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  1. What Makes It Great?: "Nowadays" from CHICAGO

    This is the second entry in my blog series whose title, “What Makes It Great,” is based on that of a now-defunct regular feature of a classical radio station in Washington, DC. The present subject is an–for lack of a better word–iconic Bob Fosse number from the ever-popular John Kander/Fred Ebb musical Chicago: “Nowadays,” first performed on Broadway (in 1975) by Chita Rivera as Velma Kelly and Gwen Verdon as Roxie Hart. Having finally been acquitted of murdering her husband in Jazz Age Chicago, ...

    Updated Feb-18-2017 at 06:39 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Composers , Non-Classical Music , Recorded Music , Other
  2. Tchaikovsky Lost and Found

    New Series: Cover 2 Cover
    As my personal cache of downloads from old sites slowly diminishes, I plan to “spread out” my contributions to the Once Upon the Internet Series, making them bi-monthly. To fill the void, I am launching today a new series of posts which I am calling Cover 2 Cover, where I will be sharing complete albums which I have encountered during my mining activities. The primary source for these albums is a resource we all exploit, YouTube.

    I’ve shared “complete ...
  3. In the Name of BACH

    Author’s Note: This is the first of what I hope will be a new tradition on the Tuesday Blog – an original montage part of my ongoing series of podcasts, presented here first rather than on my own website. I plan to do this on the “fifth Tuesday” of the month, so once a quarter.

    For our first “Fifth Tuesday” Blog and Podcast, I want to turn my attention to composers of the Bach family other than the Thomaskantor himself.

    ...
  4. Three Scandinavian Symphonies

    This week’s Tuesday Blog presents a trio of symphonies by a pair of Scandinavian composers – one well-known, the other less.

    Let’s start with the better known of the two composers. Jean Sibelius wrote seven symphonies; and his Third Symphony represents a turning point in Sibelius's symphonic output. His First and Second symphonies are grandiose Romantic and patriotic works. The Third, however, shows a distinct, almost Classical desire to contain the largest amount of musical material ...
  5. Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suites nos. 3 and 4

    Vinyl’s Revenge presents a pair of orchestral suites by Tchaikovsky that have in common elaborate “Theme with variations” movements.

    Tchaikovsky is credited with six (seven if you count Manfred) symphonies and four orchestral suites. As he wrote to his patron Nadezhda von Meck in 1884 "[A suite] has for some time been particularly attractive to me, because of the freedom it affords the composer not to be constrained by any traditions, conventional methods and established ...
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