Thursday, 30th October 2014:
(See also my thread on Teaching Styles - http://www.talkclassical.com/30826-teaching-styles.html)
Today I had my first piano lesson. I am sixty-three years old. I learned the violin when I was
Updated Jan-23-2015 at 17:09 by Ingélou
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 Suggestions for October
Handel: Streams of pleasure
George Frideric Handel composed both oratorios and early operas seria, some
When I was younger I worked in retail sales.
I remember one of the training sessions I attended.
One instructor asked us what is the first rules of sales.
Of course one member of the class responded, "The customer is always right."
It ended up being a trick question because the instructed said, "Incorrect. Most of the time the customer is wrong. A more accurate description of the
Updated Jan-27-2015 at 07:36 by science
Vinyl's Revenge returns this month with a nearly 35 year old release by the Philips label, which will act as a segue to this week's Friday Blog and Podcast featuring Richard Wagner operatic selections (read our below "teaser" for links).
My vinyl collection has three Wagner LPs, all of "orchestral favourites": the unavoidable "Highlights from the Ring" (George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, CBS "Great Performances" re-issue), an analogue disc
At first glance, there seems to be two groups of opera composers: those that dabbled mainly in concert music and those that dabbled mainly in opera. We can clearly say Gioachino Rossini falls in the latter category – but it’s not to say that he composed exclusively for opera.
Indeed, Rossini “retired” from opera composing in 1855 when he and his new bride settled in Passy, a suburb of Paris. He spent the remaining years of his life writing sacred music as well as delectable miniatures