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The Mighty Russians

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by coffeecritic

Russian orthodox church onion domes Forget about figure skating and ice hockey. I'm talking about music. Did you see the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics? If so, you got a taste of some beautiful classical music. Russia has produced some of the best loved and most important classical works in the world. Who hasn't heard Swan Lake, Night on Bald Mountain, the 1812 Overture? Nutcracker, anyone? Then there . . . more »

The Mighty Russians

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by coffeecritic

Russian orthodox church onion domes Forget about figure skating and ice hockey. I'm talking about music. Did you see the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics? If so, you got a taste of some beautiful classical music. Russia has produced some of the best loved and most important classical works in the world. Who hasn't heard Swan Lake, Night on Bald Mountain, the 1812 Overture? Nutcracker, anyone? Then there . . . more »

Riot at the Rite! The Birth of Modernism

Posted on Friday, June 14, 2013 by coffeecritic

"Never had an audience heard music so brutal, savage, aggressive, and apparently chaotic; it hit the public like a hurricane, like some uncontrolled primeval force." - Roman Vlad, musicologist, composer "Some of the most controversial notes ever composed ..." - Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor "The most important piece of music of the 20th century" - Leonard Bernstein, composer, conductor "If that is a bassoon, then . . . more »

Riot at the Rite! The Birth of Modernism

Posted on Friday, June 14, 2013 by coffeecritic

"Never had an audience heard music so brutal, savage, aggressive, and apparently chaotic; it hit the public like a hurricane, like some uncontrolled primeval force." - Roman Vlad, musicologist, composer "Some of the most controversial notes ever composed ..." - Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor "The most important piece of music of the 20th century" - Leonard Bernstein, composer, conductor "If that is a bassoon, then . . . more »

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