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24.11.17

#morninglistening to the best #SchöneMüllerin there is...



#morninglistening to what’s simply the best #SchöneMüllerin there is:

http://a-fwd.to/4yGtjni

@Sony_Classical w/the perfect Lied-symbiosis: GerhaherHuber (one word!)

A most desired, most successful re-recording after their first go at the Müllerin 14 years ago.

#Schubert

#ChristianGerhaher & #GeroldHuber

#liedmelodieartsong #Lied #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #germanromanticism #schoenemuellerin #FranzSchubert #songcycle



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23.11.17

#morninglistening on Thanksgiving to @angelagheorghiu on...



#morninglistening on Thanksgiving to @angelagheorghiu on @warnerClassics:

http://a-fwd.to/4oebR9C

in assorted Italian #arias of #Mascagni, #Donaudy, #Puccini, #Boito, #Mascheroni, #Refice, #Ponchielli, #Giordano & #Leoncavallo.

#JosephCalleja is superb in his two cameos!

#classicalmusic #opera #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #italianopera



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Kansas City Ballet's Renovated 'Nutcracker' at the Kennedy Center


The Nutcracker (Act I, Kingdom of the Snow), Kansas City Ballet (photo by Brett Pruitt and East Market Studios)

Washington is possibly the only city in the world that sees a different production of The Nutcracker almost every year. Most companies, including our own Washington Ballet, tend to stick by their Nutcracker choreography year to year, trusting in the devotion of their audience to the familiar over the new. The Kennedy Center continued its tradition of hosting a visiting ballet company for a Thanksgiving weekend of Nutcracker performances, with the refurbished choreography inaugurated in 2015 at Kansas City Ballet.

Kevin Carney created this version shortly after his appointment as the company's artistic director, and it goes for maximum laughs and enchantment. Drosselmeier becomes a presiding demiurge in this version, which opens with a new scene in the inventor's workshop. Guest character artist Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye's pratfalls and magic tricks soften the character's potential menace. With the help of flying effects, provided ably by Flying by Foy, he soared into the air, guiding the floating balloon that carried Clara (a sweet Maggie Crist) and the Nutcracker Prince to the Land of the Sweets.


Other Reviews:

Robert Trussel, Kansas City Ballet’s reimagined ‘Nutcracker’ is elegant, fun and a bit chaotic (Kansas City Star, December 6, 2015)

C. J. Janovy, Kansas City Ballet Takes Its 'Nutcracker' To The Kennedy Center In Washington, D.C. (KCUR, November 22, 2017)
Jokes outweigh sentiment at every turn, including the antics of Tempe Ostergren's Grandfather, animated by Drosselmeier's magic in the Großvater Tanz. Child dancers fill nearly every scene, adorable but reaching a critical mass of cuteness perhaps too early into the evening. The rats enter with disco moves, and baby mice shake their tails; pawing reindeer pull the sleigh of the snow queen, and tiny lambs obediently follow the shepherdesses in the entrée of the Mirlitons, again shaking their rear ends to get a laugh. The children, over a hundred of them, are all from the Washington area, trained specifically for these performances by Kimberly Cowen and Racheal Nye.

It is a choreography for short attention spans, as the pacing can be hectic. The only place that the action expanded slightly, allowing room for a reflective dance tableau, was not coincidentally the best part of the evening, the Kingdom of the Snow. The candy-sweet, rainbow-varied production (sets by Alain Vaës, costumes by Holly Hynes) became a more attractive crystalline blue and silver. The unified corps of twelve women, led by the graceful lead pairing of Danielle Bausinger and James Kirby Rogers, filled the smaller stage space created by the more detailed set, to some of the score's most charming music, featuring the piped-in voices of the Arlington Children's Chorus.

