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Classical Notes: May 5, 2010 Archive

A quick note from PIPEDREAMS host Michael Barone

Posted at 2:03 PM on May 5, 2010 by Kei Terauchi Furukawa
Filed under: Events

Ever wonder what classical radio hosts do on their days off? Here's what Michael Barone was up to.


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Over the weekend I attended the inaugural festivities for a new pipe organ at Indiana University in Bloomington. The project, which began in 1992, suffered several setbacks. Although the delays and re-routings were frustrating, I believe the final result is superior to what would have been created in 1992. The hall is small with a capacity for 430 people. The program needed to be repeated three times, always to a full and enthusiastic audience. I even was asked to co-host a live broadcast of the final Sunday afternoon concert, spreading the PIPEDREAMS brand into another friendly neighborhood!

Michael Barone

Not Your Typical 14-year-old

Posted at 12:43 AM on May 5, 2010 by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Programs

Felix Mendelssohn was 13 when he composed his first Piano Quartet. His second came a year later, and there's a noticeable change in the sound and feel of #2. Confidence. Maturity. Musically speaking, Mendelssohn was 14 going on 40, and the virtuoso dominance of the pianist over the string players stands out. The pianist's fingers fly around at high speed while the strings hunker down, offering more compact, less flamboyant bits.

Stay up late with Classical Minnesota Public radio tonight (12:05am, Thursday) for another exclusive Euro-Classic performance. The Mozart Piano Quartet performs Mendelssohn's Piano Quartet No. 2 in a concert recorded live last July during the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Northern Germany.