Friday, June 8, 2012

30 Jennifer Higdon Recordings on Spotify

Jennifer Higdon (born 1962) is not only one of the most acclaimed of contemporary women composers, but one of the most widely performed and appreciated of contemporary American composers in general. She has won, among many other awards, the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto ("deeply engaging piece that combines flowing lyricism with dazzling virtuosity") and the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her Percussion Concerto.


Spotify's Jennifer Higdon page lists 7 albums; searching for the composer's name gets you a dozen; in this playlist you can find 30 (time to fix the metadata, no?). I fully recommend her music to classical fans who think that classical music died with Mahler, Puccini or Shostakovich. Start with aforementioned works and the Concerto For Orchestra; then try: Blue Cathedral, City Scape, and the Piano Trio.

Get this collection in one Spotify playlist here: Jennifer Higdon: Complete Recordings on Spotify (82 tracks from 30 albums, total time: 9 hours) Ctrl (CMD) + G to browse in album view. See the composer's official site for a a noted discography.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Ulysess, thanks for the recommendations. I love Spotify and think it has a real chance of promoting some amazing music. Like you said, "if you think that classical music died..." then at least we can enjoy Jennifer and do our part to keep it alive. Saw this Spotify playlist http://www.thinkbigonline.com.au/20-must-have-play-list-for-spotify/ and having been through a divorce AND life coaching, it made me chuckle. Thank for that. LG

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