November, 2017

56 Posts
The Music of Angels: World Harp Congress
What could be better than one harpist? —nine-hundred and fifty-seven harpists! Of all ages and backgrounds, they descended upon Hong Kong in July, to attend this years’ thirteenth World Harp Congress—the first time the congress has been held in Asia.
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D’Indy – Roussel – Schmitt
D’IndySymphony on a French Mountain Air op. 25 RousselSymphony No. 3 in G minor, op. 42 SchmittViennese Rapsodie, op. 53, No. 3 Performed by Jeanne-Marie Darré, piano Albert Wolff, conductor Orchestre de l’Association des Concerts Lamoureux Recorded in 1931 –
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Contrasting Old and New: Vanessa Wagner on La Dolce Volta
In her recent recording for La Dolce Volta, pianist Vanessa Wagner played a piano recital of the music of one 18th century and one early 19th century masters: W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) and Muzio Clementi (1752-1832). She played the recital on
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Older people are just as good at judging music as younger adults
It may feel as if many of our mental abilities decline with age, but here’s one that sticks – our ability to sense when music sounds wrong.
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Ring Bells! Sing Songs!: The Musical I
The jubilant title of this series reflects so much of what we love about musicals: catchy songs, bright melodies, and great sounds all around. The history of the musical (musical comedy, musical play) begins with the first applications of music
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Dvorak
DvorakSlavonic dances, op. 46 and op. 72 Performed by Ionel Perlea, conductor Orchestre Symphonique de Bamberg Recorded in 1958 Dvorak: Slavonic dances, op. 46
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At the Center of the Musical Universe
Niccolò Paganini II
Niccolò Paganini had patiently confined his concert activities to Italy for almost 20 years before setting out to conquer various European capitals. Initially he appeared in Vienna and Franz Schubert excitedly reported, “We will never hear his like again!” He
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Give it a Rest
On leaving and returning to familiar repertoire
I’ve recommenced work on Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata (D 959 in A), following a few months’ hiatus due to family health issues, during which I was unable to give the music my full and proper attention. This sonata has become
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