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  1. Daniel Barenboim, ECO - Dvořák & Tchaikovsky Serenades For Strings

    This week’s Vinyl’s Revenge considers another EMI re-edition from my personal vinyl collection.

    As was the case with the Klemperer disc I shared in March, and the Muti/Tchaikovsky disc I shared last year, today’s recording was part of the Angel “Red Label” series of reissues I purchased in the early 1980’s. A fourth disc – Giulini’s recording of the Brahms First Symphony – made it to a Brahms montage on my Friday Podcast series in 2013. Those three discs all had in common ...
  2. Once Upon... The Airwaves

    For this month's Once Upon the Internet, I chose to share a rather recent discovery, and one that brought back lots of personal memories.

    About 30 years ago, I was in Graduate School and I was still doing a lot of Classical Music Radio listening. One of the shows I listened to regularly was a CBC Stereo program whose name has changed many times over the years - I think it was then called In Performance.

    The program, weeknights at 8 PM, regularly featured live concerts, ...
  3. Schubert, Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra ‎– Symphony No. 5 & 8

    This week, I am planning a pair of posts featuring the pairing of Otto Klemperer and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Today’s Tuesday Blog is one of our Vinyl’s Revenge segments, highlighting a favoutite recording from my old vinyl collection.

    The Orchestra

    It is commonly thought that the Philharmonia Orchestra was primarily formed for recording purposes by Walter Legge, a recording producer for EMI - but that was not Legge's intention. He had been Sir Thomas Beecham's ...
  4. J. S. Bach - Mass in B minor / Karajan

    Over the years, we have programmed sacred music – and especially organ music – during the Lenten season on the Tuesday Blog, and this week’s installment of Once Upon the Internet is one of those programs. No organ works this year – you’ll have to visit our Friday Blog and Podcast later this week for your dose of organ music!

    The sacred catalog of Johann Sebastian Bach includes many church cantatas, the Passions and other great vocal works, and a single complete Mass, in B Minor. ...
  5. Henryk Szeryng Mozart Violin Concertos #3 & #5

    I take particular satisfaction, in these Vinyl's Revenge posts, to share recordings from my old vinyl collection that allowed me to first discover portions of the repertoire.

    I first heard Mozart's violin concerto no. 3 in concert - at the old Mointreal Symphony Summer series at Notre-Dame Basilica. The soloist that day was then-concertmaster Richard Roberts, who studied one summer under the Polish-born, adopted Mexican violinist Henryk Szeryng. In my quest to find some examples of ...
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