Sometimes, an overture is much better than the opera it is in front of. Other times, it will be representative of the opera or even worse than the rest of the opera.
What are some examples that stand out to you of either a major disparity in quality between the overture and entire opera or...
Assuming you're like me and want almost everything you see, but don't want to go overboard on your budget or your time, how in the world do you choose what to purchase next in these times of unparalleled choice in available music?
As I posted elsewhere I have about 166 classical and 110...
So sebelius and the like .... The violin concerto is amazing - engaging, thrilling and gorgeous. I excitedly commenced exploring some of his symphonies - only to discover its like listening to ver pleasant and at times dramatic incidental film music i.e. all atmosphere but incoherent. Do I lack...
Here some of those I can remember at the moment:
Back to the future
2001 Space Odyssey
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Planet of the Apes
Close encounters of the third kind
I have to say that while there are many...
I stumbled upon Gramophone's featured article on the top ten blunders made by music critics when assessing compositions (for the first time, or whenever). Among my favorites include:
Anton Bruckner wrote the same symphony nine times (who said it I forgot).
I love the music, and I keep wishing I knew more about the composers and their times.
I want a book that takes me back to the day and allows me to experience what it was like to be them and to be there. I want to feel what was felt in the time when Beethoven’s first piano sonata was played...