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  1. "Great Conductors Do Not Dance": A Steinberg Appreciation - Part Two

    Sharing Disc #1 with the Eroica is a performance of Beethoven's Eighth Symphony made within about a year or two of its companion. As good as the Eroica was, this recording is even more satisfying.

    It isn't up to current-day recording standards, of course. But, gone is that slightly restricted sound in the fortissimo parts that plagued, particularly, the first movement of the Third. In fact, the recording standard seems to be up to the best of the pre-digital era.

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  2. Once Upon the Internet - Rodrigo Alqiuati Plays Brahms

    Summer of the Sonata
    “The Summer of the Sonata” Community Project
    Artist Page (in Portuguese)

    Today's post is the last in our summer series on sonatas, and another instalment in our Once Upon the Internet series featuring the musical legacy of the original MP3.COM.

    MP3.Com was indeed a conduit for independent artists, and Brazilian cellist Rodrigo Alquati was no exception - his self-issued 2001 CD of the two cello sonatas of Johannes Brahms
  3. Touch: Chapter 7 (part 2)

    That night, Nadia was beaming as she came to Andrei's home.

    "Are you ready? I feel up for anything tonight," she said cheerfully.

    Andrei smiled. "Well, I'm glad that you are here. We begin the 2nd mvmt., which I will describe."

    He went on to tell of his plan for form and development, and then gave the details of meter, tempo, and key. It was to be a caustic scherzo. Nadia eagerly wrote everything down on a new manuscript sheet. For
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  4. Touch: Chapter 7 (part 1)

    The rest of the week went very smoothly. Nadia and Gavrilov were getting along better each day, and she began to be able to anticipate what he wanted from her quite well. Whole pages could be copied to exact specifications in a matter of minutes, and soon the 1st mvmt. was completed.

    During the day, Nadia continued with her musical studies, going in the morning to practice piano. The seller began showing an admiration for her playing.

    "You seem to be able to get
  5. Touch: Chapter 6

    The next Monday, Nadia stepped into her Copyist office.

    "Nadia, there you are! I was wondering if you would come late," her boss stepped up to her from his own desk.

    "No, I wouldn't come late. I'm not going to give you the trouble of that worry."

    Nadia's boss turned his head to the side. "What do you mean?"

    "I'm leaving, sir. I am... moving on."

    His eyes went wide. "Now? But we
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