Composers > Anecdotes > Sibelius: - Violin Concerto - (revised version) - Premiered Today in 1905
by Georg Predota | October 19th, 2018

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Premiered Today in 1905

The violin concerto by Jean Sibelius is, without doubt, one of the most frequently recorded and performed concertos. However, things did not look all that promising after the first public performance in Helsinki on 8 February 1904. Originally, Willy Burmester [...] more >>

Media > The etiquette box: The culture of classical music needs redress
October 19th, 2018

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It’s time for classical music presenters to think outside the box

Blog > Concerts: A Social Affair
by Frances Wilson | October 18th, 2018

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We go to concerts for a variety of reasons: to be moved emotionally, to be entertained, and as a social event. There was a time, prior to the nineteenth century, when engaging with what is now generally called “classical music” [...] more >>

Forgotten records > Rachmaninov
October 18th, 2018

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RachmaninovConcerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19 Performed by Leonard Pennario, piano Joseph Schuster, cello Recorded in 1953 – 1954 Rachmaninov: Sonata for Cello and [...] more >>

In Tune > Society > The Concert Preacher: Music in the Service of Politics?
by Georg Predota | October 17th, 2018

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When Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman told American audiences during his debut recital at Disney Hall in Los Angeles “Get your hands off my country,” he stirred up the seemingly endless debate whether classical music and political advocacy can or should [...] more >>

Media > Rough, smooth or deep: why the sound of a voice is multisensory
October 17th, 2018

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To make sense of human voices, we rely on senses beyond hearing. The songs of Taylor Swift can be sweet and soft. Lady Gaga’s singing feels dark. Johnny Cash’s voice was low and rough. That’s because voice is not just [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) - “Music Is Heaven’s Gift to Humanity”
by Georg Predota | October 16th, 2018

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“Music Is Heaven’s Gift to Humanity”

Boris Asafyev, one of the founders of Soviet musicology, wrote the following summary assessment regarding Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “He was the first composer of a new Russian type… in a deeply original, personal and national style he united the symphonic [...] more >>

Forgotten records > Beethoven – Martin
October 16th, 2018

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BeethovenConcerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 61 MartinConcerto for Violin and Orchestra Performed by Wolfgang Schneiderhan, violin Jean Martinon, conductor Orchestre Philharmonique de la Radiodiffusion Française Joseph Keilberth, conductor Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française Recorded in [...] more >>