Monthly Archives: February 2013

Barenboim: Mahler 5

I recently posted a video of Claudio Abbado doing Mahler 5. Why am I posting another video of the same symphony? Because this version is so blisteringly amazing!! In short, Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony play the balls off the … Continue reading

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Is Bigger Better: The Gothic Symphony

At the 2011 Proms, a sleeping monster was awakened. It has been performed less than 10 times. It is the longest and largest symphony in existence. It has a large cult following:┬áthe British composer, Havergal Brian’s First Symphony “The Gothic.” … Continue reading

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Auditions are Stupid: pt 2

In general, I don’t like complaining. I feel like I’m just whining to people who don’t care, even if they do. I especially don’t like doing it on the internet, because there people really don’t care. That being said… I … Continue reading

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3 Shostakovich Symphonies you probably don’t know, but you should

Shostakovich’s symphony cycle might be the best known and, in my opinion, the best 20th century symphony cycle (Recognition to Sibelius and Vaughn Williams). As with all symphony cycles there are high points and low points. Being the Shostakovich nerd … Continue reading

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View from the Audience: Cleveland Orchestra

Yesterday I got to see my first big time orchestra concert. I’ve seen other professional orchestra concerts, but no big city orchestras. But now I’ve seen one of the Big 5. I was at Oberlin College for an interview to … Continue reading

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Wagner was a dick, but is that okay?

I wouldn’t think twice about putting Wagner near the top of my list of most important composers ever list. I also wouldn’t think twice about putting him atop my list of biggest douche-bags in history. He borrowed money which he … Continue reading

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Listen to this: Happy Birthday to me

So today is my birthday, so this is how I celebrate. I found the above a while ago, and it’s fitting it be shared today. Only Stravinsky could do something like this and have it not suck. I think it’s … Continue reading

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