I don’t have the standard recommended listings this month; since the performing season gets its official start, I’ll be doing some individual posts on different organizations, what they’ve been doing and what they have coming up. Expect the usual suspects, i.e. City Opera, the Phil, Miller Theater, Issue Project Room . . .
I do want to point out some worthwhile recorded/streaming audio that will be coming out in September:
- Two notable opera CDs will be available; Philip Glass’s Orphée , from a production already praised by Anthony Tommasini, and Rene Jacobs’ latest Mozart set, Die Zauberflöte. Jacobs’ Mozart opera recordings have been exceptional and I’m very excited to hear his latest, which caps his survey of Wolfgang’s masterpieces. Perhaps a Seraglio is next?
- There are two new Nico Muhly CDs coming out
- A live Mahler 2, with Klemperer conducting Vienna from 1951
- A new release from Oval (also appearing at Issue Project Room next week)
- Re-releases of interesting sets from the S.E.M. Ensemble (I’ll have reviews of some of these)
- A live CD from John McNeil and Bill Henry; I caught a track on WKCR last night and it brought me up short in a good way
- A great slate of CDs from Naxos; Roy Harris Piano Music, Walter Piston String Quartets, Gloria Coates chamber music, Barber’s collected orchestral music, Penderecki’s Credo and Stockhausen’s Mantra
- And speaking of WKCR, they will be broadcasting and archiving what appears to be an incredible set of audio documents, featuring Sun Ra, Steve Lacy, John Zorn, Derek Bailey and Varèse conducting Mingus (Dude, WTF?!?!). See Howard Mandel for more details, and now let me away to my fainting couch . . .
UPDATED: Fixed typo, added link to Oval appearance