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  1. Tchaikovsky: The Short Concertante Works

    by , Dec-10-2013 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)

    En français

    On my Blogsport blogs (yes, because I now host two, my regular blog and a new French-only blog which we are trialling in BETA mode this December), I began a two-part look at some of the Tchaikovsky concertos.

    Today’s PTB post broadens things a bit, and looks at some of Tchaikovsky’s “short” concertante works – in most cases, these are one-movement ...

    Updated Dec-10-2013 at 11:33 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Composers , Recorded Music
  2. Wintery Music

    by , Dec-03-2013 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)

    I pulled my 2011 winter music montage out of the vault this month.

    They don't call my part of the world the Great White North for nothing - seems that we have six months of winter every year, and you'd better find something to like about it or you may be in for some hard times...

    The montage focuses on works that find their inspiration in two things that can be both a curse and ...

    Updated Dec-14-2013 at 00:45 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  3. La Chronique du Disque (November 2013)

    by , Nov-26-2013 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    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 November

    Menotti: The Medium - The Telephone

    Sometimes, the line between opera and musicals can be blurtred (think ...

    Updated Nov-27-2013 at 01:35 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  4. Some Vivaldi Concertos

    by , Nov-19-2013 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    En français

    This week’s installment of Once Upon the Internet doesn’t require much preamble – I have packaged together a number of Vivaldi concertos for your listening pleasure.

    The first four concertos come from Vivaldi’s opus 4 (1712–1713) known as La stravanganza ("The Extravagance"). The set was first published in 1716 and was dedicated to a Venetian nobleman Signor Vettor Delfino. All of the concertos were scored for solo violin, strings, and basso continuo ...

    Updated Nov-19-2013 at 13:34 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Composers , Recorded Music
  5. Discovering Opera via Timeline #2 - Adriano Banchieri's "La Pazzia Senile" (1598)

    by , Nov-18-2013 at 18:17
    One more proto-opera before I get to the real thing. “La Pazzia Senile” by Adriano Banchieri is another notable madrigal comedy. It precedes what may be the first true opera, Peri’s “Euridice” by two years.
    A brief “plot” summary will show at least a superficial relationship with Vecchi’s “L’Amfiparnaso”, again using elements of the Commedia dell’arte. Once more, Pantalone moons over a woman of dubious repute (this time Lauretta instead of Hortensia). He also again has a daughter (Doralice ...
    Classical Music , Opera