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  1. Glazunov's Writings, Blog 7: For the Centenary of Schubert's Death - PART II

    We continue the article from 1928:

    The undoubted imprint of the wide element of Schubert’s work is also reflected in Russian music, originating from Glinka, one who lived in the first half of the 19th century and whose name Anton Rubinstein, in his famous book included among the five world geniuses.
    It is quite possible, however, that this community of some highlights in Schubert and in Glinka’s operas is purely random, because Glinka hardly had the opportunity to hear
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  2. Glazunov's Writings, Blog 7: For the Centenary of Schubert's Death - PART I

    This article was published in one of Leningrad's Academic journals in 1928, one of Glazunov's last written works before leaving the USSR to attend/adjudicate the competition for completing Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, and never to return to the USSR again.

    Glazunov explained that the purpose of the article was to "remind Russian musicians of the global significance of the genius of Schubert and give ... the most concise description of his work. This is the reason for writing
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    Updated Yesterday at 04:35 by Huilunsoittaja

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    Classical Music , Composers , Literature , Other
  3. Vladimir Ashkenazy & Beethoven

    I’m surfacing from my summer hiatus with our “Firfth Tuesday” quarterly montage.

    For this third montage for July, we conclude a three-part survey of soviet composers and performers with a set of Beethoven piano sonatas performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, who left the Soviet Uniuon for the West in 1963.

    Ashkenazy’s family moved to Iceland in 1968 where, in 1972, he became an Icelandic citizen. In 1978 the couple and their (then) four children (Vladimir Stefan, Nadia Liza,
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    Updated Jul-30-2019 at 12:45 by itywltmt

    Categories
    Classical Music , Composers , Musicians , Recorded Music
  4. Szell / Wagner, The Cleveland Orchestra ‎– Great Orchestra Highlights From The Ring

    This week’s Vinyl’s Revenge is a recording re-issued dozens of times between 1957 and when I acquired it under the CBS “Great Performances” series in 1981.

    Before George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, George Lucas’ Star Wars, and Tolkien’s Middle Earth chronicles, Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen represented the pinnacle in literary or performance arts at creating an entire mythology. This tetralogy of operas is based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas and the Nibelungenlied.
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  5. Zubin Mehta Conducts Brahms

    It is hard to believe that Zubin Mehta turned 83 years old this past April. I have vague recall of Mehta as Music Director of my hometown Montreal Symphony (from 1961 to 1967), at a time of great civil and cultural transformation in my home province of Quebec – a relationship that he maintained for almost 20 years after he left, in part due to the fact his brother, Zarin, was the orchestra’s long time managing director.

    Mehta received praise early in his career for dynamic interpretations
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