Tag Archive | "Shostakovich"

On the Transmigration of Souls

Thursday, September 8, 2011

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On the Transmigration of Souls

I remember with perfect clarity that crystal clear morning of September 11, 2001 and the explosion I heard from my New York City apartment window that I thought was just another outrageous New York City sound….until a neighbor climbed down the fire escape and banged on my window to come out and have a look. [...]

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Protesting the G20 summit? Why not bring along some of the world’s greatest protest music?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Protesting the G20 summit?  Why not bring along some of the world’s greatest protest music?

As much as iconic folk and rock musicians like Pete Seeger, Jimi Hendrix , Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Neil Young, Bob Marley, Pearl Jam and many others did to advance music as a means to foment and focus popular dissent, rock musicians of the 1960s did not invent protest music. We will never know who [...]

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Rach Symphony No. 2? Quick, Bring me the Antidote!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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Rach Symphony No. 2?  Quick, Bring me the Antidote!

As my best friend and business partner, Albert Imperato, lectured passionately and convincingly on how to love Rachmaninov’s Sympony No. 2 (“don’t think about it, just do it!” he said equating the work to sunsets and chocolate cake, “do you question them?” he added), I remained unconvinced.   We had just listened to a great performance [...]

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Rameau and Martinis

Thursday, January 7, 2010

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Rameau and Martinis

It started out almost as a joke when Albert and I were planning to unwind after a day of work with a martini and some music.    Albert suggested we listen to an advance recording of the new naïve classique release of conductor and in this case harpsichordist Christophe Rousset playing transcriptions of Rameau’s second opera, [...]

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