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
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
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
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
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 14:34 by itywltmt