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PBS: 'Great Performances - Now Hear This' will make you fall in love with classical music / IndieWire

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With the help of host Scott Yoo, the PBS series is doing for composers what Anthony Bourdain and his spiritual successors did for global cuisine.

A piece of classical music can be a sumptuous dish. Flavors combined from different regional influences, refined with time-tested traditions that can be embraced or inverted to surprising ends, all delivered by artisans who've spent entire lifetimes honing their craft.

So it's no surprise that "Now Hear This," the ongoing documentary series under the PBS "Great Performances" banner has managed to bring viewers into the life of venerated composers in the same way that the modern wave of immersive food series have done for global cuisine. One strong hint comes at the outset of the show's second season, in an episode on the legendary Franz Joseph Haydn.

Host Scott Yoo sits on a stage playing Haydn's Quartet in D minor, Op. 42. In successive shots, Yoo is playing a violin and viola, performing each of the four quartet parts of the fourth movement. A wide composite shot combines all four Scotts (the episode's end titles credit the "Yoo 4 Quartet"). He's essentially accompanying himself.

New episodes of "Now Hear This" air Friday nights at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Previous episodes are available to stream as part of the "Great Performances" collection on the PBS app.

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