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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


Lots of Music

I’ve been listening to a lot of 20th century and impressionistic music lately.


TarraWarra Estate

TarraWarra of the Yarra Valley, were always in the back of my mind, always there around my vision, but never right in my sights. Sort of like the slightly awkward girl at high school that sat alone in class but when you finally spoke to her because you walked around a corner and physically bumped into her, you took the time to actually perceive and consider her…well suddenly you take a lot more notice and you want to hang around with her a lot more. 614 more words

Tasting Notes

February 6 ~ Today in Music History

. 1843 ~ The first minstrel show in America, “The Virginia Minstrels”, opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City.

. 1903 ~ Claudio Arrau… 172 more words


Music to Shut Out Pundits

Sometimes I am overcome with the level of truth, beauty, and goodness that humanity produces.

Just viewed this:

If you’ve got the time and patience, it’s definitely worth a hearing: a recording of Claudio Arrau performing Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 346 more words