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Classical Notes: February 17, 2009 Archive

A Short History of Vicious Reviews

Posted at 12:23 PM on February 17, 2009 by Gillian Martin (1 Comments)

Music critics today might write unflattering, negative, or even mildly insulting reviews of classical music performances, but they've got nothing on the critics of the past. This column from slate.com gives some examples from the golden age of incendiary reviews.

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Short but Sweet--Your Help Requested

Posted at 5:26 PM on February 17, 2009 by Rex Levang (2 Comments)

When we sent out a note to Classical MPR staff asking for short pieces that still had a lot to offer, we got some interesting responses, from Bach to Peter Maxwell Davies --you can read about them here.

You can get into the act too. Is there a short piece (say 10 min. or less) that's a favorite of yours? Tell us what it is, in all its brevity--and tell us why it's special--and we'll put your responses in the hopper for this week's "short" edition of Friday Favorites.

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