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    wav Presto Classical formats flac mp3 Qobuz formats flac alac wma iTunes formats aac Amazon formats mp3 Organ at Grace Cathedral Ever since the century when Léonin and Perotin as organists of Notre Dame in Pan s helped make France the musical center of western civilization the organ in France has maintained a vitality and popularity peculiar to that country The rich melodic mine of Gregorian chant the unbroken emphasis on liturgical improvisation the imaginative and innovative developments in organ building all these have been factors in a strong tradition which has produced such composers and performers as Francois Couperin Cesar Franck and Olivier Messiaen This recording is a sampling of the last two and one half centuries of French organ music Grace Cathedral is an especially appropriate setting for the performance of this music because of its fine large organ and excellent acoustics The gift of Mrs Harriet Crocker Alexander Grace Cathedral s Alexander Memorial Organ was built in 1934 by the Aeolian Skinner Organ Company of Boston Massachusetts as their Opus 910 G Donald Harrison technical director of the was responsible for the design of the instrument in consultation with J Sidney Lewis then organist of Grace Cathedral

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    formats dsd flac Native DSD formats dsd HighRes Audio formats dsd flac Pro Studio Masters formats dsd flac aiff e Onkyo Music formats flac wav Presto Classical formats flac mp3 iTunes formats aac eClassical formats flac mp3 eMusic formats mp3 Amazon formats mp3 Music of Chopin Oh God where art Thou Art Thou there and dost Thou not avenge Thyself Art Thou not sated with murder Or art Thou indeed a Muscovite These words written by Chopin after the fall of Warsaw to the Russians seem as relevant to us in the latter part of the twentieth century as they did in 1831 Poland s struggle for freedom and dignity strikes a common chord in all of humanity and this perhaps best explains the continuing rise of Chopin s popularity in an age which reviles romanticism Friedrich Nietzsche spoke for many people of all nations when he was stirred to say I am too much of a Pole not to prefer Chopin s music to all other music in the world That Chopin s music was the very essence of the Polish people seems evident in all of his works The Warsaw press commented as early as 1830 when Chopin

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    Qobuz formats flac alac wma iTunes formats aac eClassical formats flac mp3 Amazon formats mp3 Sonatas for Violin Piano Chamber music is meant to be performed and enjoyed in a relatively small room as opposed to an expansive concert hall Therefore the perspective of this recording is close as though the artists are creating the music in your listening room The musical instruments used in this recording are of superb

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    dsd flac Native DSD formats dsd HighRes Audio formats dsd flac Pro Studio Masters formats dsd flac aiff e Onkyo Music formats flac wav Presto Classical formats flac mp3 Qobuz formats flac alac wma iTunes formats aac eClassical formats flac mp3 eMusic formats mp3 Amazon formats mp3 Pieces for Clarinet Piano Fantasy Pieces Op 73 Robert Schumann Zart und mit Ausdruck 03 05 Lebhaft leicht 03 13 Rasch und mit

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    the olympic spirit Cowboys 9 41 John Williams John Williams is the preeminent composer of movie music in Hollywood today His skill in all styles of composition that set just the right mood has had a lasting impact on movie goers and listeners alike Who can forget the theme music of Jaws Close Encounters E T and Star Wars This same skill is evident in The Cowboys The music is perfect in bringing the panorama of the West to the listener Selections from Oklahoma 9 21 Richard Rodgers Barker Oklahoma was the first musical show in which Richard Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II Oklahoma became a classic with songs that are the standards in the industry like Oh What a Beautiful Morning People Will Say We re in Love and The Surry With the Fringe on Top Warren Barker s stunning arrangement of this musical show is in a class by itself Selections from Barnum 5 29 Cy Coleman Michael Stewart Lowden Barnum is the Tony Award winning musical of Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart With songs like There is a Sucker Born Ev ry Minute One Brick at a Time Come Follow the Band The Colors of My Life and Join the Circus it is easy to understand and enjoy the colorful adventures of P T Barnum Selections from Mary Poppins 8 38 Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman Kostal Reed The Walt Disney film Mary Poppins is fondly remembered by over a generation of people for its catchy up beat songs like Feed the Birds Spoonful of Sugar and Chim Chim Cheree which always bring smiles and set feet tapping It is however Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious that caused most of us to trip over our tongues Selections from West Side Story 9 20 Leonard Bernstein Duthoit West

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    to legitimize American music Often doubting his own abilities Gershwin at one point felt compelled to approach Maurice Ravel for lessons in serious composition Instead Gershwin received the famous reply Why would you want to be a second rate Ravel when you are already a first rate Gershwin Gershwin s larger purpose in these works was to establish the credibility of jazz and hence his own credibility as music worthy of the concert hall and opera house Rhapsody In Blue was conceived with the idea of correcting a misconception on the part of the American audience While the word jazz implies to modern listeners a widely varied brand of music in Gershwin s day the name implied little more than syncopation For the critics of jazz this meant rhythmic monotony It was Gershwin s desire to demonstrate that jazz rhythms could be more flexible as varied as those of concert music the result has been a staple of the concert hall ever since The creation of Porgy and Bess took several years of planning and two years of active composition as opposed to the three weeks which produced Rhapsody In Blue Gershwin was now concerned with a wider variety of aesthetic questions How to make jazz seem a natural musical language for opera singers How to use a libretto which required a predominantly Black cast How to avoid the strong emotional associations of Black spirituals Use only original music although cast in the form of hymns or spirituals What to do with the dialogue of the White characters Have it spoken while the Black dialogue continues in musical recitative Gershwin s success with the difficult aesthetic questions was sufficient to eventually find his opera staged at La Scala With both Rhapsody In Blue and Porgy and Bess now firmly established in the mainstream repertoire Gershwin s presence in the world of Classical music is now permanent Still the larger question remains are these works serious compositions or are they popular music in concert attire While this question may be indicative of the confusion of the post modern world it seems doubly perplexing with the output of Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue has after all been accepted into serious concert repertoire because it is so popular with audiences Is the song Summertime somehow a more serious work than the song I Got Rhythm because it was conceived as part of a full opera Indeed Porgy and Bess was criticized for being not a true opera but rather a collection of songs to which Gershwin replied so was Carmen Enter the piano transcriptions of Earl Wild While Rhapsody In Blue may be a favorite at pops concerts and you are just as likely to hear the music from Porgy and Bess at a night club as an opera house the concert transcriptions that Wild wrote are intended for just that a concert By transforming the songs of Gershwin into virtuoso etudes Wild is consciously fusing the traditions of nineteenth century piano composition with

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    formats dsd flac Pro Studio Masters formats dsd flac aiff e Onkyo Music formats flac wav HD Tracks formats flac alac aiff wav Presto Classical formats flac mp3 Qobuz formats flac alac wma iTunes formats aac eClassical formats flac mp3 eMusic formats mp3 Amazon formats mp3 20th Century Masterpieces 1 Pampeana 2 Ginastera 9 15 2 Sonata in D Debussy I Prologue 4 30 II Serenade 3 41 III Finale

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    flac Native DSD formats dsd HighRes Audio formats dsd flac Pro Studio Masters formats dsd flac aiff e Onkyo Music formats flac wav HD Tracks formats flac alac aiff wav Presto Classical formats flac mp3 Qobuz formats flac alac wma iTunes formats aac eClassical formats flac mp3 eMusic formats mp3 Amazon formats mp3 Treasures for Clarinet Piano Sonatine Pierre Gabaye I Allegro 03 05 II Largo 04 29 III Prestissimo

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