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Dvorak Symphony no. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

performed by the Berlin Philharmonic under Rafael Kubelik

Yeah, a symphony that isn’t his ninth. And it’s superb, Dvorak at his finest.

Dvorak could be one of those composers who’s been cursed by his own success from a few very specific pieces, one of which we’ll be talking about later in the week (you know). 1,354 more words

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5 Classical Music Stories That Prove 2016 Wasn't a Total Loss

I read the news this year, oh boy…

And so the Year of Death and Brexit and #MAGA comes to a merciful end. Yes, it was a horrific year for unity and truth and famous people staying alive. 579 more words

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Horn master class: 'Till Eulenspiegel'

There are a series of these master classes on YouTube, with members of the Berlin Philharmonic helping younger players in key orchestral excerpts. This one concentrating on the first few bars of Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel,” and the famous and tricky horn solo therein, is particularly interesting because it shows the meticulous attention to detail that great orchestral musicians bring to the parts they play. 29 more words

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Interview: Simon Rattle brings the Berlin Philharmonic to Southern California one last time

It was a pleasure to finally have the opportunity to talk with Simon Rattle, even if only for a short time. My latest for the… 27 more words

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