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Old 10-04-17, 05:09 PM   #301
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Bach wrote one concerto for 3 pianos, a real gem. His music makes has an inner harmony and balance that is priceless. Very, very therapeutic.
They called him "the father of music" ( classical, that is ), and I do believe that is a valid statement.
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Old 10-04-17, 05:27 PM   #302
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One of my favorite songs of all times: Richard Strauss "Wiegenlied" ( Cradle Song ).
Pure beauty.
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Old 10-05-17, 01:27 PM   #303
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Alice Fredenham didn't win anything, nor has her career taken off the way she clearly would deserve. The more important it seems to me never to forget that epic performance on Britain's got talent from 2013.
Amazing, moving, spectacular.

There is a wonderful CD available with her singing: "Under the covers" ( 2016 ).
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Old 10-07-17, 07:37 PM   #304
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There is something very special about those slow movements in Mahler symphonies.
A peacefulness that takes you far away from what's around you. I always liked the 3rd movement of Nr.4 best -- even more so than the famous Adagietto from Nr. 5.
Here it is, with the glorious string sound of the Vienna Philharmonic.
Musical heaven.
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Old 10-10-17, 06:33 PM   #305
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George Gershwin ( 1898 -1937 ) was a highly original composer who combined elements of popular music with some classical elements, like in his piano concerto or his opera "Porgy and Bess".
He also was a superb pianist and there are plenty of recordings to illustrate his great art. Infectious, inspiring and great fun ! Here we go:
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Old 10-11-17, 05:51 PM   #306
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Not exactly classical music ( which this blog focuses on mainly ) but one of the most mesmerising and enchanting voices: Rina Ketty and her big hit "J'attendrai". And it's a long time ago that it was recorded: 1938 ! The song depicts the story of a woman who waits for her man coming home from the war. Enjoy !
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Old 10-11-17, 05:53 PM   #307
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PS The above video of Alice Fredenham has disappeared, here is a working link.
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Old 10-12-17, 04:02 PM   #308
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Here is the famous 18th Variation from Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini Opus 43. Sort of blasphemy to separate this from the rest of the work , but I could not resist and I am not terribly religious..
And here is another gem from Rachmaninov: the 3rd movement from his 2nd symphony. One of the most beautiful slow movements of any symphony really.

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Old 10-14-17, 04:24 PM   #309
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Beethoven's 7th symphony is often referred as an apotheosis of dance. And that goes particularly for that raging last movement.
And one of the most legendary interpretations of that symphony comes from Carlos Kleiber and the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.
Here it is: a wild ride, the typical Beethoven struggle: fighting against all adversity.
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Old 10-15-17, 02:06 PM   #310
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Eric Satie's music is just reflective, slow and despite that has a very distinctive flavour which makes him instantly recognisable. A combination with the wonderful paintings by Édouard Cortès make this a wonderful journey into magical Paris of the early 20th century, when music and the arts flourished at an exceptional level.
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