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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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Toscanini In and Of His Time
An approach to Arturo Toscanini’s conducting style and musicianship in a different light. A work in progress, I’ve uploaded the first six segments for your enjoyment (I hope). Feedback appreciated. Now complete through the year 1952 and including a facsimile of the 1950 NBC Symphony-Toscanini Tour Booklet. Now complete through my final posting, “The Toscanini Recordings – 2.”
Check out my latest blog posts:
An Interesting Historic “Parsifal”
The Michel Berthiaume Quartet is Uncompromised
Roberta Rust Celebrates Her Direct Contact with Composers
The Morgenstern Trio plays Transformations
De Saram Plays Works for Solo Cello
The Ãtma Quartet Plays 20th-Century Polish Works
The Zier Romme Quartet Tells Stories
The Amazing Elton Britt
The Belcea Quartet Plays Janáček & Ligeti
Enter Our “Cheerful Chaconne” Contest!
Vol. 1 of Bernstein’s “Young People’s Concerts” Released
Quattro Mani Plays Stefan Wolpe
Kahánek Plays Kalabis
Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir Explores the “Voice of the Viola”
Raaf Hekkema Re-Writes “Dido and Aeneazz”
Quartetto di Cremona’s Fabulous Schubert
The Busch Trio Records Dvořák
The Yves Theiler Trio’s New CD
Niescier Plays With Her New York Trio
Rebecka Ahvenniemi’s Strange Music
Thomas Wilson’s Fascinating Symphonies
The OGJB Quartet Steps Forward With “Bamako”
Discovering Jean-François Le Sueur
Segerstam Conducts Beethoven
The Siggi Quartet Plays South of the Circle
Jeffrey Holmes Burns Bridges!
Alberga’s Fascinating String Quartets
Gluck’s “Hidden Opera”…by Salieri
More Wacky Music from Harry Partch
Mark Turner Meets Gary Foster
Vinikour Plays 20th-Century Harpsichord Concerti
Edith Ruiz Plays Contemporary Piano Music
Trio Musicalis Plays Contrasts
Salieri’s “Les Horaces” a Little-Known Gem
Bernard Roberts Plays Stephen Dodgson’s Sonatas
Wayne Wallace Explores the “Rhythm of Invention”
Darrell Ang Does Kabalevsky
Roorda Plays Composers of 1920s France
New Recording of Loewe’s Grand Trio
Mälkki Conducts Bartók
Mercadante’s “Il Giuramento”
Gražinyté-Tyla’s Powerful Weinberg
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
Composer Charles Ruggiero
Jazz Radio Network
WWFM Classical Streaming
Jazzbreak (many sound clips & videos available here)
John Todaro Photography