Monthly Archives: December 2012

Have I got a deal for you: Classical CDs

Believe it or not, there is actually a record store in my area. They actually have vinyl too so that just makes it even better. I was there the other day when I bought the above album: Karajan conducting the … Continue reading

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Sam Hazo: Mr. Eyebrows

First off, a note on the title of this post. Two years ago Sam Hazo visited the All-State festival I was at. He conducted the teacher band in a program mostly consisting of his music, and some other band classics. … Continue reading

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Listen to THIS: Christmas

Okay, I love Christmas as much as the next guy, but I think that I may be 1 of 1 people who really doesn’t like most Christmas music. Almost all of the “classics” are just jazz tunes in AABA form … Continue reading

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Why do we love Carmina Burana?

What is about Carmina Burana that is so appealing to us, as musicians, and listeners? It is a scenic cantata with texts dating from the 1200s, calls for a large orchestra and chorus, as well as soloists, making it an … Continue reading

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Gergiev: The Whole Orchestra

When I found this, I expected it to be simply Gergiev talking about the music of Gustav Mahler. But I got so much more. The first 50 seconds of this video might be one of the funniest things I’ve seen/heard … Continue reading

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View from the Audience: Ithaca Jazz Ensemble and Terell Stafford

So I just happened to be in Ithaca, New York for about a day or so (one of the most beautiful areas of the earth if you ask me) and I noticed that the Ithaca Jazz ensemble was playing a … Continue reading

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Shostakovich: Symphony 4

Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony is one of his least popular/least played symphonies. But at the same time it is one of the first works in his mature style, and one of his most personal. It has the marked dissonances of his … Continue reading

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