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Classical Notes: May 22, 2009 Archive

Progress of a Prodigy

Posted at 1:29 PM on May 22, 2009 by Gillian Martin

I love it when musicians' websites reveal something about their personalities, and I'm especially excited when these "high priests of art" are willing to show their baby pictures. (See samples here and here.)

But clarinetist Julian Bliss goes a step further--he's young enough that his entire career is on video, and on his website he includes a progression of himself from precocious 4-year-old (!) clarinetist through to young adult virtuoso.

See him grow here (start at the bottom and work your way up).

Blogger Hough

Posted at 4:11 PM on May 22, 2009 by Rex Levang (1 Comments)

The blog of pianist Stephen Hough has been mentioned here before, but it deserves another plug. Hough writes in very readable style about music, but also whatever is on his mind, from religion to pastry (he admits to a bit of a sweet tooth). And since he's spending some time in Minnesota soon, for a series of concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, who knows what might show up on the blog?

UPDATE, May 28: The Minnesota blog postings have begun to appear.

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