MOZART [SOUND RECORDING CD] : PIANO CONCERTOS K 503 & K 466 / MARTHA ARGERICH, CLAUDIO ABBADO

From  Edna Susman

Author:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Title:   MOZART [SOUND RECORDING CD] : PIANO CONCERTOS K 503 & K 466 / MARTHA ARGERICH, CLAUDIO ABBADO.

As with preserving photos from the past by scanning and saving to computer or disc, the music world is fortunate to have recordings of the great conductors and performers to enjoy long after their passing. The library is acquiring this recording of the brilliant pianist Martha Argerich with conductor Claudio Abbado, who passed away January 2014. The performance was recorded live in 2013 at the Lucerne Festival.  Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times calls the performances “phenomenal”.  Abbado’s conducting specialites included opera as well as the standard classical and contemporary works. This beautiful recording should be enjoyed by all as among one of the last by the great conductor.

The teacher wars : a history of America’s most embattled profession

From Edna Susman

Author: Dana Goldstein

Title:   The teacher wars : a history of America’s most embattled profession 

Coming from a long line of teachers, the author, Dana Goldstein, is a Spencer Fellow in educational journalism, a Schwarz Fellow at the New America Foundation and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute. Numerous issues such as overcrowding, teaching ESL, educational fads, federal funding, teachers’ unions, and the use of test scores and ratings are addressed. Many of these issues have been part of our American educational debates throughout history. Even with this, the author remains optimistic about the profession.

A history of western music

From Edna Susman

Author: J. Peter Burkholder

Title:   A history of western music  

In 1960, Donald Jay Grout wrote the first edition of this one-volume standard history of music. It is now in its ninth edition and still serves as the THE definitive  English-language general history of Western music used in colleges and universities. Since Grout’s death in 1987, the work has been co-written by Claude Palisca and J. Peter Burkholder. With this revision, we find new repertoire, new information on performance careers and practice, updated timelines and more. Chapters are organized chronologically and include the social and historical context, styles, key composers, genres, and works of each period.

The Smart Guide to Classical Music

From  Edna Susman

Author:  Sherman Robert

Title:  The Smart Guide to Classical Music

Robert Sherman and Philip Seldon have written this guide to help anyone in their quest to “de-mystify classical music”. This resource is excellent for both the classical music connoisseur and neophyte. It’s loaded with interesting facts and simple definitions. It will help you develop your ear with tips on how to listen to classical music. There are “fascinating anecdotes on composers” as well as handy hints on concert etiquette, how to dress when attending a concert and much more. One of the authors, Robert Sherman, recently celebrated his 56th anniversary with WQXR classical music radio in New York City. This book would be a worthwhile read or addition to your home music library, should you want to purchase it yourself.

Animals in music [sound recording CD]

From  Edna Susman

Author:  Beethoven Ludwig van

Title:  Animals in music [sound recording CD]

This 2-CD set is an excellent vehicle to introduce classical music to anyone unfamiliar with it, children or adults alike. Pieces included are taken from the early Baroque period to modern day. Some include the piece in its entirety such as “The Wasps: Overture” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens. Others, just the relevant movement is included such as from “Pictures at an Exhibition: no. 9 Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks” by Modest Mussorgsky, from “Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67:2, The Bird or Op. 67:3, The Duck” by Sergei Prokofiev, from “Tale of the Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 – Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and from “Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 114, D. 667, The Trout, Theme with Variations” by Franz Schubert to name just a few. Since often only parts of the entire piece are played, this is a wonderful sampling of music especially for those wanting to learn more about classical music.

 

Brahms Complete Edition [sound recording CD]

From  Edna Susman
Author:  Johannes Brahms
Title:   Brahms Complete Edition [sound recording CD]
Just released in April 2014, this set of 58 discs is a treasure! To have all of Brahms’ works in one set is a gold mine for any classical music lover. The performers include the top names in the music world such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir John Barbirolli, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, the Tokyo String Quartet and more. Each work from Brahms’ symphonic, solo, chamber music and vocal repertoire is listed separately so that it is easy to choose what you’d like to listen to. There are over 400 works in this set.

Gabe & Izzy : standing up for America’s bullied

From  Edna Susman
Author:  Gabrielle  Ford
Title:  Gabe & Izzy : standing up for America’s bullied
The author, Gabrielle Ford, developed a degenerative neuromuscular disease, Friedreich’s Ataxia, at the age of 12 which eventually placed her in a wheelchair. She became the subject of constant bullying from classmates until she got a puppy, Izzy, who began to display similar muscular problems.  So began a supportive, uplifting relationship which they took on the road as public motivational speakers on an anti-bullying campaign. This is a timely story and helpful read, especially for young people with disabilities as well as those who bully or are bullied.