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  • Benjamin Lees, 86 (classical music composer - RIP)

    06/02/2010 2:05:10 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies · 151+ views
    Sequenza21/ ^ | June 1, 2010 | Jerry Bowles
    Benjamin Lees died of heart failure on Monday, May 31 at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital in Glen Cove, New York at the age of 86.
  • Sir Adrian Boult and franksolich discuss music

    02/13/2010 9:42:51 AM PST · by franksolich · 21 replies · 355+ views
    conservativecave ^ | February 11, 2010 | franksolich
    I have no idea the standing of the late Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983, if memory serves me correctly) in the world of music, other than that he was a famous symphony conductor, quite possibly one of the best of the past century. But by the time I met him, in February 1978 in London, he was nearing 90 years old, and had long ago passed the baton on to others. His appearance was a shock to me, because I had not realized how ancient he was at the time; I was seeing a white-haired crooked little man who in no...
  • Classical artists such as Hilary Hahn chart big on Billboard with little sales

    02/03/2010 9:37:42 AM PST · by Borges · 18 replies · 415+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 02/03/10 | Anne Midgette
    On Jan. 14, the violinist Hilary Hahn scored a rare gig for a classical music performer: She appeared on "The Tonight Show." And not just any "Tonight Show," but the "Tonight Show" during the final days of Conan O'Brien's brief tenure as host. Everybody was watching. So it came as no surprise that Hahn's new album, "Bach: Violin and Voice," debuted that week at No. 1 on the Billboard classical charts. No. 1 on the charts: It doesn't get any better than that. Or does it? The dirty secret of the Billboard classical charts is that album sales figures are...
  • *MUSIC* Mahler Symphony No. 5 Adagietto, Karajan

    01/31/2010 7:48:43 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 29 replies · 416+ views
    YouTube ^ | 1902 | Gustav Mahler
    Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 5 Adagietto Part 1 Herbert von Karajan Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra One of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed...enjoy!
  • The great master pianist Earl Wild has died

    01/23/2010 8:45:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies · 723+ views
    ...he passed comfortably in his home in Palm Springs California after a long illness. Cause of death was congestive heart disease...
  • Young Pianist Thrust Into Elite Group

    01/07/2010 5:42:03 AM PST · by sitetest · 7 replies · 605+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 6, 2010 | DANIEL J. WAKIN
    Odd, the pianist Kirill Gerstein thought. A music critic from Houston was coming to interview him in Jacksonville, Fla. Mr. Gerstein’s manager had arranged the meeting, at the Omni Hotel’s J bar, to coincide with a run of concerts last November. Might as well meet the writer, the pianist thought. Kirill Gerstein, a naturalized American citizen of Russian origin, is the latest recipient of the $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award. But instead of a critic waiting at the bar, it was the man from the Gilmore festival. And in his hand was an envelope proclaiming Mr. Gerstein the latest winner of...
  • Listen today: On Dangerous Ground: A Tribute to Bernard Herrmann

    01/03/2010 10:11:03 AM PST · by EveningStar · 11 replies · 542+ views
    Sunday, January 3rd at 2 PM Pacific / 3 PM Mountain / 4 PM Central / 5 PM Eastern, Classical KUSC presents a rebroadcast of “On Dangerous Ground: A Tribute to Bernard Herrmann.” This two-hour sound portrait of one of cinema’s greatest composers will be hosted by Jon Burlingame, author, USC professor, and a writer on film music for Variety. The program includes rarely heard interviews with Herrmann himself, and excerpts from his concert music as well as dozens of his great film scores, from Citizen Kane to Taxi Driver. Herrmann’s legendary partnership with Alfred Hitchcock will be showcased with...
  • Why I love soundtracks

    12/14/2009 7:05:28 PM PST · by Perdogg · 78 replies · 1,403+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 12.12.09 | Jon Savage
    Soundtrack albums are the hidden pleasures of pop. Composed and performed to accompany moving images, they're emotional enhancers. This dramatic quality, coupled with the depth of sound-field in full cinema reproduction, ensures that many soundtracks stand apart from their parent films as a listening experience.
  • FREE Music for Christmas from The Vatican, in MP3 format

    12/06/2009 11:58:34 PM PST · by Stoat · 13 replies · 1,020+ views
    Benedictus XVIJoseph Ratzinger  Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music - The Musical Offering in MP3 The Musical Offering A selection of sacred and classical music in Mp3 played by teachers and students of Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music
  • Dudamel tackles Verdi's Requiem (Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic)

    11/07/2009 3:04:12 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies · 925+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 6, 2009 | Mark Swed
    Gustavo Dudamel is back in town, and Thursday night he conducted a magnificently theatrical performance of Verdi’s Requiem that felt like his first real concert as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. All Los Angeles, of course, knows that last month Dudamel began his tenure with a free event at the Hollywood Bowl, and that was followed by nervous-making high-profile programs in Walt Disney Concert Hall the next week.
  • First Sunday Music - Orff

    10/04/2009 11:31:53 AM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 13 replies · 1,086+ views
    Carl Orff Orff was born in Munich on July 10, 1895. His family was Bavarian and active in the German military. Orff started studying the piano at age five and also took organ and cello lessons. By the time he was a teenager, Orff was writing songs, although he had not studied harmony or composition. His mother helped him set down his first works in musical notation. Orff wrote his own texts and he learned the art of composing, without a teacher, by studying classical masterworks on his own. In 1911-12, Orff wrote a large work for baritone voice,...
  • Alicia de Larrocha, Pianist, Dies at 86

