Notes From Underground

Then I should have chosen a career for myself, I should have been a sluggard and a glutton, not a simple one, but, for instance, one with sympathies for everything sublime and beautiful. The new disc from Henry Threadgill and Zooid is out this week, give it a first listen at NPR. Call it jazz,(…)

Debussy Forever

In his interview for the Invisible Jukebox feature in Wire magazine, Steve Reich casually and knowingly dropped the notion that the history of music in the 20th century was an argument between Schoenberg and Debussy, and Debussy won. The results may seem obvious in the growing (and now dominant) prevalence of tonality in new composed(…)

Debussy: Orchestral Works Vols. 5 and 6

Debussy, not only one of the greatest but one of the very most important composers in the history of Western classical music, wrote a relatively small number of orchestral works. Of those, the most famous ones like La Mer and Prelude d’apres-midi d’une faune, are programmed and recorded so frequently that they drown out consciousness(…)

Hotter Than July Grant Green, Idle Moments Robert Rich, Below Zero Orchestra Baobab, Specialists In All Styles Weather Report, Domino Theory Pierre Boulez, Anne Sofie von Otter, The Cleveland Orchestra, Ravel: Shéhérazade, Le Tombeau de Couperin, Debussy; Ballades de Villon Mark Johnson, The Sound of Summer Running Stevie Wonder, Hotter Than July  

The Week in Concerts, Day 4

Final day, and a real indulgence for me – the Vienna Philharmonic led by Valery Gergiev in music form Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette, the Prelude und Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and La Mer. What can I say? It was glorious in all the expected ways, and in some unexpected ways too. That Vienna sound(…)