Author: David DeAngelo

The Brandenburgs

The Brandenburgs

This past weekend, Pittsburgh was treated to a rare musicological event – a performance of all 6 Brandenburgs. Of course, being a trumpet geek, I primarily went to see George Vosburgh, the PSO’s principle trumpeter, play the 2nd Brandenburg.  He did a great job by […]

The Classical Mystery Tour

The Classical Mystery Tour

This weekend, the Classical Mystery Tour rolled up to the Heinz Hall stage to play with the PSO.  The Tour’s website says that: Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert.  The full show presents some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed […]

David Pittsinger and Arlington Sons

David Pittsinger and Arlington Sons

This past weekend, something happened that doesn’t happen very often – a world premiere for the PSO at Heinz Hall. The piece, written for orchestra and two voices (bass-baritone and boy soprano) by Scott Eyerly and called Arlington Sons, recalls a true story – an afternoon a […]

Wagner, Schopenhauer, and The Will

Wagner, Schopenhauer, and The Will

The lovely wife and I saw a wonderful concert this afternoon. Emanuel Ax is such an amazing pianist that whatever he plays it’s thrilling though our two professional reviewers seem to differ on his performance on Friday night. While Druckenbrod of the P-G put it this […]

Death, Brahms And Our All Too-Human Grief

Death, Brahms And Our All Too-Human Grief

It is a fact of life that we all mourn and yet we also must accept the fact that we all mourn differently – a strange paradox that while grief is impersonally universal it’s also oddly unique.  For example, my own father passed away 4 […]

Prokofiev, Prokofiev, And Brahms

Prokofiev, Prokofiev, And Brahms

I was planning to write a more or less review type blogpost, rather than what I usually do (musicology-lite), but last night  something happened at Heinz Hall that I’d never seen there before. The lovely wife and I were sitting in the “Orchestra Seating” section (Row […]

An All Beethoven Concert (With A Little Piazolla Thrown In)

An All Beethoven Concert (With A Little Piazolla Thrown In)

What makes the Eroica so important? And when I ask that, I am not questioning Opus 55’s importance.  Rather, I am wondering what it is about the Eroica that makes it so important in the history of music. Druckenbrod at the P-G offers a clue: While […]

Stucky, Gershwin, and Mussorgsky/Ravel

Stucky, Gershwin, and Mussorgsky/Ravel

The lovely wife and I couldn’t pass up the chance to see the season opening concert of the PSO.  We were especially looking forward to hearing the Concerto in F and Pictures at an Exhibition. I’d, of course, heard the Gershwin many times before (even played in […]

Prokofiev and Del Tredici and Leonard Slatkin

Prokofiev and Del Tredici and Leonard Slatkin

Let me get a few things out of the way before I start my blog post. It looks like the PSO had a bad evening on Friday.  Here’s Andrew Druckenbrod of the P-G: What a shame that a night in which the PSO should be congratulated […]

David Conrad, Prokofiev and The PSO

David Conrad, Prokofiev and The PSO

David Conrad is a very smart guy – of that I have no doubt.  He’s also fairly good evidence that the universe just doesn’t play fair.  What do I mean by that? I mean this – he’s shared the TV screen with Kimberly Williams, Carla […]


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