January, 2015

55 Posts
Alexander Scriabin
Agonies and Ecstasy! What happens when new neural connections within your brain break down the boundaries that normally exist between the senses? For one, hearing a particular musical note might cause you to see a particular color, or you may
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Bach Parody
Irony and Parody became key moments in German modernism. But parody and irony are not identical. While irony might be described as a strategy, most successful parodies derive their effect from the comic incongruity between the original and its parody.
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Brahms: Choral Works
Drei Quartette, Op. 92/3: Abendlied From Brahms: Choral Works (2014) Released by Harmonia Mundi Brahms: Drei Quartette, Op. 92/3: AbendliedThe famous German Requiem must not be allowed to overshadow the wide variety of choral music Brahms wrote throughout his career.
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Ballo in Maschera
The casual operagoer would be forgiven for not being sure whether The Royal Opera House’s new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera was set in Boston, as it usually is, or in Stockholm, as it often is and was
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Scientists Examine Chopin’s Heart, Confirm TB
The preserved heart of composer Frederic Chopin contains signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease, medical experts said Wednesday.
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Snuggling at the Piano
I was at a concert the other evening where the opening work was Schubert’s Fantasia for Piano 4-hands. Two pianists, sitting side by side, at one piano performed one of Schubert’s greatest pieces. The two pianists angled their benches carefully
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Bartók – Müller-Zürich
BartókDivertimento for Strings Sz 113 Müller-ZürichSinfonia No. 2 for strings and flute, op. 53 Performed by Edmond De Stoutz, conductor Orchestre de Chambre de Zürich Recorded in 1955 Bartók: Divertimento for Strings Sz 113 – Allegro non troppo
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Das Rheingold in Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden pulled off a real coup. Carefully marketing the orchestra’s first ever Rheingold, the first of the four operas of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle that the orchestra is spacing out over four years
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