    09/25/2009 7:44:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies · 865+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 25, 2009 | Allan Kozinn
    Alicia de Larrocha, the diminutive Spanish pianist esteemed for her elegant Mozart performances and regarded as an incomparable interpreter of Albéniz, Granados, Mompou and other Spanish composers, died on Friday evening in a hospital in Barcelona. She was 86.
  • Leon Kirchner, Composer, Dies at 90

    09/18/2009 9:44:47 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies · 383+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 17, 2009 | Anthony Tommasini
    The eminent American composer Leon Kirchner, who was also a pianist, a conductor, and an influential professor at Harvard University, died at his Central Park West apartment in Manhattan on Thursday morning. He had been receiving home hospice care for several weeks, and died of congestive heart failure, said Lisa Kirchner, her daughter. Mr. Kirchner was 90.
  • First Sunday Music - Pachelbel

    09/06/2009 5:28:07 AM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 21 replies · 1,076+ views
    Johann Pachelbel Johann Pachelbel Johann Pachelbel was born on September 1, 1653 in Nuremburg, which, at the time, was a great center of learning and culture. He studied music with Heinrich Schwemmer and G. C. Wecker, attended lectures at the Auditorium aegidianum and entered the university at Altdorf in 1669, where he also served as organist at the Lorenzkirche. He was forced to leave the university after less than a year due to lack of funds, and became a scholarship student at the Gymnasium poeticum at Regensburg, taking private instruction under Kaspar Prentz. While at Regensburg, he began to...
  • First Sunday Music - Schumann

    08/01/2009 11:05:56 PM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 18 replies · 822+ views
    Robert Schumann Introduction Robert Schumann was born June 8, 1810, in Zwickau, Saxony, (Germany). He died July 29, 1856, Endenich, near Bonn, Prussia, (Germany). He was a German Romantic composer renowned particularly for his piano music, songs (lieder), and orchestral music. Many of his best-known piano pieces were written for his wife, the pianist Clara Schumann. His Early Years Schumann’s father was a bookseller and publisher. After four years at a private school, the boy entered the Zwickau Gymnasium (high school) in 1820 and remained there for eight years. He began his musical education at the age of six,...
  • More free online Classical music! (site)

    07/19/2009 12:38:47 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 31 replies · 1,079+ views ^ | 7/19/09 | o/~ marty o/~ The index to some 6000 free classical music performances!
  • Classical 96.3 WQXR New York Sold To Univision/WNYC

    07/14/2009 12:48:31 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 8 replies · 1,326+ views
    radio insight ^ | 07/14/09 | Radio Insight
    The New York Times Company has announced that it has sold Classical 96.3 WQXR New York for $45 Million as part of a three way deal with Univision and WNYC. The way the deal is structured, Univision will pay $33.5 Million for the 96.3 frequency while WNYC pays $11.5 Million for the 105.9 frequency from Univision and the WQXR intellectual property. Spanish Tropical “La Kalle” WCAA will shift to the stronger 96.3 allocation. 96.3 WQXR is a Class B broadcasting with 6kw at 1362′, while 105.9 is a Class B1 with 610 watts at 1365 feet. The Non-Commercial WNYC operates...
  • First Sunday Music - Rachmaninov

    07/05/2009 8:02:30 AM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 25 replies · 1,193+ views
    Sergey Rachmaninov Rachmaninoff was born in 1873 in Semyonovo, near Novgorod, in north-western Russia. His parents were both amateur pianists. He began studying piano at an early age and in 1885 entered the Moscow Conservatory. There his piano teachers included the stringent disciplinarian Nikolay Zverov and Rachmaninoff's cousin Aleksandr Siloti, who gave him the heritage of his own teacher, Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt. There also, Rachmaninoff studied with three eminent Russian composers: Anton Arensky, Sergey Taneyev, and his most important musical mentor, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp Minor (1892), for piano and orchestra, and his...
  • First Sunday Music

    06/07/2009 12:43:20 PM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 12 replies · 449+ views
    Giuseppe Verdi Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (October 10, 1813 - January 27, 1901) was born in Roncole into a family of small landowners and taverners. When he was seven he was helping the local church organist; at 12 he was studying with the organist at the main church in nearby Busseto, whose assistant he became in 1829. In 1832, because he was over the age limit, he was refused placement at the conservatory in Milan and, instead, studied with Vincenzo Lavigna, composer and former La Scala musician, from 1932 to 1835. While in Busseto, Verdi lived with Antonio Barezzi,...
  • First Sunday Music - Berlioz

    05/03/2009 11:04:37 AM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 14 replies · 667+ views
    Hector Berlioz Louis Hector Berlioz was born in La Côte-Saint-André in the French province of Isère on December 11, 1803. He began studying music at age 12 by writing small compositions and arrangements. His father, a physician, sent him to Paris to study medicine. Berlioz was horrified by the process of dissection, and, despite his father's disapproval, abandoned medicine to pursue a career in music. He studied music from 1823 to 1825 at the Paris Conservatoire under the French composer Jean François Le Sueur and the Czech composer Anton Reicha. When he was twenty-three, Berlioz was overwhelmed with the...