Matthew Gurewitsch
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Music in the real world: Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, arranged by Shostakovich
A remarkable tribute, and a remarkable appreciation

April 15, 2021

You may remember that I've had occasion to introduce Richard Guérin on these posts before. He's the man who has been running Philip Glass's record labels for donkeys' years, and I'm convinced that he never sleeps. It's always a good day in my office when I hear from Richard, and early this month, he shot me the following message:

Hi Matthew,

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A basketful of Easter eggs
Our April 4 Catch, revisited

April 10, 2021

Once a year, my old friend Franz Xaver Ohnesorg surprises me with a 2-CD sampler of live recordings from the Ruhr Piano Festival, by acclamation the most important event of its kind. Each season offers some 70 concerts in over 30 halls across the map of North Rhine-Westphalia, a polyurban sprawl that is home to a population of 5 million. Between marquee names and stars of tomorrow, Xaver's rosters never fail to stagger the imagination. His latest package, Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Vol. 39: 250 Jahre Ludwig van Beethoven, showcases four young women from the former Eastern bloc playing miscellanea too peripheral for exposure in mainstream recital programs.

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Milestones for strings, Black music matters, Muti's Attila...
Our Catch for March 28, revisited

April 2, 2021

J.S. Bach's Olympian Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043 and Béla Bartók's pedagogical 44 Duos for Two Violins, Sz. 98, BB 104 notwithstanding, violin duos have never really been much of a thing. As String Noise, the husband-and-wife fiddling team of Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris set out to change that, at least within their own bubble. To celebrate their tenth anniversary, they've released no fewer than three new CD's. We checked out a track from each.

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Songs with words and songs without
Franz Liszt's Tre Sonetti dal Petrarca dominate our latest Catch

March 13, 2021


Rhapsodizing at the ivories came to Franz Liszt more naturally than the monastic tedium of setting notes down on paper. By the lights of a mistress, he was no better than a fainéant, or a slacker, a scandalous underachiever. Nonetheless, he churned out no end of original music, often in the most labor-intensive choral and symphonic forms.

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Chat with Hilary Hahn about Rautavaara's Serenades now live

March 5, 2021

Sorry folks! Recap of last Sunday's "Catch of the Day" was supposed to have included audio of the chat with Hilary Hahn on Einojuhani Rautavaara's Serenades. But I forgot to attach the file. That omission has now been fixed, if you'd care to check the updated post. Here's the link.

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