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by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/28/18, 07:10 pm

Thelonious Sphere Monk

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Old and new

Music | Oft-recorded classical works win awards, again
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/28/18, 07:03 pm

Generally speaking, for classical musicians even to be signed to a recording deal, they have to have demonstrated such a high level of talent that the odds of their making a bad or even a boring album are extremely long.

Their odds of making an undistinguished album, on the other hand, are high. Of the more than 2,000 classical albums that were released in 2017, many comprise oft-recorded works from the standard Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century repertoires, exponentially diminishing their chances of standing out.

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Passing the scene

Music | The deaths of four musicians who made their marks
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/14/18, 01:41 pm

So many rock-era icons have died within the past few years that fans have grown accustomed to waking up to news of another one’s passing.

Still, the death on Jan. 15 of the Cranberries’ 46-year-old lead singer Dolores O’Riordan came as a surprise. Although their hit-making days were behind them, the Cranberries still occasionally performed and recorded, releasing an album of original material in 2012 (Roses) and an album comprising unplugged versions of their greatest hits last year (Something Else).

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