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    Composers Reminiscing at the Piano

    There is a certain group of pieces among the vast piano repertoire  that, next to their artistic merits, have always held a special emotional value for composers and audiences alike. These are the pieces written about childhood, a period intrinsically linked to some of our dearest and most precious memories. 

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    Topics: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Kinderszenen, Träumerei

    Amsterdam: A Musical Portrait

    It all began in 1883 with construction in what was then a pasture in the city’s outskirts. More than two thousand 12-metre long piles were sunk into the moist Dutch soil in order to support what would become Amsterdam’s main concert hall, known today as The Royal Concertgebouw.

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    Topics: Amsterdam, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

    The Symphony of Nature

    Nature has always been a major source of inspiration for music. This connection started to become more explicit already from the Baroque era, with Vivaldi’s Le Quattro Stagioni [The Four Seasons] being the most famous example or early program music.

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    Topics: Richard Strauss, Franz Liszt, Ludwig van Beethoven

    Arvo Pärt Turns 80

    Arvo Pärt, the Estonian composer of classical and sacred music, whose compositions have won worldwide acclaim over the past 40 years, is 80 today.

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    Topics: Arvo Part, Fahrenheit 9/11, Spiegel im Spiegel

    A Unique Testament: Rachmaninov’s Own Recordings

    His brilliant compositions and legendary virtuosity aside,Sergei Rachmaninov(1873-1943) was also unique in quite a different way: although born in the late 19thcentury and steeped in the Romantic musical tradition, he was one of the first pianist-composers to take advantage of the nascent recording technology during the dawn of the last century, leaving behind him a significant number of recordings of great historical and artistic value.

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    Topics: Sergei Rachmaninov, Third Symphony, Sonata

    A Special Kind of Humanism: An Interview with Gil Shaham

    Gil Shaham, hailed by the New York Times as 'One of today's preeminent violinists' spoke to primephonic after his recent performance at Barcelona’s L’Auditori. There was much to discuss, from Yehudi Menuhin and Alban Berg to Shaham’s 1699Stradivarius and the contrasting worlds of live and studio performances.

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    Topics: Violin, Alban Berg, Gil Shaham