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  1. Amateur Night at Harvard

    This week, Once Upon the Internet returns after taking a break last month to listen to “professionals” playing at Boston’s Gardner Museum. We will stay in Boston, and indeed will take in another concert, but this one is of a different kind.

    According to the University’s website, Harvard’s vast and varied music scene offers multiple opportunities for students in both the curricular and extracurricular realms. The Office for the Arts oversees and supports several professionally-led ...
  2. Karl Böhm Conducts Richard Strauss

    This week’s Vinyl’s Revenge is an old favourite recording of mine, featuring Karl Böhm conducting four works by his friend and mentor Richard Strauss, including two of his oft-heard tone Poems: Till Eulenspiegel and Don Juan.

    I thought I would sjhare with you excerpts from a Gramophone interview from 1972 authored by music critic Alan Blyth. In it, there are a pair of long anecdotes about Richard Strauss and their mutual admiration:

    "[…] I met Strauss for the
    ...
  3. Five Years of Tuesday Blogs

    I joined TalkClassical in May of 2011, and started my Tuesday Blog a few weeks later. The landscape hasn’t changed much – some of the TC lurkers have come and gone, but I have tried to stay the course, though my contributions have been limited to a few per month over the last while. Balancing work, home and my pastimes can be a challenge!

    Allow me to take a moment to thank my fellow TC’ers – past and present – for their continued support and readership, as well as for their ...
  4. Daniel Barenboim, ECO - Dvořák & Tchaikovsky Serenades For Strings

    This week’s Vinyl’s Revenge considers another EMI re-edition from my personal vinyl collection.

    As was the case with the Klemperer disc I shared in March, and the Muti/Tchaikovsky disc I shared last year, today’s recording was part of the Angel “Red Label” series of reissues I purchased in the early 1980’s. A fourth disc – Giulini’s recording of the Brahms First Symphony – made it to a Brahms montage on my Friday Podcast series in 2013. Those three discs all had in common ...
  5. Once Upon... The Airwaves

    For this month's Once Upon the Internet, I chose to share a rather recent discovery, and one that brought back lots of personal memories.

    About 30 years ago, I was in Graduate School and I was still doing a lot of Classical Music Radio listening. One of the shows I listened to regularly was a CBC Stereo program whose name has changed many times over the years - I think it was then called In Performance.

    The program, weeknights at 8 PM, regularly featured live concerts, ...
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