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  1. Much-loved instruments: The Heckelphone

    It's hard to imagine a world without heckelphones. And yet, the history books tell us that people who had the misfortune to live prior to the 20th century had never even heard of this phenomenon.

    Living as we do in a world where it's hard to turn a corner in any busy metropolis in the world without tripping over a sidewalk heckelphone player, the mind boggles at those centuries of darkness - a heckelphoneless universe.

    Conventional wisdom tells us that it was Richard ...
  2. Finding a Voice

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    Well, as everybody reading this probably realizes, Talk Classical is primarily a place where people can come and talk about classical music with other people.

    But, every once in a while I have to just pause and consider the peculiar world of online forums. (Or is that online fora?)

    Currently, TC is the only online site to which I contribute my much appreciated and long-awaited comments . But, there ...
  3. La Chronique du disque (June 2012)

    En français

    The rules will be kept simple: here’s what I found, here’s where I found it, here’s a couple of sentences about it and (possibly) some opinions.

    Not unlike Olympic Figure Skating, I will provide two sets of marks (letters A to D) on sound quality (SQ) and on overall impression (OI). These grades are entirely subjective, but here are some guidelines:

    • About “sound quality”: my point of reference is my iPod (160 GB iPod Classic) with standard

    Updated Jun-26-2012 at 14:30 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  4. "Great Moments" in Music - A Design for Evaluating?

    Many, many years ago I had only one personal friend who shared my passion for classical music. He told me that a music teacher he had once told him that there were only 12 "Great Moments" in music. Six of them were by Bach and the other six were by Brahms.

    This was very easy for me to disagree with, even though as a Brahms-fanatic, I was secretly pleased. But, I always used to wonder - "What six moments in Brahms' music did he have in mind?" My friend told ...
  5. Women in Classical Music - Wilma Cozart Fine 1927-2009

    This morning I was reading an article in STEREOPHILE about Mercury Living Presence recordings that detailed the work of the Fines - Robert & Wilma. It's always exciting to come across references to people and their achievements of which I had been previously in the dark. The article impelled me to look up more information on the Fines, and particularly on Wilma, whose story is remarkable.

    Gil Shaham Concert-recommended-wilma-cozart-fine

    The bare outline of it is that after graduating ...
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