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Grieg, Lyric pieces

May 20th, 2011 by Yejin Lee · No Comments · Uncategorized

Sadly, this set of pieces are not very much known, even to pianists. But I was lucky enough to have listened to these pieces quite a few times. One of my favorite pianists, Leif Ove Andsnes, recorded this pieces with Grieg piano concerto, so of course I listened to these many times. I like them [...]

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Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition

May 20th, 2011 by Yejin Lee · No Comments · Uncategorized

This used to be one of my favorite pieces when I was in middle school. I went to a piano recital by this Russian pianist, and he captured the audience with this piece very well. I never got to listen to the entire thing that is orchestrated by Ravel. It was very refreshing listening to [...]

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Strauss, Rosenkavalier

May 20th, 2011 by Yejin Lee · No Comments · Uncategorized

Whenever I listen to Strauss music, my feelings towards the piece always change. Strauss always fills my heart with something; I don’t know what to call it, but sometimes it’s just too romantic that I feel it’s a little tacky at times. Bright colors, rich harmonies, grand melodies, for a person who likes intimate music [...]

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Wagner, Parsifal

May 20th, 2011 by Yejin Lee · No Comments · Uncategorized

The first live Wagner music I listened to was the Tannhauser Overture. Not being familiar with the Wagner music, I was surprised that I didn’t lose my interest in listening (probably also because of the Cleveland Orchestra was just amazing). It is just truly extraordinary that Wagner could compose such a thing. As everyone already [...]

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Verdi, Don Carlos

May 20th, 2011 by Yejin Lee · No Comments · Uncategorized

Don Carlos, the longest opera by Verdi, I thought, expresses Verdi’s style very well. It has its grand style yet it definitely has some Italian quality. It express the tension between parents and children/ love and hate which Verdi was obsessed with. So it’s considered one of the most well demonstrated of the feelings by [...]

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Mendelssohn, Trio and Schumann, Three Romances

May 20th, 2011 by Yejin Lee · No Comments · Uncategorized

If you say Mendelssohn, we automatically think of Felix Mendelssohn. If you say Schumann, we think of the great Robert Schumann. I am somewhat more familiar with Clara Schumann’s works through Piano literature class. It is not very surprising that most of her music is very beautiful because Robert Schumann was known for beautiful intimate [...]

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Rossini, Guillaume Tell

May 20th, 2011 by Yejin Lee · No Comments · Uncategorized

The only opera I am familiar with is his Barber of Seville. I am glad that I get to listen to other opera by him. The overture.. I had no idea it was from this Opera. It’s always fun to listen to. There are a few famous arias from this Opera, and I really enjoyed [...]

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Rossini, La Cenerentola

May 20th, 2011 by Yejin Lee · No Comments · Uncategorized

Rossini’s La Cenerentola was very pleasing to listen to. I tend to like light Operas like comic operas, so it was very enjoyable. The music was stylistically like traditional Italian Opera. I’ve always like the story of Cinderella, so the plot was very easy to follow, and was interesting to see how the story was [...]

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Schubert, Die Forelle

May 20th, 2011 by Yejin Lee · No Comments · Uncategorized

Schubert trout is one of the pieces that I could enjoy listening to in the mornings. The melody is very cheerful/charming yet calm at the same time. Easy to follow and sing along. Because of the existence of the famous voice and piano piece, it was very refreshing to listen to the string instruments with [...]

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Beethoven, Missa solemnis

May 20th, 2011 by Yejin Lee · No Comments · Uncategorized

I am not very familiar with Beethoven’s vocal works. I’ve heard some of his arias, song cycle and the 9th symphony a lot, but this is the first time I heard the mass entirely. To be very honest, it was not easy to get in the mood for listening to the mass. Being one of [...]

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