The Disruptors

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.

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Elsewhere

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.

Mozart Reanimato

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.

Lament For The Living

Thelonious Monk would have turned 100 last month, but he didn’t because he’s dead.... The contemporary musicians are not only carving out new territory but entirely renegotiating the music’s relationship with the past, an absolute necessity if an art form is to stay away from decadence.