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My acquisitions for April
Piet Kee Plays Buxtehude & Sweelinck
Dutch organist and composer Piet Kee provides this month’s
April has five Tuesdays, so we have a “bonus” PTB this month, and it will be our last Tuesday post in our month-long look at “single works” here and on my Friday Podcasts. When I originally planned out the work selection for April, I had lined up a “complete” performance of the Art of the Fugue, but since we touched the work on an earlier Podcast Vault selection and in the Chronique du Disque, I changed things up, without straying too far from Johann Sebastian Bach and the fugue compilations that
Anton Bruckner’s Symphony no. 5 was written at a time of much trouble and disillusionment un the composer's life - it is not outwardly a work of storm and stress, yet is one of his most contrapuntally intricate works. The symphony is sometimes referred to as "Tragic", or "Church of Faith". Three of its four movements (1, 2 and 4) begin with pizzicato strings, hence its other nickname, “the Pizzicato Symphony”. The pizzicato figures are symmetrical, in the sense that the outer
A few weeks ago, we showcased some works performed by British born American-based organist E. Power Biggs. Among Biggs’ rivals was concert organist Virgil Fox, who was known for a more flamboyant "Heavy Organ" style of performance. Fox decried Biggs' insistence on historical accuracy, claiming that it was "relegating the organ to a museum piece".
According to the Virgil Fox Legacy website, Fox was born
This month, most of my posts here and on my blog will feature a single work per post, and the series begins with this selection from my podcast vault from last year. In fact, today's work and performance each have a story to tell, and are worth sharing with you.
To begin our peek at Berlioz's Requiem we must beign with the sheer instrumental mass the composer required for his composition: in addition to the large orchestra, tenor soloist, and SSTTBB chorus, Berlioz calls for no fewer
Updated Apr-01-2014 at 11:34 by itywltmt