Category Archives: Classical music

Alkan: Concerto for Solo Piano, with Orchestra

Charles-Valentin Alkan was a french piano virtuoso and a composer for the instrument at the height of the romantic era. His music is characterized by its complexity and the virtuosity demanded to play it. Maybe this is the reason Alkan’s … Continue reading

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Some recordings of great works make such an impression that afterwards there’s no going back to others. Kurt Masur and Leipzig Gawandhaus Orchestra’s account of Beethoven’s 7th is nothing like this. It’s so boring that it temporarily ruined my impression … Continue reading

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Three Concerti by Antonio Vivaldi

It’s a daunting task to navigate between Antonio Vivaldi’s concerti in order to find those that stand out. The famous ones are usually from the collections which were published during Vivaldi’s lifetime, while the not-so-famous ones easily get lost in … Continue reading

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New Horizons in Music Appreciation

Peter Schickele is a notable American composer and a (not so able) musicologist. As the latter, he is primarily known for single-handed having rescued P. D. Q. Bach’s music from obscurity, a feat not cheered by everyone. But, in order … Continue reading

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Four versions of Modest Mussorgsky’s
St. John’s Night on the Bare Mountain

Amazon.co.uk WidgetsModest Mussorgsky composed his tone poem St. John’s Night on the Bare Mountain, which describes the wildness of a witches’ sabbath, in a hurry in 1867. It was written in only twelve days (and nights) and finished on St. … Continue reading

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A Note About the Word “Slow”,
Put in a Fitting Context

Amazon.com WidgetsI can’t remember having heard many recordings by Colin Davis, sorry, Sir Colin Davis, but the ones I have heard suggest a trend: His conducting is slow. Maybe he’s paid for the minute—I don’t know. The recordings that I … Continue reading

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Long Live the King, the King is Dead!

When I bought my very first CD-player one of the very first CDs I aquired was Catalog#: 439 403-2 Beethoven: Symphonien Nr. 5 & 6 ‘Pastorale’ on Deutsche Grammophon conducted by Karajan himself (1962-recording). I already knew the lead theme … Continue reading

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