November, 2016

57 Posts
Unsung Concertos
Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 16 (1913)
Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877-1952) described himself as a romantic and a melodist, and he had an emphatic aversion of what he called modern, atonal and cacophonous music. His musical style builds on the sounds and structures of Chopin, Liszt and the
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Why music lessons need to keep up with the times
Some 150 years ago, if you wanted to listen to music, you would have to perform it yourself or be in the presence of musicians.
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Gesture in Piano Playing, Part 2
In my previous article on gesture, I talked about the physical gestures we can employ to influence and enhance the quality of our sound and how we can create certain effects at the piano, such as staccato, a rich cantabile
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BeethovenConcerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 61 Performed by Maurice Soret, conductor Orchestre Symphonique de Radio-Lille Henry Merckel, violin Recorded in 1953 Beethoven: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 61 – Rondo. Allegro
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Minors of the Majors
Johannes Brahms: Deutsche Volkslieder
“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening!
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Movers and Shakers of Music World
The God among Impresarios: Alessandro Lanari (1787-1852)
Of the three great impresarios of 19th century Italy (Domenico Barbaja, Alessandro Lanari, Bartolomeo Merelli), Lanari stands out as the one who commissioned the most operas that have lasted to this day: Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and L’Elisir d’Amore,
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Mahler beyond the Couch
The 2010 film “Mahler on the Couch” provided a fictional reconstruction—dressed up as a grand historical drama—of the famous therapy session involving Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler! We do know that the meeting actually did take place, but how did
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Behind the Curtain
Tea for Two, and Two for Tea?
It all started with Hector Berlioz and his Evenings with the Orchestra! A group of bored musicians is stuck in a small town playing overrated operas. With nothing else to do, they tell tales, read stories and exchange gossip about
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