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  1. Music of the Night

    Today’s Podcast Vault selection serves two purposes: it provides one of my best “theme illustrations”, originally part of a three-montage arc dedicated to “the equinox”. Secondly, it illustrates the gist of my thematic arc for this month "unfinished business" - focusing on works that were featured in past montages but only as work fragments.

    The theme of this month's retro montage ...

    Updated May-06-2014 at 18:05 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  2. La Chronique du Disque (April 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 April

    Piet Kee Plays Buxtehude & Sweelinck

    Dutch organist and composer Piet Kee provides this month’s ...
  3. Das Musikalische Opfer

    April has five Tuesdays, so we have a “bonus” PTB this month, and it will be our last Tuesday post in our month-long look at “single works” here and on my Friday Podcasts. When I originally planned out the work selection for April, I had lined up a “complete” performance of the Art of the Fugue, but since we touched the work on an earlier Podcast Vault selection and in the Chronique du Disque, I changed things up, without straying too far from Johann Sebastian Bach and the fugue compilations that ...
  4. Bruckner's Fifth

    Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no. 5 was written at a time of much trouble and disillusionment un the composer's life - it is not outwardly a work of storm and stress, yet is one of his most contrapuntally intricate works. The symphony is sometimes referred to as "Tragic", or "Church of Faith". Three of its four movements (1, 2 and 4) begin with pizzicato strings, hence its other nickname, “the Pizzicato Symphony”. The pizzicato figures are symmetrical, in the sense that the outer ...
  5. Virgil Fox in Recital

    A few weeks ago, we showcased some works performed by British born American-based organist E. Power Biggs. Among Biggs’ rivals was concert organist Virgil Fox, who was known for a more flamboyant "Heavy Organ" style of performance. Fox decried Biggs' insistence on historical accuracy, claiming that it was "relegating the organ to a museum piece".

    According to the Virgil Fox Legacy website, Fox was born ...