As usual the choreography bogs down in the saccharine variations of the second act, as some of the toys stolen by the mice at the end of the first act returned in the Land of the Sweets. Highlights included the Arabian dancer of Molly Wagner, lithe and flung through the air by her two partners, and the pert Rose of Taryn Mejia in the Waltz of the Flowers. The Sugar Plum Fairy (striking Amaya Rodriguez) and her Cavalier (Lamin Pereira dos Santos) had the most classical set of dances, a momentary concession to ballet tradition in this mostly pantomimed affair.

Among Nutcracker performances in the Washington area, this is the one to see, because the music is performed live and complete, that is, with the part for children's chorus and with some often-cut music restored. Ramona Pansegrau, who conducts the Kansas City Symphony for the company's home performances, led a mildly chaotic rendition from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Sections of the orchestra sometimes did not line up with each other, apparently confused by some sudden shifts of tempo, but these minor drawbacks should even out as the run continues.

The Nutcracker runs through November 26 at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: Brahms From Dresden With Thielemann, Pollini, Batiashvili


…Maurizio Pollini has recorded the Brahms Piano Concertos before; first around 1980 with the Vienna Philharmonic (Karl Böhm conducting the First and Claudio Abbado the Second), then in the late 90s with the Berlin Philharmonic (Abbado conducting both). His granitic confidence still rings through in his latest batch of these concertos, but I’m not sure it amounts to as much as our expectations have us desire, given the high-powered ensemble at work here, which also involves the Dresden Staatskapelle and Christian Thielemann and further includes the violin concerto…

-> Classical CD Of The Week: Brahms From Dresden With Thielemann, Pollini, Batiashvili

#morninglistening to #Holliger on @ECMRecords in #Machaut...



#morninglistening to #Holliger on @ECMRecords in #Machaut #transcriptions.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

http://amzn.to/2zZZkEt

#HilliardEnsemble #21stCenturyMusic #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #vocalmusic #acapella #ECMRecords #HeinzHolliger #Thanksgiving #viola



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22.11.17

#morninglistening to #Draeseke’s #orchestralmusic...



#morninglistening to #Draeseke’s #orchestralmusic w/#Wuppertal #SymphonyOrchestra

http://amzn.to/2iIM1Pc

on #MDG under George Hanson

a 2-CD Reissue of previously released music.

#classicalmusic #symphonies #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #choralmusic #germanromanticism #Symphony #FelixDraeseke #pianoconcerto #brahmscontemporary



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#morninglistening to #Barber & #Bartok on @ECMRecords...



#morninglistening to #Barber & #Bartok on @ECMRecords w/#KeithJarrett

http://a-fwd.to/3kW1Whx

@surprisedbeauty music! w/@NewJapanPhil & @SWRClassic #deutscheradiophilharmonie Saarbrücken / Kaiserslautern.

#20thCenturyMusic #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection
#pianoconcertos #pianoconcerto No.3 (#Bartók) & op.38 (#SamuelBarber) #orchestralmusic #dennisrusselldavies #ECMRecords



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#morninglistening to @mariancrebassa on...



#morninglistening to @mariancrebassa on @warnerClassics

http://a-fwd.to/R87LiJP

in songs by #Debussy, #Ravel, #Fauré and the wonderful #Duparc: “Secrets”

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #mélodie #liedmelodieartsong #frenchmusic #vocalmusic #mariannecrebassa #FazilSay #ClaudeDebussy #MauriceRavel #HenriDuparc #GabrielFaure



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21.11.17

#morninglistening gorgeous #Schuetz w/@DKCDresden & Rademann...



#morninglistening gorgeous #Schuetz w/@DKCDresden & Rademann & the supreme #DorotheeMields

http://a-fwd.to/33big4I

on #CarusVerlag’s label.

#EarlyMusic #Dresden #baroquemusic #Psalms #Carus #choralmusic #vocalmusic #Schwanengesang #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection



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19.11.17

#morninglistening to #Rameau w/@talensLyriques on...



