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Classical Notes: February 6, 2012 Archive

Lara Downes Goldberg Reimagined CD Giveaway

Posted at 6:00 AM on February 6, 2012 by ClassicalMPR

Thirteen new "re-imaginings" of Bach's Goldberg Variations, including works by Jennifer Higdon, Lukas Foss, David del Tredici, William Bolcom, Fred Hersch and Derek Bermel. These brilliant contemporary voices invoke the Goldbergs in broadly different ways, celebrating both the eternal beauty of Bach's music and the musical evolutions of the past 250 years. In this wonderfully imaginative musical journey, Lara interprets brilliant variations that range in mood from lyrical to tempestuous, traveling from neo-romanticism to jazz and back again to a Bachian contrapuntalism.

Classical MPR is thrilled to be able to give away five (5) copies of this new disc. Enter below and be sure to read the rules.

We also have the pleasure of offering a free download of Track 12 from this release, David Del Tredici's My Goldberg.

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The Short Version: The Blue Train

Posted at 5:07 PM on February 6, 2012 by ClassicalMPR

The men who did the fighting in France — 1914-1918 — may have been glad enough to escape the Continent. But among civilians, the four-year war-quarantine on the British home front created a mania for travel, preferably to hot places.