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October 24   -  

Teizo Matsumura

Teizo Matsumura (1929*, 2007†) I believe there is no thread yet for this Japanese master. I first listened to some of his works a couple of years ago and, for some inexplicable reason, rediscovered him this morning. If there were a ...

October 24   -  

The long winded Piano Sonatas in B flat: Beethoven or Schubert

Beethoven's Hammerklavier or Schubert's Sonata 21 in B flat? Which of these highly revered sacred cattle do you prefer?

October 24   -  

Can Great Instrumental Composers Be Weak Vocal Composers?

I can there are examples of very capable composers who wrote great instrumental and weak vocal music. Igor Stravinsky is such an example. IS is widely known for his orchestral works, Rite of Spring for example. But I also listened to his three act ...

October 23   -  

How accurate is this "biography" of Beethoven?

I just watched this 24 minute video about Beethoven and wasn't sure if these depictions accurately represent things as they had happened. Whether they are based on verified writings or wholly made up by the studio, I want to know. Such as a scene ...

October 23   -  

Your favorite Penderecki movements

I'm finding that some of his music sounds woefully uninspired (adagio from third symphony), while some is among the best contemporary music I've heard (first movement of Seven Gates of Jerusalem). There's a lot of his music to explore. What are ...

October 23   -  

Latest Purchases (Films)

I recently picked up the following in Blu-ray: 8 1/2 - Fellini Seven Samurai - Kurosawa The Seventh Seal - Bergman Sunset Boulevard - Wilder Rear Window - Hitchcock Eyes Wide Shut and Barry Lyndon - Kubrick O Brother Where Art Thou - Coen ...

October 23   -  

SS 24.10.15 - Raff #5

A continuation of the Saturday Symphonies Tradition: Welcome to another weekend of symphonic listening! For your listening pleasure this weekend: Joachim Raff (1822 – 1882) Symphony No. 5 in E major "Lenore", Op. 177 1. Part 1: ...

October 23   -  

Ein feste Salón (A la carte poll #101)

Part of a continuing series of polls, which simply asks: Which of these works do you like? My goal is to build a general picture of the musical interests on TC. Please vote for *all* of the pieces you like. Options are available for voters who ...

October 23   -  

Who's the greatest?

Drawing on some current threads. Please vote, this is important!

October 22   -  

Favorite romantic lines from opera

I was recently reminded of one of my favorite romantic lines from opera when posted this line from Il Trovatore in another thread: Sei tu dal ciel disceso, o in ciel son io con te? Have you come down from heaven, or am I in heaven with you? ...
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