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Milton Moore: The lesser Brahms compositions may hold the biggest pleasures

 April 20, 2014

The Brahms I enjoy most is perhaps his least serious, not the “masterpieces” but the more purely recreational fare. The Brahms I listen to most often are his string quintets and string sextets, music that is free and flowing and as songfully melodic as Schubert.


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Marisa Nadolny: Cool out on the Dark Side of the Moon

 April 10, 2014

Raise your hand if Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon," for better or worse, left burn marks on your psyche.
You know how it is: you hear the word "lunatic" and shudder at the memory it evokes of the...


Rick Koster: Hey, Ears? Meet God! Neil Finn in New Haven!

 April 8, 2014

The Deity known as Neil Finn brings his Dizzy Heights solo tour to New Haven's Shubert Theatre Thursday.


Milton Moore: The mysticism, melody and madness of Scriabin

 April 7, 2014

If you attend a recital by a Russian pianist, you'll probably hear some Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Liszt, Chopin and Scriabin. Scriabin? Who? If you're Russian, you know who.


Milton Moore: A happy birthday to the Papa of Classical music, Franz Joseph Haydn.

 March 31, 2014

We like to envision artists we admire as having lived vivid, melodramatic lives, starving in garrets, battling personal demons, struggling against the Philistines in a world not ready for them. It's a compelling narrative. That's probably why you'll...


Milton Moore: Happy birthday to the musical godhead, Johann Sebastian Bach

 March 25, 2014

Who was the greatest musician who ever lived? A dumb question, for sure, but if you just say “Bach,” no one will think you're stupid.


Milton Moore: When baroque music crashes into post-modernism – Meet Alfred Schnittke

 March 21, 2014

With a name that sounds like sneeze and a body of work that's willfully weird and unsettling, composer Alfred Schnittke was the most unlikely of musical heroes. Yet at the time of his death in 1998, he was the world's most widely performed and...


Rick Koster: RORY GO BRAH!

 March 17, 2014

If it's St. Patrick's Day, the home stereo, office stereo and car stereo of Rick Koster reverberate with the astounding musical buffet known as Irish Tour 74 .. by the late but immortal Rory Gallagher


Milton Moore: A nice warm soak in musical beauty

 February 25, 2014

Sometimes you just need to immerse yourself in beauty, like a soothing soak in a tub. For me, there's no substitute for the voice – and for composers who understand the power of the voice to touch us as no man-made instrument can.


Milton Moore: When you add a guitar to the mix ....

 February 19, 2014

When you stand next to a giant, it's hard to get noticed. When music lovers look back the height of the Classical era, the musical expression of The Enlightenment of the 18th century, we tend to notice the two giants: Haydn and Mozart. And then...


Milton Moore: The greats were classic recyclers

 February 7, 2014

My mom grew up the The Depression, and a common phrase in her household was "Use up, make do, wear out." Back in the days before recordings (that is to say, for most of human music-making), musicians and composers used to recycle freely. And the...


Milton Moore: Happy birthday, Franz Schubert!

 January 31, 2014

It's hard for me to hold the music of Schubert at arm's length to assess it, because his music is the most personal, the most narrative, the most descriptive of a living character of any composer I know. So on his birthday, Jan. 31, 1797, I offer...


Milton Moore: Happy birthday, Wolfie!

 January 27, 2014

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born 258 years ago today, and what more can we say about one of the greatest and most admired musicians ever? So much music to enjoy: 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 36 violin sonatas, 23 string quartets, and, oh those...


Milton Moore: Who says classical music has to be relaxing?

 January 22, 2014

It annoys me to hear classical radio stations tout their music as “relaxing.” Does anyone ever call a book or a movie or a painting “relaxing”? To me, the best in music is exciting or, at least, transporting. If something...


Milton Moore: Sandrine Piau's “Handel - Opera Seria,” an incomparable desert island disc

 January 15, 2014

Baroque opera is a stranger in these parts, meaning most of the United States.


Milton Moore: The Lou Gehrig of chamber music, Johann Nepomuk Hummel

 January 10, 2014

I often listen to the music of that wonderful second-rater, Johann Nepomuk Hummel. As a composer living in Vienna in 1810, this talented musician was doomed to be viewed as B-List by the presence of a couple fellow residents:


Milton Moore: A Strauss waltz improved (really!) by Arnold Schoenberg … trust me on this one!

 December 31, 2013

New Year's Day in Vienna means one thing: the world's hottest concert ticket, the annual Vienna Philharmonic waltz fest, broadcast worldwide, live in our late morning here.


Milton Moore: A masterpiece recording of a 20th Century masterpiece

 December 20, 2013

I received a review copy of this Teldec recording when it was released 20 years ago and raved about it. Since then, this recording has only grown on me and moved to the top of my personal playlist.


Rick Koster: Farewell to honky-tonk giant Ray Price

 December 17, 2013

Ray Price, maybe the greatest honky-tonk vocal stylist ever, passed away Monday at the age of 87.


Milton Moore: Bach's Goldberg Variations, with no plain brown wrapper

 December 16, 2013

A few years back, I was driving across the Gold Star Bridge and turned on WMNR. After a couple measures of solo piano, I was baffled. What the heck is this weirdness?


Rick Koster: Where My Ears Spent 2013

 December 13, 2013

It seems pretty logical. People listen to music they like, right?
Except when they don't.
In my case, I have a wonderful job wherein I get to write a bit about...


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