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  1. La Chronique du Disque (January 2014)

    by , Jan-28-2014 at 10:00 (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, ...
  2. Four Mozart Piano Sonatas

    by , Jan-21-2014 at 10:00 (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 15:59 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  3. Faces: Epilogue

    by , Jan-14-2014 at 20:30
    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 ...
  4. Faces: Chapter 11 (Part 2)

    by , Jan-14-2014 at 20:29
    No more than a week later did I find out that the bassoonist I had spoken to was ill. I had the urge to visit him, just for some conversation, when I noticed a great commotion at his home. His extended family was all there, and looking terribly distressed. I made my way in, as I wanted to pay respects to him. It was then that I realized how close to death he really was.
    This poor man had taken an unusually high fever, and wasn't expected to live. His family was all there, clamoring about ...
  5. Faces: Chapter 11 (Part 1)

    by , Jan-14-2014 at 20:28
    I was 18 years old. I had tried a semester in the Moscow Conservatory, but it was too expensive, and I settled in the Philharmonic Society School. I still remember that first day when I stepped through its doors. It was late January, and I had just turned 19. The weather was as icy as it is now, only I was in better condition to handle it.
    Immediately I started learning to play violin. I figured it was the most useful to learn, as it had the most career opportunities. However, I underestimated ...
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