Beethoven’s “Ghost”


Happy Halloween!  I had never heard of Beethoven’s “Ghost” piano trios until this morning. The on-air host thought it was sufficiently creepy and eerie for the day. Enjoy!


Remembering Sir Neville Marriner

I woke up to the sad news that Sir Neville Marriner–violinist, conductor, and founder of the chamber group, the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields–passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the age of 92. He was one of the first musicians I researched as I started listening to classical music regularly. I never did find a biography or autobiography, so I guess he wasn’t inclined to talk about himself or be interviewed for a book. I’m glad that he had a family and wasn’t alone. I wish that I could have met him; I bet he was an interesting person to talk to. I had forgotten that he had done the music for the film Amadeus.

There was a 50th Anniversary book on the Academy itself, so maybe I’ll get that one day. Marriner started the group when he invited musicians to his home, and it grew.

I absolutely loved the group’s name from the moment I heard it, and I have several of their CDs. I’m glad we saw them a few years ago at GMU. Maybe one day I’ll go back again.

Here’s the group’s statement, with an interview Marriner did.

And the obit from the Guardian.

There were also YouTube tributes.  Rather than choose something sad to include with this entry, I picked these full-length albums.