PLAYLIST, Week 7, 2014

Ah, Vienna… Strauss, Salome Berg, Wozzeck Bruck­ner, Sym­phonies 4–9 Mahler, Sym­phony No. 4 Ultra­vox, Albums 1980-12

PLAYLIST Week 1, 2014

Great record­ings of mas­ter­pieces from the roman­tic era. All highly rec­om­mended, espe­cially the upcom­ing Har­mo­nia Mundi releases: Otto Klem­perer, Phi­larha­mo­nia Orches­tra, New Phlhar­mo­nia Orches­tra: Gus­tav Mahler: Sym­phonies 2, 4, 7 9, Das Lied von der Erde Friedrich Gulda, Beethoven: 32 Piano Sonatas, Vari­a­tions, Bagatelles Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexan­der Mel­nikov, Beethoven: Piano Trios Op. 70 No.(…)

Video of the Week

Playlist, Research Edition

Some­thing on my mind that has come from lis­ten­ing to these, and lis­ten­ing to these has put some­thing in my mind. That and my end­less, sub rosa obses­sion with Mahler’s Sym­phony No. 5 and Sym­phony No. 7: Bruck­ner: Sym­phonies 4 − 9, Otto Klem­perer, Phil­har­mo­nia Orchestra/New Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra Bruck­ner: Sym­phony No. 7, Otto Klem­perer, Wiener Philharmoniker(…)

The Dude Ambles By

John Adams, City Noir, Gus­tavo Dudamel & the Los Ange­les Phil­har­monic Gus­tav Mahler, Sym­phony No. 9, Gus­tavo Dudamel & the Los Ange­les Phil­har­monic Gus­tavo Dudamel & the Los Ange­les Phil­har­monic, Avery Fisher Hall: March 27, 2013; John Adams, The Gost­pel Accord­ing to the Other Mary March 28, 2013; Claude Vivier, Zipangu, Claude Debussy, La Mer, Igor(…)

Links and Kinks

The mis­cel­lany of the inter­tubes … my post on Mahler brought up a ping-back that led me to this good arti­cle on Mahler’s orches­tra­tion … quite often, the web is like high school, full of peo­ple who’s expe­ri­ence and think­ing are lim­ited, and since they can’t see beyond the walls of their own enclo­sure, they(…)

The Year in Mahler

After a par­tic­u­larly gen­er­ous sesqui­cen­ten­nial of Mahler’s birth last year, with essen­tial col­lec­tions and vital new think­ing about the com­poser, this has been a rel­a­tively sub­dued cen­ten­nial of the composer’s death. David Zinman’s solid, beau­ti­fully played and recorded but slightly ano­dyne cycle con­cluded with a strong Sym­phony No. 10, and Valery Gergiev fin­ished up his(…)

Mahler: Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’, William Steinberg, Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie, et. al.

This record­ing dates from  piv­otal time in the long and ongo­ing Mahler revival. It’s a con­cert per­for­mance, dated Sep­tem­ber 10, 1965, at which time Leonard Bern­stein was near the end of pro­duc­ing his first recorded Mahler cycle, a project that was essen­tial in boost­ing the composer’s pop­u­lar­ity. Stein­berg was never the pub­lic star that Bernstein(…)

Early Autumn Playlist

It’s not the tem­per­a­ture so much as the change in light …

That Day Is Done

It’s the real mys­tery, the one that a few hardy souls are will­ing to incor­po­rate into their lives, but only a few. It’s that we will never know why things like this hap­pen, because they hap­pen for no rea­son at all. That’s how the uni­verse that we all live in func­tions. The phys­i­cal laws to which we are all sub­ject can’t account for, and aren’t inter­ested in, our souls. We suf­fer, often, because these laws allow for an incom­pre­hen­si­bly vast array of ran­dom things to occur, for no rea­son what­so­ever other than they can, and given the right cir­cum­stances do. Other than the ori­gins of the uni­verse and its ulti­mate end, if there is one, there is no plan. Things hap­pen for no rea­son at all.