Archive for May, 2010

“Classic” Haydn

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Sometimes, we all need clarity, elegant thought and classical beauty. Why not one of the “founding fathers”? In the brief years between Mozart’s death and Beethoven’s 1st string quartet, the most amazing Haydn wrote this. A bracing cup of coffee “mit schlag”.

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Max Bruch, Hello in There

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

John Prine wrote a song made famous by Bette Midler titled “Hello in There.” It is about the fact that inside many elderly folks, a young river still rages. The next time you see an 80-year-old shuffling down the street, realize they may have this inside:

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Beethoven, a good place to start

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

“Start at the very beginning. A very good place to start . . .” Haydn -> Mozart -> Beethoven’s 1st String Quartet. Classical, brash, clever and wonderfully played by the Alban Berg Quartet. The first chapter in the epic series of Beethoven’s string quartets, the true “heart of the matter.” The second movement will “kill” you.

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