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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 December 29, 2017…now complete up through Composers – R!
Read my latest blog posts:
Clare Fischer Comes at You “Out of the Blue”
New CD of Weinberg Quartets Released
Santiago’s “Formika” Strange but Invigorating
Danielpour’s Fine String Quartets
The Jeff Hamilton Trio Swings at San Pedro!
Dan & Rob Hold a Block Party
Paolo & Stephanie Return
The Atom Accordion Quintet Plays “Jazzical Moods”
Medtner’s Songs Brilliantly Performed on New CD
Neubauer & Garrett’s Lost Bloch Recordings
Bethea Makes a Comeback with “Suite Theory”
Janowski Livens Up Hindemith
Rosenberger’s Powerful Szymanowski Recordings
Discovering Simon Pilbrow’s Jazz
Fantastic Recording of Szymanowski’s “Krol Roger”
20th Century “Jewels” Featured on New CD
Bernard’s Stunning New “Rite of Spring” & “Firebird Suite”
Various Pianists Play Stecher & Horowitz Commissions
New John Carollo Release a Stunner
Busch at Glyndebourne: Mozart Starts Here
Stoltzman Terrific in Jazz-Influenced Clarinet Music
Reappraising William Grant Still
Broder’s “Heritage” a Fun & Creative Album
Gee’s “Amazing Sliding Circus” Interesting
The Arúan Ortiz Trio in Zurich
New Recording of Messiaen’s Famous Quartet
Examining Fagerlund’s “Stonework”
Inside the John Perrine Quartet
Goodman Introduces Feigin’s Piano Works
An Interview with Paolo and Stephanie
Frank Wagner’s Floating Holiday
Larry Elgart’s “Impressions of Outer Space” Finally Available!
Almeida’s Exciting “La Navarraise” Reissued
Martinů Songs Vol. 5 Released
Noah Preminger Expresses his “Genuinity” in New CD
Kijanowska Explores Sonatas on New CD
Babs’ & Ellington’s “Serenade to Sweden” Finally Available!
Hines’ “Bluebeard’s Castle” Great But Uneven
Aimard Plays Messiaen’s Bird Catalogue
Goodyear Channels Gould
Bruce Levingston Opens Windows
Liberation Via the Janczarski-McCraven Quintet
Joanne Tatham Swings on New Release
Diane Moser’s Inventive, Fascinating Birdsongs
Edward Downes’ Magnificent “Rienzi”
Erin McDougald Swings Outside the Soirée
A New Vegas Duo: Penn & Jones!
For links to older blog posts (beginning March 2016) click HERE
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Contact me at artmusiclady(at)outlook .com
Other sites of wonder to discover:
The Opera Scribe
Jazz in Europe
Emily’s Music Dump
The Music Parlour – Historical Releases
Jack Reilly Jazz
Composer Charles Ruggiero
Jazz Radio Network
WWFM Classical Streaming
Jazzbreak (many sound clips & videos available here)
John Todaro Photography