There's a huge, tremendously varied, and exciting world of classical music from before the time of Bach and Handel. It ranges from the soaring chant of the mystic Hildegard von Bingen and other sacred choral works to the secular, courtly love songs of the troubadours and trouvères. Visit Amazon.com's Early Music Store for recommended titles.
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BEETHOVEN'S PIANO SONATAS: AN OVERVIEW
The "Moonlight," the "Pathetique," and the "Appassionata" sonatas are known and loved by virtually all fans of classical music. But, as Amazon.com writer Stephen Wigler explains, there's a world of personalities, and playing, to be found in all of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas. In this essay, we compare the very best interpretations of these masterpieces available, from Alfred Brendel, Solomon, Claudio Arrau, and other great pianists.
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INTRODUCTION TO PUCCINI
With the release of Andrea Bocelli's first full-length opera
recording, "La Boheme," many music lovers who've never encountered a
complete opera before will take the plunge. And in his tragicomic
portrait of the lives of a circle of young bohemians, Giacomo Puccini
created what is in many ways the quintessential opera--which also
became the inspiration for one of the most successful musicals of the
1990s, "Rent." "La Boheme" makes a perfect entree for the budding
opera lover. Try out our Get Started in Classical feature--which
includes an audio tour--and explore Puccini's "La Boheme."
Haeblers nimble fingerscontinue to entrance audiences INGRID HAEBLER
Saitama Arts Theater, Jan. 20
For all his versatility as a composer, what Mozart loved most
passionately was to write operas. His uncanny genius for suggesting
a character in music, for exploring the many-leveled, contradictory
dimensions of our humanity, makes Mozart the Shakespeare of the
lyric theater, and his best operas possess a time-cheating endurance
that few artists ever achieve. Follow our Get Started in Classical
feature--which includes an audio tour--to explore the opera music of
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Composer Bright Sheng(G. Schirmer publishers)
Travel with composer Bright Sheng as he took the path of legend on The Silk Road the dusty highway to undreamt riches, the trail to true adventure...
Sheng has been tracing the ancient
trade route that linked the East to the West
from China to Rome for over 2000 years.
He has written three pieces about this commercial highway. Red Silk Dance, Seven Tunes Heard in China and Spring Dreams. Schirmer is posting his e-mails to us at
their web site so we may read all about his travels.
The year 2000 was the time to plunge into the music
of J.S. Bach--if you haven't already become an addict--as
the music world commemorates the 250th anniversary of Bach's
death. The actual date--July 28--has been anticipated with
concerts, festivals, and a cornucopia of releases.
grand central station of articles and recommended discs and
books celebrating this supreme genius in Amazon.com's Bach
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