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Classical Notes: August 10, 2010 Archive

Put your stamp on music

Posted at 11:39 AM on August 10, 2010 by Alison Young
Filed under: Fun finds

Christine Sweet shared some music-themed postage stamps from around the world with me.

I had no idea Suriname was so into Beethoven!

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PT...the Proms...Paul Lewis...and Beethoven

Posted at 1:46 PM on August 10, 2010 by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Musician stories, Programs

Paul Lewis was born in Liverpool two years after the Beatles broke up. Now he's on a quest to become the first pianist to perform all five Beethoven piano concertos in one summer at the BBC Proms in London, although not necessarily in order. Order, shmorder.

Performance Today featured Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 on today's show. No. 3 is coming up on Thursday's program. No. 5 comes later this month.

And just in case you missed it back in July, here's a sampling of Mr. Lewis at the Proms playing No. 4, with that exquisite opening phrase (it gets me every time).


A Mozart Piano?

Posted at 3:50 PM on August 10, 2010 by Rex Levang
Filed under: Fun finds, In the media

In a somewhat Antique-Roadshow news story, an 18th-century piano, owned by a German instrument builder, may now turn out to be a piano that Mozart played.

Of course, if that turns out to be so, the price that it could fetch will go up, many times.

There's no question of its age, but the Mozart connection remains to be firmly established. See the whole story here.