970s jazz retrospective from CTI Records.


In Studio: The Low Anthem

Folk-rock act The Low Anthem present a modern take on American roots music. Their diverse instrumentation has included jaw harp, saw, stylophone and customized antique pump organs. They join us to play live and preview songs from their forthcoming album, "Smart Flesh," which they recorded themselves in a vacant Rhode Island pasta sauce factory.

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Playlist: Classical Top 10 + The Low Anthem

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The 10 Greatest Composers

John Schaefer finds that making a Classical Top 10 is HARD!

Gig Alert: The Klezmatics

For over 20 years, these Grammy-winning klezmer revialists have been making daring fusions of Jewish music and themes with a diverse array of genres. Download "Mermaid Avenue," their take on klezmer-folk with words taken from Woody Guthrie's "Jewish songs" written in 1950s Brooklyn.

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