#morninglistening to #Rameau w/@talensLyriques on @AparteMusic:

http://amzn.to/2hFrfiI

via @PIASclassicsUSA.
#ChristopheRousset leading a terrific account of #JeanPhilippeRameau’s ballet/opera #Pygmalion. ♡♡♡

#EarlyMusic #frenchbaroque #historicalinstruments #historicallyinformedperformance #cdcollection #classicalcdcollection #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #balletmusic #LesTalensLyriques



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#morninglistening to gr8 #Mendelssohn #StringQuartets...



#morninglistening to gr8 #Mendelssohn #StringQuartets w/@Quatuor_Arod:

http://a-fwd.to/6AbtXyb

on @warnerclassics: opp.13 & 44/2. Alas w/a name like that one suspects performance-enhancing drugs to have been involved.

Oh, and the fragment “Frage” of op.9/1

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #ChamberMusic #StringQuartet #germanromanticism #classicalcdcollection #QuatuorArod #Arod



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18.11.17

#morninglistening to #Schubert w/#KrystianZimerman...



#morninglistening to #Schubert w/#KrystianZimerman :

http://a-fwd.to/p6KbrFU

Zimerman is back on @dgclassics with his first solo-album - not counting Baceweicz’s 2nd Piano Sonata - in many (15?) years.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #pianosonatas #solokeyboard #ludwigvanbeethoven #FranzSchubert #D959 #D960 #WienerKlassik



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17.11.17

#morninglistening to #Beethoven...



#morninglistening to #Beethoven w/#Kissin:

http://a-fwd.to/780Dx9w

#YevgenyKissin is back w/@dgclassics

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #pianosonatas #solokeyboard #ludwigvanbeethoven #LvB #ludwigvan #WienerKlassik



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Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: Rued Langgaard, A Danish Lark


…Rued Langgaard (1893 – 1952) is a strangely wonder-full romantic composer, whose 16 symphonies cover the gamut from massively delightful to charmingly bizarre. The unabashedly romantic style of the Wagner-quotes and Strauss-flavor sprinkled Second Symphony (“Awakening of Spring”) is as intriguing as the impressionist 23-minute, 13-movement Fourth Symphony. His violin and piano miniatures are among the sweetest found in the 20th century. A real "Surprised by Beauty"-composer, if ever there will be a third edition. His works for string quartet included in the first string quartet-devoted volume of Dacapo’s…

-> Classical CD Of The Week: Rued Langgaard, A Danish Lark

#morninglistening to #LvB #pianoconcertos...



#morninglistening to #LvB #pianoconcertos w/@CleveOrchestra:

http://a-fwd.to/28qb0Pv

w/#VladimirAshkenazy.

I would argue this to be his best of the three #Beethoven #pianoconcerto cycles. The orchestra responds very nimbly. There is a reason these self-conducted affairs take place with the #clevelandorchestra!

#classicalmusic
#classicalmusiccollection #Decca #orchestralmusic #pianoconcertos #germanromanticism #Ludwigvan #ludwigvanbeethoven #classicalcdcollection



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16.11.17

#morninglistening to #Boulez w/@DBarenboim + @DivanOrchestra on...



#morninglistening to #Boulez w/@DBarenboim + @DivanOrchestra on @DGClassics:

http://a-fwd.to/40fbGzz

#20thCenturyMusic (Is it still #contemporarymusic when the composer has died?) #orchestralmusic #21stCenturyMusic #frenchmusic #PierreBoulez #westeasterndivanorchestra #danielbarenboim



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15.11.17

#morninglistening to #RichardWagner @WagnerFestival...



#morninglistening to #RichardWagner @WagnerFestival w/#KarlBöhm:

http://a-fwd.to/30sth7Y on @DGclassics

#tristanundisolde in a deluxe reissue incl. #blurayaudio.

With a dream cast of #birgitnilsson & #WolfgangWindgassen.

