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Have Some Honey With Your Haydn

Did you know that there are more than 300 types of honey produced in the United States alone? Amazing, I know. Honeybees are fascinating creatures, and while working my way through the wonderful world of varietal (a.k.a. monofloral) honeys that they produce, it occurred to me that there are some striking similarities between the sweet […]

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Book Review: Furtwängler’s Writings–The Intellectual Biography of a Second-Rater

Roger Allen. Wilhelm Furtwängler: Art and the Politics of the Unpolitical. The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2018 (286pp). Just how smart was Wilhelm Furtwängler? That he was musically gifted there can be no question, but there is a significant difference between being talented and being intelligent. Similarly, one can be very highly educated—as a function of […]

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MORE MUSICOLOGY FROM OVIEDO, PLUS A GUIDED TOUR

DAY 2. INTERNATIONAL  CONFERENCE: SYMPHONISM IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY EUROPE Organized by:Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca; Research Group ERASMUSH, University of Oviedo (Oviedo, Spain) in collaboration with: Ad Parnassum. A Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music Oviedo, Edificio Histórico de la Universidad de Oviedo 10-12 May 2018 Like most European cities and towns, Oviedo has its share of historic […]

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ARTISTS YOU CAN TRUST: 2017

TEN “ARTISTS YOU CAN TRUST” 2017 EDITION It’s common for review publications, newspapers, and radio stations to come out with “best of” year-end selections, but the big problem with these is that there are always too many recordings to even begin to do justice to the range of options available. Also, we don’t want to […]

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The Plain Truth About Urtext, Part 3

What is Urtext? Questions to Michael Stegemann The term “Urtext”, what does it mean to you? Stegemann: An “Urtext” edition represents absolute reliability – particularly for musicians who play from one of these editions, but also for scholars and research. As well as this, anyone who wants to track the philological genesis of such an […]

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The Plain Truth About Urtext, Part 2

What is Urtext? Questions to Hendrik Schulze The term “Urtext”, what does it mean to you? Schulze: For me, Urtext means very carefully created editions based on the latest scholarly discoveries, editions which can serve as the perfect basis for marvellous performances of works. It is the link between scholarship and practice which is always […]

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The Plain Truth About Urtext, Part 1

What is Urtext? Questions to Jonathan Del Mar  Why do we need an urtext edition? Del Mar: Well, you do want to play the notes the composer wrote, don’t you, and not some random wrong notes that just slipped in by mistake ? So is that all an Urtext Edition is, simply “the notes the […]

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ClassicsToday.com’s Top Ten CDs of 2015

I have to confess that we weren’t planning on doing a “best of the year” feature. Let’s face it: there are many superb recordings issued every year and no one can listen to enough of them to claim that their sample is truly “the best”; but then again, there’s no harm in picking a “Top […]

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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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Report: International Conference On 19th Century Music Criticism

Lucca, Italy, November 10-12, 2015: Lucca is the home of both Boccherini and Puccini, and so it seems the perfect location for a conference on the subject of 19th-century music criticism. Some 50 scholars from all over the world have gathered for three days of presentations and conversation. The event is organized by the Centro […]

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