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  1. Manfred

    We may have skipped the last quarter of 2020, but we are back with a new quarterly Tuesday installment of our ongoing series of podcasts – number 354 and closing in on our 365th later this year.

    The common thread between the two works featured today is Lord Byron’s dramatic poem Manfred. The title character is a Faustian noble living in the Bernese Alps. Internally tortured by some mysterious guilt, which has to do with the death of his most beloved, Astarte, he uses his mastery of
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    Updated Mar-30-2021 at 13:20 by itywltmt

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  2. PTB Classic: Victor Herbert (1859 – 1924)

    This week's musing, another installment in our "Classic" series leveraging mash-up playlists as we did in the early days of the Tuesday Blog, was intended as an early St-Patrick's day present, featuring a composer of Irish descendance.

    As it turns out, I was wrong - and so was the composer for the longest time, apparently.

    According to my research, Victor Herbert's mother told him that he had been born in Dublin, and he believed this all his life, listing
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  3. 2021 Listening Project - Mar 2

    Milhaud
    Ballade for Piano and Orchestra
    Michael Korstick, piano
    SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
    Alun Francis, conductor

    As with the Milhaud Etudes, this is more modernist (and less melodic) than I prefer, but I still thought this was OK.

    Bach
    Orchestral Suite No. 3
    The English Concert
    Trevor Pinnock

    Here's what I though immediately upon listening. The Ouverture was immediately familiar to me, The Air
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  4. 2021 Listening Project - Mar 1

    Bach
    Sonata for Solo Violin, No. 2
    Paul Galbraith, guitar (his own transcription)
    Sergiu Luca, violin
    Nathan Milstein, violin

    This time I listened to Galbraith first, in an attempt to be able to listen with more "fresh" ears. And I did like this more than his Sonata No. 1. In particular I really enjoyed his Fuga. The Grave and the Andante were still too slow for my taste (though the Andante was still very pretty).

    Between Milstein
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  5. 2021 Listening Project - First Two Months

    I'm really enjoying this, but it's even harder to find dedicated listening time than I had anticipated. But nevertheless, I've now covered 32 hours of music, so I'm averaging about 30 minutes per day. At this rate I'll be finished some time in mid-July. And since that's before Dec 31, I'll count that as a success!

    I'm really looking forward to continuing with the French Piano Concertos set. An advantage of that set is that many of the pieces are short, so I should be able to fit in
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