For January, the thematic arc for my podcasts is Theme and Variations, exploring them in many forms. Today's selection from the Podcast Vault includes two, if not three, works that explore the form, or at the very least how themes from Mozart's music can be transformed. That is the case in Liszt's pianistic tour de force Réminescences de “Don Juan” where arias from Don Giovanni get treated to some rethinking
Updated Jan-07-2014 at 12:31 by itywltmt
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My acquisitions for December - All Canadian selections
Vivaldi Complete cello concertos Ofra Harnoy Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Updated Dec-31-2013 at 19:23 by itywltmt
As we do every year, time for our yearly "gumdrops" post, kind of a special edition of our regular look at acquisitions, but picking up stuff I acquired or discovered through the year that hasn't made it on the Tuesday Blog.
I would not be a Blogger wort my salt if I didn't use Social Media to promote my activities, and Facebook has been very good for me at doing just that.
In the process of trying
Updated Dec-24-2013 at 15:26 by itywltmt
I wanted to continue my ongoing look into Tchaikovsky's music on Once Upon the Internet this month, and to do so I will "cheat" a bit and recycle for the most part a post from my Blogspot blog dating May 17 2001.
The Italian conductor, Guido Cantelli (1920-1956), was both the youngest and shortest-lived of the world-class conductors born between 1908 and 1920,
Updated Dec-19-2013 at 01:33 by itywltmt
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