What an intriguing concept! I am so glad that I stumbled across this article. Readers of the New York Times were invited to select their ten favourite classical composers, based on a clearly defined set of criteria.
Then the music critic, Anthony Tommasini, explained his own choices while playing exerpts on the piano. I have only had time to listen to a few, but they are filled with insight and his quiet comments give just enough technical detail to inform an eager novice like myself.
The videos of these brief lectures are on youtube, here, as well as embedded in various places in the articles.
So who would you choose, and how would you rank them? Notice that the collage above only lists some of the candidates.
Another musical note… bad pun intended… here is the link for the amazing young tenor just discovered on Britain’s Got Talent.
Jonathan Antoine… I hope we will be listening to him for many years.