Tag Archives: classical music

Zadock the Priest by Handel

I heard this song for the first time in The Crown.  It is a coronation anthem, which will most likely be performed when Charles ascends to the throne. And yet, according to the Youtube comments, people associate this song with … Continue reading

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Brahms Fourth Symphony

I got to hear Brahms Fourth Symphony this July.  I am not very familiar with Brahms, but I did have a good time at the concert. While Brahms isn’t my favorite composer, I would give him another listen.

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Vocalise by Rachmaninov sung by Aida Garifullina

I heard this version at my local classical music radio station.  The oldest musical instrument in the world is the human voice, and sadly with auto tuning we often don’t appreciate the artistry of singers. Here’s exhibit one.

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Mozart Symphony No. 36 (Linz)

The Cleveland Orchestra played this in November. Before the concert, the conductor told us all a little bit about what concerts were like in Mozart’s day.  Men wore swords and women had lapdogs.  He also told us that no one … Continue reading

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Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach

I got to hear this at the Cleveland Orchestra around Halloween, when they showed the movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore with organ accompaniment. The organist told us that Bach may not have written this piece, it … Continue reading

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“Parto, ma tu ben mio” by Elina Garanca

Another aria from the famous mezzo soprano.

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Bruckner’s Seventh

My mom and I did get to hear Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony on Saturday.  It was conducted by Franz Welser-Most.  He even wrote the musical guide in the program!  He has a real thing for Bruckner. I had never heard of … Continue reading

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