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Classical Notes: March 24, 2009 Archive

The Blogging Pianist

Posted at 12:17 PM on March 24, 2009 by Ward Jacobson

I was looking for some information about pianist Stephen Hough and discovered from his website that he is a regular blogger for the London Daily Telegraph.

Hough's most recent entry was, admittedly, not a subject I was expecting - Hitler's favorite pianist. Read more about it here.

Easter Music

Posted at 4:33 PM on March 24, 2009 by Rex Levang

Music for choir is going to be front and center on Classical MPR during the Easter season. Make a note of these:

French music from VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir, including Berlioz's spectacularly imposing Te Deum (April 9, 7 pm)

Reflections: A Lenten Special with the Dale Warland Singers. The quiet and uplifting side of choral music (April 10, 7 pm)

Saint Paul Sunday: The St. Olaf Choir in music of Palestrina, Billings, and many others (April 12, noon)

Handel's Messiah. Messiah was originally written for Easter, not Christmas. We'll hear some favorite moments on Easter morning, and later in the week, the complete oratorio. That Tuesday, the 250th anniversary of Handel's death, there'll be a performance of Messiah in London's Westminster Abbey. Hours later, we'll be bringing you that performance on Classical MPR (April 14, 6 pm8 pm).