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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. Advertisements

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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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Te Deum for Empress Maria Theresa by Haydn

I was privileged to hear the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus perform this piece back in November. According to the program, this is not for the famous Maria Theresa (one of the most powerful women in Europe and mother … Continue reading

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Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto Number 2 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto Number 4

I went to the finale of the International Piano Competition in July.  Three musicians played these two pieces.  The first and third competitors played Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto Number 2. Here it is performed by Yuja Wang.   The second competitor … Continue reading

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