Apple Musical Classical has impressive new partners
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BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE “COMMENTS” SECTION FOR CONCERT AND EVENT UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS AS WELL AS READER REVIEWS OF CONCERTS AND RECORDINGS. YOU CAN HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU READ, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. IF YOU LIKE A SPECIFIC BLOG POST, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK.  By Jacob Stockinger Do you ever wish you could listen to the performances by superstar classical musicians at the prestigious Verbier Festival in Switzerland each summer (an promo is in the YouTube video at the bottom) — and n ..read more
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Use a comment to promote your event
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by welltemperedear
3d ago
YOU CAN HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU READ, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. IF YOU LIKE A SPECIFIC BLOG POST, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK.  By Jacob Stockinger Many local readers and especially arts performers and presenters have asked why The Ear no longer emphasize advertising local events and local or guest performers. (Below is the Madison Symphony Orchestra in a photo by Greg Anderson.) There are several reasons. One is that there are just too many events to keep up with, even if I published a post ev ..read more
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How well do you know Yo-Yo Ma?
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by welltemperedear
1w ago
YOU CAN HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU READ, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. IF YOU LIKE A SPECIFIC BLOG POST, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK.  By Jacob Stockinger You probably know his name. And you probably have heard Yo-Yo Ma play (below, in photo by the Associated Press) play — either in person or on recordings, on radio or TV. (You can hear him play the opening prelude movement of Bach’s solo Cello Suite No. 1, one of Ma’s specialties, which he has recorded at least three times, in the YouTube video at the ..read more
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What is the best Beethoven symphony?
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by welltemperedear
1w ago
YOU CAN HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU READ, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. IF YOU LIKE A SPECIFIC BLOG POST, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK.  By Jacob Stockinger Objectively ranking the “best” works of a composer and subjectively ranking your favorite works is a fun game to play. Of course, the two are not the same. Last time I did it with the five piano concertos by Beethoven (below) and got many comments that were informative. Here is a link: https://welltempered.wordpress.com/2023/07/12/how-do-you-rank-bee ..read more
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‘Boléro’ is all Ravel: French court
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by welltemperedear
2w ago
YOU CAN HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU READ, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. IF YOU LIKE A SPECIFIC BLOG POST, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK.  By Jacob Stockinger The Ear likes Ravel’s “Boléro.” Many serious classical music fans scoff at the repetitive score and dismiss as just a potboiler for the masses. Even Ravel (below) famously said it was about nothing and considered what is now his best-known work as unimportant. Ravel was wrong. Conductor Arturo Toscanini liked it so much that he premiered it in the U ..read more
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‘Madison Sings’ dates announced for August
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1M ago
YOU CAN HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU READ, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. IF YOU LIKE A SPECIFIC BLOG POST, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK.  By Jacob Stockinger Here is an announcement from Drew Collins, the music director at the First Unitarian Society of Madison (FUS): Dates in previous email were incorrect. The dates below are correct: the first three Tuesdays in August. *** PLEASE FORWARD *** “MADISON SINGS!” Co-sponsored by First Unitarian Society of Madison and Madison Symphony Chorus. Unique sing ..read more
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YOU MUST HEAR: Chaminade’s ‘Meditation’
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1M ago
YOU CAN HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU READ, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. IF YOU LIKE A SPECIFIC BLOG POST, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK.  By Jacob Stockinger If you have heard any music by the French composer Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944, below), chances are it is her Concertino for Flute and Orchestra. Written for a competition at the Paris Conservatory, it it her most popular and programmed work at concerts and on the radio. But recently, The Ear recently heard a haunting and moving solo piano piece she ..read more
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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride in 2024 through classical music
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1M ago
YOU CAN HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU READ, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE NEW POSTS AUTOMATICALLY FOR FREE. IF YOU LIKE A SPECIFIC BLOG POST, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK.  By Jacob Stockinger June is Pride month — an annual event to celebrate LGBTQ+ people, rights, history and culture even at a time when they are under attack by conservative politicians and the religious right. Like many local media outlets in the West and in many places in Asia, Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin televisi ..read more
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Piano students, amateur players will love a new album with mini-medleys of short Schubert dances
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by welltemperedear
1M ago
YOU CAN HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU READ, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. IF YOU LIKE A SPECIFIC BLOG POST, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK.  By Jacob Stockinger Most classical piano recordings feature works that go beyond the technical and interpretive capabilities of any musicians except  professionals such as concert artists and teachers. But a new release on the Pentagon label by the acclaimed French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard (below) — who is known for tackling and mastering such thorny and virtu ..read more
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Who was the better pianist? Maestro Cigarette or Maestro Cigar?
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by welltemperedear
1M ago
YOU CAN HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU READ, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. IF YOU LIKE A SPECIFIC BLOG POST, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SHARE IT or TAG IT (not just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK.  By Jacob Stockinger Look below. You will see two rivals. They are probably the two most famous and legendary pianists of the 20th century. On the left is the young Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989). On the right is the middle-aged Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982). Horowitz is smoking a cigarette. Rubinstein is smoking a cigar. Each smoke seems to embody the smoker. Horowitz p ..read more
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