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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. Mozart Organ Music

    To launch our Lenten programming, we are returning to our tradition of sharing organ works – I have a Friday post in a few weeks and this one, in our Cover 2 Cover series featuring a complete disk from Brilliant Classics.

    Described by the composer himself as ‘the king of instruments’, the organ and its music form a small but not insignificant part of Mozart’s vast catalog of compositions. Mozart's renowned skill as an improviser at the organ combined with the very limited scope
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  2. Richard Strauss – Don Quixote Viktor Simon / Gennady Rozhdestvensky

    This week’s installment of Vinyl’s Revenge proposes a vintage Melodiya recording (re-issued by ABC Classics in North America) of Richard StraussDon Quixote.


    According to an article from NPR, the conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky was an immense presence in Russian musical life during much of the Soviet era and an artist who championed the
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  3. Richard Strauss: Violin Concerto in D minor; Sinfonia Domestica

    In the second of our three-part series on orchestral works by Richard Strauss, I propose listening to a Cover 2 Cover share from the Rudolf Kempe/Staatskapelle Dresden “Complete Strauss” set, originally released in the mid-1970’sby EMI.

    These recordings have been well and justifiably praised since their initial release; the Staatskapelle is one of the oldest and finest of Germany's many outstanding orchestras,and take pride in having premiered several of Strauss' operas and were
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  4. Richard Strauss - Berliner Philharmoniker · Herbert von Karajan ‎– Eine Alpensinfonie

    This week’s edition of Vinyl’s Revenge starts a short series of Tuesday shares featuring tone poems/concertante works by Richard Strauss.

    Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss came to know one another as young conductors in Leipzig in 1887. From then until Mahler's death in 1911 (the year of the first performance of Der Rosenkavalier) they kept in touch. Mahler himself described their relationship as that of two miners tunneling from opposite directions with the hope of eventually meeting.
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  5. Rachmaninoff, Rafael Orozco, Royal Philharmonic, Edo de Waart ‎– Concerto No. 2

    This week's Vinyl's Revenge is a bit of a detective story...

    Several months ago I was strolling at the local shopping center, and I stepped into the record store there. Formerly, the merchant that occupied this space was a branch of HMV, and since then has passed into the hands of an independent merchant. I was pleasantly surprised with the (modest) quality of "classical" titles. There were a few titles from Universal's VIRTUOSO discount reissue series that attracyed my
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