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Tonight, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin bring the first performance cycle in American history to Carnegie Hall (I’ll be reviewing tonight’s concert, and Symphony Nos. 5 and 9 for the New York Classical Review). Bruckner is a major symphonic composer, and in the eyes of some the greatest symphonist. That may see a bizarre … Continue reading Bruckner Time
Looking out for your wallet, once again, so you don't have to ... You may have seen [this handsome box set of the Mahler symphonies](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CSDCC8A/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER) on Amazon. Think long and hard about it, Mahlerians: Ozawa is underrated in this music and the sound of the Boston Symphony playing Mahler alone makes it worth repeated listening. … Continue reading Consumer Reports
Ah, Vienna... Strauss, Salome Berg, Wozzeck Bruckner, Symphonies 4-9 Mahler, Symphony No. 4 Ultravox, Albums 1980-12
Research Division: * Schoenberg: [*Pierrot Lunaire, Chamber Symphony No. 1*](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MRP1S2/ref=dm_ws_ps_cdp?ie=UTF8&qid=1390852113&s=music&sr=8-3), Anja Silja, Robert Craft, Philharmonia Orchestra * Schoenberg: [*Chamber Symphony No. 2*](http://www.amazon.com/Schoenberg-Chamber-Symphony-No-2/dp/B0015DM3EM/ref=pd_sim_m_4), Robert Craft, Philharmonia Orchestra * Berg: [*Pierre Boulez Edition*](http://www.amazon.com/Berg-Pierre-Boulez/dp/B002MXN2A8/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1390852313&sr=1-1&keywords=berg+pierre+boulez) * Bruckner: [Complete Symphonies](http://www.amazon.com/Bruckner-Complete-Symphonies-Staatskapelle-Dresden/dp/B00D56ADAS/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1390852350&sr=1-4&keywords=bruckner+jochum+symphonies), Eugen Jochum, Staatskapelle Dresden
Something on my mind that has come from listening to these, and listening to these has put something in my mind. That and my endless, sub rosa obsession with Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 7: Bruckner: Symphonies 4 − 9, Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra/New Philharmonia Orchestra Bruckner: Symphony No. 7, Otto Klemperer, Wiener … Continue reading Playlist, Research Edition
Often, that's what criticism seems like to me. I take a work, look at what it tells me about itself, what it claims are its dimensions and weight, and then I perform my own measurements and compare them to its claims. Successful works meet, or exceed their assertions about their own scope and depth, works … Continue reading A System Of Weights And Measures
I used to live in New York City, but was away for grad school and life in general for 15 years. San Francisco was my home, and it was also the place where concert-going, especially to the San Francisco Symphony, became a major and inherent part of lving. That's begun again here, this past fall, … Continue reading Old Sounds of My New Home