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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 November 17, 2017…especially in Composers O which is now complete!
Read my latest blog posts:
Davis Treks to Antarctica With Vaughan Williams
Daniel Behle Nostalgic for Tenor Bonbons!
Collins’ Violin Works Lyrical, Original, Haunting
Carn-Davidson 9’s Fascinating New Album
Fricker’s Symphonies Interesting, Well Crafted
Meister Masters Martinů
Discovering the Musical World of Donatoni
Nissen’s “Departures” an Interesting Experiment
Brian Symphonies Played Brilliantly by Alexander Walker
A Cornucopia of Koechlin on SWR Music
A Rare CD from Pianist Jack Reilly
MOPDtK’s New Album Kicks & Cooks!
Allison Au is Au-Some
A Koechlin Cornucopia, Part 2
Griller’s Orchestral Music Dazzling, Brilliant
Vol. 8 of Scelsi’s Music Released
The Nick Maclean Quartet Breaks Through
Duo Perfetto Digs Kapustin’s Cello Music
Mahanthappa Returns With His Indo-Pak Coalition
Rodney Green & Warren Wolf Cook in Montmartre!
Kay Johannsen’s Quirky But Fabulous Music
Ella Warms Up the Concertgebouw in 1961
A Clutch of Modern String Music from Munich
Eric Wyatt Looks to the Sky in New Release
Lalo Schifrin Flashes His Classical Side
Villa-Lobos’ First Two Symphonies Released
Isserlis Plays Music of WWI
George Crumb’s Vol. 18 Fantastic Music!
Delfeayo Marsalis’ First Live Album A Relaxed Affair
Zimmermann’s Playful Yet Dark Symphonic Works
Sakari Oramo Conducts British Music
Exploring the Storms and Fear of Pehr Nordgren
Fine New Recording of Ligeti’s “Requiem”
Wadada Leo Smith Wanders Through the Mind of Monk
Nordgren’s Bold, Compelling “Taivaanvalot”
Cotik Kicks Butt in Piazzolla!
The Young-Promane Octet on High Octane
New Works by Kalevi Aho Released
Nørgård’s Early Piano Pieces Released
Discovering Pierre d’Assy
Thomas’ Promises: A New Collection of Works
Aho’s Remarkable Chamber Symphonies
Fonnesbæk & Kauflin Plunge Into the Jazz Abyss
Mendelssohn’s Rare Motets Featured on New CD
Discovering Kalevi Aho’s Horn & Theremin Concerti
Pickard’s Fascinating Songs Presented in New CD
Thomas’ “Of Being is a Bird” Fascinating
Martin Salemi Has Short Stories to Tell
Schoch Jumps & Jives With Jazzettes!
Liebman-Murley Quartet’s Live Set Released
De Niese Astounds in Baroque & Renaissance Music
Poulenc’s Complete Chamber Music Released
Yoncheva’s “Norma” a Mixed Bag
The “Other” Mendelssohn’s Complete Songs
Thierry Fischer’s Mind-Boggling Mahler Eighth
Calandra Turns Up the Heat in “Erotica Antiqua”
For links to older blog posts (beginning March 2016) click HERE
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Contact me at artmusiclady @outlook .com
Other sites of wonder to discover:
Jazz in Europe
Emily’s Music Dump
Jack Reilly Jazz
Composer Charles Ruggiero
Jazz Radio Network
WWFM Classical Streaming
Jazzbreak (many sound clips & videos available here)
John Todaro Photography