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  1. Two-Part Titles



    Every so often, I program music based on numerical themes, and this month it’s all around the number two. I did something not too dissimilar last year, and I thought I would pick one of those from the old Podcast Vault.

    There are many works in the repertoire that have two-part titles. Things like “Introduction and Allegro”, or “Prelude and Fugue” or, like in this case, “Schnell und beweglich ...

    Updated Feb-05-2013 at 12:32 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  2. La chronique du disque (January 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 earbud-type
    ...

    Updated Jan-29-2013 at 11:56 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  3. My Brahms Symphony Cycles

    En français

    The Brahms Symphonies: Personal Impressions

    Brahms symphonies are an odd set, insofar as I believe they are best approached individually rather than as a set. Unlike Beethoven's cycle, which shows an artistic progression from a Haydn-like model to what are arguably the first great Romantic sympohonies, the Brahms symphonies don't offer much that is novel per se. In fact, one could argue the symphonies of Brahms's late contemporaries Mahler and Bruckner provide ...

    Updated Jan-22-2013 at 12:31 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  4. Once Upon the Internet - Brahms works for the Clarinet

    En français

    Today's instalment of Once Upon the Internet is (like many of our features this month) part of a month-long look at Brahms for his 180th birthday.

    In the early 1880's Brahms decided he would never compose music again. In an Indian summer of creativity near the end of his career, Johannes Brahms wrote the two Sonatas, Op. 120 (1894), the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 114 (1891), and the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 115 (1891) especially ...

    Updated Jan-15-2013 at 12:31 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  5. One Degree of Separation


    Let me take a few moments to introduce a new monthy feature on the Tuesday Blog that I will call Pierre's Podcast Vault.

    Once a month, I will reach into my archive of past Friday podcasts, and will dust off a past montage. I plan to provide a fresh take on the musings and commentary that I originally provided when the podcast was first published.

    Additionally, for the remainder of ...

    Updated Feb-03-2013 at 15:27 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music