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  1. 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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  2. 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.

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  3. 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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    Classical Music , Composers , Non-Classical Music , Opera
  4. Mozart - The Late Piano Concertos, Part 3

    This week’s Vinyl’s Revenge completes our look at the TIME LIFE collection of Mozart’s last ten piano concertos, with nos. 20, 24 and 26.

    Two pianists featured this week merit some introduction. Karl Engel (1923 - 2006) was a Swiss pianist. He trained in Basel and Paris and distinguished himself as an accompanist, often appearing in Lieder recitals with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey, Peter Schreier and Brigitte Fassbaender. Among his chamber music partners were the cellist
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  5. Mozart - The Late Piano Concertos, Part 2

    This week, Vinyl’s Revenge resumes a thread we first explored a few years back – sharing tracks from a Time-Life Records anthology set called “Mozart: The Late Piano Concertos”.

    In past installments, we shared concertos 18, 21, 22 and 25. In a pair of posts this Fall, we will share the remaining concertos, thanks to the addition of these works to YouTube through their partnership with the major record labels.

    Piano concerto #19 is part of Ashkenazy’s Decca mid- to
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