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 November 4, 2016…lots and lots of them!
Read my latest blog posts:
Kick-Butt Brahms From Vladar, Kouzmanova-Vladar & Amara
Mayer’s “Dhammapada” Still Vibrant After 40 Years
Vivaldi’s Cello Concertos Jump and Jive With Fishman
Paterson’s Music Atmospheric, Quirky
Hughes’ “Dream Keeper” Blends Jazz and Poetry
Carsten Dahl Takes You on a Head Trip
Fricker’s String Quartets Moody, Dense
Ørsted Pedersen and Miller Create Magic
Entering the World of Kaprálová
Matthews’ Piano Trios Fascinating & Intense
Carollo’s Music Intense, Deceptively Creative
Danemo’s Big Band Music With a Twist
Almeida Prado’s Mindblowing Piano Universe
Bird’s Washington Concerts Reissued
Jihye Lee: A Name to Watch in Jazz
Tucker’s Great “La Juive” Reissued At Last
Alma Mahler’s Songs Given Life by Kroeger and Lonero
Fernández Explores the Evolution of Scriabin’s Preludes
Jiří Kylián: The Master Choreographer
Asmussen Took a Lickin’ and Kept on Tickin’
Oxman’s East of the Village from East of the Rockies
Korstick Digs Into Ginastera
Masters Channels Mingus and Mulligan
Mulligan’s Great Early Arrangements in Stereo
Kletzki’s & Marek’s Symphonies Come to Life
Minnaar’s Surprisingly Passionate Fauré
Zych’s “Alice” Fantastic, Imaginative, Enigmatic
Méhul’s “Uthal” a Fascinating Dramatic Opera
Brubeck’s Zurich Set Surprises and Delights
NTWS’s “Inventions” a Potpourri of Remarkable Music
For links to older blog posts (beginning March 2016) click HERE
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Contact me at artmusiclady @outlook .com
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