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reviewed Empire of the Sun. August 24, 2012
Empire of the Sun
"Empire of the Sun," is a semi-autobiographical novel of when J. G. Ballard was at the Lunghua Interment Camp, as a boy, during WWII.      The story opens when the protagonist, …
reviewed Amazon.com: A Garden of Dreams: Marti.... June 11, 2012
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Amazon.com: A Garden of Dreams: Martino Vergnaghi: MP3 Downloads
A Garden of Dreams   Martino Vergnaghi   2012 / Martino Vergnaghi   41 minutes "A Garden of Dreams" is the second release by Italian composer/singer/keyboardist …
reviewed Beautiful Shore - Solo Piano Hymns. April 17, 2012
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Beautiful Shore - Solo Piano Hymns
Beautiful Shore   Jeremy Yowell   2012 / Truly Sage Media   44.1 minutes "Beautiful Shore" is the debut album by Jeremy Yowell, the pastor of a small country …
posted a Quick Tip about David Garrett: Rock Symphonies. October 30, 2010
David Garrett: Rock Symphonies
I absolutely love this album. I am one of those people that will listen to a song on repeat for hours while I get entranced in my web work or art. The upbeat tempos, the (for real) classics, and familiar …
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
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Opera
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
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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 …
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 …
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about Opera. August 12, 2010
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Opera
Love my opera!!! Love Motzart, Handel, Puccini, Verdi. My all time favorite tenor is Jussi Bjoorling. Moden tenoe Jose Curra.
posted a Quick Tip about Peter and the Wolf. August 08, 2010
Peter and the Wolf
One the great lessons my Dad gave me was how to listen to music using this work. I am forever greatfull he gave me this gift, I have been a life long lover of classical and opera. I look forward to doing …
posted a Quick Tip about A Night on Bald Mountain. August 08, 2010
A Night on Bald Mountain
I love the primordial tones in the work. I can get lost in deep thought listening to the work. I find that many of the works of Russian composers get deep into my soul!
reviewed Dark Hope. August 04, 2010
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Dark Hope
I really thought this album was going to be a masterpiece- stunning voice, and some of my favorite songs of all time.    But it just doesn't work. And I've been thinking about it for …
reviewed Schubert: Die Winterreise / Fischer-D.... July 27, 2010
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Schubert: Die Winterreise / Fischer-Dieskau
... to the acclaim Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau garnered for his performances and recordings of Schubert Lieder during his lifetime, or the adulation he still receives from listeners who weren't even born …
reviewed Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988. July 25, 2010
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
András Schiff is able to make even those who have Bach's glorious GOLDBERG VARIATIONS memorized from numerous other recordings (or having been able to play these extraordinary variations on their own) …
reviewed Handel - Saul / Fischer-Dieskau · Rol.... July 25, 2010
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Handel - Saul / Fischer-Dieskau · Rolfe Johnson ·
I own two copies of Händel's oratorio, "Saul," the 2005 harmonia mundi edition conducted by René Jacobs (the RJ edition) Handel: Saul, and the 1985 Das Alte Werk (Teldec) edition conducted by Nikolaus …
reviewed Hadyn Baryton Trios. July 24, 2010
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Hadyn Baryton Trios
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) composed his 126 trios for baryton and other instruments expressly to gratify his patron Prince Miklos Esterhazy, who played the instrument himself. Esterhazy was one of the richest …
reviewed Hector Berlioz: Harold En Italie, Op. 16. July 20, 2010
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Hector Berlioz: Harold En Italie, Op. 16
Back from "forgottenness" for me, I mean. I had an intense Berlioz phase as a teenager, when I played his music in the school orchestra and heard it on LPs. Then my musical focus shifted in time and I …
reviewed Symphonicities. July 15, 2010
Symphonicities
Oh, Sting. My affection for the man and his work gives me the courage even now to pronounce that he was the first popular artist I ever loved, first via the Police and shortly thereafter through his zany …
reviewed John Dowland: Complete Music for Solo.... July 05, 2010
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John Dowland: Complete Music for Solo Lute
There are at least three CD sets of the complete solo lute music of John Dowland, by Paul O'Dette, Nigel North, and Jakob Lindberg. All three are marvelous, but I'm inclined to favor this set by the Swedish …
reviewed Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 33 "Russi.... June 27, 2010
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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 33
If you spend your money buying the performances of Haydn's Quartets by the Kodaly Quartet on separate disks. They've all be included in the Naxos 25-CD "Complete Haydn Quartets" bargain box, and unlike …
reviewed Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 74, Nos. 1-3. June 19, 2010
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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 74, Nos. 1-3
The three quartets of Haydn's opus 74 are among his boldest and most rousing. Not even the Esterhazy butlers could have snoozed during their premieres. The Kodaly Quartet gives them a polished ride, a …
reviewed Gesualdo: Tenebrae. June 17, 2010
Gesualdo: Tenebrae
The Hilliard Ensemble (DAVID JAMES countertenor, ROGERS COVEY-CRUMP tenor, STEVEN HARROLD tenor, GORDON JONES baritone) is one of the most sophisticated music groups of the day. The degree of their musicality …
reviewed Nicolas Gombert: Motets; Chansons; Ma.... June 16, 2010
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Nicolas Gombert: Motets; Chansons; Magnificat
... as a synonym for solemnity, that is, and if so, then Nicolas Gombert might arguably be the most emotional composer of the 16th C. Solemnity is certainly the predominant 'affect' in this performance …
reviewed Beethoven: Diabelli Variations. June 14, 2010
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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations
A bumptious, bathetic parody of himself and of all his contemporaries (including a mocking quote from Mozart's Don Giovanni), the Diabelli Variations represent Beethoven in his "unbuttoned" mood, one …
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