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
Updated Aug-01-2013 at 17:14 by itywltmt
This week’s installment of Once Upon the Internet considers some tracks I downloaded some time ago featuring intimate music from Sergei Rachmaninov, which fits right in with my Summer-lomng look at his music.
Rachmaninov wrote two piano trios; this one – his op. 9 – and a second youthful single-movement work in G minor written in four days in 1892. The later, three movement trio
Updated Jul-23-2013 at 14:21 by itywltmt
I first heard Filipino pianist Cecile Licad one hot mid-week summer evening at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal over 30 years ago. On that evening, the then 20 year old played the Tchaikovsky first with the MSO under Charles Dutoit and she must have made a strong impression on the conductor, as he selected her to tour with him and his other orchestra at the time (the NHK Symphony).
Updated Jul-16-2013 at 15:27 by itywltmt
Today's post is the first of three that I have planned for this series that uses material from the Gardner Museum's Music Library, a place we have turned to consistently in past chamber series.
Brahms' attitude toward the importance of the string quartet as the ultimate expression of the composer's craft can be understood when it is considered that he reputedly sketched and destroyed
Updated Jul-12-2013 at 13:36 by itywltmt
During July and August, as I try and do every year, we change gears on the Tuesday Blog, and turn our attention to chamber music, or music in a chamber setting, like solo instruments. Our Podcast Vault selection for this month launches this summer tradition for us today.
Our regulars know that one of my go-to sites for this sereies is the Music Library at Boston's Gardner Museum, and so it is
Updated Aug-01-2013 at 17:58 by itywltmt