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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 May 27, 2018…lots of them in Composers – Sa/Sc, and now complete through Composers – R!
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.
Read my latest blog posts:
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
Beverly Beirne Just Wants to Have Fun!
Blumina Plays Weinberg
TrioPolis One Plays Modern Composers
Walker Delves Into Hindemith & Hartmann
Goodbye, Jack Reilly
Ellington Swings at Coventry Cathedral
Martinů’s Double Concerti in a New Recording
Duo d’Accord Plays Tansman
Roberto Esposito Plays His Own Piano Music
Franz Schreker’s Neglected Masterpiece
New CD of Crumb’s Piano Music
Duo Odéon and the Specter of George Antheil
The Strange Music of Douglas Boyce
The Concerti of Frank Ezra Levy
Beardslee Sings Again in New Release
Jelly Roll’s Library of Congress Set for Under $30
Bobby Sanabria Revamps “West Side Story”
Markevitch’s Great “Life for the Czar” Reissued
Paul Hindemith’s Wind Sonatas
Robert Groslot’s Witty Chamber Music
Inside the Musical Mind of Dawid Lubowicz
John Bailey Plugs Into “Real Time”
Exploring the Life and Interests of Bill Russell
The Return of Alchemy Sound Project
“Pity, I’m Back!” Gulda Plays Bach
Serafin’s Old “Mefistofele” Reissued
McGegan Resuscitates a Forgotten Rameau Opera
New Recording of Aho’s Wind Quintets
A Great Recording of Boito’s “Nerone”
Yang and the Alexander Quartet Do Mozart
New Video Recaps Birgit Nilsson’s Career
Marty Elkins Swings Oldies in New Release
Banse’s “Das Marienleben” Deep, Penetrating
Ismailova Plays Karayev
John Wilson Conducts Richard Rodney Bennett
West Chester U Wind Ensemble Has “Second Thoughts”
Clipper Erickson’s Russian-Themed Tableau
John Pittman Feels a “Kinship” With His Band
Ronnie Cuber Still Groovin’
The Best Forgotten Violinist of All Time
Morlot Conducts Modern Music & Ravel
Christian Erny Plays Arthur Lourié
Ruben Gazarian Conducts an Unusual Program
Jacob Greenberg in the Hanging Gardens
Arturo Toscanini, Warts and All
Renate Eggebrecht Digs Finnish Composers!
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