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To celebrate, to commemorate: Pauline Viardot at 200

As for Mme Viardot, her performance is worthy of a study by itself. Her gifts are so complete and so varied, they touch on so many aspects of music and combine such fine technique with irresistible spontaneity, that they inspire … Continue reading

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Preserving electronic music

Can you name ten famous Belgians? When first moving to the UK this joke quite often  came up. Finding an answer to the question was easy enough and no, Hercule Poirot is fictional and not on the list. Although several … Continue reading

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Don’t read the reviews

March 6th is the anniversary of the premiere of Verdi’s La Traviata. The most popular of all his operas, Traviata had an unfortunate beginning. Based on the popular novel, La dame aux camelias, by Alexandre Dumas, fils, Verdi had attended … 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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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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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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“Unmurderable Beethoven” : Hans Keller celebrates Beethoven 200

No, we’ve not got our dates wrong, dear reader – read on to see why. This week, we thought it might be fun to present a little concert to celebrate the Beethoven 250 centenary. But what about the programme notes? … Continue reading

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Beethoven the arranger: exploring the countryside

Continuing our celebrations of the Beethoven 250 anniversary, I thought we might take a little look at one of the, perhaps, dustier corners of his output – that of his arrangements of some of his own works (not to be … Continue reading

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No mere trifle: Beethoven 250

It will not have escaped your notice, dear reader, that this year the world (and not only the musical world) is marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. “The music is transcendent. He’s always pushing against the sky, reinventing the … Continue reading

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