Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner, Some Yo-Yo Ma and More: Free Classical Music Podcasts

mozartipod.gifWith the recent 250th anniversary of Mozart‘s birth, there has been no shortage of podcasts dedicated to Mozart’s masterpieces. First, Radio Sweden (iTunesFeedWeb Site) reissued a digital archive of Mozart recordings by the Royal Swedish Opera from the 1940s and 1950s. And, along very similar lines, Danmarks Radio (FeedWeb Site) issued podcasts of nine Mozart symphonies recorded by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. (You’ll find here symphonies numbers 15, 17, 23, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, and 41. Since the web site is in Danish, we’d recommend accessing these high quality MP3’s through the rss feed listed above.) Lastly, we should mention here that, as part of last year’s festivities, The International Mozart Foundation published online for the first time the entirety of of Mozart’s musical scores.

Along with Mozart, you can find plenty of Beethoven. We have highlighted here before, but it’s worth noting again, Deutsche Welle’s podcast collection called Beethovenfest (iTunesFeedWeb Site). You’ll want to give it a look, and also see the podcast collection put together by the Boston Symphony Orchestra Conservatory (iTunesFeedWeb Site). This educational series offers an extensive overview and recordings of Beethoven’s work, as well as that of Arnold Schoenberg. You can also catch more Beethoven (as well as a little Mozart and Bach) with the podcast series called The Concert (iTunesFeedWeb Site), which features recordings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Speaking of Bach, you may want to give some time to these two podcasts: Bach Podcast from (iTunesFeedWeb Site) and Bach Festival of Philadelphia (FeedWeb Site).

Let’s now leave you with a few other good finds: Wagner Operas Podcast (iTunesFeedWeb Site) lets you listen in on recordings from the annual Bayreuth Festival, plus more. An Intimate Tour Through the Music of Yo-Yo Ma (iTunesFeedWeb Site) offers essentially what the title says. Finally, we’d recommend Classical Performance (iTunes Feed Web Site), which consists of classical music performances from WGBH’s Studio One in Boston; The New York Philaharmonic Podcast (iTunesFeedWeb Site) which introduces you to the music and performers featured in the concerts of the New York Philharmonic; and From the Top. Live from Carnegie Hall Video Podcast (iTunesFeedWeb Site), a podcast that showcases the top-notch skills and compelling stories of America’s best young classical musicians.

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