Welcome to my little space on the Net!

If you really love classical music and jazz but can’t stand those elitist review magazines, you will find this a refreshing change of pace. Here we discuss music seriously but not pompously. If you enjoy classical music because it’s “calming” or “beautiful,” however, you’ve come to the wrong place. Yes, a few pieces have their place because of exquisite construction, but for the most part this is a site where you will read about and be directed to performances that have guts and passion and feeling. If you don’t feel the music you play, do us all a favor and give up. The world needs shoe repairpeople and apple pickers too, you know.

The best composers and musicians had/have something to say, and I particularly love those who said something that challenges you and makes you think. The late Jon Vickers used to say that “great art asks questions, but doesn’t provide answers.” I firmly believe that great music is the most positive force in our lives because it has the power to inspire and elate us as well as make us think. Even more, great music will never let you down. It will ALWAYS be there for you to give emotional and intellectual support. Your job, friends, even relatives may disappoint you and let you down, possibly even betray you, but music will never do that. Its power to move and inspire you is eternal and everlasting.

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If you are one of those who feel attracted to classical music but don’t know where to start, I recommend The Rough Guide to Classical Music (4th edition). If you want to learn quickly about jazz, try Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz by John F. Szwed. Or just hang around this site and read the reviews and blogs posted here.

I will be working on a recommended performances guide as time permits, and posting parts of it here as they are finished. In addition, I will be reviewing new releases on and off as the spirit moves me.

Enjoy!

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THE PENGUIN’S GIRLFRIEND’S GUIDE TO CLASSICAL MUSIC!

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Hey gang…check out my newest listings as of May 2, 2017…lots and lots of them! Now complete up through the letter L!

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Read my latest blog posts:
“Duke’s Dream” a Fascinating, Creative Tribute
NBC Symphony Myths Debunked
Weinberg’s Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 7 in New Recordings    Rawsthorne’s “Portrait” Reveals a Genial Creator
Jason Rigby’s “One” a Wild Ride
Yoko Miwa Has Fun at the Piano
Lefkowitz-Brown Jumps in New Album
Ehnes Plays Beautiful Bach
Reassessing Massenet’s “Le Cid”
The Kazakh String Quartet Impresses With Intense Music   
Tina Raymond’s “Left Right Left” a Wild Ride

Mari Nobre’s “Live and Alive” a Hip Album
Alex Goodman Surprises on New Release
The Death of “True” French Style and its Impact
Zabaleta Creates Magic on the Harp   
New Cherkassky Reissue a Splendid Recital

Cavina’s “Poppea” a Riveting Performance
Letters, We Get Letters…
Knussen’s Great New Recording of “The Soldier’s Tale”
Rostropovich and Richter Present a Mixed Bag
McCarthy Blends Jazz With Civil War Music
Armstrong Swings in Scandinavia
Rebecca Hennnessy Makes a Strong Debut Disc
Ullmann’s Piano Works Released by Capriccio
Fumio Yasuda Digs Satie!
Vadim Neselovskyi Makes His Trio Debut
Surprising New Recording of Saint-Saëns’ Rare Opera
Michael Gielen Tears Up Bartók & Stravinsky
Pine Finds New Ways to Play Paganini
Carwithen’s Bold Scores Conducted by Hickox Reissued
The Strange Musical Mind of Piotr Szewczyk    
Nachoff’s Ethereal Trio Debuts on CD

Gregory Mertl’s Music Dynamic, Humorous
Molly Kien’s Music Fluid, Moving
Antheil’s Orchestral Works Get a New Reading
Roberta Peters’ Forgotten Recital
Getting to the Heart of Paganini
Rathaus’ Unusual Violin Sonatas Recorded
Fascinating Songs by a Singing Legend
Monk’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” Released at Last
Bill Cunliffe’s “BACHanalia” a Fun Ride
Natalia Trull Digs Into Prokofiev!

For links to older blog posts (beginning March 2016) click HERE

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Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Contact me at artmusiclady @outlook .com

Other sites of wonder to discover:

Interlude: An Online e-Zine of Classical Music & Jazz  
Jack Reilly Jazz
Jazz Lives
Composer Charles Ruggiero
Jazz Radio Network
WWFM Classical Streaming  
John Todaro Photography

9 thoughts on “Welcome to my little space on the Net!

  1. bob says:

    Sounds like the perfect site to get one self oriented and off ine right direction to experience these genres of music. Tnanks for taking this project on and so willingly sharing. Bob in Canada. PS: I learned of your site via Marie Lamb on Facebook.

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  2. My thanks to EVERYONE who has been visiting my site and reading my reviews! My stats are way up, which makes me very happy, and more importantly, helps the wonderful artists I write about. Now if only I can get the jazz people to read the classical posts and vice-versa!

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  4. Sala Ponnech says:

    After watching the video of Turandot with Corelli and Udovich, I looked her up online because I had never heard of her before. That’s how I found your comments about her singing. I don’t know if she is the best Turandot ever but she sang In questa reggia with as little screaming as possible. I’m not a musician, but even I can comprehend what a fiendish piece of music it is.

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