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  1. #23 - Karajan conducting BPO - Bruckner - Symphony No. 3



    I will admit to not liking Bruckner's Third Symphony nearly as much his First or Second. I have heard this work nearly or close to 8 times now. I don't expect myself to fall head-over-heels in love with the work suddenly.

    The opening is explosive. And I mean it. Close to exploding instruments anyway. Karajan really had perfect skill for maximum power and at the same time that emotional intensity. A ...
  2. La Chronique du Disque (March 2015)

    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.

    Programming Note - In order to program an additional selection from the Podcast Vault for Holy Week next week, I am holding my monthly Chronique du Disque a week early.

    My Suggestions for March

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  3. J.S. Bach "en España"

    Today’s Once Upon the Internet presents tracks uploaded from the site johann-sebastian-bach.org which a few years ago discontinued the distribution of “complete” works, only offering samples or streaming content). We owe the site to Michael Reckling, a trained German organist and visual artist who moved to Spain over 40 years ago.

    Reckling, who frequented the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation of Marbella was impressed with the location’s acoustics, and he took upon himself to ...
  4. #21 - Furtwangler/BPO/Schneiderhan - Beethoven - Violin Concerto [1953]



    Ah, Furtwangler's Beethoven. Always a classic. Whether it be the symphonies or the concertos for piano or for violin or opera or overtures. Even Große Fuge as the picture above would make clear.

    Onto the performance itself, this performance is not the critically acclaimed and commercially successful with Yehudi Menuhin one from 1947.

    Rather, it is from 1953 with Herr ...
  5. J.S. Bach - Ton Koopman‎ - Organ Works


    Over the course of a forty-five-year career Ton Koopman has established himself as a leader in the “authentic” movement. He trained in Amsterdam, where he studied organ, harpsichord and musicology and was awarded the Prix d'Excellence for both instruments.

    From the beginning of his musical studies he was fascinated by authentic instruments and a performance style based on sound scholarship and ...
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