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  1. The story of our Musical Retirement.

    Discovering music in our Third Age has been like a miracle for Taggart and me. And this is how it happened:

    It all started when John retired, at the end of 2010. We had talked about him maybe returning to the piano, but only ...
  2. Don't be frightened, Mr. Gould is here

    The podcast I retrieved from the Vault this week is one of my favorite montages, and one that exceptionally lasts more than 90 minutes.

    Before I begin, let me say that I rarely program “repeat works” in these pages, and certainly would avoid programming a major work I discussed only a few weeks ago. However, the circumstances – and the performance – are noteworthy enough ...

    Updated Apr-11-2015 at 13:23 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  3. Diabelli Variations: Recordings and General Discussion

    Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120. Alfred Brendel described it as "the greatest of all piano works", Schoenberg called it Beethoven's "most adventurous work" with regard to its harmony. There have been a couple of old threads on this work, but here's a new one for new members and anyone interested or intrigued by this work. Like it, don't like it? Any general thoughts, favorite recordings, analysis, let us know!

    Personally, I think it's his finest solo piano ...
  4. The Way of the Cross

    As our Holy Week installment of the Tuesday Blog, I chose to program a "bonus" selection from the Podcast Vault which will be posted on our Podcast channel exceprionally for one week only.

    This particularpodcast presents two works that pertain to the Biblical events surrounding the Crucifixion. The works span nearly 150 years, from the latter part of the 19th century to the 1930’s. ...

    Updated Mar-31-2015 at 11:28 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  5. #23 - Karajan conducting BPO - Bruckner - Symphony No. 3

    I will admit to not liking Bruckner's Third Symphony nearly as much his First or Second. I have heard this work nearly or close to 8 times now. I don't expect myself to fall head-over-heels in love with the work suddenly.

    The opening is explosive. And I mean it. Close to exploding instruments anyway. Karajan really had perfect skill for maximum power and at the same time that emotional intensity. A ...
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