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Slow moments with SW: Elgar (…..)

Only one slow moment this time dear readers – and I think you will agree that it is more than enough for the soul: the slow movement of Elgar’s violin concerto. What, you may reasonably ask, has prompted this little … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Bartók

The contrast between the musical language of Rachmaninov and that of his contemporary Bartók is striking. The one firmly in the full “romantic” sonata-form-based mode, the other pushing those formal boundaries forward and absorbing the influences of the folk music … Continue reading

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Slow moment with SW: Rachmaninoff – a brief encounter.

Scene: a railway waiting room somewhere in SE England in the 1930s. A man and a woman are sitting at a table over a cup of tea. Celia: I say Trevor, must we, really? Trevor: I’m afraid so, old thing, … Continue reading

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Singing from the heart: Mario Lanza 1921 – 1959

Star of the 1951 MGM film The Great Caruso, Mario Lanza was perhaps, the first “superstar” of stage and screen. Renowned for his extraordinary tenor voice (described by Toscanini as “the voice of the century”) and classic good looks, he … Continue reading

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Beethoven 250: a rare interview with the master

  As the Beethoven 250 year draws to a close, we here at MusiCB3 agreed that one final posting was in order. We had hoped to be able to assemble at least one physical exhibition and a number of other … Continue reading

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The Pianists’ Pianist: Leopold Godowsky 150

Leopold Godowsky – the name immediately conjures up impossible acrobatics at the keyboard made to look ridiculously simple by all self-respecting professional pianists. How can anyone play the famous arrangements of the Chopin Études with only two or (in the case … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: Stanley Sadie (1930 – 2005)

This year marks what would have been the 90th birthday of the much-missed musician, critic, author and editor Stanley Sadie so we here at MusiCB3 thought we would devote a little post to reflect on his immeasurable contribution to musical … Continue reading

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(Not so) slow moments with SW: York Bowen – a near-forgotten master

  York who? Some of you may be asking. I say some, because I suspect many viola players will think “Ah yes. Good stuff.” Having only recently been introduced to his piano music through the excellent recording of his set … Continue reading

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Beethoven 250: What’s in a name? The “Bridgetower” Sonata

“Er, hello?” You are asking, dear reader. “Has SW finally gone completely mad?” Quite possibly, but that aside, I thought it was about time we gave this particular work the title it really deserves and bah humbug to Beethoven and … Continue reading

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Slow moments with SW: Mozart – serene intensity

H’mm, something of a challenge this one, I fear. How on earth does one choose? Not quite the “stick a pin in the Köchel Catalogue” approach, but perhaps a chance to share some of my favourites plus a special request … Continue reading

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