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  1. La Chronique du disque (August 2012)

    by , Aug-28-2012 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    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 Sep-12-2012 at 03:32 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Conductors , Recorded Music
  2. another project (in 3 or 4 posts)

    by , Aug-28-2012 at 02:00
    1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #32 in C minor (op. 111)
    2. Beethoven: Symphony #5 in C minor (op. 67)
    3. Schubert: String Quintet in C (D 956)
    4. Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
    5. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier
    6. Shostakovich: String Quartet #8 in C minor
    7. Beethoven: String Quartet #14 (op. 131)
    8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #30 in E (op. 109)
    9. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 in C minor (op. 18)
    10. Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor (K. ...
  3. "Great Conductors Do Not Dance": A Steinberg Appreciation - Part Two

    by , Aug-27-2012 at 14:50
    Sharing Disc #1 with the Eroica is a performance of Beethoven's Eighth Symphony made within about a year or two of its companion. As good as the Eroica was, this recording is even more satisfying.

    It isn't up to current-day recording standards, of course. But, gone is that slightly restricted sound in the fortissimo parts that plagued, particularly, the first movement of the Third. In fact, the recording standard seems to be up to the best of the pre-digital era.

  4. Once Upon the Internet - Rodrigo Alqiuati Plays Brahms

    by , Aug-21-2012 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    Summer of the Sonata
    “The Summer of the Sonata” Community Project
    Artist Page (in Portuguese)

    Today's post is the last in our summer series on sonatas, and another instalment in our Once Upon the Internet series featuring the musical legacy of the original MP3.COM.

    MP3.Com was indeed a conduit for independent artists, and Brazilian cellist Rodrigo Alquati was no exception - his self-issued 2001 CD of the two cello sonatas of Johannes Brahms ...
  5. Touch: Chapter 7 (part 2)

    by , Aug-20-2012 at 20:33
    That night, Nadia was beaming as she came to Andrei's home.

    "Are you ready? I feel up for anything tonight," she said cheerfully.

    Andrei smiled. "Well, I'm glad that you are here. We begin the 2nd mvmt., which I will describe."

    He went on to tell of his plan for form and development, and then gave the details of meter, tempo, and key. It was to be a caustic scherzo. Nadia eagerly wrote everything down on a new manuscript sheet. For ...