For the love of all music that is classical. Remember, all music was once new.
Critics and fans love a good debate over the great American novel or great American movie. But what about the great American symphony? Is there one? If not, why? If so, which symphonies are good candidates for the title?
Photo: Bill Swerbenski/San Francisco Symphony
For pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Debussy is still radical and his veiled, complex music has “a troubling dimension.” For the composer’s sesquicentennial (that’s 150 years), the virtuoso selects favorite Debussy recordings.
The ladies of The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet are not afraid to be the butt of their own jokes. Specializing in classical arrangements of songs both old and brand new, they incorporate original sketch comedy and some seriously insane costumes into their live performances. They’ve done everything so far from making mustaches to sewing fake meat onto dresses (wassup, Lady Gaga) — but the one thing they still haven’t gotten around to? Recording their debut album! The crowds demand it. And by crowds we mean, every member of our staff, who have watched and chortled over their charm-your-pants-off project video at least one hundred times. They have our ears, our hearts, and our Project of the Day.
Flashmob of the Day: A flashmob invaded a Copenhagen, Denmark Metro train last month, but in this case, the flashmob was the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.
They treated unsuspecting commuters to a performance of Grieg’s “Peer Gynt,” and creative agency Makropol captured the whole thing on video.
Right about now, a few people on that train are probably wishing they had taken their earbuds out.
This is fun. Try it in fullscreen. Extra points if you tilt your head. You’re only human.
Visualization of the 1st violin of the 2nd symphony, 4th movement by Ferdinand Ries in the shape of a rollercoaster.
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48; II. Valse: Moderato — Tempo di valse
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performers: KammerOrchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
A Concert for New York
The fully edited PBS broadcast, hosted by NBC News special correspondent and author Tom Brokaw, is now streaming online at pbs.org. The concert, performed by the New York Philharmonic on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, in Avery Fisher Hall, features Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and the New York Choral Artists.