30th Anniversary Season Opener, featuring Leonidas Kavakos Well, I’m a bit late in coming with this. The concert was almost a week ago, and came at the end of an extremely long day (and weekend, involving a national holiday, two typhoons, a … Continue reading NSO’s A Hero’s Life
This post was going to be some really detailed information about the cadenza for Thursday’s centennial piece, but then I decided I didn’t know enough about it, and that I’d like to leave Thursday’s centennial piece as it is.It was then going to be some reflections on the idea of the centennial itself, and then I thought that’s a bit silly. I’ve already had some “reflect on milestone” posts, and I’m getting the idea I’m the only one reading this thing anyway.Then I thought about not thinking about what it’s going to be about, and here we are.I’ve been doing … Continue reading 100 pieces of music and filling in the gaps
If you haven’t noticed, I enjoy milestones, even the insignificant ones. We’ve had a few anniversaries here, like the 50th piece I shared, the one-year anniversary (for which was written the About Me post, the one-year-anniversary music post, and the reminiscing post, and we are coming up on the 100th music post, but for now, this is the 200th post in the blog’s history. We’ve had Thoughts posts, resources, the On This Day series, which is soon going to get shaken up a bit, the German(ic) Symphonies Series, which was extremely exciting, as well as concert reviews. There’s also been … Continue reading Post number 200!
performed by Krystian Zimerman and the Polish Festival Orchestra, (Zimerman also conducting) This is one of the earliest piano concertos we have talked about, certainly the earliest in our little string of four or five here. Actually the second of … Continue reading Chopin piano concerto no. 1 in Em, op. 11
I started this a year ago, first on Tumblr (old site), and migrated to our current location, and had the deluded belief that I could listen through about a piece a day and “get” it. I’d listen multiple times and think I could write something intelligent on it. Looking back, that was definitely not the case, and there are at least 15 or more posts that I will be revisiting. I’ll keep the original write-ups for nostalgia, but want to do those pieces justice like I couldn’t before. Myaskovsky 2 and Bruckner 6 and Nielsen 2 come to mind (won’t … Continue reading It’s been a year!
performed by the Royal Philharmonic under Thomas Beecham, Jascha Heifetz, violin It’s been piano, piano, piano… Concertos, sonatas, other stuff. Was definitely on a piano kick for a while, and still have lots of other pieces on the back burner that didn’t … Continue reading Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in Em, op. 64
performed by the Berlin Philharmonic under Raphael Kubelik, or below with the Vienna Philharmonic under Karajan: Some interesting facts about this piece: It’s worth noting (as I mentioned in the Dvorak 2 post) that until his earlier symphonies were discovered, this … Continue reading Dvorak Symphony no. 9 in Em, op. 95: 120th anniversary