This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series Consumer ReportsBecause it’s the time of year you should also spend some money on yourself, here’s another Consumer Reports … Theodor Currentzis’ excellent, refreshing recording of Le Nozze di Figaro has a spot on my top classical recordings for 2014, and if that interests you(…)
This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series Consumer ReportsHitting my inbox this morning was an exciting surprise: the tracks for the newest Steve Reich recording, release date September 30. New music and older music newly done. The meat is the recorded premiere of his new piece, Radio Rewrite, and strong synthesis of the(…)
You can experience more of him scratching his prog-rock itch at Alarm Will Sound’s all Reich concert, November 16.
(Cross-posted from my Galapagos Critic-in-Residence page) Sometimes what matters most about a musical performance is not the tunes and the playing, but how things have come about, and how they could have. This must seem vague, so bear with me a bit. The two performances I saw at Galapagos in May, percussionist Kuniko Kato playing her(…)
Wolfgang Mitterer, Music for Checking e-mails Alvin Lucier, Almost New York; There are some lovely drone/tuning pieces on here from Lucier. “Twonings” sets cello against piano, the stringed instrument at times matching the piano note while at others the cellist plays a sharp or flat microtone, setting up Lucier’s characteristic sonic beating. Having two live musicians playing,(…)
Basinski’s piece is an accidental one, the sound produced from the process of old magnetic tapes literally falling apart on each pass by the play head on a tape recorder. The composer says the project ended on the morning of 9/11. It’s a piece about physical decay, dissipation, the loss of records and memories. Ten years later, that’s what we have left.
This clever edit of an Angie Dickinson/Lee Marvin movie clip with the audio of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music is making the rounds on the intertubes this morning, and it’s well done: The video itself comes from this scene from “Point Blank,” directed by John Boorman, which is a terrific thriller/crime/revenge drama, with more than a little(…)
Of all the music, of all kinds, released this year, these are my favorites, in alphabetical order: Die Zauberflöte, Mozart — René Jacobs, conductor, Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor; Daniel Behle, Marlis Petersen, Dainiel Schmutzhard, Sunhae Im, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola, Marcos Fink René Jacobs has finished his series of recordings of the mature Mozart operas with(…)
Philip Glass: Orpheé; Portland Opera, Anne Manson This will certainly please fans of Glass, and is a fascinating example of how his late style is developing. Like La Belle et la Bête, this is an operatic adaptation of an accidental libretto, i.e. the script from a Cocteau movie. It suffers from the same problematic detail,(…)