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Two musical Eulogies for Newtown’s fallen

Seymour Bernstein sent a moving rendition of a Schumann masterpiece with this prologue:

“For years now, Part No. 6 of the Kreisleriana has haunted me. I hear it as a lament. As such, I decided to record it and dedicate it to the children and teachers who lost their lives at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.”

I listened to Seymour’s incomparably beautiful playing with its Old World flavor, like fine wine, and for some reason today, I was drawn to re-visit an elegiac Haydn slow movement.

No words need frame this, except to say that the Largo e sostenuto is deeply personal and poignant in the face of Sandy Hook’s tragedy.


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