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Classical Notes: July 29, 2010 Archive

Another Euro This Weekend

Posted at 1:26 AM on July 29, 2010 by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Programs

Hope you've found some time to stay up a little later on Wednesday nights this summer for our weekly Euro Classic (12:05am Thursdays). Last night (okay, earlier this morning) we featured a terrific recording from July, 2009 with the Szymanowski Quartet playing Haydn's String Quartet No. 66 (opus 77, #1) at the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany. Such vigorous and energetic music from a man who was admittedly exhausted (he had just completed The Creation) and wasn't all that excited about getting the commission. But of course, Haydn was never one to mail it in.

There's another exclusive Euro Classic concert coming up on Classical MPR Saturday night, and it promises to pack a pretty strong punch. Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Santa Cruz de Pacairigua by Evencio Castellanos in an October, 2009 concert recorded live at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Be listening Saturday night at 8:05.

The 260th anniversary of Bach's death

Posted at 12:32 PM on July 29, 2010 by Alison Young
Filed under: Fun finds, In the media

July 28th was the 260th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach.

To celebrate and honor "The Great One" Michael Lawrence - the producer of BACH & friends - shared a new segment not on the web nor in the film - Zuill Bailey's performance of the Saraband from Sebastian's 6th suite for unaccompanied cello (BWV 1012).

Mike writes "Bach's remains may be buried in Leipzig but his music is alive and resonating from the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore, Maryland!"