DSO – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Beethoven’s 6th

I have been looking forward to this concert.  Vivaldi's The Four Seasons for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 8, Nos. 1-4, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral"... two of my all time favorite pieces of classical music. I've never heard Vivaldi performed live before.  I can still remember the first time … Continue reading DSO – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Beethoven’s 6th

What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland, with additional material by Leonard Slatkin

Based on everything I've seen, this appears to be a love it or hate it book.  Personally, I love it.  I think the book's detractors were perhaps looking for a beginner's book on the subject that spoonfeeds the material rather than helping the reader to grow as a listener.  That's not what this book is … Continue reading What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland, with additional material by Leonard Slatkin

Great Masters: Beethoven – His Life and Music by Prof. Robert Greenberg

Given enough time to properly unpack a subject, Professor Robert Greenberg proves time and again his music history expertise.  Until now, I've only listened to lecture series based around select compositions.  This is the first I've listened to revolving around a single composer. This is a series of eight 45-minute lectures that help to highlight … Continue reading Great Masters: Beethoven – His Life and Music by Prof. Robert Greenberg