ECM had resisted streaming, but the above is an admission of throwing in the towel, recognizing that you can’t fight the endless flow of digital media.
Is it possible to regularly listen to 18 different Mahler symphony cycles? 20 different sets of the complete Beethoven symphonies? In theory, yes, in practice, no; I find myself reaching for the complete Mahler on EMI rather than the one on Deutsche Grammaphon, I prefer Bernstein's first cycle to his second, I usually pick Bertini … Continue reading The Sell-Off
The latest issue of The Wire, #405, for November, is out now, and in it you can read my coverage of the Ostrava Days 2017 festival, which was it's usual excellent self. Web view is available only to subscribers, so you'll have to actually grab a copy of the issue to read the whole thing.
I am obliged, to myself as well as to you, to hold unpopular opinions.
If you are not yet familiar with the wonderful music Haley Fohr makes, then this is the ideal moment to get stunned by her latest release as Circuit des Yeux, Reaching for Indigo. https://youtu.be/wNfLqCZkFWc Fohr is much more than just a voice, although that voice is incredible, and this new album is a substantial advancement … Continue reading Now’s The Time
After 10 years of keeping the Big City as a labor of love, I need your help.
https://youtu.be/SXcdG4lKLtg But when I do, I listen to The Body (and a few other bands tbh). Beyond the energy and the delicious wall of sound, The Body is constantly incorporating new styles. Their latest release is Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light, a collaboration with Full of Hell. Release date is November 17, and you … Continue reading I Don’t Always Listen To Metal
There is however, as of the end of October, the most important recording of the Requiem, Harmonia Mundi’s release with René Jacobs leading the Freiburger Barockorchester, the RIAS Kammerchor, and singers Sophie Karthäuser, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Maximilian Schmitt, and Johannes Weisser.