Classical Vinylist Blog Posts

  • Return of the Classical Vinylist
    on Apr 23, 2013
    Welcome. It's been two years since my last post, so I'm way overdue for an update. Although I have stopped posting for a while, I haven't stopped buying -- or listening to -- classical music on records. I'll resume posting here shortly, but first, a...
  • Samuel Barber, Concerto for Violin & Orchestra
    on Jan 14, 2011 in Samuel Barber Frederick Delius
    At last, an absurd album cover from the 1970s that kind of makes sense: Get it? It's a violin! With shaving cream! Because the composer's last name is Barber! I'm really starting to love the folks at Westminster Gold. Pity the label isn't around an...
  • Samuel Barber, Concerto for Violin & Orchestra
    on Jan 14, 2011 in Samuel Barber Frederick Delius
    At last, an absurd album cover from the 1970s that kind of makes sense: Get it? It's a violin! With shaving cream! Because the composer's last name is Barber! I'm really starting to love the folks at Westminster Gold. Pity the label isn't around an...
  • Brahms' 'Ein Deutsches Requiem' to be performed this weekend in Bethlehem, Pa.
    on Oct 27, 2010 in brahms
    Call it a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I might as well come clean: This ain't my only writing gig. I also write about music, classical and otherwise, for The Express-Times, a newspaper in Easton, Pa. If you happen to live in the Lehigh Valley...
  • Brahms' 'Ein Deutsches Requiem' to be performed this weekend in Bethlehem, Pa.
    on Oct 27, 2010 in brahms
    Call it a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I might as well come clean: This ain't my only writing gig. I also write about music, classical and otherwise, for The Express-Times, a newspaper in Easton, Pa. If you happen to live in the Lehigh Valley...
  • Dmitri Shostakovitch, Symphony No. 8
    on Oct 26, 2010 in Dmitri Shostakovitch
    Anyone who really believes that "hope springs eternal …" ought to become a Seattle Mariners fan. Or, if that's too painful, listen to Dmitri Shostakovitch's Symphony No. 8. From the first notes you can tell that this won't end with any s...
  • Dmitri Shostakovitch, Symphony No. 8
    on Oct 25, 2010 in Dmitri Shostakovitch
    Anyone who really believes that "hope springs eternal …" ought to become a Seattle Mariners fan. Or, if that's too painful, listen to Dmitri Shostakovitch's Symphony No. 8. From the first notes you can tell that this won't end with any s...
  • In search of good autumn classical music
    on Oct 4, 2010 in Beethoven
    Well, that's it for summer. The temperature dropped, the skies turned gray and the time for wool socks has arrived. Fall is here and I'm in need of some good classical music to get me in the mood. Besides the obvious -- "Autumn" in Vivvald...
  • In search of good autumn classical music
    on Oct 4, 2010 in Beethoven
    Well, that's it for summer. The temperature dropped, the skies turned gray and the time for wool socks has arrived. Fall is here and I'm in need of some good classical music to get me in the mood. Besides the obvious -- "Autumn" in Vivvald...
  • REVIEW: 'Bach and Friends' on DVD
    on Sep 28, 2010 in dvd bach
    It may be suicidal to say this, but if you want to learn about composers, ask a musician, not a music critic. Often people who make music can talk about it in ways that nonmusicians can understand without resorting to jargon. That's what makes "...
  • REVIEW: 'Bach and Friends' on DVD
    on Sep 27, 2010 in dvd bach
    It may be suicidal to say this, but if you want to learn about composers, ask a musician, not a music critic. Often people who make music can talk about it in ways that nonmusicians can understand without resorting to jargon. That's what makes "...
  • Aaron Copland, 'The Copland Album,' Leonard Bernstein, conductor
    on Sep 3, 2010 in Aaron Copland Leonard Bernstein
    Call it predictable, but I like Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" above all his other works. "Billy The Kid" never held my interest much; same with "Rodeo." The latter piece is also the unfortunate victim of over-exp...
  • Aaron Copland, 'The Copland Album,' Leonard Bernstein, conductor
    on Sep 3, 2010 in Aaron Copland Leonard Bernstein
    Call it predictable, but I like Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" above all his other works. "Billy The Kid" never held my interest much; same with "Rodeo." The latter piece is also the unfortunate victim of over-exp...
  • More 'Mad' Max Bruch: 'Kol Nidrei'
    on Aug 19, 2010 in Max Bruch
    Sadly, I don't own a copy of this recording (yet). But I had Max Bruch on the brain after listening to his first violin concerto and found this clip of "Kol Nidrei" while searching the Internets for other works by him. It still has that me...
  • More 'Mad' Max Bruch: 'Kol Nidrei'
    on Aug 19, 2010 in Max Bruch
    Sadly, I don't own a copy of this recording (yet). But I had Max Bruch on the brain after listening to his first violin concerto and found this clip of "Kol Nidrei" while searching the Internets for other works by him. It still has that me...
  • Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto No. 1; Ivry Gitlis, violinYou ever watch a movie and see an actor whose name you forget, but whose face you recognize? Then when you spot the actor you think, “Oh yeah; I forgot I like him/her.” Actually, if your thoughts really use the phrase “him/her,” get your vi...
  • Easing into Opera with Rossini overtures
    on Aug 13, 2010 in opera Gioachino Rossini
    Certain types of well-established music I simply don't get. I admit it. Jazz is one. Opera is another, although I'm starting to appreciate it some more. The Luciano Pavarotti album I wrote about a while back certainly helped. (Maybe one of you opera...
  • Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto No. 1; Ivry Gitlis, violinYou ever watch a movie and see an actor whose name you forget, but whose face you recognize? Then when you spot the actor you think, “Oh yeah; I forgot I like him/her.” Actually, if your thoughts really use the phrase “him/her,” get your vi...
  • Easing into Opera with Rossini overtures
    on Aug 13, 2010 in opera Gioachino Rossini
    Certain types of well-established music I simply don't get. I admit it. Jazz is one. Opera is another, although I'm starting to appreciate it some more. The Luciano Pavarotti album I wrote about a while back certainly helped. (Maybe one of you opera...
  • What do you consider your favorite classical music?
    on Jul 28, 2010
    I started looking back on the works that I've written about here and I'm starting to doubt this whole experiment. Maybe it's where I find the albums, but with few exceptions, I don't think anything that I've found would make it on a Top 10 list. I m...
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