Welcome to a Free Musical Journey!

Posted on March 23rd, 2010 and filed in Uncategorized
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Select your own favorite composers, genres and individual musical selection: Then listen/download for free. No joining or registration. My hope is that this site will provide a broad introduction to ‘newbies’ – and that real aficionados of Classical music will find plenty of interest too.

One of the best features of the site is the Long Playing selections.

They allow you to listen uninterrupted to 25 – 70 minutes of music. You can find them on the side menu under Blog Titles (Long Playing); or at the top bar in LP’s: But just to be sure… I’ve put the link right here in front of your nose! http://jimsclassicalmusic.com/?page_id=2744

Re: Comments and requests: I love to get them!

Just listened to this. Now it’s your turn!

Posted on September 30th, 2015 and filed in Schubert
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Shows off Schuberts’ range and genius. Enjoy.

Schubert Fantasie for violin and piano in C major

Sublime Send Off

Posted on July 10th, 2015 and filed in Bach
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Once again I’ll be off the air for a while during the time we are moving up north. From Central Victoria to the Sunshine Coast. Since we are house-sitting while we search for our new home, I won’t have access to my music collection (unless I do some ‘cloud solution’ real soon!) So … here is a sublime send off.

I only ‘discovered’ Bach French suites and his Preludes and Fugues recently. My Bach collection has been lacking for a long time!

What glorious music, and perfect to de-stress during moving!

French Suite #1 in D minor Sarabande III

Prelude and Fugue 1 in C Bwv 846


Off to India and coming ’round to vocal

Posted on September 26th, 2014 and filed in Zelenka
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In a few weeks I’m off to India for 3 months in Meherabad, Maharastra State – where the tomb shrine of Avatar Meher Baba is. Tricia and I are busy packing and preparing for this Spiritual Adventure! So I’ll just leave you with a final piece until next year. See you in early 2015.

Well I’ve finally started to appreciate, and be moved by Vocal pieces. (*See Opera Apology at the top of the page) I find this particular piece by Jan Dismas Zelenka to be “Compelling.” Bach liked his music. What else need be said! (* How about what the piece is?! It’s Miserere I)




Dittersdorf played with Mozart and Haydn!

Posted on May 3rd, 2014 and filed in Composers, Dittersdorf
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Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (2 November 1739 – 24 October 1799) was an Austrian composer, violinist and silvologist) What the heck is a silvologist?! Click on the link to find out.

Besides having such a cool name! – playing with Haydn and Mozart and being a silvologist!; he also composed quality music.

[* In 1785 they played string quartets together. Mozart played the viola; Haydn second violin and Wanhal played cello]

Here’s his Sinfonia #4 in F major adagio non molto. Worth a listen.




Ignaz Pleyel another ignored, almost forgotten composer

Posted on May 1st, 2014 and filed in Composers, Composers - Ignored and Almost forgotten!
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Here’s another composer who has been almost forgotten and whose music is rarely performed these days; and yet ‘back in the day’ was hugely popular. The interesting thing about Pleyel from what I gather via the Wikipedia link below, is that his popularity was due in some part to the simplicity of his compositions. Easy listening!

Here’s his concerto for Clarinet in B flat major followed by the Sinfonia Concertante for flute in B flat major. Both pieces are the second movements.

http://jimsclassicalmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/02-Concerto-For-Clarinet-In-B-Flat-Major-II-Adagio.mp3 http://jimsclassicalmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/08-Sinfonia-Concertante-For-Flutein-B-Flat-Majorop-41-II-Larghetto.mp3



Lady in Number Six

Posted on February 25th, 2014 and filed in Oldest Pianist
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Yesterday one of Classical musics most beautiful souls, passed away. Surely The Divine enjoyed how she lived her life and so did we.

Here’s the link to the Oscar nominated film. Once you watch it you’ll never forget Alice Herz-Sommer. Enjoy!



Where have you been Jim?!

Posted on January 25th, 2014 and filed in Beethoven, Blog Titles, String Quartet
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September 2013 was my last posting! Amazing how time flies when you’re battling prostate cancer! Yep … the adventure of my life and it’s going better than I would have hoped. Determined to avoid any of the intrusive horrors; I’m using many of the natural cancer fighting modalities. Tons of powerful nutraceuticals and supplements, fresh veggie and wheatgrass juices, meditation, exercise, month by month hormone injections (the least intrusive of the ‘effective’ mainstream tools)  and a secret weapon!

