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– In honor of the Republican presidential candidates, I have been reading The Plot Against America, Philip Roth’s counterfactual novel in which Charles Lindberg, sympathetic to the Nazis, beats FDR for the presidency in 1940. 206 more words

125 Moments: 031 Désiré Defauw


On February 11, 1943, Edward L. Ryerson, president of the Orchestral Association, announced that Désiré Defauw would become the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s third music director, beginning with the 1943–44 season. 299 more words

a suitcase full of 'wrong notes' . . .

We just heard an anecdote about pianists that some of you might enjoy. It appeared during “The Art of Piano,” a YouTube documentary almost 2 hours long which featured a generation of pianists gone by (Paderewski, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Josef Hofman, Alfred Cortot, Sviatoslav Richter, Claudio Arrau, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz and Emil Gilels among others including Edwin Fischer.) 228 more words

Life & Spirit

Brahms Piano Concerto no. 1 in Dm, op. 15

performed by Claudio Arrau and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Bernard Haitink

… and here we are, at the end of a very long string of piano works taking us from the heart of the Classical era almost a hundred years forward to one of the largest piano concertos of the time. 2,008 more words