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Revolution vs Tradition For Your Morning Music: Mahler vs Schoenberg

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”:

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After Tuesday’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music experts offered his suggestions for match-ups:

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The first week of February we featured the Trombonist’s first head-to-head on Wednesday (Tchaikovsky Vs Rimsky-Koraskov), his second on Thursday (Brahms vs Wagner), and then Shostakovich Vs Prokofiev on Friday.

This week we’ll conclude the Trombonist’s “Tradition vs Revolution” matches, here’s Mahler Vs Schoenberg, on piano and violin:

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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 Petrovich Mussorgsky

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Faure

Charles Gounod, Erik Satie

 

 

28 Recommendations from Markham S. Pyle

William Byrd and Thomas Tallis

Aaron Copland

Dvorak

Elgar

Holst

The Reformed Trombonist’s Match-Up Suggestions:

Haydn Vs. Mozart

Beethoven Vs Schubert

Shostakovich

Brahms

Verdi

Rossini

Gesualdo

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Morning Music Piano Fight: Beethoven Vs Schubert

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”:

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After Tuesday’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music experts offered his suggestions for match-ups:

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The first week of February we featured the Trombonist’s first head-to-head on Wednesday (Tchaikovsky Vs Rimsky-Koraskov), his second on Thursday (Brahms vs Wagner), and then Shostakovich Vs Prokofiev on Friday.

This week let’s explore more of the Trombonist’s “Tradition vs Revolution” matches, here’s Beethoven Vs Schubert, on piano:

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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 Petrovich Mussorgsky

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Faure

Charles Gounod, Erik Satie

 

 

28 Recommendations from Markham S. Pyle

William Byrd and Thomas Tallis

Aaron Copland

Dvorak

Elgar

Holst

The Reformed Trombonist’s Match-Up Suggestions:

Haydn Vs. Mozart

Shostakovich

Brahms

Verdi

Rossini

Gesualdo

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Classical Combat: William Byrd Vs the Murderer Carlo Gesualdo

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”:

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After Tuesday’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music experts offered his suggestions for match-ups:

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The first week of February we featured the Trombonist’s first head-to-head on Wednesday (Tchaikovsky Vs Rimsky-Koraskov), his second on Thursday (Brahms vs Wagner), and then Shostakovich Vs Prokofiev on Friday.

This week let’s explore more of the Trombonist’s “Tradition vs Revolution” matches: William Byrd Vs Carlo Gesualdo

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Interesting factoid via Wikipedia:

In 1586 Gesualdo married his first cousin, Donna Maria d’Avalos, the daughter of the Marquis of Pescara. Two years later she began a love affair with FabrizioCarafa, the Duke of Andria. Evidently, she was able to keep it secret from her husband for almost two years, even though the existence of the affair was well known elsewhere. Finally, on October 16, 1590, at the Palazzo San Severo in Naples, when Gesualdo had allegedly gone away on a hunting trip, the two lovers took insufficient precaution at last (Gesualdo had arranged with his servants to have keys to the locks of his palace copied in wood so that he could gain entrance if the doors were locked). Gesualdo returned to the palace, caught them in flagrante delicto and murdered them both in their bed. Afterward, he left their mutilated bodies in front of the palace for all to see. Being a nobleman he was immune from prosecution, but not to revenge, so he fled to his castle at Venosa where he would be safe from any of the relatives of either his wife or her lover.

Details on the murders are not lacking, as the depositions of witnesses to the magistrates have survived in full. While they disagree on some details, they agree on the principal points, and it is apparent that Gesualdo had help from his servants, who may have done most of the killing; however, Gesualdo certainly stabbed Maria multiple times, shouting as he did, “she’s not dead yet!” The Duke of Andria was found slaughtered by numerous deep sword wounds, as well as by a shot through the head. When he was found, he was dressed in women’s clothing (specifically, Maria’s night dress). His own clothing was found piled up by the bedside, unbloodied.

The murders were widely publicized, including in verse by poets such as Tasso and an entire flock of Neapolitan poets, eager to capitalize on the sensation. The salacious details of the murders were broadcast in print, but nothing was done to apprehend the Prince of Venosa. The police report[4] from the scene makes for shocking reading even after more than four hundred years.

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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 Petrovich Mussorgsky

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Faure

Charles Gounod, Erik Satie

 

28 Recommendations from Markham S. Pyle

William Byrd and Thomas Tallis

Aaron Copland

Dvorak

Elgar

Holst

The Reformed Trombonist’s Match-Up Suggestions:

Haydn Vs. Mozart

Shostakovich

Brahms

Verdi

Rossini

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Classical Music Death Match: Verdi Vs. Rossini

Friday, February 13th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”:

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After Tuesday’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music experts offered his suggestions for match-ups:

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Last week we featured the Trombonist’s first head-to-head on Wednesday (Tchaikovsky Vs Rimsky-Koraskov), his second on Thursday (Brahms vs Wagner), and then Shostakovich Vs Prokofiev on Friday. This week let’s draw in more of Markham S. Pyle’s suggestions with the Trombonist’s match-ups.

