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Symphony Saturday

Sir Arthur Sullivan has a hallowed place in the history of classical music for his work in setting the librettos of W.S. Gilbert to music, resulting in the enduring operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, which are probably the greatest musical … Continue reading

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Symphony Saturday

I seem to recall once owning a set of Franz Berwald’s symphonies. They made no impression on me whatsoever in the occasions I tried listening to them, and I’m not even sure if I still own the CDs. I’m not … Continue reading

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Symphony Saturday

Alexander Glazunov’s seventh symphony is named the “Pastoral”, and as such it evokes inevitable comparison with Beethoven’s own Symphony No. 6. Glazunov’s is clearly not the equal of Beethoven’s, but how could it be? This is not to say that … Continue reading

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Symphony Saturday

OK, we really fell off the wagon here, didn’t we? So let’s get back into it with a two-week look at a couple of Alexander Glazunov’s eight symphonies. I must confess a great lack of familiarity with Glazunov’s work. He … Continue reading

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Your Daily Dose of Christmas (and Symphony Saturday!)

I’ve fallen off the face of the earth in regards to the Saturday Symphonies, haven’t I? Well, we’ll break the chronological mold a bit here with this, a short symphony based on Christmas carols. It’s the “Carol Symphony” by Victor … Continue reading

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Symphony Saturday

In exploring the world of Alexander Borodin the last few months, I’ve noticed that while his music is as packed with wonderful emotion and lyricism as any of the Russian Romantics, his music doesn’t have the same epic scale. Borodin … Continue reading

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Symphony Saturday

OK, so I didn’t get my post written on Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 done, so in the meantime, we’ll go back in time and back to good old Ludwig van Beethoven. We heard the mighty Ninth Symphony a while back … Continue reading

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Symphony Saturday

Alexander Borodin only wrote two complete symphonies and fragments of a third. In discovering this wonderful composer of late, I’m at the same time heartbroken at his relatively small output, but also amazed at its quality. This is a man … Continue reading

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Symphony Saturday

Let’s back up in time a little bit, shall we? I just heard this captivating piece a week or two ago on the radio. Luigi Boccherini was a cellist and composer during the Classical period, roughly contemporary with Franz Joseph … Continue reading

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Symphony Saturday

Good luck is finding a new composer to explore and love! Bad luck is finding out that that composer didn’t compose a whole lot of music, because of insane demands upon his time and because he didn’t live terribly long. … Continue reading

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