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Recording of the Week – Ivan Moravec, Chopin Nocturnes

Tweet Chopin’s Nocturnes, though based on a form originated by John Field (1782-1837), are unique to the Polish genius. Their combination of technical intricacy and melodic invention make them a landmark in music. Chopin has transplanted the beauty and line of the Bellini bel canto aria to the piano – a percussion instrument! This magical…


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Placido Domingo 72 Today

Tweet Today is the great artist’s 72nd birthday. His career has been unique. The best way to observe his anniversary is to let him do it himself. Listen to this remarkable recording of the great aria from Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine  made in performance in San Francisco 42 years ago. At this time he was already 15 years…


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Recording of the Week – Alkan: Grande Sonate and More

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Tweet November 30 was the 200th anniversary of the birth Charles -Valentin Alkan (1813-88). He was a French keyboard virtuoso and composer. A child prodigy he spent most of his life in Paris where he formed close friendships with both Chopin and Liszt. Born in Paris he was descended from Jewish Ashkenazic community that was…


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All Haydn’s Symphonies for $22

Tweet This says it all. You may never get around to listening to all 104 of them  but just having these works at you call is worth far more than $22.56. The conductor and orchestra are superb. And the symphonies are one of the greatest accomplishments of Western music. A great gift for a music…


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Ah Non Credea Mirarti – Bellini and Thalberg

Tweet Vincenzo Bellini (1801-35) was born in Catania,Sicily and died before his 34th birthday outside of Paris. He was beautiful, delicate (Heine described him as a sigh in pumps), and could write melodies of unsurpassed beauty. Everyone loved his melodies – Wagner, Verdi (he said the melodies are long, long, long), and Chopin who was…


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Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Video

Tweet The video below give a good picture of how good Lubbock’s premiere arts organization is. The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra would be outstanding in a city 10 times our population. Here it verges on the miraculous.


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Chopin Nocturne Op 27 No 2

Tweet For the most beautiful 77 bars in music listen to Chopin’s spectacularly beautiful Nocturne Op 27 No 2. Written in 1836 when the composer was 26 years old. It’s like a sigh from heaven. The pianist is Arthur Rubinstein. The pieces show why Chopin, despite essentially being a miniaturist, was one very greatest composer since…


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Metropolis Elektro at the LHUCA

Tweet Fritz Lang’s silent movie epic with an original soundtrack was performed live to two sold out audiences on March 22 and 23 at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. The music was written by Scott & Amy Faris. The film was the opening work of the 2013 Flatland Film Festival. Metropolis is a landmark in the…


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Haydn Violin Concerto: 2nd Movement

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Tweet If you had any doubts that Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was among the handful of the greatest composers the slow movement of his Violin Concerto #1 in C should erase them. The reading below by violinist Andras Agoston has a long cadenza near the movement’s end. The video of the entire concerto with Joshua…


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Conrad Tao and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

Tweet I usually don’t write about the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra’s concerts because I am too close to the performers and managers to be either objective or frank. But last night’s performance by Conrad Tao with the LSO was so out of the ordinary that I have to mention it. Tao is an 18 year old wunderkind . Born in…


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