TED loves classical music

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As Megan Barnett writes on <a href=”http://www.portfolio.com/executives/spottings/2008/03/02/ted-flash-its-a-wrap”Portfolio.com:

I’m ready to buy my first classical music CD, after the boundlessly energetic Benjamin Zander brought the audience to tears with a Chopin piece before bringing it to its feet while belting out the Ode to Joy.

Plenty of TEDsters came away from Monterey and Aspen with the same feeling. If you’re new to all this, here are a few good places to start:

+ The Chopin piece that Benjamin Zander played is the Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28: No. 4 — and YouTube offers more than 70 interpretations of this classic piece. Listen to a few, and decide who is playing on one buttock. >>

+ The “Ode to Joy” comes from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Though Zander’s own recording of Beethoven’s 9th, with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, is out of print, it is fascinating to…

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