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  1. Operatic Interludes

    In past posts - here and elsewhere - we've looked at overtures and choruses from many stage works, and today's playlist comes at stage works from a not too dissimilar angle, focusing this time on interludes - intermezzi, entr'actes and other tension breaking (or tension making) musical inserts within operas.

    In many cases, these are curtain risers in their own way - though mid-stream, to reset the stage as the action resumes after an intermission. However (like in the case of Massenet's ...
  2. Musical Poetry

    This past Saturday, May 31st, marked the third anniversary of our blog here on TalkClassical and this month I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. My Friday podcast series is publishing a quartet of montages that are inspired in large part by some of the musings and musical illustrations we have done on the Tuesday blog in a thematic arc I call "From Tuesday to Friday".

    Updated Jun-03-2014 at 12:33 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  3. La Chronique du Disque (May 2014)

    En français

    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.

    My acquisitions for May

    Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus Op. 43

    When it comes to Beethoven’s stage music, other than the great incidental ...
  4. Violinist Jasper Wood

    Today’s Once Upon the Internet shines the spotlight on a Canadian violinist we have yet to encounter in our blog. We have discussed British-Columbia’s Corey Cerovsek, and brought attention to Manitoba’s James Ehnes, but there is a third violinist of that same generation worth bringing to your attention.

    Violinist Jasper Wood has established himself as one of Canada’s top violinists. His “thrilling ...
  5. Nice and Slow

    This week, I am turning my monthly theme on its head, suggesting we look at "work fragments" rather than complete works. The overall mood here is "very relaxed", as we will sample ten or so fragments of works that are "slow movements" from concertos.

    None of the selections require an introduction, as hey are all familiar and - yes - some of them have been presented on past PTB posts. Along with the playlist, I do suggest places where you can find the ...
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