June, 2013

49 Posts
The Cowherd’s Tower
Paul Hindemith and Gertrud Rottenberg I
Paul Hindemith: String Quartet No. 3 in C major, Op. 16 The attentive and regular reader of my “In Love” column has surely come to understand that when it comes to musicians, artists and composers, love might not be the
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A Vision of Eternity
Schubert’s String Quintet
Franz SchubertString Quintet in C major, Op. 163, D. 956(Stern, Casals, Tortelier, Schneider, Katims) (1956) In the autumn of 1822, Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828), a quiet, shy, gentle and introverted man of short stature, contracted syphilis. Affectionately called “Schwammerl,” a
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“Strangolapreti”
Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina: Stabat Mater Picturesquely located in a glacial valley on the southern foothills of the Alps, the small town of Trento — also known as Trient — played a pivotal role in deciding the fate of the Roman
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Classical: What If It’s (Gasp) Entertainment?
It just may be time to give up on one of the most exhausted, long-lived cliches about classical music: that it is “high” art, uniquely deserving respect and support for its greatness. Otherwise, we risk smothering the thing we love
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The Frailty of a Genius: Frederic Chopin
For many years people believed that Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) had died from tuberculosis. Not only was he known for his chronic coughs, breathlessness and haemotypsis (coughing out blood), ‘tuberculosis’ was also cited as the cause of death on his death
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Rimski-Korsakov – Stravinsky
Rimski-KorsakovShéhérazade, Symphonic Suite from “The Arabian Nights”, Op. 35 StravinskyThe Firebird Suite (1919) Performed by Walter Goehr, conductor Orchestre Philharmonique Néerlandais Recorded in 1955 Rimski-Korsakov: Shéhérazade, Op. 35 – Festival at Baghdad. The Sea. The Ship Breaks against a Cliff
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Edvard Grieg – Violin Sonata No.2 Op.13 : Henning Kraggerud (violin) and Helge Kjekshus (piano)
Henning Kraggerud will be performing at the Risor Festival of Chamber Music.
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The Old World just exploded!
Hindemith and Brahms
Paul Hindemith was a precocious musical talent. Whatever he touched, he almost instantaneously mastered. He started violin lessons at an early age and was admitted to the Frankfurt Conservatory at age 12. He soon became an accomplished performer on several
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