Sometimes, I have presented CDs cover-to-cover on Once Upon the Internet, and this month’s installment is one of those occasions, featuring a 1987 CD I downloaded from MP3.COM more than 10 years ago.
The CD features a then 20-year old Shauna Rolston accompanied by pianist Menahem Pressler in a chamber recording of two of the most popular French sonatas (the sonatas in A by Gabriel Fauré and César Franck), but transcribed for the cello.
Updated Apr-16-2013 at 11:20 by itywltmt
My second Once Upon the Internet post in our Lenten organ series presents the complete sets of Preludes and Fugues for organ of French composer and organ virtuoso, Camille Saint-Saëns.
For all his notoriety as a dominant figure in French music, we seem to forget that Saint-Saëns played the organ at various churches in Paris and in the surrounding area. In 1857, he replaced Louis Lefébure-Wely at the eminent position of organist at the Église de la Madeleine,
Updated Mar-19-2013 at 13:02 by itywltmt
Related thread: RIP: Marie-Claire Alain
I had prepared a post for our Lenten organ series on the organ music of Cesar Franck, and had planned to use that today, However, the recent passing of French organist Marie-Claire Alain has prompted me to change my plan. I will use the Franck post at a later date, and will spend today showcasing the recorded legacy of Madame Alain, who died this past February 26 in a nursing home in a suburb of Paris.
Updated Mar-12-2013 at 10:33 by itywltmt
This month, we will have two Once Upon the Internet posts, covering the two books of preludes for piano by Claude Debussy.
Claude Debussy's Préludes are divided into two separate livres (or books) of twelve preludes each. Unlike previous collections of preludes, such as those of J.S. Bach and Chopin, Debussy's do not follow a strict pattern of key signatures.
Each book was written in a matter of months, at an unusually
Updated Nov-18-2012 at 17:52 by itywltmt
Mozart ...and Much More!
Our second Mozrt and Much More post is a set of three pieces performed in recital at the Gardner Museum of Boston – which we visited often this summer in our Sonata series.
To begin, Mozart's Piano Quartet G minor, K. 478, is considered the first major piece composed for piano quartet in the chamber music repertoire. Cast in Mozart's most dramatic key, the
Updated Sep-11-2012 at 11:29 by itywltmt