The Talich Quartet: Kalliwoda String Quartets

It’s a real treat, in these days of so much being available at the drop of an internet query, to find a recording of music that truly is rare. We heard the other day a recording of Johan Wenzel Kalliwoda’s [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 2nd, 2014
Skipping Town: Christoph Willibald Gluck

Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) was a prodigious musical talent. By age 13—entirely self-thought—he was a proficient vocalist and expert performer on the violin, cello, harpsichord, and the organ. Regrettably, his father, a successful and prosperous forester did not share his [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 30th, 2014
Psychoanalysis of a Dysfunctional Family Richard Strauss: Elektra

Richard Strauss: Elektra In Greek mythology, Elektra is widely considered the most psychologically advanced Greek tragedy. The Greek dramatist Sophocles constructed a play that centers on the heroine’s obsession to avenge her father’s murder. Elektra lives in hope that her [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 26th, 2014
The Eccentric Knight Richard Strauss: Don Quixote op. 35

Few characters have captured our imagination than Don Quixote, the befuddled knight—a pathetic, aging oddball who dreams of righting the world’s wrongs. The knight is the protagonist of Miguel Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote or ‘The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | June 17th, 2014
Feats of Social Climbing Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Do you imagine that social climbing is a modern day phenomenon? Think again! Here’s a piece that humorously illustrates this societal failing— Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Op. 60 by Richard Strauss. It was written between 1911 and 1917 and is a [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | June 7th, 2014
Richard Strauss: A Composer for All Seasons

Elektra (1909), proved crucial to Strauss’s later development as a composer of opera, since it marked the beginning of his collaboration with the young Viennese poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal. This tale of multiple murder and bitter vengeance is musically and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 6th, 2014
Intimacy in Strauss The Cello Sonata

Yo-yo Ma, cello Emanuel Ax, piano Richard Strauss: Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6, TrV 115 Richard Strauss was controversial as a person and as a composer, despite being one of the more prominent composers of the 20th Century. [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | May 31st, 2014
‘Spirit, Strength and Sorrow’ Stabat Mater

The image of Jesus on the cross has inspired artists of many kinds for centuries. There are of course many striking paintings of the scene by artists from Veláquez’s Cristo crucificado to Salvador Dali’s Christ of Saint John of the [...] more >>

by William Cole | May 29th, 2014