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Around The Classical Internet: March 23, 2012

Mar 26, 2012
  • In case you didn't hear, it was Bach's birthday this week — and we celebrated with a whole week of Goldberg mania.
  • The North Korean National Symphony Orchestra is planning a U.S. tour this spring, starting in Atlanta. It's being organized by an outfit called the Global Resource Services, which says it's a humanitarian group that works in North Korea.

The 'Goldbergs,' Remixed

Mar 26, 2012

Or call them the 'Incognito Goldbergs.'

Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was only 22 years old when he released his debut recording, and that 1955 traversal of Bach's Goldberg Variations proved to be a revelation. Decades later, Gould disparaged that version — he called it full of "things that pass for expressive fervor in your average conservatory" — and he recorded it twice more, in a 1959 Salzburg concert and a contemplative 1981 studio recording.

All week, we're exploring Bach's "Goldberg Variations."

All week, we're exploring J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Pianist Lara Downes has had Bach's Goldberg Variations on her mind for quite some time. The music soothed her to sleep as a kid, it fascinated her as a young pianist and it's a subject of conversation on her new blog.

Beyond Glenn Gould: Five Great 'Goldberg Variations'

Mar 21, 2012

All week, we're exploring Bach's "Goldberg Variations."

Why I Hate The 'Goldberg Variations'

Mar 19, 2012

(Jeremy Denk joins us all week to explore the Goldberg Variations. Read his posts on Tuesday and Thursday.)

Esperanza Spalding: Jazz As 'Radio Music'

Mar 19, 2012
  • We open this week with Chapter 894 of the Death of Civilization: An actual fistfight broke out in one of the boxes during a Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance last Thursday night. According to police, a man in his thirties started punching a 67-year-old during the second movement of the Brahms Second Symphony after the two started arguing ... over seats.