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Music Review: November, by Dennis Johnson

07/25/2014

Buy from: Amazon.com | Amazon UK | iTunes The musical avant-garde has created a number of very long pieces of music. Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2, for example, runs for around six hours; other works by the same composer last from one to four hours. La Monte Young’s Well-Tuned Piano runs around five to […]

Some New and Forthcoming Classical Box Sets

07/21/2014

It looks like it’s going to be another bumper year for low-priced classical box sets. If you’re a classical music fan, you may like picking up these sets, because they fill in your collection, or they let you get a lot of music by a favorite performer or composer. Here’s a list of some of […]

Is iTunes About to Start Selling Hi-Res Music, or Is a Record Label Confused?

07/16/2014

I came across a curious announcement from Warner Classics this morning. They say that they will be releasing some music in high definition on iTunes. Talking about some remastered albums by Herbert van Karajan, they say: This treasure trove has been painstakingly remastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios in 24-bit/96kHz from the original tapes, available […]

Who Had the Bright Idea of Designing a Box Set Like This?

07/11/2014

The John Eliot Gardiner Collection, from DG, has 30 discs across Gardiner’s career, covering a broad range of music: Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, operas and passions, and some symphonies. I bought this box set last year when it came out, but hadn’t gotten around to ripping it, so I pulled it off my shelf, and […]

Some Modern Classical Recordings to Discover

07/10/2014

In a recent article, I wrote about why I feel that a lot of contemporary classical music is boring. A few comments and emails made me think that, to counter that article, I should present some modern classical music that’s not boring. I admit that I’m not that familiar with enough contemporary music – by […]

Why Is So Much Contemporary Classical Music Boring?

07/07/2014

I’ve recently enjoyed playing random albums in iTunes, finding albums I haven’t listened to in a long time to bring more variety to my listening. I don’t accept every suggestion, but I have listened to many of the albums that have come up that would fit in the “contemporary classical music” category, in part because […]

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