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  September 21, 2014

Ruud Langgaard's occupation with the string quartet progressed within a period of 11 years, from 1914 to 1925. Eight quartets emerged, four of which were composed within twelve months, indicating Langgaard's intense interest in the genre. This was indeed a productive and expansive period in his ... more
  September 20, 2014

The continued lack of Dvorak's symphonies 1-5 amidst a continuing flurry of SA-CD recordings of Symphonies 8 and 9 approaches a musical and marketing travesty. But here at last we have a projected complete symphonic cycle, which already has symphonies 3 and 4 in its first two issues. From his ... more
  September 18, 2014

Fauré's short Requiem in D Minor has become his signature work, yet it does not seem to have any particular motivation. It follows the tenets of his teaching by Louis Niedermeyer, eschewing the tradition of French funeral music with its theatricality and focus on the tumultuous anger of The Last ... more
  September 5, 2014

Alba's striking cover has a cartoon by Swedish artist and want-to-be Finnish Alsele Gallén-Kallila. Staring at us from left to right are the scowling, raddled faces of Gallén-Kallila himself, composer Oskar Merikanto, composer-conductor Robert Kajanus and composer Jean Sibelius. These students met ... more
  August 25, 2014

Here we have a very different sort of piano recital. 'The 12 Pianists" group developed from a four person membership in 1996 to the present 12 members, stimulated by the leader Christoph Sischka's arrangement of Lavignak's Galop-March for 12 pianists on one piano. This earned the group an entry in ... more

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