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  1. May 7th, 1824 – The Premiere of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

    by , Aug-13-2014 at 20:25
    [Some Background]

    Beethoven's ninth symphony premiered in 1824 but the seeds of this monumental work had been planted in his head for years. Beethoven had always been inspired by Enlightenment Era artists. As a teenager, he went to hear lectures by Immanuel Kant at the University of Bonn, Beethoven's hometown. He was also a fan of the German poet, Friedrich Schiller. He "kept that volume of poetry with him, always intending to set to music a poem that particularly appealed ...

    Updated Aug-18-2014 at 07:54 by DiesIraeVIX

    Categories
    Classical Music , Composers , Conductors , Musicians , Singers
  2. Beethoven's Summer Vacation

    by , Aug-05-2014 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    I am stepping out of "Vacation Mode" to share some music and provide some listening suggestions for August - though Trout and Oskaar have been keeping the blog space thoroughly entertained with their ongoing series, which I've taken the time to sample myself...

    Last month, I left you with a month's worth of Canadian music, and this month - as many music institutions do in the Summer - I will concentrate on a "Composer Festival" format.

    Remembering ...

    Updated Aug-05-2014 at 11:35 by itywltmt

    Categories
    Classical Music , Composers , Recorded Music
  3. Why Karajan's 1963 Beethoven 9th Is My Definitive 9th Recording: The First Movement

    by , Jul-25-2014 at 23:14
    I'll jump right into what I consider the deal-breaker for Beethoven's Ninth symphony: The first movement, "Allegro Ma Non Troppo, Un Poco Maestoso". For others, it's the Finale and I can certainly understand that. However, for myself, the first movement sets the tone of the entire symphony. Not to mention that it's such an amazing movement that others have called it a veritable symphony in and unto itself. It's extremely difficult to perfectly capture the weight, depth and emotion that ...

    Updated Aug-21-2014 at 03:48 by DiesIraeVIX

    Categories
    Classical Music , Composers , Conductors
  4. Canada Day

    by , Jul-01-2014 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)


    The Tuesday Blog takes a Summer Break

    Before we discuss this week’s selection from the Podcast Vault, I wanted to advise the community that I’m taking a break this summer, and won’t be posting weekly as I’ve done in an uninterrupted string for three years.

    Iron man no more.

    As this Tuesday blog and my Friday Blog and Podcast on ITYWLTMT have become part ...

    Updated Jul-01-2014 at 15:21 by itywltmt

    Categories
    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  5. La Chronique du Disque (June 2014)

    by , Jun-24-2014 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    En français

    For those unfamiliar with our monthly recordings review - If Sound Quality (SQ) and Overall Impression (OI) grades need further context, feel free to visit earlier posts in this series.

    My acquisitions for June - Four suggestions totalling 5 CDs...


    MENDELSSOHN: Songs without Words
    [eMusic - Vol 1, Vol 2]

    Mendelssohn wrote eight volumes ...
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