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Leonard Bernstein Birth Anniversary

The brilliant composer, conductor, pianist and educator Leonard Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918 (d 1990). In this video clip he conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in the zippy...more...

Posted on August 24, 2014 @ 23.48
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Guillaume Dufay Anniversary

Guillaume Dufay, Franco -Flemish composer of the early Renaissance was born on August 5, c. 1397. (d 1474). This is his exquisite 3 part ballad Mon Chier Amy performed by an unnamed ensemble. more...

Posted on August 4, 2014 @ 23.58
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Monteverdi Anniversary

Monteverdi c 1630 by Bernardo Strozzi Claudio Monteverdi, born 15 May 1567. This duet from his opera L’Incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea) is ravishingly sung by soprano Danielle De Niese and counter-tenor...more...

Posted on May 14, 2014 @ 12.27
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Brahms Anniversary

Celebrating the rich legacy of Johannes Brahms, born May 7, 1833. This is his Double Concerto for Violin and Cello opus 102 with David Oistrakh (violin) and  Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), directed...more...

Posted on May 5, 2014 @ 12.42
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Celebrating Genius

  Sergei Prokofiev and William Shakespeare were born on April 23rd in 1891 and 1564 respectively. Here’s a tribute to both these men of genius. Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony...more...

Posted on April 24, 2014 @ 12.58
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Sollima’s ‘Terra Aria’

  A composite video of cellist Giovanni Sollima performing the stunningly beautiful self composed Sogno ad Occhi Aperti (Daydream) Part 1. Read our interview with Giovanni Sollima: A Cello and A Chair He performs in Sydney...more...

Posted on April 18, 2014 @ 18.11
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Perlman – Performing,Teaching, Conducting And Polio

The legendary Itzhak Perlman began playing the violin as a child. After a glittering career of over 40 years, he talks to The Huffington Post about the importance of teaching...more...

Posted on April 6, 2014 @ 14.40
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Rachmaninov Anniversary

  Sergei Rachmaninov, born April 1, 1873. Lush! Evgeny Kissin performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davies. more...

Posted on April 1, 2014 @ 20.24
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Telemann Anniversary

  Georg Philipp Telemann born March 14th 1681 (d 1757) . Friend and rival of JS Bach and Handel. Bach appointed Telemann godfather to his son Carl Philipp Emmanuel after whom...more...

Posted on March 14, 2014 @ 16.05