About This Show
Houston Public Media classical music librarian, Dacia Clay has a secret: she knows next to nothing about classical music. But she wants to learn! Luckily, she's surrounded by classical music experts every day. In each episode of the Classical Classroom, Dacia's colleagues and some local classical music luminaries take turns giving her classical music "homework assignments". You'll learn about everything from bel canto aria to the use of leitmotif in the score to Star Wars. Come learn with us in the Classical Classroom.
Most Recent Episode
Classical Classroom, Ep. 164: Going Out On A High Note, With Cypress String Quartet
For starters, this episode was recorded on Groundhog's Day. Which is pretty perfect considering that this is the second time we've had the Cypress String Quartet on the show to talk about a "final" recording. Cypress cellist Jennifer Kloetzel swears that this really is the quartet's final final recording and assures us that this is not just a clever publicity gimmick. (Although for the record, if it was, we would gladly play along.) Kloetzel tells us why, for their final final recording, the group went with a composer they'd never recorded before (Brahms), why they recorded the album live in front of a studio audience, and why they played as a sextet rather than a quartet. Also discussed: whether or not one has to have Jedi training to record at Skywalker Sound, and whether Jennifer and Zuill Bailey had a cello battle in the studio.
All music in this episode from the Cypress String Quartet's Brahms: String Sextets Op.18 and Op.36.