Month: December 2003

Yet More on Ives

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A Charles Ives survey of recordings site is on line, including a works list, recommendations, FAQ, and more.

Peter Maxwell-Davies Site

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Soon to launch is a new site dedicated to providing the music of Peter Maxwell-Davies:

Initially, the site will offer twenty five recordings of Peter Maxwell Davies’s music for purchase at low unit costs. This number will be increased continually, with many recordings being specially produced for Music.MaxOpus or previously unavailable.

Recordings will be available in a variety of formats, allowing flexibility of choice:

1. Download of high quality MP3 and WMA audio files directly to the customer’s computer,

2. Custom-made audio CDs to purchaser’s own choice (sent by post). Customers will be able to compile their own CDs, up to a maximum of seventy four minutes, from the titles available on Music.MaxOpus.

Ives Festival at Julliard

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Julliard will host an Ives festival the last week in January, free to the public. The shows will span several days and feature some of his lesser known compositions.

2003's Modern Classical Releases of Note

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What would the new year be without the inevitable top ten lists? Here’s a rather unique one, a list of 2003’s best modern classical, in the eyes of one writer. Interesting stuff.

Stockhausen's Goldstaub

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Take a look at a recent account of a performance of Stockhausen’s Goldstaub. The piece requires that the performer not eat for the 4 days previous. Don’t try this at home.

Magma Web Press Book

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Magma is offering a web-based press book featuring copies of and links to articles, historical features on Magma and Christian Vander, news, tourdates, and more. For those who have to know, the latest dates are:

7 – NICE (06) – Théâtre Lino Ventura
6 – SIX FOURS (83) – Salle André Malraux
5 – MARSEILLE (13) – Espace Julien

31 – NANTERRE (92) – Maison de la musique
30 TRAPPES (78) – La Merise

20th Century Music Series by the Vienna Philharmonic

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The first volume of a series of 20th century classical has been released in a 3CD set, featuring performances by the Vienna Philharmonic from 1951 on. Check out Andante for a review.