Archive for the ‘RSS Feeds’ Category

Jun. 22 2016

À mon chevet: ‘Min Kamp 5’

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À mon chevet is a series of posts featuring a quote from whatever book is on my nightstand at the moment.

Life at the institution was not only different from outside, time was too. Standing by the window and looking into the forest, I knew that if I had been there, sitting under a tree and looking over at these buildings, time would have been barely noticeable, I would have drifted as lightly

Jun. 21 2016

Fête de la Musique

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Today is la Fête de la Musique, an annual tradition founded by French culture minister Jack Lang and now celebrated around France and throughout the world. If you are lucky enough to live in a place where there is music all day today (and no strikes), go listen. If not and you are a musician, set up with your friends on the front porch and play. If you are stuck on the computer most of the day,

Jun. 20 2016

Ivy Bestsellers – June 20, 2016

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Alexander Hamilton (or Ron Chernow’s biography of him, anyway) takes the top spot from Alan Furst.

Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow

A Hero of France, by Alan Furst

Wilde Lake, by Laura Lippman

The Girls, by Emma Cline

Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton takes the top spot on our weekly bestseller list.

Jun. 20 2016

18th-Century Fakes Uncovered

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Le Figaro has knocked the arts and antiquities world for a loop by uncovering a “vast scandal” involving the sale of fake objects to museums and collectors. Last week two experts, Laurent Kraemer and Bill Pallot, were put under investigation. This week, it was Parisian collector Guillaume Dillée, arrested for his alleged role in passing off fakes as 18th-century furniture in a sale to the Château

Jun. 19 2016

Review: Yefim Bronfman Plays Prokofiev’s Overlooked Piano Sonatas

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The pianist alternated the fifth and ninth piano sonatas with Prokofiev’s popular two violin sonatas on Saturday at Zankel Hall.

Jun. 19 2016

A Grand Rendition of Beethoven. It Takes Up a Million Square Feet, In Fact.

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An artist cut an image of the composer into the grass of a field in upstate New York, and musicians are going to use the field as a stage to perform several of his works.

Jun. 19 2016

Perchance to Stream: Crooked Lake Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the “Play” button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Christian Thielemann leads the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden in Beethoven’s third piano concerto, with Yefim Bronfman as

Jun. 18 2016

Book of the Day: There Is a Tribe of Kids, by Lane Smith

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Rona London reviews her pick for Book of the Day:

Today’s Book of the Day is Lane Smith’s There Is a Tribe of Kids.

Jun. 18 2016

CD Review: Gergiev’s Scriabin

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Scriabin, Symphonies 1/2, E. Sergeeva, A. Timchenko, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, V. Gergiev
(released on May 13, 2016)
LSO Live 0770 | 91’09”

[Vol. 1]
Charles T. Downey, CD Reviews: Scriabin, Symphonies 1 and 2, cond. Valery Gergiev (Washington Post, June 18)
Scriabin’s symphonies don’t get much play time these days. A 2014 performance of the fourth symphony (“Le Poème de l’extase”

Jun. 17 2016

Review: The New York Philharmonic Pays Tribute to Orlando

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Some 50,000 people were in Central Park on Wednesday for a concert dedicated to the memory of the victims of the shooting. The orchestra also played there on Thursday.

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