Category Archives: Classical music

V for Victory Music

When I’ve accomplished something and want to celebrate it, I like to listen to what I call victory music. That’s symphonic film music of a heroic character. Below, I’ve collected the finest victory music that I know of. Erich Wolfgang … Continue reading

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Glorious Recordings of Vivaldi’s Gloria

Amazon.co.uk WidgetsI have to say that Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria (RV 589) is among my favorite works of sacred music. The first recording I heard of it was the one with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his period instrument ensemble Concentus musicus Wien … Continue reading

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Spotify one Step Closer to Perfection

Spotify is an excellent service, making tons of great (and many more tons of not so great) music instantly available. It’s even better now that I’ve upgraded to Spotify Premium, avoiding commercials and the countless and increasingly irritating messages from … Continue reading

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Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra

Last Sunday, some friends and I went to Usher Hall, a very beautiful venue in Edinburgh, to see Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra. If you are like me, you probably think of Bill Bailey as the guy from Black Books, and possibly a frequent guest on British panel shows on television, but he is actually also a stand up comedian, and, perhaps more relevant in this case, a classically trained musician. Continue reading

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Marjan Mozetich: The Passion of Angels

Late one evening, while very tired, my attention was gradually cought by some unknown music emerging from the radio. The more I listened, the more impressed I became. It was a work for orchestra and two harpists. The music was … Continue reading

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Beethoven: The Complete Piano Concertos

Amazon.co.uk WidgetsRecently I stumbled over Beethoven’s complete piano concertos with Murray Perahia as the soloist. He’s accompanied by Bernard Haitink and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which was named the world’s best modern romantic orchestra in a 2008 poll by Gramophone … Continue reading

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Bernstein: Schubert’s Great and Mozart’s Late

I think musicians shall be allowed to take liberties in their interpretations of works, even if they diverge from the score. This approach creates a diverse selection of readings and sometimes real gems. Amazon.co.uk WidgetsOne such interpretation is by Leonard … Continue reading

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