Category Archives: my favorite music

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    On October 25, 2018, I attended a performance at Carnegie Hall by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and soloists and choir of Haydn’s “Nelson Mass” and Mozart’s Requiem. The “Nelson Mass.” Stupendous. To hear it live is a … Continue reading

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Mozart, 3 German Dances; Handel, Water Music Suite (arranged by Sir Hamilton Harty)

          They are posted here on a scratchy LP from the 1960’s that a friend digitalized for me. Conducted by Herbert von Karajan.     *****************************************************   My older brother gave me this LP as a … Continue reading

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Gavin Bryars, “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet”

    A well known early work of the contemporary English composer Gavin Bryars is “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet” (1971). I feel compelled to post it here because it is a unique and stirring example of religious music, … Continue reading

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Bartók, Eight Hungarian Folksongs for voice and piano (nyolc magyar népdal)

        Posted here as a single track:   Bela Bartók, Eight Hungarian Folksongs for voice and piano (nyolc magyar népdal)   nos. 1–5, 1907 nos. 6–8, 1917   The music is stunning and the performance by a … Continue reading

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my favorite Nielsen songs

      The death of Aretha Franklin on August 16 got me thinking about singers in the gospel tradition, or who began their singing careers that way. I shared my thoughts with my wife and a friend. Naturally, I … Continue reading

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Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D minor; Шостакович, Симфония № 5 ре минор

          Posted here is the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, by Dmitri Shostakovich — in two different recordings. The first performance posted here is by Bernard Haitink, an outstanding Shostakovich interpreter. The second … Continue reading

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Shostakovich, symphony no. 11 (“The Year 1905”); Шостакович, Симфония № 11 («1905-й год»)

      Posted here (above) is a recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Opus 103 (subtitled The Year 1905), conducted by Leopold Stokowski. It is a marvelous symphony. Extremely moving. Program music that works and … Continue reading

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