Three centuries ago a man named Domenico Scarlatti churned out an enormous number of keyboard sonatas — more than 550. Pianists, harpsichordists and even accordionists still can't get enough these inventive, bite-sized pieces.
A clutch of Scarlatti albums have appeared this year and more are on the way. Albums from pianists Orion Weiss and Igor Kamez are due in the coming weeks. Here we offer a sampling of five recent releases.
Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 2:40 pm
Well, it's happened again. Vacations are over. Kids are returning to school. "And where," you're wondering, "did my summer go?"
You can get the same feeling in music sometimes. No matter how long a piece is, its end might sneak up on you. Try this mysterious little quiz filled with fantastical finales and enigmatic endings. Score high and take an extra week off from work. Score low and get back to the grind.
In the late 1950s, detective shows were all the rage. Today, the series Peter Gunn, starring Craig Stevens as the titular gumshoe, has faded a bit from popular memory. Its theme music, however, remains unforgettable.
The Voice to chairman of the board to Ole' Blue Eyes. This weekend we give you the final part of our three part series on the life and music of Frank Sinatra. Music from his Reprise Record years and his return to Capitol studios where most of his success began...