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Classical Notes: July 29, 2011 Archive

The Concert of the Year

Posted at 8:59 AM on July 29, 2011 by Rex Levang

When the Oregon Symphony performed at Carnegie Hall last spring, Alex Ross of the New Yorker said it was the most remarkable concert of the regular season--no small accolade, in view of the abundance of New York's classical scene.

The program ("Music for a Time of War") linked pieces by Ives, Adams, Britten and Vaughan Williams. If you didn't hear our live broadcast in May--or even if--you can listen online here. Or tune in to SymphonyCast this Sunday at 1 pm.

Classical MPR's European Vacation

Posted at 8:24 AM on July 29, 2011 by Brett Baldwin (5 Comments)

We're taking a European vacation. Starting Monday, we'll highlight pieces that have been ascribed cities, (like Haydn's "London" Symphony and Mozart's "Prague" Symphony) on our 10 a.m. Morning Glories. It needn't stop there, though — we also want to share your musical experiences abroad. Whether it's a professional orchestra, or a serendipitous encounter with an ensemble performing in public, we'd love to hear your favorite stories of music and beauty in far-flung lands.

Share your comments below, or on our Facebook page.

Burgos Serenade

I'll start.

In the summer of 2000, my sister worked in Barcelona for a 6-week book conservation project. My mother and I went to visit, we rented a car, and traveled from Barcelona to A Coruña; via the north coast... or at least we tried. It was a long drive, and we ran out of time and needed to turn back before reaching our intended destination.

We went back toward Barcelona via the overland route, and stopped in some of the bigger cities along the way; one of them being Burgos. It was early, and we were looking for Breakfast (we joked: perhaps a Burgos King croissan'wich?). We were walking around the Plaza Cathedral and ran into three gentlemen, arms around each other, serenading some lucky soul in the apartments above.

They were probably drunk, but they sounded amazing. None of us could identify the music, so I snapped a photo, and shortly thereafter we found some coffee and pastries and we talked about how you just never see that sort of thing in the U.S. (or at least in the midwest).

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