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July 23

The Hagen Quartet Performs

My Classical NotesFor the past few days I have been listening to my favorite string quartet group, the Hagen Quartet, founded in Salzburg, Austria. I have admired these performers for many years. In fact, imconducted an interview with them and listened to them play the music of Mozart when they came to Carmel, California a few years back. If you will be in Austria soon, here is a concert that I surely would love to attend: Chamber Concert: Hagen Quartett and Sol Gabetta, Cello Venue: Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg: Großer Saal Address: Schwarzstraße 26, Salzburg, 5020, Austria Date: Monday 7 August 2017 at 19:30 PROGRAM: Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080 [Bach]: Contrapunctus I-IV Shostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975) String Quartet No. 8 in C minor “Malinconia”, Op.110 Schubert, Franz (1797-1828) String Quintet in C major, D.956 PERFORMERS: Hagen Quartet, with Sol Gabetta Cello Here, for your enjoyment, is one of my great favorites: The Quartet K464 by Mozart, as performed by the Hagen Quartett:

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

July 23

Vladimir Putin: These are my classical favourites

The Russian president has been talking to students about his classical tastes. ‘I always listened with pleasure and to so-called popular classical music – Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, of course. Maybe, first of all, Mozart, for me. ‘Of our own – Rachmaninov. And Schubert/Liszt ‘Ständchen’ – wonderful, I really love this melody: Schubert in Liszt’s adaptation.’ On contemporary music: ‘Of course, it’s difficult for me to understand a composer such as Schnittke. Although he is very famous, and we are proud of him. But only a well-prepared listener understands all the variety and the depth of his works. I have not yet grown to this point, but I hope that I will continue to move in this direction.’ More on the event here.






Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685 – 1750)

Johann Sebastian Bach (21 March 1685, - 28 July 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although J.S. Bach did not introduce new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected throughout Europe during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the main composers of the Baroque style, and as one of the greatest composers of all time. Revered for their intellectual depth, technical command and artistic beauty, Bach's works include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Partitas, The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Mass in B minor, the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion, the Magnificat, A Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue, the English and French Suites, the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, the Cello Suites, more than 200 surviving cantatas, and a similar number of organ works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, as well as the Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes and Organ Mass.



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