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  1. A remarkable conductor and teacher. https://news.rice.edu/news/2022/remembering-larry-rachleff-beloved-conductor-rices-symphony-and-chamber-orchestras "Come on, people, this isn't Oberlin, ."
  2. The Makah tribe still hunts here in Washington state: https://makah.com/makah-tribal-info/whaling/
  3. Would it be this version? PS--I loved his show and specifically remember one broadcast focused on the choice and effects of major and minor in classical music. This is a very special broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SroFMeF4RY A few more broadcasts: http://electricka.com/etaf/etafhomepages/features/feature_list/biographies/karl_haas/karl_haas_home.htm
  4. Yes. Additionally, unlike most "collectibles," while a professional musician is making a living with their violin, they can depreciate the instrument's tax value even as its market value may continue to increase. I am not sure all professionals know about this (--my daughter's tax accountant apparently didn't).
  5. Henri Temianka was a good friend of my father, who was dean of faculty at CSULB when Temianka was violin faculty there. I was very young but was aware throughout my school years of his impact on the musical life in California, particularly his formation of the California Chamber Orchestra. I believe he played a Storioni.
  6. We have a very dear recording of the Brahms Sextets by the old Cleveland Quartet--Donald Weilerstein et al.--joined by Pinchas Zukerman and Bernard Greenhouse. If anyone needs a definition of gemütlichkeit, this will do nicely. It is, unfortunately, only available on LP, but that's how we roll.
  7. Also this https://www.amazon.com/Accessible-Orchestral-Repertoire-Annotated-Orchestras/dp/1442275790
  8. --and there's NO viola part in the pit version (though some might consider that an argument in favor of its greatness )
  9. I love West Side Story, but Bernstein sure has sticky fingers when it comes to stealing others' tunes--"Somewhere" from Beethoven & Tchaikovsky (slow movement from "The Emperor" Concerto + main theme from Swan Lake); "A Boy Like That" from Britten ("The Storm" sea interlude from Peter Grimes); "I Have a Love" from Wagner's Ring . . . probably others come to mind. Given its reiteration in Tony's death sequence, "Somewhere" is probably the most important melody, & it's simply a spin on one of Beethoven's most famous works. In many ways, the musical quotes make the work even more enjoyable. But they do not elevate Bernstein to the stature of the original authors (if there is even such a thing).
  10. Arnold Böcklin painted a persuasive violin, but I more taken with the fiddler's bow grip
  11. Any great Handel cantabile--"Ombra mai fu" (Xerxes), "V'adoro, pupille" (Giulio Cesare) come to mind, many others. They are just so purely beautiful. From the Messiah, "He was despised" and " I know my redeemer liveth"--and, of course, the pastoral symphony.
  12. Slow movement, Schubert cello quintet. Arthur Rubinstein said of it, “This music has always sounded to me like a serene and resigned entrance to death. I have always wished to hear this movement, even on a record, in my own last hour.” I would also pick the whole quintet as my favorite chamber work--but maybe only if it's performed by Walter Weller's group.
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