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Six Christmas CDs That Always Make The List, Pt. 2

Since publishing last year’s “Six Christmas CDs That Always Make the List”, a few more titles either newly released or left out of the original group made their case for inclusion so strongly that I had to add a “Part 2”. So, here are another six Christmas CDs that together with the first set add […]

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Six Christmas CDs That Always Make The List, Pt. 1

Over the past 20-plus years I have accumulated hundreds of Christmas CDs–featuring choirs, orchestras, brass ensembles, guitar, harp, string quartet, piano, organ, etc., etc.–and I appreciate most of them for various reasons; but no matter how many newcomers join the collection, there are a few “oldies” that have more than stood the test of time. […]

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The Minnesota Orchestra: Is “Class” A Quantifiable Commodity?

For months now I have been reading stories of the impasse between management and musicians in Minnesota. The lock-out of the Minnesota Orchestra has many complicating factors: the lavish expenditure to renovate the orchestra’s hall, the departure of Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the bad blood between the parties, and the attempts at settlement both public […]

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The Truth About Composers Who Died of Syphilis

You read about it regularly in composers’ biographies. Schubert, Donizetti, Schumann, Smetana, Wolf, Joplin, Delius—all were likely victims of syphilis. Other STDs were just as common in ages past. Rossini, for example, suffered from gonorrhea throughout his later life, and was so full of enthusiasm for his urinary catheters that he kept them on display […]

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Kathleen Ferrier: England’s Greatest Contralto, or Fruit Basket?

Editor’s Note: As 2012 marks the centenary of Ferrier’s birth, a reposting of this article seems warranted. 2003 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Kathleen Ferrier, an English icon whose continued popularity among a fanatical legion of admirers based in the United Kingdom continues to puzzle and amuse many music and voice (the […]

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5 Quick Tips on How to Search & Navigate the New ClassicsToday.com

The new ClassicsToday.com has undergone some major upgrades and enhancements over the past few weeks (and a few more to come as well). We thought it would be helpful to share some tips about how and where to find your favorite classical music reviews and editorial information within our new system. 5 Quick Search Form […]

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EDITORIAL: TO HELL WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

Reality Check: The Future of Classical Music Lies With Seniors Maybe it’s because I’ve just turned 40, but it seems that everywhere I turn I’m confronted with the “crisis” of classical music and today’s youth. Gramophone magazine is retooling itself to reach a younger audience. Policy makers and supporters of the arts attend lectures on […]

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EDITORIAL: LINES AND CHORDS AND THE MUSICIANS WHO LOVE THEM

Are your favorite artists Line Guys or Chord Guys? For some time now Classicstoday.com editor David Hurwitz and I have enjoyed a running dialogue on the endlessly fascinating topic that we have come to call “line guys” and “chord guys.” What this means is simple: Conductors and pianists generally fall into one of these two […]

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Conference Report: “The European Sound in the Era of Liszt: The Musical Tour in the Nineteenth Century” Villa Medici Giulini, Briosco, Italy (September 30-October 2, 2011)

Organized by Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca, and Villa Medici Giulini, Briosco (MB) in association with: Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, Venice under the auspices of: Fondazione Istituto Liszt, Bologna 2011 is the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt, and in addition to the expected flood […]

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Roger 
Norrington’s 
Stupid 
Mahler 
Ninth

There 
will 
surely 
be
 enthusiasts 
for 
abominable 
performances 
such 
as 
this 
one,
 because
 novelty 
for 
its 
own 
sake 
always 
has 
its 
attractions. 
The
 problem,
though, 
is
 that
 gratuitous 
quirk s
imposed
 on 
any 
piece 
of 
music 
may 
sound
 intriguing 
once, but 
a 
compact 
disc 
is 
(virtually) 
forever. 
The 
second
 time 
they
sound 
predictable, the
 third 
boring,
 and
 the
 fourth 
time
 infuriating — […]

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