I’ve been out of touch with the classical music world ever since I graduated college, and the only classical CD I’ve bought this year has been Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, but back in the day I loved to listen to chamber music on the Saint Paul Sunday Morning radio program.
As I was doing some sewing a few weeks ago, I thought, “Why not see when that program is broadcast so you can start listening again?” They’ve dropped “Morning”–it’s just Saint Paul Sunday now–and even better, you can stream all the programs online. Which is how I discovered that vocal group Anonymous 4, the experts on early music, had branched out into American shape-note, folk, and gospel songs. In 2004. Yes, out of touch.
But the happy news is that I now have a bunch of free music to catch up on, and whatever Anonymous 4 sings is magical. (Here’s that 2004 broadcast.) Every program gives you all kinds of good stuff to listen to, with enough background discussion with the host to jog your memory (if you, say, got a degree in all this) or teach you something new.
Also: Happy Veterans Day to all the veterans out there!