July, 2017

68 Posts
Forgotten Pianists: Agnelle Bundervoët
French pianist Agnelle Bundervoët (1922-2015) started to learn the piano age age 4 and by age 7 was enrolled in the Conservatoire National de Marseille and by age 10 was at the leading school in France, the Paris Conservatoire. She
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Ali Ben Sou Alle: A 19th Century Frenchman in Mysore
In the mid-19th century, a great many French musicians were forced to leave their homeland and seek their fortunes elsewhere, sometimes far from Europe. Many of these were refugees from the events of the Third French Revolution of 1848, which
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Fritz Kreisler: King of the Violin
Violinist Fritz Kreisler was one of the great musical personalities of the early 20th century. An easy-going and charming personality combined with insightful interpretations and technical mastery to produce memorably recordings and live performances. Yet behind the immediate exterior of
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Feather light and forgettable
Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Aix-en-Provence Festival 2017
There was little to commend the new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Aix-en-Provence Festival 2017. The stage set lacked any recognizable theme, and the intermittently raised and dropped metallic curtains offered no discernible purpose. Ditto on the costumes
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Musical Rugby
The game of Rugby was developed in English public schools in the 19th century, and none withstanding a number of regional variations, it involves running with an oval ball in hand. It is a contact team sport, and each team
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Ernest Chausson Concert / César Franck Sonata for piano and violin
Concert for violin, piano and string quartet in D major Op.21 II Sicilienne From Ernest Chausson Concert / César Franck Sonata for piano and violin (2017) Released by Harmonia Mundi Chausson: Concert for violin, piano and string quartet in D
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Four Pieces in Search of an Opera
Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) lived a life of action, for a goldsmith, that is. His father was a Florentine musician and musical instrument maker and the young Benvenuto was, as a rarity, pushed towards music but persuaded his father to apprentice
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The Brilliance of a Stradivari Violin Might Rest Within Its Wood
In the violin-making world, two names reign above all others: Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri.
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