Chicago Classical Music Recommendations

Saving Classical Music: An App for That?

3 p.m. Sunday, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; $34-$111; 312-294-3000, Ralph Votapek: The veteran pianist returns to his alma mater for a recital that includes Schumann’s “Kreisleriana” along with works by Haydn, Chopin, Ravel and others.
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Classical Music 101a:Why There’s Nothing to Worry About

With the Liszt app, for example, you can just watch and listen to Stephen play, but you have the ability to turn on his commentary about what is going on in his head as he performs the piece.” “The Orchestra,” released in December, was the first produced and features Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra performing eight works, from Haydn and Beethoven to Mahler, Stravinsky and Salonen himself, with a rolling score and running commentary as the music is played. There are entries on the history of the orchestra, the interpretation of the score, and more, including the ability to try out different instrumental timbres using an onscreen keyboard. “Beethoven’s 9th Symphony” allows the viewer to switch between four Deutsche Grammophon recordings of the work instantaneously, allowing comparisons between the approaches of Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Ferenc Fricsay and original-instrument proponent John Eliot Gardiner.
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Paul Groves (right) and Daveda Karanas in "Parsifal" at Lyric Opera.

D-minor received its unique quality when Mozart wrote an opera about the death of a father who returns from the dead. Once demarcated, it was the inevitable key of mystery for Beethoven’s last symphony, the key of the supernatural storms that begin both The Flying Dutchman as well as The Valkyrie, the opening chord of Strauss’ Elektra, which is, after all, about the death of a father, and the key of the Battle to End All Things in Howard Shore’s score to The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King. I asked Howard if he knew why he had composed that part of the score in d-minor and he said he did not, but he knew it had to be in that key. Exactly.
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Classical music comes to life at Pandit Ram Marathe Sangeet Mahotsav

The four-day music festival will go on till November 17 with nation’s frontline singers, musical instrument players and talented Thane artists taking centre stage. Thane artist Shailesh Bhagwat charmed the audience with his Shehnai recital. He said, “I feel fortunate to perform for my own people. I was the first to perform at this event 20 years ago and even now, I got a chance to perform at the opening of this event.” The inaugural ceremony was graced by Thane mayor Harishchandra Patil, MLA Rajan Vichare, additional commissioner Shyamsunder Patil, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) public relations officer Sandeep Malvi and senior Thane artists Pt Bhai Gaitonde and Dr Vidyadhar Oak.
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