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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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Read my latest blog posts:
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”
An Abundance of Alkan!
Quattro Mani Play Re-Structures
All Hail Hailstork’s String Quartets
The Pavel Haas Quartet’s Electrifying Dvořák
Leistner-Mayer’s Psychotropic Quartets
Sabine Devieilhe Breaks Through
Yasmin Rowe’s Maiden Voyage on CD
Y2’s Scintillating Mendelssohn & Kapustin
Discovering Ben Goldscheider’s Golden Horn
Re-Evaluating Toscanini’s 1940 “Missa Solemnis”
Paús’ Music Played Well by Fernández
Narbutaitė’s Unusual Orchestral Music
The Strange Cello Music of Giacinto Scelsi
Bolcom’s Interesting Piano Music in New Collection
Rebekah Heller’s Strange Bassoon Adventure
Alberto Bologni Makes “Dedications” in New Pieces
TJP’s New “Peace and Love” Album
John Browning’s Superb Ravel Reissued
Harley Plays Trump Card in New CD
Miguel Baselga’s Albéniz Adventure
Rameau’s Great “Les Indes Galantes” Reissued
Osland’s UK Musicians Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rhythm Section
Copland’s Early Orchestral Works Kick Butt!
Mantas Completes Schumann’s Fourth Sonata
Marteau’s Enigmatic Songs
Martinů’s “Epic of Gilgamesh” in English at Last
Korstick’s Wide-Awake Debussy, Vol. 5 Released
Julián Carrillo, the Forgotten Genius
Baselga Completes His Albéniz Series
Várdai’s Great Kodály Performances
Elena Gaponenko’s Astonishing Dual Talents
Cotik Explores Mozart’s Violin Sonatas
Urania’s Fantastic Reissue of Milanov’s “Aida”
Bollani’s Wild Italian Musical Adventure
Have You Ever Heard “Háry János”?
Leslie Pintchik’s Fun New Album
Revisiting Milhaud’s Chamber Music
Sylvie Courvoisier’s Strange, Atonal Jazz
An Early Example of the UK Mega-Sax Ensemble “Stinkin’”
The Turtle Island Quartet’s “Bird’s Eye View”
Osland Goes Classical With “Intrinsic Versatility”
Miles’ Mega-Sax Groups Stir Up the Gumbo
Martinů’s Great Early Orchestral Works Recorded
Donatoni’s Strange Chamber Music
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:
The Opera Scribe
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