Verdi’s “The Force of Destiny” Overture:

Vs

Rossini’s “The William Tell Overture”

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 Petrovich Mussorgsky

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Faure

Charles Gounod, Erik Satie

 

28 Recommendations from Markham S. Pyle

William Byrd and Thomas Tallis

Aaron Copland

Dvorak

Elgar

Holst

The Reformed Trombonist’s Match-Up Suggestions:

Shostakovich

Brahms

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Classical Music Combat: Elgar Vs. Holst

Thursday, February 12th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”:

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After Tuesday’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music experts offered his suggestions for match-ups:

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Last week we featured the Trombonist’s first head-to-head on Wednesday (Tchaikovsky Vs Rimsky-Koraskov), his second on Thursday (Brahms vs Wagner), and then Shostakovich Vs Prokofiev on Friday. This week let’s draw in more of Markham S. Pyle’s suggestions with the Trombonist’s match-ups. Today it’s Elgar Vs. Holst

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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 Petrovich Mussorgsky

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Faure

Charles Gounod, Erik Satie

 

28 Recommendations from Markham S. Pyle

William Byrd and Thomas Tallis

Aaron Copland

Dvorak

The Reformed Trombonist’s Match-Up Suggestions:

Shostakovich

Brahms

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Mentor Vs Student: Who is the Better Composer, Brahms or Dvorak?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”:

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After Tuesday’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music experts offered his suggestions for match-ups:

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Last week we featured the Trombonist’s first head-to-head on Wednesday (Tchaikovsky Vs Rimsky-Koraskov), his second on Thursday (Brahms vs Wagner), and then Shostakovich Vs Prokofiev on Friday. This week let’s draw in more of Markham S. Pyle’s suggestions with the Trombonist’s match-ups. Today it’s the mentor Johannes Brahms vs his student Antonín Dvořák. Who was the greater composer? Which are your favorites of their compositions that should be added to the collection? Whose violin concerto here do you prefer?

Brahms:

Dvorak:

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 Petrovich Mussorgsky

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Faure

Charles Gounod, Erik Satie

 

28 Recommendations from Markham S. Pyle

William Byrd and Thomas Tallis

Aaron Copland

 

The Reformed Trombonist’s Match-Up Suggestions:

Shostakovich

Brahms

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Which Classical Composer Do You Like More: Copland Vs Barber?

Monday, February 9th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”:

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After last week’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music experts offered his suggestions for match-ups:

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Last week we featured the Trombonist’s first head-to-head on Wednesday (Tchaikovsky Vs Rimsky-Koraskov), his second on Thursday (Brahms vs Wagner), and then Shostakovich Vs Prokofiev on Friday. This week let’s draw in more of Markham S. Pyle’s suggestions with the Trombonist’s match-ups. Today it’s Copland vs Barber:

Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait”

Vs.

Samuel Barber’s “Symphony #1″

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 Petrovich Mussorgsky

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Faure

Charles Gounod, Erik Satie

 

28 Recommendations from Commenter Markham S. Pyle

William Byrd and Thomas Tallis

The Reformed Trombonist’s Match-Up Suggestions:

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Today’s Classical Composer Competition: Shostakovich Vs Prokofiev, The 5th Symphony Challenge

Friday, February 6th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”:

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After Tuesday’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music experts offered his suggestions for match-ups:

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We featured the Trombonist’s first head-to-head on Wednesday (Tchaikovsky Vs Rimsky-Koraskov), his second on Thursday (Brahms vs Wagner), and today we begin filling out our collection with more of his suggestions.

Shostakovich vs Prokofiev

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 / Bernstein · New York Philharmonic Orchestra:

Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5:

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 Petrovich Mussorgsky

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Faure

Charles Gounod, Erik Satie

 

28 Recommendations from Commenter Markham S. Pyle

William Byrd and Thomas Tallis

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Composer Combat: Brahms the Traditionalist Vs Wagner the Revolutionary

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”:

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After Tuesday’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music experts offered his suggestions for match-ups:

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We featured the Trombonist’s first head-to-head yesterday (Tchaikovsky Vs Rimsky-Koraskov), now we consider his second suggestion of Brahms vs Wagner:

Brahms’ Symphony #2:

And Brahms’ Symphony #3

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Wagner’s “Siegfried’s Funeral Music” and the prelude to Parsifal:

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 Petrovich Mussorgsky

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Faure

Charles Gounod, Erik Satie

28 Recommendations from Commenter Markham S. Pyle

William Byrd and Thomas Tallis

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Composer Combat: Tchaikovsky Vs Rimsky-Koraskov

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”:

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After yesterday’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music professionals offered his suggestions for match-ups:

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Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

vs

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture

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 Petrovich Mussorgsky

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Faure

Charles Gounod, Erik Satie

28 Recommendations from Commenter Markham S. Pyle

William Byrd and Thomas Tallis

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Which of These 28 Composers Should We Pit Head-To-Head First in February?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

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Some more useful suggestions, provided on “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”


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Who from MarkhamSPyle’s suggestions should we consider first this month? Maybe start from the beginning? William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis? Who wins?

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 Petrovich Mussorgsky

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin

Mily Balakirev

Cesar Cui

Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Faure

Charles Gounod, Erik Satie

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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

vs

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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