Month: December 2010

Breaking out of the glass box sequestering classical music

Jamming with the classical. Cellist Matt Haimovitz, who studied nothing but ancient classical music until he was in his 20s, was an early pioneer breaking through the barriers between classical music and other forms such as jazz and rock. Bach…

Clarinet Tone Talk: Mozart Concerto on Period Instrument, admirable, but not necessarily desireable

Clarinet tone has not changed so much in 200+ years, but the equipment surely has improved. The following single example defines the best of the period instrument recordings of the Mozart Concerto. Played on a faithful reproduction of a period…

bassoon blog: The Nutcracker

From the blog of a colleague and friend. Besides offering valuable advice to bassoonists playing the difficult music of The Nutcracker, she offers some sage comments about the changes taking place in the world of performing musicians: Classical musicians are…

Young German pianist unites classical music with world of video games | Culture & Lifestyle | Deutsche Welle | 04.12.2010

His album is called Nuss Plays Uematsu and it contains video game music – something which nobody has done in this form before. He got arrangers from Russia, America, Finland to arrange the music of Nobuo Uematsu, who is one…

Bach & Lemon Shakeups- John Lennon vs. classical music

Classical music was the establishment and pop wasn’t taken seriously. These days, however, I’m hard pressed to find anybody “oppressed” by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. In fact, the reverse is true. The real establishment is the rather dumb and conformist…