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BBC Radio 4

by Glenn on January 16, 2018

Since listening to the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, I’ve been turning to BBC Radio 4 from time to time, usually on weekends. The news that you hear isn’t any more hopeful than what you hear (…)

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Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

by Glenn on September 17, 2016

At the beginning of The Taming of the Shrew, everyone is in love with Bianca of Padua. Well, there are three. An older man (Gremio) and a younger man (Hortensio) are suitors to the fair Bianca. Then, a student named (…)

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Symphony Study 53 | Hindemith: Symphony, Mathis der Maler

by Glenn on September 7, 2016

Paul Hindemith (1895–1963) Symphony, Mathis der Maler (Mathis the Painter) Angelic Concert (In quiet motion—Fairly lively half-notes) Entombment (Very slow) Temptation of Saint Anthony (Very slow, not in strict time—Very lively—Slow—Lively—Very lively)  first performance: 12 March 1934, Berlin Philharmonic, Wilhelm (…)

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Shakespeare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by Glenn on September 4, 2016

A project that has sat on my list for a long time with little progress: To read (or, in some cases, re-read) all of the plays by William Shakespeare.

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique | Symphony Study No. 21 of 118

by Glenn on December 6, 2015

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Episode in the Life of an Artist, Fantastic Symphony in Five Parts, Opus 14) First Performance (Original Version): Paris | 5 December 1830 First Performance (Revised Version): Paris | 9 December 1832 Herbert Blomstedt | Berliner (…)

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Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (Symphony Study No. 7 of 118)

by Glenn on August 22, 2015

After listening to Symphony No. 4 by Ralph Vaughan Williams, I was thinking that maybe a Haydn symphony as a palate cleanser was in order, but I decided to listen to the next Vaughan Williams symphony (No. 5) on Michael (…)

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Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4 (Symphony Studies No. 6 of 118)

by Glenn on August 16, 2015

This is dissonant music. I mean really dissonant. Both in harmonic and rhythmic structure. This is English, but it’s not Elgar, though Vaughan Williams was writing at a different time and in a different world than Elgar’s when he wrote (…)

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A Sermon on Joseph (Part Three: The Statement)

by Glenn on August 11, 2015

When you hear a story, you want to know, “Is this going somewhere? Is there a point to this story?” When little kids tell stories, it can get a little tedious. If you’ve ever listened to little kid stories you (…)

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Walton: Symphony No. 1 (Symphony Studies No. 5 of 118)

by Glenn on August 8, 2015

Since I just listened to a recording André Previn made with the London Symphony Orchestra of a work that I was very familiar with because of a later recording he made with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, I thought I would (…)

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A sermon on Joseph (Part One: Introduction)

by Glenn on July 15, 2015

Last Sunday I had the privilege of teaching at Glenfair Church in Portland, Oregon. The pastor, Kevin Hoffman, was going to be away for a week and had asked if I would fill in. It was a privilege. Glenfair is (…)

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For comparison: Mahler 9 Chamber Version | Camerata RCO | Gustavo Gimeno

by Glenn on May 5, 2015

A few weeks ago, I listened to a new chamber arrangement of Mahler’s 9th Symphony as performed by Joolz Gale and ensemble mini. (See post here.) I’ve noticed that when I listen to a recording of a piece of classical (…)

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Unfortunate Church Signage

by Glenn on February 14, 2015

Easter Sunday would be a great day to have an extra set of eyes to help with proofreading. As an attender, it would be great. I would be grateful. I think the only way this sign works is if Elmer (…)

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