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  1. Once Upon the Internet – Louis de Froment and l'Orchestre symphonique de RTL

    En français

    There are a good number of great «French» orchestras within the loose grouping of nations known as la Francophonie – most of them are associated with the French language broadcasters: The CBC Montreal Orchestra (in French, l'Orchestre de Radio-Canada) l’Orchestre National de France is a rebranding of the Symhony Orchestra of l'Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (ORTF) are obvious examples.

    Another is what is now known as the Luxembourg Philharmonic ...

    Updated Dec-11-2012 at 14:23 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Conductors , Recorded Music
  2. first thoughts on how to compose a Lear opera

    Goneril's and Regan's declarations of love for their father ought to be done in the style of a treacly pop ballad, a la "My Heart Will Go On." At that moment in the play Lear should personify the people who like that kind of thing: fake sentimentality rather than genuine emotion.

    The play's conflict between honesty and hope will be embodied in the music. Everything fake (or calculated to preserve the inauthenticity) in the play will be in simple musical styles: 3/4 or 4/4 ...
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  3. The Podcast Directories

    This wee's Tuesday Blog doesn't have a musical theme and illustration, but rather 75.

    Starting on April 1st 2011, I have produces a new music montage almost every week - as of last Friday, I had 83. In a shameless bit of self-promotion, I wanted to provide TCers with a detailed directory of my first 75 music montages - nearly 100 hours of music, all of which is accessible anytime on the Internet Archive. ...
  4. La chronique du disque (november 2012)

    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
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    Updated Nov-27-2012 at 12:31 by itywltmt

    Categories
    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  5. Once Upon the Internet: The Piano Music of Maurice Ravel

    En français


    Earlier this month on my Friday Blog and Podcast, I provided a sample of orchestral and piano music by Maurice Ravel to commemorate the 75th annioversary of his passing. This instalment of Once Upon the Internet considers some of his piano music, as downloaded years ago from the original MP3.COM.

    Although Ravel has often been compared to Claude Debussy, it is fair ...

    Updated Nov-20-2012 at 12:33 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Composers , Recorded Music