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 ...

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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Deceptive Cadence
8:00 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Jason Vieaux's Manicure Mishap

Jason Vieaux creates his own thumbnail from ping-pong balls and Krazy Glue.
Tyler Boye

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 11:45 am

We've been recounting onstage calamities this week. Below, guitarist Jason Vieaux remembers a certain misbehaving fingernail.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:59 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Joyce DiDonato's Haydn In The Dark

Joyce DiDonato performs in her wheelchair and pink cast after breaking her leg in a production of Rossini's Barber of Seville, at London's Royal Opera House.
Dave M. Benett Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 1:06 pm

We're talking about onstage mishaps this week. Not long after breaking her leg (and singing right through it!) mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato suffered another theatrical calamity.

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Author Interviews
8:07 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Jodi Picoult Turns Tough Topics Into Best-Sellers

Adam Bouska Atria Books

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 10:24 am

When you think about blockbuster best-sellers, genres like mystery, crime and romance typically come to mind. Ethical or moral fiction? Not so much. But that's how Jodi Picoult, who has 33 million copies of her books currently in circulation, describes her novels. So how did an author who writes about divisive issues get so popular?

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Deceptive Cadence
1:12 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Concert Calamities: When Bad Things Happen To Good Musicians

From problematic pianos to self-destructing violins, almost anything can happen onstage.

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 10:24 am

Some people go to auto races secretly hoping to see a crash. You wouldn't go to a concert for that reason, but with live music you really never know what might happen.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:32 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: March 9, 2012

A stunning look "inside the music" — images that turn instruments' interiors into architectural wonderlands.
Bjoern Ewers courtesy of the Berlin Philharmonic

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 2:09 pm

  • So beautiful, I want to go to there: photos from inside a guitar, violin, cello, flute and pipe organ. They were taken for a marketing campaign for the Berlin Philharmonic's chamber ensembles, but I would prefer to live inside them.
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Deceptive Cadence
11:35 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Talk Like An Opera Geek: Popping Opera's Bloated Bubble

Soprano Veronique Gens and tenor Joseph Kaiser star in a production of Gluck's Alceste at the 2010 Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Anne-Christine Poujoulat AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 10:41 am

Talk Like An Opera Geek attempts to decode the intriguing and intimidating lexicon of the opera house.

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