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  1. J.S. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (Part 2)

    This week’s PTB concludes our look at the J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin with the three partitas and – as a bonus, the partita for solo flute all performed on the viola by Scott Slapin.

    According to notes available on the Eroica Classical Recordings website Myron Rosenblum, founder and first president of the American Viola Society wrote, "Scott Slapin is a musician of great talent and abilities - ...
  2. J.S. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (Part 1)

    For the next two weeks, we will be sampling the set of six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001–1006) composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. The set consists of three sonatas da Chiesa (or church sonatas), in four movements, and three partitas (or partias), which are “dance suites”. The set was completed by 1720, but was only published in 1802 by Nikolaus Simrock in Bonn. Even after publication, it was largely ignored until the celebrated violinist Joseph Joachim started performing ...
  3. Invitation to the Dance

    This montage from four years ago is a reminder of what June meant for my family - dance recitals!

    Our montage gets its name from my first selection: a vintage recording by Artur Schnabel of Weber’s “Invitation to the Dance”. The piece of music depicts the ritual of a man asking a partner to dance with him, then they partake in a dizzying waltz, and finally the suitor accompanies his ...

    Updated Jun-02-2015 at 11:26 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  4. La Chronique du Disque (May 2015)

    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.

    Before I get into my suggestions for this month and in particular my first suggestion, I wanted to say a few words about the evolution of recording technology, and how it can factor into one’s impression – positive or negative – of a specific performance.

    A lot of things have ...
  5. Walter Gieseking Plays Mozart

    For readers who are following my month-long series of piano recital podcasts by great pianists of yesterday and today – Ciccolini playing Satie, Kempff playing Brahms or even last week’s Vinyl’s Revenge post featuring Tamás Vásáry playing Chopin, today’s Once Upon the Internet is another piano recital featuring a late great pianist of the 20th century performing works from the piano catalog of one composer.

    Today’s feature composer is Wolfgang Mozart, who leaves us with a rich catalog ...