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  1. Handel, Mozart, Herbert von Karajan ‎– The Water Music Suite / Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

    This week’s Vinyl’s Revenge share is a rare EMI recording of Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic – rare, simply because most of the discography of Karajan and his Berlin orchestra belongs to the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue. We forget, however, that Karajan’s career post-World War II had a somewhat formative period in London of all places. To discuss, let me borrow some excerpts from a five-year old article from an Australian publication.

    Karajan was born in 1908, which,
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  2. Joseph Haydn, András Schiff ‎– Piano Sonatas

    This week's YouTube share, in our Cover 2 Cover series, is kind of a follow-up to two past Friday montages, Haydn at the keyboard from about two years ago and a recent montage featuring Scarlatti and Mozart keyboard sonatas performed by András Schiff. Schiff is again featured, this time in a few Haydn keyboard sonatas.

    The classical piano sonata doesn't seem to achieve mass appeal until you reach Beethoven's contributions. Mozart's Sonatas are appreciated, but not really taken to
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  3. Stravinsky & Balanchine

    This week’s Tuesday Blog is our quarterly podcast, and features a trio of short ballets by Igor Stravinsky that were all once choreographed by George Balanchine.


    According to a 2002 article from the New York Times, although Stravinsky wrote only four scores for ballets by George Balanchine, the two artists had a long and mutually fruitful working
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    Updated Apr-30-2019 at 12:49 by itywltmt

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  4. Tchaikovsky: Complete works for cello and orchestra

    This week’s Cover 2 Cover post is another album from the Brilliant Classics label, this one dedicated to the music of Tchaikovsky.

    As is often the case with these Brilliant Classics releases, this CD is a re-issue (or re-distribution). The recording has been in the catalog of Saison Russe, Le Chant du Monde and Harmonia Mundi since 1994 and features Russian cellist Alexander Rudin and the Moscow-based Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra.

    As the official website discusses,
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  5. The Tape Deck’s Revenge

    This week’s Tuesday Blog is a two-for post featuring a pair of releases from my personal cassette tape collection. I file this post under my Vinyl’s Revenge series, as most releases from the late 1960’s to the early 2000’s would simultaneously be released in both vinyl LP and cassette formats.

    In the 1980’s, as the major record labels were entering the digital age in earnest, there were many re-issue series featuring vintage recordings from the late MONO / early Stereo era,
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