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Archive for April 17, 2014

Vermeer Quartet: A Bittersweet Reunion

Vermeer

The four members of the Vermeer Quartet decided to hang it up in 2007, but annually return for their Holy Week tradition of performing Joseph Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ.

Sadly, this year’s reunion is incomplete

Bach on The New York Philharmonic This Week

B Minor Mass, manuscript in Bach's hand

When someone mentions Bach’s Mass in B Minor, musicians tend to straighten or catch their breath; almost as if a great man has entered the room. There are so many puzzles that draw one deeper into the layers of this piece, without ever really giving up its secrets. The music is beautiful and humbling.

One wonders why he wrote it