Robin Friedman

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Location: Washington, D.C. United States
Birthday: Sept. 15


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Orfeo ed Euridice ~ Gluck
Gluck's "Orfeo and Euridice" is a venerable and treasured work. It is one of the earliest operas to retain its place in the repertoire.
The composer, Christoph Willbald Gluck (1714-1787), was one of music's true revolutionaries. He changed the character of opera from a vehicle for florid showpieces for vocalists to a drama in which the music illuminated and made a partnership with the text. Gluck's three revolutionary operas, Orpheo, Alceste, and Paris and Helena were written in Vienna from 1762-1770 in close collaboration with the liberettist, Ranieri d'Calabigi, in one of the most eventful collaborations in music history. Of these three operas, the best-known by far is… Read more
24 Preludes and Fugues Op. 87 ~ Shostakovich
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Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975) is best-known for his symphonies and for his difficult political life in the former Soviet Union. Between 1950-1951, while his work was under a performance ban, Shostakovich composed a work for solo piano, the "24 Preludes and Fugues" Op. 87, which is remarkable for its intimacy and devotion to the art of pure music. It is one of the great piano works of the twentieth century. The complete work is performed on this 2-CD collection by Konstantin Scherbakov, a young Russian pianist.
Shostakovich's work consists of a prelude and a following fugue in each major and minor key. It is modeled after Bach's two-volume "Well-Tempered… Read more
The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil W&hellip by James M. McPherson
Professor James McPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom" initially appeared in 1988 and received the Pulitzer Prize, together with great popular and critical acclaim, for its detailed single-volume study of the Civil War. Recently, in "The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom" (2003), Professor McPherson has reformatted and edited his outstanding 1988 study. The major change to the book is the addition of many illustrations, which include photographs, portraits, paintings, cartoons, drawings, and maps from the Civil War era. To make room for the illustrations, about 20 percent of the original text has been cut, and there are no footnotes and bibliography.
This illustrated… Read more