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Classical Dark Arts is a show all about making classical music as edgy and interesting as possible.

The podcast is designed to be hustled out as quick as a hip hop mixtape. Episodes are short, hopefully punchy, and not too high-concept. Along the way you'll hear choice classical music, movie & pro wrestling clips, and the occasional prank call.

Classical Dark Arts is hosted by Will Roseliep, the author of "The Libertine's Guide to the Classical Music Revolution," a cellist, and a founding member of the Cambridge Philharmonic.

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Classical Dark Arts is a show all about making classical music as edgy and interesting as possible.

The podcast is designed to be hustled out as quick as a hip hop mixtape. Episodes are short, hopefully punchy, and not too high-concept. Along the way you'll hear choice classical music, movie & pro wrestling clips, and the occasional prank call.

Classical Dark Arts is hosted by Will Roseliep, the author of "The Libertine's Guide to the Classical Music Revolution," a cellist, and a founding member of the Cambridge Philharmonic.

    Deep Cover: Notes from the Cuban Classical Underground, ep. 3

    Deep Cover: Notes from the Cuban Classical Underground, ep. 3

    In December 2014, President Obama announced a historic 'thaw' between the US and Cuba. Up until then, Cuba -- and its classical music -- have been somewhat mysterious. Today on Classical Dark Arts: it's deep-cover, top-secret Cuban classical music, declassified for much of the general public for the first time.

    • 31 min
    The Super 8, ep. 2

    The Super 8, ep. 2

    Selling somebody on the goodness of classical music is tough. Today on the CDA podcast we're taking up the challenge.

    You'll hear eight bulletproof favorites -- THE SUPER 8 -- that have been battle-tested on headphones and stereos. Certified, premium-grade.

    If these don't win the argument for you, nothing will.

    • 31 min
    CDA Minicast: Classical Two-Minute Drill

    CDA Minicast: Classical Two-Minute Drill

    Here's a ridiculous idea: take a huge piece and completely insult the composer by breaking it down in two minutes or less. After 120 seconds you'll know the high & lowlights of some long, beastly classical piece.

    Bad idea? Of course. But don't let that get in your way. We’re after JUST the flavor of the piece, not the full meal.

    Featured piece: Marc-Antonio Consoli, "Afterimages."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA21DMj6qPg

    • 1 min
    The Devil and Classical Music, ep. 1

    The Devil and Classical Music, ep. 1

    What is it about the idea of devilry that summons fear in our hearts, and thrills us at the same time? Why do we shake at the thought of eternal damnation, but still secretly hanker for a taste of evil? Most importantly, do we make a pact with the Dark Lord when we put on certain classical records?

    On the very first radio episode of CLASSICAL DARK ARTS, we look at Satan’s cabal of classical composers, players and theorists -- a sleeper cell run by Liszt, Paganini, Saint-Saëns & Tartini -- lurking under the placid surface of an ancient music.

    By definition whatever you don’t understand is a threat. This goes for new art, political movements, unfamiliar faces and ideas of all types. If you’re not familiar you feel threatened. Get familiar. This is the music of the devil.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

Young $ymphonist ,

Bridging gaps between classical music & contemporary society

Awesome. Shedding stuffy pretensions without sacrificing substance, this podcast uses today's language to get at what matters in classical music today. The classical world needs more media like this.

Catherine Whelan ,

Chin Music for the Heart Strings

Even for the wildest audiophiles, classical music often lurks beyond the perimeter of familiarity, hulking, chimerical, and gibbering to itself in an outlandish tongue. But this podcast isn't a call to arms so much as a call to mind. In a world full of broken records and elevator podcasts, Dark Arts is the kind you crave. It empowers classical music in a way that is witty, winsome, and often wise.

CDA manages to appeal to both the girl who boldly stuffed her fingers in her ears through the entirety of Beethoven's Battle Symphony, and the one who wept furiously when first hearing his Fifth. And speaking as both of those girls, I couldn’t recommend it more.

Carlllllllllllllllllllllllllll ,

Classical music presented with personality

This show is insightful, informative, and often hilarious. Great host, who clearly has a deep love for music. Finally, classical music presented with some *personality*!

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