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Johan Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are classical music standouts for numerous reasons. This collection of six concertos nearly fell victim to becoming lost history, as have so many of Bach’s works. Yet today they’re considered the virtuoso collection of the variety and apex of Baroque music.

 

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French cellist Gautier Capuçon has been described as imbuing “the cello’s lushly lyrical lines with myriad shadings” and his playing as “genuinely heartfelt and easily captivating the audience.”

 

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The term “post-modernism” can refer to both a time frame and a philosophy. As a timeframe, you might accurately call any composer working after the Modernist era, which ended around 1975, a post-modernist composer. 

 

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Officially, the “New World Symphony” is Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 178, and subtitled “From the New World.”  Of course, everyone simply calls it the “New World Symphony.” Dvořák composed the symphony over the first half of 1893, and it was premiered by the New York Philharmonic on December 13, 1893, at Carnegie Hall.

 

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Violinist Nicola Benedetti is the rare contemporary classical musician who’s achieved a fair amount of popular celebrity outside the world of classical music. Certainly, in her home country of Great Britain, she’s an easily recognizable face. Her 2014 album, “Homecoming; A Scottish Fantasy,” made her the first solo British violinist to land in the Top 20 of the Official U.K. Albums Chart. Her 2012 album, “The Silver Violin,” was the first classical record in decades to enter the top 30 pop charts in the United Kingdom.

 

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he editors at StringOvation have made a list of ten fall music events you won’t want to miss. Check out one of these great performances near you and get inspired!

 

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Gioachino Rossini, composer of such operatic masterpieces as “The Barber of Seville” and “Otello,” believed his last opera ­– “William Tell” – was his crowning achievement. Alas, the four-hour opera, first performed in Paris on August 3, 1829, was not a hit. In the weird way of the world, its afterthought of an overture has become one of the world's most well-known works.

 

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Avishai Cohen is a composer and bass musician who’s performed all over the world for nearly 20 years. Born on a kibbutz in Israel to a musical family with roots reaching back to Poland, Spain, and Greece, Avishai has developed a unique sound while constantly innovating.  One critic at the “Make Weird Music” website describes Avishai’s sound this way:

 

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While still only in his twenties, violinist Benjamin Beilman has created quite a name for himself. His debut album, Spectrum, came out in March 2016, although he earlier performed Prokofiev’s complete sonata for violin for a recording in 2011. The New York Times describes his ascent: “Mr. Beilman’s handsome technique, burnished sound and quiet confidence…showed why he has come so far so fast.”

 

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Franz Schubert is primarily known for his piano sonatas and chamber music, and deservedly so. Yet his most famous single work is a symphony. Well, a partial symphony anyway: his “Unfinished Symphony.”

 

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Secret Stories Behind The Greatest Classical Compositions: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto

Secret Stories Behind The Greatest Classical Compositions: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto

Johan Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are classical music standouts for numerous reasons. This collection of six concertos nearly fell victim to becoming lost history, as have so many of Bach’s works. Yet today they’re considered the virtuoso collection of the variety and apex of Baroque music.

 

Read More

Artist profile: Cellist Gautier Capuçon

Artist profile: Cellist Gautier Capuçon

French cellist Gautier Capuçon has been described as imbuing “the cello’s lushly lyrical lines with myriad shadings” and his playing as “genuinely heartfelt and easily captivating the audience.”

 

Read More

Spotlight On Post-Modern Composers

Spotlight On Post-Modern Composers

The term “post-modernism” can refer to both a time frame and a philosophy. As a timeframe, you might accurately call any composer working after the Modernist era, which ended around 1975, a post-modernist composer. 

 

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Stories Behind The Greatest Classical Compositions: Dvořák’s “New World Symphony”

Stories Behind The Greatest Classical Compositions: Dvořák’s “New World Symphony”

Officially, the “New World Symphony” is Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 178, and subtitled “From the New World.”  Of course, everyone simply calls it the “New World Symphony.” Dvořák composed the symphony over the first half of 1893, and it was premiered by the New York Philharmonic on December 13, 1893, at Carnegie Hall.

 

Read More

Artist Profile: Scottish Violinist Nicola Benedetti

Artist Profile: Scottish Violinist Nicola Benedetti

Violinist Nicola Benedetti is the rare contemporary classical musician who’s achieved a fair amount of popular celebrity outside the world of classical music. Certainly, in her home country of Great Britain, she’s an easily recognizable face. Her 2014 album, “Homecoming; A Scottish Fantasy,” made her the first solo British violinist to land in the Top 20 of the Official U.K. Albums Chart. Her 2012 album, “The Silver Violin,” was the first classical record in decades to enter the top 30 pop charts in the United Kingdom.

 

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10 Fall Music Performances Not To Miss

10 Fall Music Performances Not To Miss

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he editors at StringOvation have made a list of ten fall music events you won’t want to miss. Check out one of these great performances near you and get inspired!

 

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Stories Behind The Greatest Classical Compositions: Rossini's William Tell Overture

Stories Behind The Greatest Classical Compositions: Rossini's William Tell Overture

Gioachino Rossini, composer of such operatic masterpieces as “The Barber of Seville” and “Otello,” believed his last opera ­– “William Tell” – was his crowning achievement. Alas, the four-hour opera, first performed in Paris on August 3, 1829, was not a hit. In the weird way of the world, its afterthought of an overture has become one of the world's most well-known works.

 

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Artist Profile: Israeli Jazz Bassist Avishai Cohen

Artist Profile: Israeli Jazz Bassist Avishai Cohen

Avishai Cohen is a composer and bass musician who’s performed all over the world for nearly 20 years. Born on a kibbutz in Israel to a musical family with roots reaching back to Poland, Spain, and Greece, Avishai has developed a unique sound while constantly innovating.  One critic at the “Make Weird Music” website describes Avishai’s sound this way:

 

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Artist Profile: Violinist Benjamin Beilman

Artist Profile: Violinist Benjamin Beilman

While still only in his twenties, violinist Benjamin Beilman has created quite a name for himself. His debut album, Spectrum, came out in March 2016, although he earlier performed Prokofiev’s complete sonata for violin for a recording in 2011. The New York Times describes his ascent: “Mr. Beilman’s handsome technique, burnished sound and quiet confidence…showed why he has come so far so fast.”

 

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Secret Stories Behind The Greatest Classical Compositions: Schubert's “Unfinished Symphony”

Secret Stories Behind The Greatest Classical Compositions: Schubert's “Unfinished Symphony”

Franz Schubert is primarily known for his piano sonatas and chamber music, and deservedly so. Yet his most famous single work is a symphony. Well, a partial symphony anyway: his “Unfinished Symphony.”

 

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