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Deceptive Cadence
2:35 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: March 23, 2012

I've been waiting all week for an excuse to run this picture: a reconstruction of Bach's face, created from the composer's skull.
JENS-ULRICH KOCH AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 4:31 pm

  • 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.
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Deceptive Cadence
2:34 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

The 'Goldbergs,' Remixed

A portrait of Bach, projected in December 2005 on a skyscraper in his longtime home city of Leipzig, Germany.
Jens Schlueter AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 3:14 pm

Or call them the 'Incognito Goldbergs.'

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Deceptive Cadence
12:53 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Stick Your Head Into A High Performance Harpsichord

Andreas Staier plays Bach's Goldberg Variations on a copy of this famously grand harpsichord built in 1734 by Hieronymus Albrecht Hass currently housed in Hamburg, Germany.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 8:32 am

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

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Deceptive Cadence
12:53 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Live Friday: A Glenn Gould 'Goldbergs' Listening Party

Glenn Gould's 1955 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations instantly launched his international career.
Don Hunstein Sony Classical Archive

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 2:54 pm

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.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:50 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

The Official Goldberg Variations Puzzler

Bach's Goldberg Variations is something of an intricate puzzle in and of itself.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 1:24 pm

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

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Deceptive Cadence
2:50 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Lara Downes' New Viewpoints On Old Variations

Lara Downes plays contemporary takes on Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations in NPR's studio 4A.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 8:16 am

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.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:49 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Beyond Glenn Gould: Five Great 'Goldberg Variations'

How do I love the Goldbergs? Let me count the many recordings ...
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 8:21 am

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

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Deceptive Cadence
10:04 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Why I Hate The 'Goldberg Variations'

Jeremy Denk performs Bach's Goldberg Variations in his New York City apartment
John Pavlus for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 3:07 pm

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

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Music Interviews
10:03 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Esperanza Spalding: Jazz As 'Radio Music'

Esperanza Spalding's new album, Radio Music Society, comes out March 20.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 18, 2012 1:03 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
9:57 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: March 16, 2012

Riccardo Muti (shown here in Vienna in 2006) didn't let scuffling patrons stop a recent performance with the Chicago Symphony.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 1:27 pm

  • 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.
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