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reviewed Classical Guitar. June 22
posted in Music Matters
Classical Guitar
My fingers are short and stubby. They don't seem quite right for a first time learner holding a classical-variety acoustic guitar. The classical acoustic guitar, as per its name, produces a very beautiful sound, but it doesn't leave a ton of room for error. In order to eliminate unwanted twang and feedback, I have to press the strings and hold them completely against the fretboard, and classic acoustic …
reviewed Dream With Me by Jackie Evancho. July 10, 2011
Dream With Me by Jackie Evancho
To say a singer has matured is to applaud him/her for his/her hardwork and good grasp of singing technique.   To say that of Jackie Evancho seems to be a little too early in the game. She's but only 11 year old! And this is her third CD (technically, the 2nd by a record label). Yet, after selling platinum for the first and now 1/4 of the way towards that for the 2nd (after a mere month), …
posted a Quick Tip about Dream With Me by Jackie Evancho. July 07, 2011
Dream With Me by Jackie Evancho
The little girl who sold a million debut CDs in 2010 (making her the youngest artist with a platinum) has released another winner 3 weeks ago. She is one of the few singers who made me want to wake up in the morning & rush out to the store to get her music! Awesome!            This CD was released in mid June and in less than a month, more than 1/4 million …
posted a Quick Tip about Jackie Evancho. July 06, 2011
posted in Inspirations
Jackie Evancho
If at the age of 11, she sings like this (make sure you watch the video), one wonders what the world holds for her at 21! Oh boy, this little girl not only is the youngest singer to have a platinum album under her name, she's God's gift to the world!      Yes, we certainly got a new superstar. Not only so, this is a voice that's unrivaled. Not even Susan Boyle can beat …
reviewed Tchaikovsky (Life and Works (Naxos)). March 03, 2011
Tchaikovsky (Life and Works (Naxos))
Even from the earliest age, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, like so many other musically precocious world-class composers, displayed an emotional insecurity that was to develop into a string of personal crises, depression and even suicidal tendencies as an adult. Perhaps it was the overwhelming fear of the exposure of his stifled homosexuality that led to his marriage being an utter disaster even from its …
posted a Quick Tip about My Christmas. December 26, 2010
My Christmas
If you're at home on Christmas Eve, this is one of the best shows you could entertain yourself and guests with. The Hong Kong TV station delighted viewers with this 2009 recording of Andrea Bocelli and guests singing many Christmas songs and carols this Christmas Eve. Excellent entertainment!
created a list. December 07, 2010
posted in Music : World
Mario Lanza, the great tenor who was famous even before Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras & Bocelli were. He was a pleasure to listen to, even when I was a …
Arrivederci Roma Nessun Dorma O Sole Mio Santa Lucia Come Prima
posted a Quick Tip about Jackie Evancho. December 05, 2010
Jackie Evancho
She has a gift and she is a mere 10 year old girl. A joy to listen to and she's now touted to be the youngest solo artist to debut in top 10. Amazing!
reviewed Jackie Evancho. December 05, 2010
Jackie Evancho
A 10 year old Soprano?! Goodness. Extraordinary! She sang like an angel and has 2 albums under her name! Absolutely amazing! Have you seen anything like it?      Her last album (O Holy Night) released on Nov. 16, 2010 has reached a record #1 sale on Amazon.com best selling music even before it was out making her the best selling 2010 debut artist & the youngest solo artist …
reviewed Andre Rieu. December 05, 2010
Andre Rieu
As a child, I was introduced to Johann Strauss J. music through the Mantovani Orchestra. It was a delightful way of having access to waltz, namely those from Johann Strauss. Because of that early conditioning, I've loved Strauss' Waltz more than any other classical music (the only one that comes close to this love was Puccini's operas).      However, as the music format …
posted a Quick Tip about Fantasia. November 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Fantasia (movie)
A little Fantasia trivia: The three Germanic composers featured in the film are Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert, in order of appearance.
reviewed Fantasia. November 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Fantasia (movie)
First off, the Fantasia I had in mind was from those days I visited Disneyland and Disneyworld. I remembered the awesome music and when I accidentally chanced upon it on one of China’s biggest online bookstores, a DVD for less than a US$1, I grabbed it without much of a thought. The beauty of ordering online in China is that no matter where you’re within China, shipping is free of charge …
posted a Quick Tip about Saxophone. October 20, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Saxophone
Soprano, alto, tenor or barritone, no instrument sounds cooler.
reviewed Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel. September 11, 2010
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel
Moses Hogan was a genius in his own right. This arrangement of "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel" is incredibly exciting, using dynamic range and rhythmic variety to great effect. This choral arrangement certainly has the presence of a concert piece but it still retains the sentiments of traditional negro spirituals, where the music serves the words.      This is a challenging …
posted a Quick Tip about Moonlight Sonata. August 28, 2010
Moonlight Sonata
The 3rd movement is a stunning example of piano technique and piano composition highlighting clever transpositions of the themes. Check out a great performance of it here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw9gRVKV8bk
posted a Quick Tip about Opera. August 28, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Don't be discouraged or put off by the shrilly singers. You just have to find the GOOD ones.
reviewed Diana Damrau - Arie di Bravura (Mozar.... August 28, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Diana Damrau - Arie di Bravura (Mozart, Salieri,
Diana Damrau knocks each and every one of these arias and recitatives out of the ball park. She is truly a force in the world of opera and remains among the greatest sopranos of her generation and of all time. Her vocal dynamism, range, and control are utterly breath-taking. This album is a wonderful collection of beautiful music performed brilliantly by a truly great artist. 
reviewed Violin. August 26, 2010
Violin
Violin, when it’s played by the pro, is the medium to one’s soul. Through its strings, the musician imbues her/his expertise and interpretation to another’s consciousness. I thought about how beautifully the violin sounds when played by Fionnuala Sherry (Secret Garden). At times it touches our heart with a sadness which is difficult to overcome and yet at times it also comes alive. …
reviewed 1812 Overture. August 15, 2010
1812 Overture
The 1812Overture written by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1880 to commemorate Russia's defense of Moscow against Napoleon's advancing Grande Armée at the Battle of Borodino in 1812. The overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire and ringing chimes.       Though most Americans recognize the work for its associations with the …
posted a Quick Tip about 1812 Overture. August 15, 2010
1812 Overture
I love this piece. I have had the pleasure of sitting on the steps of the Lincoln memorial on the 4th of July when the 1812 was played and have seen the fireworks. If you haven't had the pleasure, put it on your "Bucket List"!!! I love the work of most Russian composers, both in music and in literature. It seems that they have the ability to touch my soul!!! They really express the pathos of the human …
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