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  1. Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957)

    For our tenth anniversary year, I couldn't resist programming a Once Upon the Internet montage, featuring tracks I downloaded years ago from the now defunct Japanese site Public Domain Classic.

    The site (as well as the still active Italian site LiberMusica) contained lots of old mono recordings from the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini, inclosing his complete 1949-52 Beethoven cycle - from which I chose the second symphony - and some other fine gems, including this Cherubini
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  2. 2021 Listening Project - Feb 2 - Feb 13

    I've had an extremely busy period of time with my job, and so limited time to listen, or write down my thoughts. So I'm compressing nearly 2 weeks into one post.

    Vivaldi
    Four Seasons: Summer

    I love the drama and bombast of this, and all the fast stuff. Super fun.

    Chopin Nocturnes, Op 32, 37, and 55
    Maurizio Pollini

    I'm not sure what I think about the various sudden "pauses" in Op 32/1. Do they "work" as
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  3. 2021 Listening Project - Feb 1

    Haydn
    String Quartet No. 61 "Fifths"
    Emerson Quartet

    Now this is my favorite of the Haydn quartets that I've been listening to. All the movements are just great. Only one more from this set: No. 66 "Lobkowitz".
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  4. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 30

    Vivaldi
    Four Seasons: Autumn
    Simon Standage, violin
    The English Concert
    Trevor Pinnock, conductor

    More baroque music that makes me think of 80's metal. I love the quiet background pizzicato in the middle movement, and the drone in the last.

    Ives
    Symphony No. 1
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

    So different from his other music! I've always really liked this piece, and enjoyed listening
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  5. 2021 Listening Project - Jan 29

    Jan 29

    Haydn
    String Quartet No. 53 "The Lark"
    Emerson Quartet

    Good. I like the last movement in particular

    Charles Ives
    Symphony No. 4
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor.

    I find this piece fascinating. The second movement is so noisy (in the sense of lots of different things going on). Then you have this really beautiful and more traditional 3rd "Fugue" movement
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