#opera #germanromanticism #Wagner #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #vocalmusic



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14.11.17

#morninglistening to #BrunoMaderna on @ECMRecords...



#morninglistening to #BrunoMaderna on @ECMRecords w/@OSILugano

http://a-fwd.to/7n9FQtx

+ #LucianoBerio. #20thCenturyMusic #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #orchestralmusic #dennisrusselldavies #frescobaldi #legrenzi #gabrieli #viadana et al. #ECMRecords

And a 2011 #Morillon from @WeingutGross. ♡♡♡



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13.11.17

#morninglistening to #Beethoven w/#TakacsQuartet



#morninglistening to #Beethoven on @deccaclassics

http://a-fwd.to/ogVJ4wv

w/#TakacsQuartet.

♡♡♡♡♡ / ☆☆☆☆☆

Arguably the all-round best #LvB SQ4t cycle there is! Finally given some re-release love w/a deluxe edition!

#classicalmusiccollection #classicalmusic #classicalcdcollection #ChamberMusic #StringQuartet #ludwigvanbeethoven #StringQuartets …
Top choice in my grand Beethoven String Quartet Cycle Survey. #WienerKlassik #ludwigvanbeethoven #TakácsQuartet #SQ4ts #bluray #blurayaudio



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12.11.17

#morninglistening to #Mozart on @warnerclassics w/@NoaWildschut,...



#morninglistening to #Mozart on @warnerclassics w/@NoaWildschut, @nedpho_nko et al:

http://a-fwd.to/3Nww0Qw

#ViolinConcerto No.5 & #ViolinSonata K454

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #ViolinConcertos #WienerKlassik #vienneseschool #orchestralmusic #ChamberMusic #wolfgangamadeusmozart



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#morninglistening to #SaintSaens w/@santa_cecilia on...



#morninglistening to #SaintSaens w/@santa_cecilia on @warnerclassics:

http://a-fwd.to/4u3NO6m

#OrganSymphony + #CarnivaloftheAnimals: 🐯🐓🐔🐴🐢🐢🐘🐨🐠🐟🐡🐦🎼🐊🐤

w/#AntonioPappano & #MarthaArgerich (+ Daniele Rossi)

#classicalmusic #1886 #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection
#orchestralmusic #saintsaëns #organMusic #symphony



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11.11.17

Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: The Music Of Marx, With Hints Of Rheinberger


…I used to “not get” the Richard Strauss Violin Sonata and remember sharing that sentiment with several violinist friends who then, one by one, were converted. I have joined them now, after listening to a recording that I was actually drawn to more for the Joseph Marx Spring Sonata, than young Richard’s work. And craftsman Marx composed an astonishingly untroubled work in 1944 with an If-Rachmaninoff-had-been-Viennese air …

-> Classical CD Of The Week: The Music Of Marx, With Hints Of Rheinberger

Dip Your Ears, No. 219 (Racy Schubert from Dausgaard and Heras-Casado)



available at Amazon

Franz Schubert, Symphonies 3 - 5
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)
BIS SACD


available at Amazon
Franz Schubert, Symphonies 3, 4
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Pablo Heras-Casado (conductor)
Harmonia Mundi

Early Schubert symphonies are just a soupçon of tedium away from being boring. Wildness, youthful jubilance, brilliance and a good timpani thwacking are all necessary ingredients and it’s not surprising that (early) Schubert is being well served by early music and chamber ensembles: they are tuned to vitality and happy to go for the jugular. The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (with Pablo Heras-Casado, Harmonia Mundi) tackles the Third and Fourth in their typical top-notch style, punching holes in the score, though perhaps even overdoing the drive in the Third: Frans Brüggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century (Philips) had shown in the 90s that excitement is not necessarily about conducting faster—although they then proceed to be faster and more exciting in the Fourth Symphony. (Frighteningly Brüggen has better sound than the slightly muffled Freiburg recording. Very much unlike Harmonia Mundi!)

Dausgaard and his Swedish Chamber Orchestra has the best sound of the lot and perhaps the most deft hand at these works, too: Wherever slow, he never drags, wherever fast, he never hurries. Punch and zest, yes, but not outright violence. The drum-roll opening of the Fourth shoots out like a salvo of (non-violent) machine gun fire, the darkness of the strings mourns passionately… The Fifth of Schubert, a personal favorite, can be a sunny masterpiece. Günter Wand in his last recording delievered something near genial perfection (NDRSO, RCA), but in his snappier way, Dausgaard rather matches him. That’s reason enough to declare the @SWCOrchestra’s disc one of the finds of the year!






10.11.17

#morninglistening to #Debussy on & w/@londonsymphony



#morninglistening to #Debussy on & w/@londonsymphony:

http://a-fwd.to/1AnLcJX

#pelleasetmelisande w/ @geraldfinley, #ChristianGerhaher, #SimonRattle & #magdalenakozena

#20thCenturyMusic #FrenchMusic #opera
#vocalmusic #chambersymphony #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection



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#morninglistening to #JuliaLezhneva on...



#morninglistening to #JuliaLezhneva on @DeccaClassics

http://a-fwd.to/717jHun

in #Graun w/#ConcertoKöln.

#baroquemusic #nofilter
#germanbaroque #arias #worldpremiere recordings! #vocalmusic #operaarias
#classicalmusic #opera #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #historicalinstruments #CarlHeinrichGraun



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9.11.17

#morninglistening to #Bach; #FrenchSuites on...



#morninglistening to #Bach; #FrenchSuites on @DeccaClassics:

http://a-fwd.to/1NS2uYV

w/#VladimirAshkenazy

#EarlyMusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #baroquemusic #solokeyboard #pianomusic #JohannSebastianBach #noFilter



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#morninglistening/-viewing to #Karajan as film-director:...



#morninglistening/-viewing to #Karajan as film-director: @CmajorEnt1

http://a-fwd.to/6MPIfVO

w/@BerlinPhil & @Vienna_Phil

Maestro for the Screen

#classicalmusic
#classicalmusiccollection #pianoconcerto #CMajor #orchestralmusic #musicfilm #bluray #narcism #narcissist #genius



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#morninglistening to #Mozart #pianoconcertos w/@CleveOrchestra...



#morninglistening to #Mozart #pianoconcertos w/@CleveOrchestra:

http://a-fwd.to/6TVlfIv

w/#MitsukoUchida.

Genial, sunny Mozart artlessly performed.

#classicalmusic
#classicalmusiccollection #pianoconcerto #Decca #orchestralmusic #pianoconcertos #noFilter



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Peter Donohoe, Ravel, and his Spellchecker









8.11.17

#morninglistening to #Mendelssohn w/@ChambOrchEurope &...



#morninglistening to #Mendelssohn w/@ChambOrchEurope & @nezetseguin:

http://a-fwd.to/1FyTC68

on @DGClassics + @RIAS_kammerchor

#classicalmusic #symphonies #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #choralmusic #orchestralmusic #germanromanticism #felixmendelssohn 2nd #Symphony



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#morninglistening to #Bach transcriptions on...



#morninglistening to #Bach transcriptions on @MSR_Classics

http://a-fwd.to/1NS2uYV

w/@TanyaGabrielian: “#REMIX”.

☆☆☆☆

#classicalmusic #EarlyMusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #baroquemusic #solokeyboard #pianomusic #transcription #transcriptions of works for solo violin and solo cello by #Siloti, #Godowski, #saintsaens & #JohannSebastianBach himself



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#morninglistening to #Ullmann on #PragaDigitals...



