Welcome to my little space on the Net!

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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.

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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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Read my latest blog posts:
A Clutch of George Perle Performances
Look Out…Dave Tull is Texting and Driving!   
Dmitri Tymoczko’s Unusual Music

The North Texas Wind Symphony Plays Modern Music
Descharmes’ and Soustrot’s Exciting Saint-Saëns   
The Best Jazz Singer You’ve Probably Forgotten

Gulda’s Classical-Jazz Hybrids
Ehnes, Gardner Shine in Walton
Adrean Farrugia’s “Blued Dharma”
Scopel Completes His Celestial Journey
Daniel Lippel’s Unusual Guitar Journey
Solon McDade Paints Musical Murals
Lynn Raley Enters the Maelstrom
Kondrashin’s Mahler Sixth Released on CD
Kitayenko Presents Early Stravinsky
The Brubeck Brothers Pay Tribute to Dave
Quatuor Joachim Plays Szymanowski & Ravel
Lewis Wright’s Unusual Jazz Duets
Catalin Serban Plays Bell-Like Music
Modern Flute Music by the Pavan-Canale Duo
The Quince Ensemble Explores Their “Natal Home”
Attacca Quartet Members Play Weinberg
New Recording of Medtner’s Complete Violin-Piano Music 
The Bittersweet Life of a Great, Forgotten Jazz Singer
The Blair Big Band’s Debut CD
Trio Vitruvi’s Schubert
Rosen & Artymiw Play Mendelssohn
Fred Hersch Releases a “Found Object”
Dmitri Tymoczko is Taking Beat Therapy
Music From the Crackpot Hymnal
Les Petits Nouveaux Redefines Manouche Jazz
Jungsu Choi, Jazz Composer
Arthur Fagen’s Superb Diamond Performances
Great New Recording of Bizet’s “Pearl Fishers”    
Sellin’s Jazz Impressions of Debussy

Fantastic “Rape of Lucretia” With Vickers, Rideout
A Moving Chronicle of Despair and Rebirth
Peled Pays Tribute to Casals and Brahms   
The Wild Chamber Music of Outi Tarkiainen
  
Crossing the Bridge of San Luis Rey
   
Tortelier Conducts Roussel

The Strange Case of James Levine
Helen Callus Plays British Music
SWR Music’s “Gielen Edition” Marches On
Discovering Zaderatzky’s Piano Preludes & Fugues
Mookie Lee-Menuhin Has Liaisons
Oh! MARTHA!
Andriessen’s Diverse Piano Music
A Portrait of Mark Murphy’s Brilliant Genius and Bittersweet Life
Jeremy Dale Roberts’ Unusual Chamber Music   
Fauré’s Complete Songs Issued by Atma

Szymanowski’s Early Songs in a New Release   
Unusual Starker Recordings Reissued

The Far-Out Jazz of Angelika Niescier
Miguel Harth-Bedoya Takes a Different Look at Mussorgsky & Prokofiev
Panos Demopoulos Explores Nina’s Clock
Nilsson’s Live 1960 “Aida” Interesting, Exciting
Nilsson’s 1958 “Tristan” Reissued
Noah Preminger Digs Chopin!
Revisiting Reinhardt’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Holloway’s Fascinating Chamber Works
Lili Boulanger’s Fascinating Choral Works Revived
Rediscovering Hugo Alfvén
Rolf Martinsson’s Exuberant Music
Mena Continues His Ginastera Series
David Alan Miller Conducts Modern American Works
Gringolts Plays Stravinsky

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

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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
Jazz Lives
Composer Charles Ruggiero
Jazz Radio Network
WWFM Classical Streaming
Jazzbreak (many sound clips & videos available here)
John Todaro Photography

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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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