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Smokey Robinson, a Leader of ‘a Musical Revolution,’ to Receive Gershwin Prize

Source: New York Times » Music

The Library of Congress prize is awarded to a songwriter who exemplifies “the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin.”

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ArtsBeat: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ and Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ Join National Recording Registry

Source: New York Times » Music

John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” and coverage of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game are being added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.ArtsBeat: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ and Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ Join National Recording Registry

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ArtsBeat: Library of Congress Opens Its Doors to the Doors

Source: New York Times » Music

The Doors’ first album is among the selections for the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.

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Fastidious playing by the Danish String Quartet at Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater

Source: The Washington Post » Music

The Danish String Quartet is now a dozen years old, and though its members are still boyish and gangly, the group is in full artistic flower. After its performance last year at the Library of Congress, I wrote: “It is a true four-way collaboration. The violinists trade off the first chair, and no personality dominates (at least in performance). The young artists are all very fine instrumentalists, and in matters of blend, intonation and technical dispatch, the group is certainly world-class.” On Wednesday at the Terrace Theater, it was, if anything, better; this is one of the best quartets before the public today.

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Cellist Müller-Schott and pianist Trpceski are talented separately, but don’t go well together

Source: The Washington Post » Music

I’d been looking forward to Thursday’s recital at the Library of Congress by cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and pianist Simon Trpceski. Both in their artistic prime, they enjoy full calendars of engagements at top venues and worldwide acclaim.The program was hardly original or even imaginative — standard sonatas by Beethoven (C major), Brahms (F major) and Chopin — but great playing can always illuminate familiar pieces. Unfortunately, the music was often opaque.

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ArtsBeat: Library of Congress Beefs Up Recordings Collection, but Watch Out for That Barber

Source: New York Times » Music

The original cast recording of “Sweeney Todd” is one of 25 items being added to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.

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The Elias Quartet at the Library of Congress

Source: The Washington Post » Music

If, like any sensible person, you love the string quartets of Joseph Haydn with a passion beyond all reason, you would have done well to be at the Library of Congress on Friday night. The Elias Quartet — a youngish, much-admired outfit out of Britain — was in town, and opened its rather spectacular recital with the Quartet in F major, Op. 77, No. 2: the last (and maybe the greatest) quartet Haydn wrote.

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At the Library of Congress, Quatuor Ébène cements its place among elite string quartets

Source: The Washington Post » Music

The Quatuor Ébène is a marvelous young French group that has appeared often in Washington. On Thursday, it played to a packed auditorium at the Library of Congress and solidified its standing among the elite of today’s string quartets.

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Critic’s Notebook: Library of Congress Acquires Max Roach’s Papers

Source: New York Times » Music

The family of the jazz drummer Max Roach is donating his papers to the Library of Congress, enabling scholars to gain insights into his relationships, club dates, recordings and political passions.

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Parker Quartet uses Stradivari treasures to splendid effect at Library of Congress

Source: The Washington Post » Music

The Library of Congress is more than a little proud of its historical musical instruments, particularly the violins, violas and cellos made by Antonio Stradivari at the turn of the 18th century. It’s a rare treat to hear them played, and rarer still to hear five of them together — which may account for the crowds that jammed Coolidge Auditorium on Wednesday night for the “Antonio Stradivari Anniversary Concert,” when the Parker Quartet (with guest violist Kikuei Ikeda) presented a program that highlighted the instruments’ distinctively warm and engaging sound.

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‘Internet pianist’ Valentina Lisitsa finally makes it to Library of Congress

Source: The Washington Post » Music

The pianist Valentina Lisitsa has not taken a straightforward path to success. She’s been playing and performing for years, but her career seemed to be tanking until she, on a whim, posted some videos to the Internet in 2007 and attracted, over time, more than 56 million viewers. She’s been appearing in the Washington area for a long time (including a few performances with the violinist Hilary Hahn), but only in the past few years, now that she’s in her 40s, is she hitting the big time. And when she was finally booked for a solo recital at the Library of Congress this fall, the government shut down, so she had to reschedule for a later date. That date finally arrived, Friday night. She was more than ready.

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