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Recent classical releases

by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 7/05/18, 01:26 pm

Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor 

The Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge

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Fountain of talent

Music | Blind Boys singer helped shape gospel music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 7/05/18, 02:14 am

“It’s Done Got Late,” the final track on the powerhouse Clarence Fountain solo album In the Gospel Light, begins with Fountain’s recounting, in preacherly cadences over a swirling organ and a shimmering piano, a time that he found himself at a crossroads.

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Moving Pictures

Music | New albums are strong examples of art about art
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 6/14/18, 12:40 pm

It’s said that art imitates life and that life imitates art.

But life has also been known to imitate life. And sometimes art imitates art.

Consider, for example, Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Mussorgsky based most of the suite’s movements on paintings and sketches by his late friend Viktor Hartmann. That one was a costume design for a ballet based on a short story actually makes Mussorgsky’s corresponding piece (“Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks”) an example of art imitating art imitating art imitating art.

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