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  1. Beethoven "In Camara" at Central Washington University

    En français

    I’d like to take a few moments this morning to extend my wife Marian my warmest and heartfelt salutations as today marks the 25th year of her putting up with me, as we were married on this day in 1988. More anniversary music on my next Friday Blog and Podcast (read the below teaser).

    For the occasion, our Once Upon the Internet features a husband and wife team – though they are only playing “together” in one of the three selections. Also, this ...

    Updated Jun-18-2013 at 11:17 by itywltmt

    Categories
    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  2. Here Come... the Dons

    En français

    Originally a title reserved for royalty, select nobles, and church hierarchs, the honorific title “Don” is now often used as a mark of esteem for a person.

    As a style, rather than a title or rank, it is used with, and not instead of, a person's name. Think of it as “Sir” for Italioans, Spaniards and Portuguese.

    In North America, Don has also been made popular by films depicting the Mafia, such as The Godfather series, where the crime boss ...

    Updated Jun-11-2013 at 11:26 by itywltmt

    Categories
    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  3. Elizabeth Regina



    On June 2nd 1953, 60 years ago this past Sunday, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of the House of Windsor was crowned Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ceylon, and Pakistan, as well as taking on the role of Head of the Commonwealth. Elizabeth, then aged 26, ascended the thrones of these countries upon the death of her father, King George VI almost 16 months ...

    Updated Jul-01-2013 at 14:01 by itywltmt

    Categories
    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  4. 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 13:52 by itywltmt

    Categories
    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  5. 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 11:32 by itywltmt

    Categories
    Classical Music , Concerts , Recorded Music