January, 2013

52 Posts
Franck
FranckPrélude, Choral and Fugue Danse lente Prélude, Aria and Final Performed by Jean-Charles Richard, piano Recorded in 1961 Franck: Prélude, Choral and Fugue
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“Le Grand Combat”
Witold Lutosławski
3 Poems by Henri Michaux Although Witold Lutosławski experimented with serial and post-serial techniques, he always found the results rather unsatisfactory. This was particularly true of compositions utilizing the human voice. Awkward intervals and highly complex rhythms demanded a high
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Concert No. 2 for cello and orchestra / Haydn – Pablo Ferrández
Pablo Ferrández will be performing at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad.
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Witold Lutosławski
Fishing for Souls The premier of Witold Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto in 1970 was greeted as “an epic confrontation between an individual and an oppressive mass, in which the cello’s voice is symbolically squashed by outbursts in the brass and orchestral
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Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis – A Most Unfamiliar Masterpiece
Mass in D major, Op. 123, “Missa Solemnis” (Philharmonic Symphony, Walter) (1948) ‘Is this the greatest piece ever written?’ Such was the question fired at me by Sir Roger Norrington during our correspondence in preparation for the recent performance of
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WQXR: does the Web make criticism meaner?
Earlier this week, I took part in a lively discussion that’s now available as a podcast in WQXR’s series Conducting Business, in which the violinst Lara St. John, the blogger-critic Pete Matthews (of Feast of Music), and I have our
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Approaching the Music Drama
Wagner, Weber and Marschner
Richard Wagner consistently downplayed the significance of his musical education. Undoubtedly, he was very keen to cultivate the notion of the untutored genius, just as Ludwig van Beethoven had done. However, as we saw in our last episode, his first
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Sayaka Selina Studer plays Max Reger, Andante con variazioni
Sayaka Selina will be performing at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad.
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