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  1. La chronique du disque (May 2013)

    En français

    The rules will be kept simple: here’s what I found, here’s where I found it, here’s a couple of sentences about it and (possibly) some opinions.

    Not unlike Olympic Figure Skating, I will provide two sets of marks (letters A to D) on sound quality (SQ) and on overall impression (OI). These grades are entirely subjective, but here are some guidelines:

    • About “sound quality”: my point of reference is my iPod (160 GB iPod Classic) with standard

    Updated May-28-2013 at 14:52 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  2. Haydn: The "Tween" Symphomnies

    En français

    My post today lines up somewhat with my ongoing look at the music of Joseph Haydn - cello works last week, and my 3-pat series (finishing Friday) look at the Paris symphonies.

    In the first post of that series, I spoke of Haydn's contract with the Court of Esterházy and how Haydn, in renewing that commitment, received more freedom to compose for other orchestras and for other sponsors. The Paris symphonies (composed for the Comte d'Ogny) and the London symphonies ...

    Updated May-21-2013 at 12:32 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Concerts , Recorded Music
  3. I'm gonna write a new story!

    So, I'm about to embark on my most challenging project yet, a 50,000+ word novella.

    No title for it yet!

    These are the characters so far:

    Tanya - main character
    Marcus - Tanya's Fiance

    There will be 5 main people total, besides lesser characters.

    This is the plot line. It's at a large music school. Tanya is a phenomenal singer, graduate choral conducting student. Marcus is a composer, ...
  4. Once Upon the Internet - Reiner Hochmuth Plays the Haydn Cello Concertos

    En français

    According to the artist's webpage, German cellist Reiner Hochmuth began to play the cello at the age of 10. After winning numerous prizes at German Youth Competitions he chose to study music seriously rather than pursue chemistry.

    In 1973, he spent one year in private study with Paul Tortelier at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen (where he returned in 1976 to study with Janos Starker and graduated ...

    Updated May-14-2013 at 12:33 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  5. This Day in Music History - 7 May 1824


    This week's selection from the Podcast Vault tries to recreate a concert that took place 189 years ago today. A concert that, in may ways, stands as the event where one of Classical Music's most beloved works of the SYmphonic repertoire received its first performance.

    (This, might I had, is in sharp ...

    Updated Jun-01-2013 at 16:43 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music