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.
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.
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Hey gang…check out my newest listings as of April 21, 2017…lots and lots of them! Now complete up through the letter L!
Read my latest blog posts:
Weinberg’s Violin Sonatas Given a New Interpretation
Anick and Yeager “United” on New Album
Say & Alstaedt’s “4 Cities” a Fascinating Musical Journey
Uhlig’s French Concerto Album Powerful, Dazzling
Krupa’s Last Recorded Performance a Gem
Kamus Has Fun With Finnish String Quartets
R.I.P. Lonie Levister
Holst & Vaughan Williams’ Contrasting British Operas
Papandopulo’s Music Strange, Mysterious, Yet Lively
Telemann’s Flute Fantasies Remarkable, Fascinating
New Richter Release of Live Schumann
Re-Evaluating Maud Powell
Ravel’s “L’Heure Espagnole” Gets Sparkling New Reading
Penetrating the Dark Musical Mind of Roslavets
Tansman’s Ballets Beautifully Performed in New Release
Walton’s “Façade” In A Lively New Reading
Fricsay’s “Samson” Deeply Moving
The Altius Quartet Jumps from Haydn to Hip-Hop
Blecha-Wells & Kim Revel in Martinů’s “Small Storms”
Hindemith’s “Das Marienleben” in a Great New Recording
Solal and Kuhn Take Flight in Paris
McLean’s “Capuchin Swing” Hard-Hitting, Thrilling
Dvořák’s “Spectre’s Bride” a Surprisingly Great Dramatic Work
Why did Arturo Toscanini Come to NBC?
Exploring “Baby” Sommer’s Wild, Multi-Faceted Jazz
“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
For links to older blog posts (beginning March 2016) click HERE
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