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Composer Combat: Charles Gounod Vs Erik Satié

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Who do you prefer of these two more composers from Charlie Martin‘s list:

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Here are the previous recordings included so far in this feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Rachmaninoff

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

 

10 Recommended by Charlie Martin

Franz Liszt

Rimsky-Korsakov

Modest Mussorgsky

Borodin

 Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

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Composer Combat: Frédéric Chopin vs Gabriel Fauré

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Continuing considering 2 recommendations from Charlie Martin:

Frédéric Chopin

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Gabriel Fauré

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Rachmaninoff

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

 

Going Through 10 Recommended by Charlie Martin

Franz Liszt

Rimsky-Korsakov

Modest Mussorgsky

Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

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Which of These 3 Calming Cesar Cui Compositions Is Your Favorite?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

1.  Kaleidoscope for violin and piano

2. Sonata for Violin and Piano

3. My Soul magnifies the Lord (Magnificat) Op.98 (Song to the Mother of God for soprano and choir)

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Rachmaninoff

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

 

10 Recommended by Charlie Martin

Franz Liszt

Rimsky-Korsakov

Modest Mussorgsky

Borodin

 Mily Balakirev

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Is Rachmaninoff the Favorite Composer for Pianists?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

A Comment from Thursday last week in response to “‘Battle of the Huns’ – The Best by Liszt?”

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Here are the previous recordings included so far in this feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

 

10 Recommended by Charlie Martin

Franz Liszt

Rimsky-Korsakov

Modest Mussorgsky

Borodin

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3 Piano Favorites By Liszt

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

A Comment from Thursday last week in response to “‘Battle of the Huns’ – The Best by Liszt?”

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Here are the previous recordings included so far in this feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

10 Recommended by Charlie Martin

Franz Liszt

Rimsky-Korsakov

Modest Mussorgsky

Borodin

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Are These 3 Rimsky-Korsakov Compositions His Best Pieces?

Saturday, January 17th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

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Here are the previous recordings included so far in this feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

10 Recommended by Charlie Martin

Franz Liszt

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How to Understand the Anti-Semitism Embedded in Wagner’s Music

Monday, January 12th, 2015 - by David P. Goldman
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Mosaic Magazine opened an important dimension in the old debate about Wagner’s anti-Semitism with Nathan Shields’ January essay, “Wagner and the Jews.” Shields argues that Wagner’s music itself has anti-Jewish implications, an important riposte to the usual excuse that Wagner harbored Jew-hatred despite his great artistry. Shields argues rather that Wagner’s anti-Semitism and his music are of the same ilk. That is a breakthrough, but only that: Shields, whose own music offers the sort of atonality that most modern listeners abhor, knows that something is amiss in Wagner’s music but does not know what it is.

Now Edward Rothstein, a New York Times critic, has responded to Shields’ essay with a claim that Wagner’s anti-Semitism is “metaphysical.” That gets rather far afield. Wagner’s anti-Semitism is not “metaphysical” at all. It is musical, and must be understood in musical terms.

It can be put quite simply: Wagner is a neo-pagan, and paganism is self-worship. Neo-paganism is narcissism, the glorification of the impulse in place of obligation. In place of Beethoven’s celebrated epigraph to the Quartet Op. 135, “Es Muss Sein!” (It must be), Wagner insists that it can be whatever he wants. Music proceeds in time, and classical composition preceding Wagner uniquely achieved an ordering of time that bespeaks necessity: goal-oriented motion towards a desired conclusion. The journey to the goal may take detours, encounter surprises, and evoke suspense as well as humor, but it must reach its conclusion. Classical music was conceived to portray in sensuous terms the Christian journey to salvation. The great Ashkenazic Jewish cantors used the mechanism of Western music to evoke the reversal of time’s arrow, for redemption in Judaism looks backward as well as forward.

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10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin

Monday, January 12th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

In response to “What classical music essentials are we still missing in the collection?” from December 26, 2014:


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Franz Liszt

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Wagner’s Music Is Exactly As Bad As It Sounds

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 - by David P. Goldman

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At Mosaic, Nathan Shields argues that Wagner’s anti-Semitism arises from his music itself–quite different from the usual view that Wagner was a wicked man who wrote wonderful music.

That’s a courageous and important thing to say. Shields veers into the tendentious when he claims that,

“Is Wagner’s most troubling legacy, then, the longing he instills in us for a completion and finality that music alone can provide? Failing to receive such resolutions from the world, one might attempt to force them upon it. Perhaps Wagner’s music is, itself, the abyss toward which that music points us—not only the purest of the arts, but also the most guilty.”

There is no way to judge music except in musical terms, and that is where Shields’s essay is deficient: Wagner does not aim for abstract musical purity, but rather for a perverse alternation of the way his audience heard the music of his predecessors. Some examples can be found here.

As for Shields’ own music: for those who like this sort of thing, it is just the sort of thing they would like. One can’t accuse him of aiming for abstract musical purity.

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Beethoven’s ‘Light-Hearted’ 8th Symphony

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Wikipedia describes this symphony:

The Eighth Symphony is generally light-hearted, though not lightweight, and in many places cheerfully loud, with many accented notes. Various passages in the symphony are heard by some listeners to be musical jokes.[2] As with various other Beethoven works such as the Opus 27 piano sonatas, the symphony deviates from Classical tradition in making the last movement the weightiest of the four.

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

 

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Which of These 6 Versions of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony Is Your Favorite?

Sunday, January 4th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

This series on Beethoven began with this version of the 6th, “Pastoral” symphony:

Here are 5 more to consider.

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Which of These 5 Versions of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony Is Your Favorite?

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

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Do You Like Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

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Where Do You Rank Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony?

Monday, December 29th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

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Which is Better: Beethoven’s 5th or 7th Symphony?

Saturday, December 27th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

A comment from yesterday inspired today’s selections:

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Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

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The Pastoral Symphony: Your Favorite Beethoven?

Friday, December 26th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

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Start Your Christmas Eve with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

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A Bach Christmas Oratoria Performed by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

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6 Violin Concertos Via Vivaldi

Monday, December 22nd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

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6 Flute Concertos Via Vivaldi

Sunday, December 21st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Antonio Vivaldi

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Where Does Tchaikovsky Rank Amongst Composers?

Saturday, December 20th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Antonio Vivaldi

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Check Out This Clarinet Concerto by Mozart

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature. Please leave your suggestions in the comments, on twitter to @DaveSwindle, or via email: DaveSwindlePJM AT Gmail.com

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Antonio Vivaldi

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This Is An Emotionally Moving Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Antonio Vivaldi

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Get Going Today With This Great Haydn Trumpet Concerto Performed by Wynton Marsalis

Sunday, December 14th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

Here are the previous recordings included so far in this new feature:

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hector Berlioz

John Dowland

George Frideric Handel

Joseph Haydn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Maurice Ravel

Richard Strauss

Franz Schubert

Antonio Vivaldi

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