10 Inspiring Magazine Covers of 2013." The shoes are all ones worn by marathoners.
Legendary Van Cliburn: The Complete Album Collection.)
“Classical music has proven to have a particularly thick glass ceiling. People are looking at the situation and saying, ‘It’s been years people, why do we still not have very many female conductors on the podium? And when we do, why is it such a big deal?’ There’s still that funny ambivalence about how far we should look at this as a phenomenon and how far we should pretend we’ve all been equal all along.”JoAnn Falletta (left).
Justin: The lack of women on major podiums is a sign of the difficulty that the whole establishment has in adapting at all. What happens is these institutions are very rigid and brittle and when they come up against an obstacle they know that they’re going to splinter and so they avoid the obstacles. It’s a very inflexible set of relationships…
Heidi: “The New York Philharmonic seems to be about 50 percent women these days – so why not on the podium?”
Turning the dial over to NPR and its attendant blogs, we were pleased to see that we had chosen to feature three of its Top 10 Folk and Americana Albums of 2013: Guy Clark's My Favorite Picture of You; Jason Isbell's Southeastern; and Patty Griffin's American Kid.
I'll close with a few nice freebies. To sample the new Digital Concert Hall you can watch a full-length concert video of Sir Simon Rattle conducting Mahler's 1st and Beethoven's 4th Symphonies. And if you're not surfeited with holiday music, here's an off-the-beaten-track selection, opera star Angela Gheorghiu in a selection from her new album of Romanian Christmas carols.