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  1. Glazunov 150th Birthday Celebrations: Part Two

    Hello again! Getting pumped yet?? I know I am!! August 10, mark the date!! But honestly, the whole month of August is a celebration, and now too.

    This year I graduated from my university, and had to do a Senior Recital as one of my last undergraduate requirements. I performed a tribute to Sibelius, Nielsen and Glazunov on my program, made up of transcriptions, arrangements, etc. I recommend hearing all of them, but to hear only the Glazunov piece, skip to 8:10 ... see what I did there? ...
  2. Bruckner's Fifth

    Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no. 5 was written at a time of much trouble and disillusionment un the composer's life - it is not outwardly a work of storm and stress, yet is one of his most contrapuntally intricate works. The symphony is sometimes referred to as "Tragic", or "Church of Faith". Three of its four movements (1, 2 and 4) begin with pizzicato strings, hence its other nickname, “the Pizzicato Symphony”. The pizzicato figures are symmetrical, in the sense that the ...
  3. Virgil Fox in Recital

    A few weeks ago, we showcased some works performed by British born American-based organist E. Power Biggs. Among Biggs’ rivals was concert organist Virgil Fox, who was known for a more flamboyant "Heavy Organ" style of performance. Fox decried Biggs' insistence on historical accuracy, claiming that it was "relegating the organ to a museum piece".

    According to the Virgil Fox Legacy website, Fox was born ...
  4. Brahms “In Camara” at the Gardner Museum

    En français

    Today's post is the first of three that I have planned for this series that uses material from the Gardner Museum's Music Library, a place we have turned to consistently in past chamber series.

    Brahms' attitude toward the importance of the string quartet as the ultimate expression of the composer's craft can be understood when it is considered that he reputedly sketched and destroyed ...

    Updated Jul-12-2013 at 13:36 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Concerts , Recorded Music
  5. Haydn: The "Tween" Symphomnies

    En français

    My post today lines up somewhat with my ongoing look at the music of Joseph Haydn - cello works last week, and my 3-pat series (finishing Friday) look at the Paris symphonies.

    In the first post of that series, I spoke of Haydn's contract with the Court of Esterházy and how Haydn, in renewing that commitment, received more freedom to compose for other orchestras and for other sponsors. The Paris symphonies (composed for the Comte d'Ogny) and the London symphonies ...

    Updated May-21-2013 at 12:32 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Concerts , Recorded Music
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