The year 2014 comes to an end (already!) and our line-up for December offers what I hope is a “lighter” load for the holidays. Our main feature this month is a “complete” set of Liszt’s 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, both for the orchestra and the piano. I think – if we combine our Once Upon the Internet post, we will cover all but a couple of the rhapsodies in their piano version.
- December 5 - Magyar rapszódiák, Part One: Hermann Scherchen conducts the complete set of six Hungarian Rhapsodies for orchestra, based on six of the 19 rhapsodies originally composed by Franz Liszt for solo piano. http://itywltmt.blogspot.com/2014/12/magyar-rapszodiak-part-one.html
- December 12 - Magyar rapszódiák, Part Two: A collection of the remaining 13 rhapsodies, this time in their original piano form, performed by a number of pianists. http://itywltmt.blogspot.com/2014/12/magyar-rapszodiak-part-two.html
- December 19 – Homage to Hungary: Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók are part of this showcase of music either inspired or having Gypsy roots. http://itywltmt.blogspot.com/2014/12/hodolat-magyarorszag.html
- December 26 – 2014, The Year in Review: Our traditional final post of the year, with a look back at some of the things we explored this year, and a glimpse at some of the features planned for next year. http://itywltmt.blogspot.com/2014/12/2014-year-in-review.html
Pierre’s Tuesday Blog
- December 2 – Pierre’s Podcast Vault Selection of the Month: As an early Christmas present, some music about kids, and for kids including Babar the Little Elephant and The Toy Box. This montage will be featured on our Pod-O-Matic channel until 31 December 2014. http://www.talkclassical.com/blogs/itywltmt/1751-childs-play.html
- December 9 – Vinyl’s Revenge: We complete our two=part look at the Joseph Haydn String Quartet cycle recorded by the Aeolian Quartet with the six quartets of the opus 64. http://www.talkclassical.com/blogs/itywltmt/1752-aeolian-string-quartet-plays.html
- December 16 – Once Upon the Internet: Piano music by Franz Liszt, including a few of the Hungarian Rhapsodies, are part of this collection of works, once downloaded from MP3.COM. http://www.talkclassical.com/blogs/itywltmt/1756-franz-liszt-mp3-com.html
- December 23 – 2014 Gumdrops: Our traditional special Chronique du Disque, usually devoted to acquisitions and other musical finds that did not make it on posts this year. Among my gumdrops look for three large CD collections by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, as we mark the 25th anniversary of his passing. http://www.talkclassical.com/blogs/itywltmt/1757-gumdrops-2014-a.html
- December 30 – La Chronique du Disque: Our monthly suggestions include music performed by Joseph Szigeti, and compositions by Eugene Ysaye and Igor Markevitch. http://www.talkclassical.com/blogs/itywltmt/1759-la-chronique-du-disque.html
Once or Twice a Fortnight
This month, I will “consolidate” the posts on the rhapsodies for a mid-month OTF, and propose listening to a vintage performance of Handel’s Messiah.
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