Need a deep discovery experience? Try 1000 years of music in this playlist from NPR Classical‘s Tom Huizenga, which explores everything from new releases to old favorites, and classics from the dawn of the recording era. Our mantra: Bach, Beethoven, before and beyond.
This is the first of what will become a series of articles by List contributor Alex Johnston that provides a personal history of classical music. Streaming music technologies has transformed how we read about music, and this series will run in parallel with Spotify playlists containing many of the pieces of music mentioned. Do you like the odd piece of classical music, but you also feel like you can’t tell one composer from another, and you don’t know who wrote your favourite bits, and you’re finding it all it a bit intimidating, but you’d like to know more?