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  1. Bruckner's Fifth

    by , Apr-15-2014 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    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 ...
  2. Virgil Fox in Recital

    by , Apr-08-2014 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    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 ...
  3. Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts

    by , Apr-01-2014 at 08:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    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

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  4. La Chronique du Disque (March 2014)

    by , Mar-25-2014 at 08:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    En français

    For those unfamiliar with our monthly recordings review - If Sound Quality (SQ) and Overall Impression (OI) grades need further context, feel free to visit earlier posts in this series.

    My acquisitions for March

    Bach: The Art of Fugue

    We began the month on PTB with the “incomplete” recording of the Art of the Fugue by ...
  5. Once Upon the Internet - French Organ Masterworks

    by , Mar-18-2014 at 08:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    This month’s Once Upon the Internet continues our Lenten organ festival, this time presenting a number of works from the French repertoire.

    The playlist takes its tracks from two sources – one is our main “abandoned” site (the old MP3.COM), and the second is from a site that is still active though the tracks that were downloaded are no longer available there.

    The two works by César Franck are performed by German Church organist Henrik Behrens, who was featured last year in ...
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