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Pierre's Tuesday Blog

Weekly blog on music, featuring selections openly available on the Web. Also, a "teaser" of things to come on my Friday blog and podcast on Blogspot.

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  1. Claudio Arrau (1903–1991)

    My wife and I are leaving tomorrow for a week-long getaway in the Sun, and I wanted to reschedule my quarterly “fifth Tuesday” share to the fourth Tuesday this time around. I hope you won’t mind…

    My shares here on the Tuesday Blog and on my Friday series in January have been focused on music for piano (Ashkenazy playing Mozart concertos, Alicia de Larrocha playing music by Albeniz and Mozart and the next two shares (this week and next) exploring mainly romantic and neo-romantic piano
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    Classical Music , Musicians , Recorded Music
  2. Isaac Albéniz - Iberia & Navarra

    Even for a musical prodigy, Isaac Albéniz’s childhood and youth were extraordinary. He was playing the piano in public at age four, passed the entrance examination to the Paris Conservatoire at six, and was touring at the age of eight. By thirteen, he had twice run away from home, giving concerts and leading a picaresque existence in Spain, South America and the United States.

    Intermittent studies in Leipzig and Brussels were capped-off by realising a long-held ambition to study
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  3. Rampal Plays And Conducts Mozart


    This week’s Vinyl’s Revenge features a recording from my old Columbia House days – though I believe it was originally an Erato recording, re-purposed by CBS Masterworks. Its principal performers are the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jean-Pierre Rampal. Rampal acts as soloist on two of the three featured works, taking on the role of conductor for the third.
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  4. Khatchaturian: Spartacus Suites 1-3 / Järvi, Scottish NO

    This week’s Cover 2 Cover playlist shares a recording by one of the “busiest conductors in the recording business”, Estonian-American conductor Neeme Järvi. His discography includes over 400 recordings for labels such as BIS, Chandos and Deutsche Grammophon. He is best known for his interpretations of Romantic and 20th century classical music, and has also recorded several works that have rarely been recorded in their complete form - among them all of Edvard Grieg's orchestral music, including the
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  5. Jean Sibelius, Andrew Davis, Toronto Symphony* ‎– Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

    After a pair of Nielsen symphonies, the Tuesday Blog looks at maybe Sibelius' most popular symphony, his Second.

    The genesis of the Second Symphony can be traced to Sibelius' trip to Italy in early 1901; it was there that he began contemplating several ambitious projects, including a four-movement tone poem based on the Don Juan story and a setting of Dante's Divina Commedia. While none of these plans ever came to fruition, some of the ideas sketched during this trip did find their
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