Credo in Unum Deum

I Believe in One God

Kissin’s getting old…

Not the baby face any more!  But he is still pretty good, although there are some silly mistakes here.  I heard a rumor that his technique rivals Horowitz… It is just hard for me to conceive of that.  Horowitz is just so fascinating.  Anyway, for your enjoyment, the aging (aging…what is he, 37 years old?) Kissin performing Beethoven’s Rage over a Lost Penny.

May 19, 2008 Posted by | Music | 2 Comments

For all the Classical music lovers out there.

This is really the coolest site I know of for downloading and printing sheet music. I have found some things on there that I have not been able to find anywhere except for a billion dollars from Europe in book format. Here is the site.

http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page

Again, this is a great site. I had been looking for Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz #2 for over two years and could only find it in Europe for over $50 plus crazy shipping. But this site has it and a 4-hand arrangement of it also. It also has Mephisto 4, although it is the shorter version and also all four Valses Oubliées. Also a huge selection of opera and symphonies, and some voice stuff. Please check it out!

June 9, 2007 Posted by | Music | 1 Comment

Franz Liszt- My main man.

There is something special about the music of this man… something glorious. Yes, it is true that when we think of Liszt we often thing of the crazily and insanely fast, technical and LOUD music. But really more than half of his music for piano is soft and slow, while still insanely technical. I recommend the “New Discoveries 2” CD by Leslie Howard which is part of his superhuman feat of recording all of Liszt’s music for piano. He even found new stuff and completed others. That he is not in a rocking chair drooling on himself after playing all of Liszt’s stuff is also a tribute to his fortitude. There is a lot of Liszt that I listen to and say, “Man, I think I am gonna learn that.” Then I get the music and say, “Who on God’s green earth would put the time into learning this when you can listen to it?” Still, his Mephisto #2 is flippin’ sweet and I enjoy playing it.

Then there is his orchestral music. I remember at one point thinking that his piano music is better than his orchestral stuff because all I had heard was his E-flat Piano Concerto and maybe the transcription of Mephisto #1. Then I heard the Symphonic Poems, and then Dante. God forgive my presumption. It is glorious stuff. But then, I bought his choral mass and Via Crucis. The man is a first class choral and organ dude, too. So, he is my favorite composer of just about every genre- except opera. I guess he did write one, but who does it? The last scene in La Traviata by Angela Gheorghiu is tops for me right now. But only after having seen the whole opera. Addio del passato is so beautiful- always make me cry- and it should not be seen or heard without the context of the whole opera. If I can be so bold, it approaches in my mind the sin of premarital relations–at least as far as musical sin goes.

But then there is the wonderful Cecilia Bartoli! “Live in Rome” is a must get DVD. She is utterly amazing- tops today. But her major fault in that performance is that she chose to sing no Liszt… sad. Well, as they say, who but the Blessed Virgin among women is faultless.

May 21, 2007 Posted by | Music | 3 Comments