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  1. The Fleet Fingers of Ruggerio Ricci

    by , Feb-11-2014 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    This month, I have programmed two Once Upon the Internet posts. This week’s completes last week's audition of the complete Caprices for Solo Violin by Paganini, in the legendary first recording by American violinist Ruggerio Ricci.

    Born in San Francisco in 1918, Ricci began learning the violin at age six and was taught by Yehudi Menuhin's teacher, Louis Persinger. A recognized child prodigy, and winner ...
  2. The Fibonacci Sequence

    by , Feb-04-2014 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)

    On my platforms this month, it's "F" for February, a fun look at themes that share in common the letter "F", like, well, the Fibonacci Sequence.

    In the book Liber Abaci (Translation: The Book of Calculation, published in 1202), the author considers the growth of an idealized (biologically unrealistic) rabbit population:

    A newly born pair of rabbits, one ...

    Updated Feb-04-2014 at 11:28 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  3. La Chronique du Disque (January 2014)

    by , Jan-28-2014 at 09:00 (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 January

    Sibelius The Simphonies Paavo Berglund

    The late Paavo Berglund (1929-2012) has demonstrated himself to be a versatile conductor, ...
  4. Four Mozart Piano Sonatas

    by , Jan-21-2014 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
    En français

    Today’s instalment of Once Upon the Internet presents four of the 18 “numbered” piano sonatas in Mozart’s catalog. Even if we add the doubtful or fragmentary sonatas found in the catalog to those 18, the number doesn’t compare to Beethoven’s (32), Haydn’s (over 50) or Scarlatti’s (over 550). They are modest in scope when compared to Beethoven’s or Chopin’s, but varied in their pianistic requirements and in their overall texture.

    All four of the sonata ...

    Updated Jan-21-2014 at 14:59 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  5. Faces: Epilogue

    by , Jan-14-2014 at 19:30
    Vasily and Irina moved to Yalta that March. Irina's parents settled everything with their old apartment, and with their savings they made the long trip with their belongings south, to the Crimean coastline. Yalta was a common destination for the sick, especially those with Vasily's illness. When they got there, it was considerably more humid and warm, which was perfect treatment.

    Over the course of 6 years, Vasily wrote some of his finest compositions in Yalta, and provided a small ...
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