September, 2018

67 Posts
Classical Music and Wine
“In Wine, There’s Truth”
When Beethoven was on his deathbed, his publisher supposedly sent him a case of red wine. According to eyewitnesses, Beethoven weakly muttered, “Pity, pity, too late!” Dr. Wawruch, the physician in attendance throughout Beethoven’s final illness, opened his medical report
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The Virtuoso Parent
Following my earlier article about respect between the teacher, student and parent of the student, I would now like to celebrate the “virtuoso parent”.
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On the Occasion of the Death of Montserrat Caballé – Spanish Singing School
The 1970s were not short of operatic talent. The Met and Covent Garden regularly boasted extraordinary singers such as Luciano Pavarotti, Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Scotto; even Birgit Nilsson was still active. But then Spain exported a string of singers of
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14, Op. 135
Premiered Today in 1969
In his memoirs—supposedly related to Solomon Volkov—Dmitri Shostakovich suggests, “Fear of death may be the most intense emotion of all. I sometimes think that there is no deeper feeling. The irony lies in the fact that under the influence of
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RANZATO, V.: Violin and Piano Music – Romanza senza parole / Danse Espagnole / Berceuse / Meditation / Galopade / Serenata
La preghiera della sera From RANZATO, V.: Violin and Piano Music – Romanza senza parole / Danse Espagnole / Berceuse / Meditation / Galopade / Serenata (2018) Released by Tactus Ranzato: La preghiera della seraThe fame enjoyed by Virgilio Ranzato,
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Bringing Indigenous Sounds to the Symphony
In 1935-36, the Mexican composer and conductor Carlos Chávez brought out his second symphony, the Sinfonía India. Written in 1935 while he was in New York, the symphony received its premiere in a radio broadcast with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat
Premiered Today in 1918
Dwindling economic resources and the unprecedented sufferings inflicted by the “Great War” forced composers to search for new avenues of artistic and musical expression. Taking refuge in Switzerland, the young Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet introduced Stravinsky to the author Charles-Ferdinand
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Now computers are writing perfectly acceptable pop songs
“Ugh,” my dad used to grunt when I switched on Radio 1 . “This music sounds like it was written by a computer”.
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