Tilda Swinton's Dogs Star in Baroque Music Video

Nov 2, 2018

November already?! Where does the time go? Slow down for a minute and enjoy a link roundup full of all the things you love -- from Hilary Hahn's Halloween costume to Tilda Swinton's dogs.

1. What do Boston Symphony musicians do when they're not playing music? Boston Magazine asked a few to share their not-so-secret hobbies.

2. Tilda Swinton added "directing baroque music videos" to her already-extensive resume, with this video featuring countertenor Anthony Roth Costanza: 

3. Pianist Gloria Cheng gave 6 well-known film composers a challenge: write a piece for solo piano -- no movie, no orchestra. 

Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano from Breakwater Studios Ltd. on Vimeo.

4. A new study says that, on average, classical performances are getting faster over time:

Universal-owned Deutsche Grammaphon and Decca conducted a study into multiple recordings of Bach’s famed Double Violin Concerto in celebration of the release of Bach 333, a box set marking the 333rd anniversary of the German composer’s birth. The labels found that modern recordings of the work have shaved off one-third of the length of recordings from 50 years ago, quickening by about a minute per decade.

5. Jordan Harris decided he wanted to play the cello in his middle school orchestra, but he was born without a lower left arm. So a classmate 3D-printed a prosthetic to make it possible for Harris to hold a bow.

6. There's nothing we love more than classical music-themed Halloween costumes, and violinist Hilary Hahn had a pretty great one.

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Happy #Halloween (ahem, actually, coincidentally, #Reformationstag) from the Ghost of #Bach!

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Oct 31, 2018 at 6:10pm PDT

7. Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has a gorgeous collection of historical instruments from all around the world -- including the 5-stringed Flemish cello. Cellist and friend of the station Shirley Hunt plays Bach in the galleries, on that very cello: