PHILIP GLASS: Symphony No.9 reviewed by Stephen Mejia

“I have no real foundation on which to discuss the merits or shortcomings of symphonic music—I’m too busy contemplating Drake, Mike Posner, and Nicki Minaj—but I have heard that the Ninth is considered “the cursed” symphony.  I think it begins with Beethoven, who died after completing his Ninth. Mahler, I’ve read, was so disturbed by […]

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Shostakovich: Symphony No 4, review

Vasily Petrenko ensures the proportions and sometimes wild discourse of this symphony are held in perspective, says Geoffrey Norris. The chequered performance history of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony has lent it a mystique over and above all the interpretations of what his message – whether public or private – might have been in the other 14 […]

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SCHUBERT: String Quintet in C, D956, review

Geoffrey Norris writes: Coming in at No 3 behind Beethoven’s Choral Symphony and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, Schubert’s C major String Quintet of 1828 has long been a favourite on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, with 72 guests selecting it as a castaway essential since the programme started in 1942. It is the Adagio […]

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NOW HEAR THIS: Wagner, Joe Bonamassa, Beethoven

CDs and LPs; sometimes DVDs too. As editor I get advanced notification of music releases and so I’m sharing it. Primarily Blues, Jazz, Classic and Rock. I make no value judgements here i.e I am merely …. the conduit. Updated pretty much 24/7 @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/770803929775708/?source=create_flow Thanks HP More like this HERE

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SCHNABEL: The RCA Victor Recordings

  We are told: Sony Classical pays tribute to Artur Schnabel one of the 20th centurys most influential pianists and musical thinkers. Artur Schnabel The RCA Victor Recordings brings together all of the pianists sessions for RCA Victor, recorded within an intense two months of activity in 1942. Beethovens G major and Emperor Concertos with […]

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THE FRATERNITY: Requiem

  We are told: Be transported throughout ancient history to all regions of the world with this beautiful and unique presentation of Requiem from The Fraternity. With the exceptional art form of Gregorian chant, this recording has a mystical quality. With an ethos reflecting a time of sadness, representing that period of mourning inherent in […]

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BRAHMS: The Symphonies (3 cd)

  We are told: The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons are pleased to release their latest recordings on BSO Classics–a three-disc set of the four Brahms symphonies, recorded live during concert performances at Symphony Hall in November 2016, engineered by the same in-house team that produced the BSO’s Grammy-winning Shostakovich recordings under Maestro Nelsons […]

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