Posted at 11:45 AM on September 9, 2008
by Gillian Martin
I love scientific studies like this one: researchers at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, have found "a distinct correlation between people's personality traits and the style of music they enjoy."
In particular, they found that heavy metal fans and classical music lovers have common personality traits:
"Aside from their age difference, they're basically the same kind of person," he said. "Lots of heavy metal fans will tell you that they also like Wagner, because it's big, loud and brash. There's also a sense of theatre in both heavy rock and classical music, and I suspect that this is what they're really trying to get at when they listen."
Posted at 9:55 PM on September 9, 2008
by John Birge
Kudos to Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra!
Their new Beethoven CD gets a perfect 10 for performance (plus another perfect 10 for recording quality) from David Hurwitz at classicstoday.com. He writes:
"Brilliantly engineered, utterly natural sonics in all formats provide the finishing touch on a Beethoven cycle that stands with Barenboim's as a modern reference edition, and that features a Seventh that just may top them all."