Hey I just thought of a cool way to mark my progress. What better than Beethoven’s answer to being healed!

His string quartet #15 –  Heiliger Danksgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit-Neue Kraft fuehlend

translated: “A Convalescent’s Holy Song of Thanksgiving to the Divinity, in the Lydian Mode”

Like all of his late string quartets this is a ripper! (Aussie slang for good stuff)



Oldest Pianist!

Posted on September 30th, 2013 and filed in Oldest Pianist, Piano
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An amazing documentary about a 109 year old woman who survived the Holocaust, and still tickles the ivory with total Joie de vivre!

The Trailer alone is certainly worth watching.



More Hummel

Posted on September 21st, 2013 and filed in Hummel
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As time goes on I’m enjoying Hummel’s music more and more. Today I downloaded some piano concertos. Here’s a short second movement from his piano concerto in A flat major




Welcome Back!

Posted on June 30th, 2013 and filed in Mendelssohn
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After a long absence from the site – I’m back! I want to share with you this wonderful piece by Mendelssohn which I heard for the first time a few days ago. It was played on the radio station where I present a classical program. The other fellow who does a Classical Music program played it on his show. I immediately went shopping to find it! The same recording he played: (Deutsche Grammophon) With Martha Argerich on piano and Gidon Kremer on violin. Fantastic piece of music.

Hans (the other presenter) introduced the piece saying that Mendelssohn wrote it when he was 14; and that when he presented it to his teacher, the teacher made a remark along the lines of now Felix could join the ranks of Mozart and other greats. It’s really hard to imagine the emotional depth shown in the second movement coming from a 14 years old! (actually he may have been 13 if the Wikipedia article is correct)

Here is the Wikipedia article about the piece.


Here are the three movements from Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra in D minor



Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Posted on April 26th, 2013 and filed in Hummel
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This Sunday, April 28, 2013 I’m presenting an all Hummel program in my new role as a DJ! Whist researching for the program I came upon this web site:

It gives an insight into just how great Hummel was as a composer and links to how and where you can enjoy his music. Also if you use the search function here on my web site you’ll find several postings with his music.



I like the Bassoon

Posted on October 23rd, 2012 and filed in Bassoon, Devienne
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I went through a phase several years ago where I was crazy for the bassoon. I still really enjoy the sound and the ‘vibe’ of it. Today this piece caught my ear. It’s the Bassoon Sonata in C major op. 24 by Francois Devienne. (all 3 movements joined together)



Paul Lewis and Schubert

Posted on September 7th, 2012 and filed in Piano, Schubert
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The other night I traveled to Melbourne and attended an all Schubert concert by the wonderful pianist Paul Lewis. Paul is in the process of (I think) recording all of Schubert. My favorite piece in the concert was this one:


At the end of the concert I got in the line to have CD’s signed. I said something to him like: ‘Hi Paul .. I’ve got a bunch of your Beethoven, and I just wanted to ask you; what do you feel Schubert brought to the table that his Master and guru, Beethoven, hadn’t done better already?’ I then said, ‘Something has happened to me in the past year that I never thought would happen … I’ve become a Beethoven freak’ – He said, “Really!” with a bit of intensity as though he found it very interesting! (he was quite personable and lovely)

Paul answered rapidly along the lines of how very different they were and at the end said, ‘Schubert is instinctive while Beethoven is logical.’ I thanked him and we shook hands. He had a firm handshake!

Hmmmm? I’ve been pondering the instinctive/logical bit, and don’t quite get it yet!


Dvorak Piano

Posted on August 24th, 2012 and filed in Dvorak, Piano
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I came across some short Dvorak solo piano pieces. They intrigued me and I thought that you – dear Listener – might enjoy them! (*4 pieces joined together)

Tema con Variazioni in Ab Variation 1

Silhouetten op. 8 no. 6 in Bb

Silhouetten op. 8 no. 9

Waltzes op. 54 no. 7


Louise Farrenc Clarinet

Posted on July 23rd, 2012 and filed in Farrenc, Female Composers
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Arguably the greatest female composer in history; Louise Farrenc like so many other female composers, faded into obscurity. If the woman who runs this web site has anything to do with it … you’ll be hearing a lot more from her! http://oboeclassics.com/~oboe3583/ambache/women.htm

(*there is a fair bit on my site already that features female composers, but I was struck today by this piece: And I do love the clarinet!)

Louise Farrenc’s clarinet trio / second movement


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