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  1. Glazunov’s Symphony No. 4: The Bridge Worth Crossing (Part 2)

    by , Dec-15-2013 at 22:04
    At face value, this symphony already poses some interesting features. The Fourth Symphony only has three movements: two relatively long and complex outer movements and a Scherzo in between. While none of the movements use Sonata form, Glazunov creates his own modified versions of theme and variation and sonata-rondo. Much like Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, this symphony’s main basis is an immense cyclical form of a handful of concrete themes. However, this is not a feature that the Nationalists never ...
  2. Glazunov’s Symphony No. 4: The Bridge Worth Crossing (Part 1)

    by , Dec-15-2013 at 22:04
    In the second half the 19th century, a civil war of musical sorts brewed in Russia. During the 1800s, there was a surge of artistic expression in Russia on all sides, from literature to art to music. Of all the intense identity crises that hit, musical academia was perhaps hit the hardest. In the course of 50 years, a clear division of ideology split musical academia in two: in St. Petersburg, a set of composers known as the “Mighty Handful” had set up camp and declared themselves as the true torchbearers ...
  3. Tchaikovsky: The Short Concertante Works

    by , Dec-10-2013 at 10:00 (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 12:33 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Composers , Recorded Music
  4. Wintery Music

    by , Dec-03-2013 at 10:00 (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 01:45 by itywltmt

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

    by , Nov-26-2013 at 10:00 (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 02:35 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music