November is the month in our blogging activities when we take time to remember artists and composers we have lost – next week, I plan a Playlist featuring Sir Colin Davis. Today’s Podcast Vault selection goes back to last year’s month-long look at the 75th anniversary of the passing of four composers: Gershwin, Widor, Vierne and Ravel. The podcast I chose is my Ravel homage, and will also introduce a very
Updated Nov-05-2013 at 12:30 by itywltmt
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.
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.
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 11:34 by itywltmt
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,