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  1. Felix Mendelssohn on MP3.COM

    This week's installment of the Tuesday Blog - the first Once Upon the Internet for 2015 - continues the overall Mendelssohn theme with more intimate works.

    To begin, a pair of chamber works: a string quartet and a song without words (more about that on our teaser below) set for cello and piano.

    From his piano works, a pair of virtuoso pieces, including his variations sérieuses, which compares favorably to his friend Schuman's symphonic variations. Finally, a piece for ...
  2. Josef Suk Plays Mendelssohn and Bruch

    We are now well-engaged in a month-long theme on the Tuesday (here) and Friday (see teaser) blog exploring the music of Felix Mendelssohn, and this week we turn to his great violin concerto in E Minor.

    I have several versions of this concerto in my collection featuring soloists like Kyung-Wha Chung (featured on a past Blog and Podcast), Leila Josefowicz, Michael Rabin, Frank-Peter Zimmermann and the one I am sharing with you today by Czech violinist Josef Suk.

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  3. Scottish Inspirations



    Keeping with our month-long look at the music of Felix Mendelssohn, today is the first of four planned Tuesday Blogs which will feature Mendelssohn content - along with five montages on our Friday series (more on that in our below teaser).

    Interestingly, today's post and next week's show a convergence of sorts between Mendelssohn and fellow German composer Max Bruch. Coincidence, I assure ...

    Updated Jan-06-2015 at 11:13 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  4. La Chronique du Disque (December 2014)

    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 Suggestions for December


    HOLMBOE / GRONDAHL: Trombone Concerto / HYLDGAARD: Concerto Borealis / JORGENSEN: Romance / Suite
    [eMusic]
    This past March, I commented on a disc of all-French ...
  5. Gumdrops for 2014


    It’s customary this time of year for me to provide a “bonus” version of my Chronique du Disque, where I review some acquisitions that failed to make it in one of my monthly instalments. When I do so, I usually don’t provide a “grade” – though, for the suggestions I retained, I would give them high marks for overall impression and good to very good marks for sound quality.

    Karajan ...
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