And the Winner is……. Chamber and Solo Music Competition at the 1948 Olympics

The year was 1948, and athletes from around the world gathered in London to participate in the 14th Olympic Games in the modern era. Because of World War II, it had been 12 years since the last Olympic competition, and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 26th, 2017
Unsung Concertos Louis Spohr: Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 26

Louis Spohr (1784-1859), actually born Ludwig Spohr in Braunschweig, was a German composer, violinist and conductor. Early violin studies secured employment with Duke Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand of Brunswick, and barely 16 years old, Spohr accompanied his teacher Franz Eck on [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 22nd, 2017
Unsung Concertos Thomas Tellefsen: Piano Concerto No. 2

Like many young and talented Nordic musicians, Thomas Dyke Acland Tellefsen (1823-1874) was drawn to the city of Paris. Born in Trondheim, Norway, Tellefsen moved to Paris in 1842 and studied piano with Scandinavian pianist Charlotte Thygeson, who was one [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 15th, 2017
Movers and Shakers of Music World Faustini Brothers: Operatic Mass Production

Opera as we know it today, gradually emerged from courtly entertainment. Yet, within the special social and economic environment of 17th century Venice, it escaped its regal preoccupation and was placed within reach of all but the poorest sectors of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 12th, 2017
Unsung Concertos Alexander Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F-Sharp Minor , Op. 20

During his lifetime, Scriabin was primarily known as a pianist, with Igor Stravinsky marveling at his phenomenal playing. Yet Scriabin also had the uncanny talent of making enemies, including his composition teachers. Sergei Taneyev was not impressed, and Anton Arensky [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 8th, 2017
Movers and Shakers of the Music World Bartolomeo Merelli – Eagle of the Impresarios

Bartolomeo Merelli (1794–1879) earned the sobriquet ‘Eagle of the Impresarios’ for his skill, vision and refined taste. Unlike his competitors, Merelli was an accomplished musical scholar and librettist, and his name is indelibly tied to that of the greatest Italian [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss | March 5th, 2017
Classical Music Moments in Movies II

The quirky science fiction blockbuster The Fifth Element is set in the 23rd century and features an intergalactic struggle for the survival of planet Earth. This task falls on Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), a taxi driver and former Special Forces [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 5th, 2017
Unsung Concertos Jacques Ibert: Flute Concerto

If you think that all classical music has to be deadly serious, let me introduce you to Jacques Ibert (1890-1962). Ibert was a graduate from the Paris Conservatoire who won the coveted Prix de Rome at his first attempt despite [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 1st, 2017