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  1. Berlioz, Sir Colin Davis, Staatskapelle Dresden ‎– Overtures

    This week we resume our Tuesday Blog post-summer hiatus with a Cover 2 Cover playlist that serves as our Berlioz Year contribution, marking as many did the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death.

    Berlioz’s compositions represent the epitome of the romantic period, sometimes with epic works, sometimes with works that explore the complexity of human emotions – most notably his own struggles within his relationships. No doubt, the short set of overtures proposed today put all
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  2. 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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  3. 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 Aug-19-2019 at 04:35 by Huilunsoittaja

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    Classical Music , Composers , Literature , Other
  4. 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

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    Classical Music , Composers , Musicians , Recorded Music
  5. 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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