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  1. In Memoriam André Previn (1929-2019)

    This month’s Vinyl’s Revenge is our final tribute to notable musicians who have left us in 2019. After a pair of Austrian pianists, we offer today a tip of the hat to the German-born American “triple threat” pianist, composer and conductor André Previn.

    According to his obituary in the Guardian on line:

    The conductor, composer and pianist André Previn, who has died aged 89, was not only among the most charismatic performers of his day, but also enjoyed one of the
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  2. In Memoriam Jörg Demus (1928-2019)

    This week’s Once Upon the Internet playlist, like our last post on Paul Badura-Skoda, features assorted downloads (mainly from the old MP3.COM) of works featuring Jörg Demus, a fellow Austrian pianist oif the same generation who also passed away earlier this year. He has released over 350 LPs and over 200 CDs, focusing on German items such as Bach, Mozart and Schumann, and has received international acclaim.

    He entered the Vienna Academy of Music at the age of 11, and received instruction
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  3. In Memoriam - Paul Badura-Skoda (1927-2019)

    Legendary pianist Paul Badura-Skoda left us a little less than a month ago, on 25 September. At 91 he was still active on four continents!

    Paul Badura-Skoda was one of the last representatives of a generation for which music is the quintessence of European culture. Music reflects in each of the great composers the life and living style of his epoch, its striving for wisdom, sense, harmony, beauty, fulfilment in love as well as its search for the divine. When Paul Badura-Skoda played
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  4. Daniel Barenboïm & Beethoven

    A little early for our quarterly/fifth Tuesday podcast for October; mainly because of the way programming has been going for the past few weeks, I figured I owed something new…

    The two new podcasts I have prepared for this month explore Beethoven in the context of arrangements and orchestrations. The main feature this week, Beethoven’s piano concerto op. 61a, is a straight-forward adaptation of his violin concerto, substituting the violin for the piano.

    According
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  5. Four Overtures by Charles Strouse

    Any serious fan of Broadway musicals has no doubt heard that the three greatest overtures are those for Gypsy, Funny Girl, and Candide. It is true that these overtures are all uncommonly creative in their blending of melodies from the respective shows’ scores, though I half-suspect the Candide one is “the greatest” mainly because Leonard Bernstein wrote it. De rigeur for Broadway musicals since the 1920’s at least, the overture fell somewhat out of fashion from the 1960’s onward; Charles
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    Updated Oct-12-2019 at 21:40 by Bellinilover

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