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Classical Music 101: A guide to the subtler charms of a string orchestra in a noisy age

By John Terauds on August 5, 2013

A visit to Bob Shingleton’s excellent blog, On an Overgrown Path, has inspired a little ode to the charms of the string orchestra, a deceptively simple-seeming collection of violins, violas, cellos and double-basses.
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Introducing: J.S. Bach's Musical Offering a series of puzzles wrapped in great sounds

By John Terauds on September 23, 2012

 
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Classical Music 101: Pemi Paull's viola cam proves best listening is behind the conductor

By John Terauds on April 7, 2012

Violist Pemi Paull set up a viola cam during rehearsals for yesterday’s performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion by Ensemble Caprice at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in downtown Montreal.
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CBC Radio 2 host Paolo Pietropaolo fêted for excellent series on the keys of music

By John Terauds on September 26, 2013

CBC Radio 2 In Concert host Paolo Pietropaolo has won his second Prix Italia for the Signature Series, his compelling, accessible and entertaining ongoing series on the character of each key in Western music.
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Take a moment to smell the polyphonic roses with English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis

By John Terauds on August 11, 2013

Tallis’s music has had a small bump in notoriety over the past couple of years as that motet, Spem in alium, is also part of the soundtrack to amorous adventures in Fifty Shades of Grey.
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Classical 101 | Castrati: The Incredible History Of The Men Who Sang Like Women

By Brian Chang on January 16, 2017

Castrati were world's first real superstars. But the history behind the men who could sing like women has an interesting twist. Brian Chang explains.
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Benjamin Britten at 100, Part IV: A great pianist left quality not quantity for his instrument

By John Terauds on March 10, 2013

In this fourth peek at the legacy of Benjamin Britten during his 100th anniversary year, let’s listen to his music for solo piano. For someone who was an accomplished player, Britten didn’t write much for the instrument. It could be because he saw the piano in the way he used it: as a collaborator.
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Two CD releases show off the art of composer Camille Saint-Saëns

By John Terauds on August 14, 2012

French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who bridged the Romantic and Modern eras thanks to an 86-year lifespan, was treated as a relic of a bygone age by his obituarists and university lecturers.
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Classical Music 101: The birth and evolution of a strange beast that is the European orchestra

By John Terauds on October 9, 2013

The evolution of the orchestra is not a quick or simple story: It took American music history scholars John Spitzer and Neal Zaslaw 15 years to research, write and rewrite The Birth of the Orchestra: History of an Institution, 1650-1815 (Oxofrd University Press, 2004). but I thought it would be fascinating to scape together a quick evolutionary sketch.
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Latest interactive app from Touch Press features pianist Stephen Hough and Liszt Piano Sonata

By John Terauds on July 11, 2013

Want to experience a performance from several different visual perspecitves? Sure. Need historical background? No problem. All these bits and pieces come together in another slick little app from Touch Press, one of the rare developers to pay attention to art music.
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