The Big City

”The more susbtantial an individual’s aesthetic experience is, the sounder his taste, the sharper his moral focus, the freer—though not necessarily the happier—he is.."

No one in any medium identifies and expresses the glories and dangerous contradictions of Western culture better than Mahler.

Let me begin with a disclaimer: I can’t take any more of the live streaming music. I wrote about this in the May issue of the Brooklyn Rail and the Red Hook Star-Revue. In short, it’s like watching practice, there’s no connection between player and listener nor across the group of listeners. It may be …

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Live-streaming music was only supposed to be a stopgap—it seems musicians were eager to jump into it, thinking it was only temporary. Well, now it’s the new normal, and its unsustainable. There are so many factors that make live streaming jejune, at best, and aggravation is the normal effect. The poor sound quality of most …

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Opera Philadelphia will be streaming five productions, starting Friday, May 1, and running through May 29, on their YouTube page and at operaphila.org. Like other streaming opera presenters, there’s a schedule for when each of the performances will be available: Denis & Katya (Philip Venables) , premiering May 1, 8pm, available through May 8, 7pm …

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Tonight, April 29. 7:30—Timo Andres will live stream a recital he was schedule to give at Carnegie Hall, same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel. I was planning on reviewing this, so was feeling the loss, and now some gain. Tune in at his YouTube channel above or via this link. Here’s the program, it’s the good stuff: …

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