Today’s Once Upon the Internet turns to music of the Czech composer Antonín Dvorák, and in particular to music deeply inspired by folk idioms.
In his native Bohemia, Dvorák was exposed to music at a young age at his father's inn, where local folk music was a part of every day life. Before the age of twelve, Dvorak was a proven musician, able to accompany local performers on his violin in various Bohemian dances and folk songs.
Much of Dvorák's most famous compositions,
In past posts - here and elsewhere - we've looked at overtures and choruses from many stage works, and today's playlist comes at stage works from a not too dissimilar angle, focusing this time on interludes - intermezzi, entr'actes and other tension breaking (or tension making) musical inserts within operas.
In many cases, these are curtain risers in their own way - though mid-stream, to reset the stage as the action resumes after an intermission. However (like in the case of Massenet's
This past Saturday, May 31st, marked the third anniversary of our blog here on TalkClassical and this month I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. My Friday podcast series is publishing a quartet of montages that are inspired in large part by some of the musings and musical illustrations we have done on the Tuesday blog in a thematic arc I call "From Tuesday to Friday".
Updated Jun-03-2014 at 11:33 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 May
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus Op. 43
When it comes to Beethoven’s stage music, other than the great incidental
Today’s Once Upon the Internet shines the spotlight on a Canadian violinist we have yet to encounter in our blog. We have discussed British-Columbia’s Corey Cerovsek, and brought attention to Manitoba’s James Ehnes, but there is a third violinist of that same generation worth bringing to your attention.
Violinist Jasper Wood has established himself as one of Canada’s top violinists. His “thrilling