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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 9, 2018, now complete through Composers Se/Sz!
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:
Christopher Trapani’s “Waterlines”
Schreier’s “Die Schöne Magelone” Reissued
Schreier Turns Mozart Lieder Into Schubert
Lester Leaps In – But Can You Find Him?
A 1974 Liederfest at Salzburg
Introducing Dr. B of the Dallas Jazz Scene
Julian Gerstin Explores “The Old City”
Bentyne Shines in New Duet Album
Edward Gardner’s Berlioz “Requiem”
Digging Into Enescu’s Piano Works
Jansons’ Interesting Mahler Second
Amos Gillespie’s Chamber Music Delights
Lorraine Feather Returns in “Math Camp”
A Bevy of Connecticut Composers
Jurowski Conducts Tchaikovsky Symphonies
Julia Jones’ “3D Binaural” CD
A Cornucopia of Cherkassky
The Music of Philipp Scharwenka
Luzia von Wyl is “Throwing Coins”
Chris Pasin Practices “Ornettiquette”
Annie Chen’s Secret Treetop
Aruán Ortiz Joins Don Byron in New CD
Moser Plays Lutosławski & Dutilleux
Huisman Tackles Sorabji
Cho & Kim Play “Indianapolis Commissions”
Barton Pine Plays the Blues
Elisabeth Kulman’s Great Lieder Recital
Schrekin’ Along With Schreker
Hans Winterberg’s Strange But Fascinating Music
Christopher Hollyday Returns
Jack Mouse Presents His “Intimate Adversary”
Kulman’s Stupendous “Jazzical” CD
René Jacobs Begins His Schubert Cycle
Fred Hersch’s First Stint at the Village Vanguard Released
Deschamps Creates “No Codes”
Gounod’s Last Opera Released on CD
The Dime Notes Tackle Old Tunes
A Treasure-Trove of Rare Satchmo
Stan Getz in a Rare Live Set From 1959
The Emile Parisien Quintet at Marciac
Jazz From the Lost Generation in Cuba
Karin Hammar Makes Circles
Accordion & Vibes Jazz from Azzola & Doriz
Discovering the Johnny Griffith Quintet
The John Fedchock Quartet is Reminiscing
Peled Amit’s Interesting Bach Suites
The Return of Thomas Fonnesbæk
The Arcadia Quartet Tackles Bartók
Mantas Conducts Mozart Serenades
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