#morninglistening to #Ullmann on #PragaDigitals w/#RadoslavKvapil

http://a-fwd.to/gw90D9U

@SurprisedBeauty music as certainly as any! Ullmann alone would be worth adding a third edition! Superb disc with three of the absolute highlights of Ullmann’s tragically limited output.
If you have only one Ullmann recording, make it this.
#KocianQuartet

#classicalmusic #pianoconcerto #solokeyboard #pianosonata #20thCenturyMusic #pianomusic #CzechMusic #ChamberMusic
#classicalmusiccollection #StringQuartet #classicalcdcollection #ViktorUllmann



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6.11.17

Dip Your Ears, No. 218 (Third Stream Beauties from David Baker)


available at Amazon
David Baker, “Singers of Songs”
Music with Cello
Manuel Fischer-Dieskau (cello)
M|DG

Bell-tinkling and vibraphone-hints for Miles Davis, cello cantilenas, calypso-moments for Sonny Rollins, an air of spirituals suggesting Paul Robeson, quasi orchestral harmony for Duke Ellington and bebopping percussion beneath a vocalizing cello: And that’s just the opening, “Singers of Songs” on David Baker’s disc with music for cello and variously percussion, piano, or jazz trio. Gunther Schuller defined the term “Third Stream”, under which David Baker’s eclectic, but essentially romantic compositions fall. To summarize Schuller: “Contemporary classical ethno-fusion”… which applies fully to “Singers”. The Cello Sonata is more on the classical side of this stream, the terrific Trio on the jazz side. Written for János Starker (and with his input), they are performed by Starker-student Dieskau jr.





#morninglistening to #EdisonDenisov on @harmoniamundi /...



#morninglistening to #EdisonDenisov on @harmoniamundi / @PIASclassicsUSA:

http://a-fwd.to/1AnLcJX

#20thCenturyMusic #RussianMusic #vocalmusic #chambersymphony #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection



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5.11.17

#morninglistening to @DevieilheSabine on...



#morninglistening to @DevieilheSabine on @warnerClassics

http://a-fwd.to/5AVooSE

in #Rameau w/#LesAmbassadeurs. Terrific collection of his greatest hits, vocal and orchestral.

#baroquemusic #nofilter
#frenchmusic
#classicalmusic #opera #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #historicalinstruments



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Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: Minor Mozart Miracle


…Volume 4 of a new Mozart Piano Sonata cycle has appeared on the Oehms label and it is now apparent that they will have one of the most pleasant, musical, and delight-giving such cycles on their hands. A reference set that, had it only come onto the market 50 or 30 or even 15 years ago, would have been considered a classic by now. As it is, it might never be more than a notable set among too many such sets; by my Mozart Piano Sonata Survey’s count one of 82, currently. That shouldn’t keep you from exploring, though:…

-> Classical CD Of The Week: Minor Mozart Miracle

4.11.17

#morninglistening to @detroitsymphony w/@LeonardSlatkin in...



#morninglistening to @detroitsymphony w/@LeonardSlatkin in #Copeland:

http://a-fwd.to/7LW0VhA

& my @Astros jersey from ca. 1993?! Finally coming to good use*. 😀

congrats on winning the #worldseries!

#AmericanClassics #americanclassicalmusic #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #Detroit #LeonardSlatkin #orchestralmusic #20thCenturyMusic #symphony #ThreeLatinAmericanSketches #Naxos

* purchased at the time because I wasn’t able to get or afford the @Twins jersey I so wanted. Or rather to fit the Astros jacket I got because I couldn’t afford the Twins jacket I coveted.
It has been a long time. Subtext: Astros merch was often on sale back then…



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2.11.17

#morninglistening to #DSCH on #BIS w/@GilbertConducts &...



#morninglistening to #DSCH on #BIS w/@GilbertConducts & @elbphilharmonie:

http://a-fwd.to/NznBfBE

#ViolinConcertos.

@SurprisedBeauty music.
#Shostakovich #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #ViolinConcerto #RussianMusic #orchestralmusic #20thCenturyMusic #SurprisedByBeauty



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