I, like many Americans, have discovered Serial. Have you heard of it? If you have then you know what you are doing on Thursday when episode Five is released. If you don’t, then I suggest you wait to listen to this engrossing and addictive podcast about the murder of a young girl in Maryland in 1999. Yes it sounds gruesome, and at times it is difficult. But, I can’t stop replaying the episodes trying to figure out what happened1 15 years ago!
Serial is only my second experience with podcasts. I am probably the only millennial who recently became interested in podcasts2. I still buy CDs, which my friend tells me is akin to backing up WordPerfect documents on a floppy disk. Maybe she is right. So in an attempt to join my generation, or rather the modern world, I have come up with a list of Musically Inclined podcasts for you to listen to on your commute, jog, or when you are noodling around your home. Enjoy!
Latest episode ~ Fauré Requiem – Recording of the Month This wonderful new recording by King’s College Choir, Cambridge recreates the first complete liturgical performance of Fauré’s Requiem, and also features the French composer’s Messe basse and Cantique de Jean Racine.
From the website, “We’ve recently relaunched the BBC Music Magazine podcast, with two new regular episodes for you to enjoy. In ‘Recording of the Month’ we explore the best new disc featured in the latest magazine, while in ‘First Listen’ the editorial team gather round to discuss and rate an exciting upcoming release. Plus, we’ll be out and about interviewing musicians for special features in our occasional podcasts.”
This podcast has not been updated since 2008 but, it is full of interviews with musicians and personalities that are worthwhile. Interviews include, Thomas Adès, Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax, and Susan Graham.
ClassicFM is one of my favorite resources for classical music. A great resource for current UK concerts, movie music, and funny music videos (because who doesn’t love watching a Lego version of the Ring Cycle?!), ClassicFM also has podcasts hosted by Charlotte Green. The latest episode includes an interview with composer John Rutter.
From the website, “Composers Datebook is a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage, and entertain listeners with timely information about composers.” The past episode was about John Adams, whose controversial opera The Death of Klinghoffer is now playing at the MET.
1. This podcast also plays into my love of Twin Peaks. I keep saying out loud, “Who Killed Hae Min Lee!”
2. Or, are podcasts an older Generation X sort of entertainment?