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Radu Lupu turns 70

Alex Ross calls him “probably the greatest pianist alive” and it’s hard to argue with the statement. Romanian pianist Radu Lupu turned 70 yesterday. Here’s a review someone wrote of his local solo recital in 1999. 646 more words

Classical Music

Today's Composer Prompt (Put the Audience to Work)

Find an inventive way to incorporate the audience into your piece. As you can’t count on everyone being musically-literate, this participatory role should not depend upon traditional music notation. 82 more words


Wagner: Die Walküre - Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music- George London (Wotan), under the direction of Hans Knappertsbusch (1958)

One of the very few similarities I have with the musical genius that was Anton Bruckner, is that I listen to the Wagner’s music for the music of Wagner and with a fairly shaky understanding of the plots and an even shakier understanding of the philosophy and themes behind it. 74 more words

December 1st 

Today I have decided to fast all verbal music. I do not have any desire to hear anything but classical.

I’m doing this to cleanse my soul. 346 more words


Review: KSO and Knoxville Chamber Chorale Make a Case for December Music

It was probably four or five years ago when I began mentioning in my columns what seemed to be a strange scarcity of professional classical music performances in Knoxville during the month of December, a month I believed should be virtually saturated with music events. 645 more words

Classical Music

DECEMBER 2015: Brazilian Adventures | Ex Cathedra & Jeffrey Skidmore

Ray Picot reviews the CD Brazilian Adventures, by Ex Cathedra, a collection of late 17th to early 19th century Brazilian choral religious music, including the renowned… 24 more words

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Review: Nicola Benedetti & The Oxford Philharmonic

Violinist Nicola Benedetti achieves what so many classical musicians do not: she appeals to those who may otherwise never set foot in a concert hall. First catapulted into the limelight as 2004’s… 479 more words