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Archive for December 3, 2013

A Wonder Child

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[New Release of the Week] These days, radio people most often associate Busoni with his oft-performed transcriptions; in fact he’s a terribly undervalued composer. His works are positively arresting, as was shown in a performance of his Berceuse élégiaque by the CSO under Riccardo Muti. Muti called it, “a masterpiece.”

Tristan: The Shot Heard Around the World

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Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde stands as the great pivot point in music: there’s all the music that came before; and everything else. Before Tristan, the building blocks of music had a function that listeners innately understood; the notes were connected to each other like a road map between point A and point B. In Tristan, the road twists and turns as if point B is just around the bend