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Friday, December 14, 2018
gramola
The compact disc is still a viable archival medium, especially for classical music I just read a Japanese best-seller about cleaning. The basic premise is that if you reduce your belongings to a perfect minimum of only those things you feel deeply about, then designate each a special place in your home, you will live the rest of your days...
slick rick
One of hip-hop’s founding fathers, Slick Rick weaves stories out of street life. A legend in his own time, Slick Rick is a name revered among the old-school hip-hop crowd, hailed as an inspiration for the likes of OutKast, Snoop Dogg, Nas and Eminem. Yet to a wider audience, the self-proclaimed “Ruler” Slick Rick may be the greatest artist they’ve...
Salzburg Festival
Salzburg is far more than Mozartkugeln, especially during festival season The majestic Salzburg cathedral is the scenic backdrop for the seminal play Jedermann. Photo ©2016 Tourismus Salzburg GmbH While other cities die a slow summer-death in July and August, in Salzburg it’s taken literally. At least on stage: This is the time when Death’s famous call in “Jedermann!” resounds over the...
musical performances churches
Your guide to the best musical performances at churches throughout Vienna. It is obvious, but must be said: A church is not a concert hall. But music has been performed in houses of worship for as long as they have existed. The churches of Vienna are wonderful, huge acoustical spaces, with centuries worth of compositions written just for them, long...
This year’s Europop fiesta has the The Good, The Bad, The Bizarre… and The Australians Best known as the launch pad of ABBA, the European Broadcasting Union’s annual song contest has been described as an Olympiad for cheesy pop music where extremely partisan voting by member countries is part of the fun. Carrying the microphone for Austria this year is singer...
Pierre Boulez
Composer, interpreter and conductor Pierre Boulez is unquestionably the most important “serious” musical figure of the last seven decades No one ever accused Pierre Boulez of being easy listenin’. Despite that, the French composer, interpreter and conductor remains arguably the most influential figure in modern classical music of the entire post-war period. His significance continues still today, deep into the 21st...

The Power of Four

String Quartet
The enduring fascination of string quartets for musicians, composers and audiences The remarkable thing about the string quartet is how it endures. There are plenty of combinations of instruments, even matching instruments: say, trumpets, trombones and tubas. Composers also continue to find fancy new foursomes (I’m sure there’s a piece for piccolo, ukulele, basset-horn and harp somewhere). But the string quartet...
the tiger lillies
The Tiger Lillies promote their latest album A Cold Night in Soho. Combining prewar cabaret with Brechtian aesthetics, macabre themes and an anarchic punk rock attitude, the highly influential ­Tiger Lillies have been bending genres since forming in 1989, even earning a Grammy nomination in 2003 (for The Gorey End, a collaboration with illustrator Edward Gorey and The Kronos Quartet). Best...
jazz fest
Vienna’s annual jazz summer presents international stars and local talent. As orchestras go on tour and Vienna’s major concert halls take a well-deserved Sommerpause (summer break), the smooth tones of the Jazz Fest Wien move in to fill the silence. The international jazz festival has become a household name in Vienna’s cultural landscape: attracting roughly 60,000 visitors each year, its...
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