CDs, records, DVDs, downloads, etc.
The rules will be kept simple: here’s what I found, here’s where I found it, here’s a couple of sentences about it and (possibly) some opinions.
Not unlike Olympic Figure Skating, I will provide two sets of marks (letters A to D) on sound quality (SQ) and on overall impression (OI). These grades are entirely subjective, but here are some guidelines:
About “sound quality”: my point of reference is my iPod (160 GB iPod Classic) with standard earbud-type
Updated Jan-29-2013 at 10:56 by itywltmt
The Brahms Symphonies: Personal Impressions
Brahms symphonies are an odd set, insofar as I believe they are best approached individually rather than as a set. Unlike Beethoven's cycle, which shows an artistic progression from a Haydn-like model to what are arguably the first great Romantic sympohonies, the Brahms symphonies don't offer much that is novel per se. In fact, one could argue the symphonies of Brahms's late contemporaries Mahler and Bruckner provide
Updated Jan-22-2013 at 11:31 by itywltmt
Today's instalment of Once Upon the Internet is (like many of our features this month) part of a month-long look at Brahms for his 180th birthday.
In the early 1880's Brahms decided he would never compose music again. In an Indian summer of creativity near the end of his career, Johannes Brahms wrote the two Sonatas, Op. 120 (1894), the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 114 (1891), and the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 115 (1891) especially
Updated Jan-15-2013 at 11:31 by itywltmt
Let me take a few moments to introduce a new monthy feature on the Tuesday Blog that I will call Pierre's Podcast Vault.
Once a month, I will reach into my archive of past Friday podcasts, and will dust off a past montage. I plan to provide a fresh take on the musings and commentary that I originally provided when the podcast was first published.
Additionally, for the remainder of
Updated Feb-03-2013 at 14:27 by itywltmt
To start the New Year, I put together a playlist of concert overtures – that is, overtures meant for concerts and not overtures from stage works. There are, of course, plenty to choose from, and the ones I chose span a large arrays of composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Updated Jan-01-2013 at 15:18 by itywltmt