The Secret to Classical Music: It’s Just Music – writes Benjamin F Carlson

Even if you have eclectic tastes, if you’re under 30, chances are good you listen to little or no classical music. This isn’t an admonition; it’s a fact, and one you’ve probably heard before in an admonishing tone. For decades, classical music has been in lugubrious decline. This trend has become a grave concern for […]

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Caccini: L’Euridice: Concerto Italiano/Alessandrini – review

Andrew Clements writes: No one would dispute that the first operatic masterpiece was Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, which was first performed in Mantua in 1607. But establishing what should be regarded as the very first opera of all, who composed it, and what that work consisted of, is much less straightforward. It is hard to pinpoint precisely […]

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WE LIKE THIS: JJ Cale – Cajun Moon (CD)

The reclusive, enigmatic JJ Cale did not enjoy touring, but was on fine form when playing this superb set in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma on New Year’s Eve, 1975. Taped for FM broadcast, it features his signature classics Call Me The Breeze, Cocaine and After Midnight, as well as a selection of other laid-back […]

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CREAM: Disraeli Gears Documentary

If you’ve never seen this movie and loved the band, I highly recommend this. The footage and interviews are amazing. If you have Netflix streaming its on there. There’s more than one Cream movie so make sure you pick this one. To be able to see Jack Bruce play Sunshine of your Love on stand […]

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The problem with the First Night of the Proms

  Curtain-raiser: The first night of the Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall  By Ivan Hewett 17 Jul 2015 How to begin the world’s greatest music festival? With a brand-new curtain-raiser, is one obvious answer. We have one this year, in the shape of Gary Carpenter’s Dadaville, and there have been quite a few new […]

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PS AUDIO: Piano keys

Paul McGowan: “Great distortions annoy; lesser distortions fatigue.”  Great quote from one of our readers and it’s quite appropriate as we start looking at Listener Fatigue.  I didn’t want to just examine the nature of fatigue, however, I wanted to steer the discussion into something I actually know about: design.  How does design influence listener […]

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THE STAPLE SINGERS: Faith And Grace – A Family Journey 1953-1976 (4CD/7″Vinyl Box)

  We are told ….. Listen to a family’s musical odyssey unfold with this new five-disc set from Universal Music Catalogue, the first-ever comprehensive overview of the career of The Staple Singers… Featuring the extraordinary voice of Mavis Staples, the family band delivered Seventies’ R&B/Soul classics such as Respect Yourself, I’ll Take You There and […]

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The Best Classical Violin Music

  Aaron Green / ThoughtCo writes: Great classical music for violin is always within arms reach, you just need to know where to look. These classical violin pieces were selected based on melody, popularity, and overall likability. Here’s a list for those of you looking to expand your classical music horizons or for anyone needing […]

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Antonio Vivaldi: Mandolin and Lute Concertos [L’Arte dell’Arco – F.Gugliel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMG6XCp8QOU A few comments from viewers … Oh my God! This beautifully! Divine sérénissime Tenía quince años la primera vez que escuche el concierto me sigue emocionando y asombrando la belleza de esta melodía tan sencilla y tan bien puesta Our entire LOST IMMORTALS archive The LOST IMMORTALS exclusive members group

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CLAUDIO ABBADO: A celebration

This week on the Gramophone website we are celebrating the career and recordings of the great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado. Among the highlights of Abbado Week are two different guides his finest recordings, a comprehensive overview of Abbado’s career and heartfelt tribute from Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly, and a classic interview with Abbado drawn from […]

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Glenn Gould: a wilfully idiotic genius?

It’s 30 years since the death of Glenn Gould, but the pianist still provokes strong reactions. So how do today’s top players assess his legacy? It still sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard, however many times you listen to it: Glenn Gould’s first recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, made in 1955, has an energy, an intensity […]

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