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Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums

Violinist Giuliano Carmignola can't drive 55 on <em>Vivaldi Con Moto, </em>a new album of violin concertos.
Violinist Giuliano Carmignola can't drive 55 on Vivaldi Con Moto, a new album of violin concertos.

It's a brave new musical world. Between downloads, iPods, music sharing websites and the good old CD, we have more easy access to the songs and symphonies we love than ever before. In this visit to All Things Considered, host Jacki Lyden and I explore an East meets West mashup in a concerto for Persian ney (bamboo flute) and orchestra, a young composer who treats electronic and acoustic instruments as equals, an opera star who goes back to church and a violinist who plays Vivaldi with delicious abandon.

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Tom Huizenga is a producer for NPR Music. He contributes a wide range of stories about classical music to NPR's news programs and is the classical music reviewer for All Things Considered. He appears regularly on NPR Music podcasts and founded NPR's classical music blog Deceptive Cadence in 2010.
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