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  1. Contrasts and Connections in Music

    by , Nov-05-2013 at 00:34
    This blog, Contrasts and Connections in Music, is a compilation of regular posts on the current listening thread of this forum. These posts will compare and contrast various works with I like, many of them key works in the repertoire.

    I am compiling them in this blog, an index of the latest posts is below.

    They are aimed at all listeners of classical music on this forum, of all levels and interests. What I’m hoping to do is link things as well as share my thoughts. ...
  2. "Great Conductors Do Not Dance" - A Steinberg Appreciation - Part Three

    by , Oct-30-2013 at 13:13
    I've gone through about eight more discs from the EMI "Icons" set of William Steinberg recordings since my last entry on this topic, and there were a number of notable performances on those discs, including many Beethoven and Brahms entries along with a number of other standouts, such as the 1957 recording of the Dvorak Violin Concerto with Nathan Milstein.

    But, I wanted to focus in particular on one of my very favorite Steinberg recordings - the Bruckner 4th Symphony. ...
  3. La Chronique du Disque (October2013)

    by , Oct-29-2013 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 October

    Nielsen Symphonies 1-6 - Blomstedt, SF Symphony

    Herbert Blomstedt has recorded the complete ...

    Updated Oct-29-2013 at 10:34 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  4. Discovering Opera via Timeline - Vecchi's "L'Amfiparnaso" (Conclusion) #1B

    by , Oct-28-2013 at 13:13
    In the introductory material to the only current DVD performance of “L’Amfiparnaso” it is suggested that the “twin peaks” of Parnassus refer to dramatic and comedic elements in the one work. My problem with that interpretation is that it does not seem a ground-breaking enough earmark of this work to give the whole thing the title of “L’Amfiparnaso”.

    From what I understand, normal commedia dell’arte presentations of the time involved both dramatic and comedic elements. What then, ...
  5. Discovering Opera via Timeline - A Prelude - Vecchi's "L'Amfiparnaso" (1594-7) #1A

    by , Oct-25-2013 at 19:14
    Rather than traveling back in time, I decided to teleport to the start and travel forward. In sharing this journey via blog, I don't have any intention to try to educate anyone or to attempt to answer arcane questions about the history of opera. This is not intended to be "The History of Opera". It's more "The History of My Journey in the World of Opera".

    While browsing at my local library a couple of months ago, I came across a currently-out-of-print title called ...

    Updated Nov-21-2013 at 11:40 by Vesteralen