Listeners respond to The Music That Changed Your World; Episode 3
On March 26, 2017, Robert Harris brought us the third episode in his latest series, "The Music that Changed Your World". He made the point that it's not always easy to come to love and appreciate classical music, and whether it's the Boston Pops, a sampler LP -- or the theme to "The Lone Ranger" -- it's all good.
We asked you to tell us about YOUR first encounter with classical music.
From Glenn Griffin in Toronto:
From Morgan Luethe in Edmonton:
From Greg Middleton, on Saltspring Island, B.C.
"I was a teen at the birth of rock and roll, and later in university, I listened to the Blues.
One day, I was getting out of my truck and some music came on CBC Radio that almost brought me to tears. I went to a classical music store in Vancouver, and tried to describe it.
The clerk smiled, went down the aisles and brought me a CD - "Romance of the Violin". He pointed to a track and said, "If this is not it, bring the CD back. It is our best seller." A few days later, I went back and asked the clerk to pick out one CD a week of good classical music.
Now I spend part of every day with CBC's classical music programs, and I still listen to "Romance of the Violin."
This is "O Mio Babbino Caro", from the Puccini opera "Gianni Schicchi", performed by the violinist Joshua Bell with the orchestra of the Academy of St. Martin's in the Fields.
Elaine Ward of Red Deer, Alberta sent this: "I grew up in Foremost, a small farming community in southern Alberta. When I was in grade five, a minister arrived from Nova Scotia. I really admired "Miss Mac" and volunteered to clean her house every Saturday morning. (This was more than I did for my own Mother!) To repay me, Miss Mac offered to give me piano lessons. We had no piano at home, so I practiced at the United Church. I had a piano book with a very rudimentary version of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2.
I saved up my allowance, and on a rare shopping trip to Lethbridge, I went to Leister's Music Store and ordered a record of the concerto. I felt so grown up and, dare I say, smart?! That was the beginning of my love of classical music."