Books on classical music

From my other blog, first in a series …

Books on classical music: Some essentials (1). Pacific Symphony Blog, March 7, 2018.


‘The Glass Harmonica,’ music by Alfred Schnittke

Soviet surrealist film made in 1968 and banned at the time. Directed by Andrei Khrzhanovsky. Music by Alfred Schnittke.

Pacific Overtures, March

Read the latest edition of the monthly newsletter I write and curate for Pacific Symphony.

Pacific Overtures. March, 2018.

Mr. B and the Cowboy: Carl St.Clair remembers Leonard Bernstein

Interview: Carl St.Clair remembers Leonard Bernstein. Pacific Symphony Blog. Feb. 22, 2018.

Great moments in music criticism (I)

“I realize that my liking or not liking what Mr. Heifetz plays and how he plays it is a matter of no import to the stellar spaces in which he moves. But it happens that I did go to the concert last night and that I did observe pretty carefully his virtuosity. It was admirable and occasionally very, very beautiful. The fellow can fiddle. But he sacrifices everything to polish. He does it knowingly. He is justly admired and handsomely paid for it. To ask anything else of him is like asking tenderness of the ocelot.”

— from “Silk-Underwear Music” by Virgil Thomson.

Pacific Symphony announces 2018-2019 classical season

Pacific Symphony 40th season announcement. Pacific Symphony Blog, Feb. 10, 2018.

Shura Cherkassky in Amsterdam

Introduction (in Dutch language) JEAN-BAPTISTE LULLY Suite de Pièces 00:03:07 I. Allemande 00:06:59 II. Air tendre 00:09:21 III. Courante 00:11:06 IV. Gigue FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN 00:14:10 Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 (Andante con moto) 00:26:17 Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1 (Andante) JOSEF HOFMANN 00:33:14 From Charakterskizzen, Op. 40: Kaleidoscop, No. 4 FRANZ LISZT 00:38:15 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C sharp minor S. 244/12 MORTON GOULD 00:48:15 Boogie-Woogie Etude Intermission MODEST MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition 00:51:14 1) Promenade 00:52:36 2) Gnomus 00:54:54 3) Promenade II 00:55:53 4) The Old Castle 01:00:17 5) Promenade III 01:00:47 6) Tuileries 01:01:43 7) Bydlo 01:04:18 8) Promenade IV 01:05:00 9) Ballet of Unhatched Chicks 01:06:15 10) Samuel Goldenberg & Schmuÿle 01:08:33 11) Promenade 01:10:11 12) Limoges, le marché 01:11:44 13) Catacombæ 01:13:19 14) Con mortuis in lingua mortua 01:15:37 15) The Hut on Hen’s Legs – Baba Yaga 01:19:20 16) The Great Gate of Kiev FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN 01:26:02 Tarantelle in A flat major, Op. 43 (Presto) SHURA CHERKASSKY, piano. Filmed in Amsterdam (Prinsengracht Concert 1992), 27 August 1992.

Pacific Overtures, February

My February newsletter, with concert listings, interviews, a playlist, a video, a ticket deal for students, and classical music news and views from around the internet. …

Pacific Overtures. February, 2018.

Interview: Alexander Romanovsky

Interview: Pianist Alexander Romanovsky to make Pacific Symphony debut with Prokofiev’s Second Concerto. Pacific Symphony Blog, Jan. 29, 2018.

Pacific Overtures, January

My January newsletter has been published.

Pacific Overtures. January, 2018.

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