The other day, I listened to Glenn Gould record the Goldberg Variations. Not play them—that's easy enough with three recordings available—but record. Sony Classical has released a new multiple CD set that is the entirety of Gould's 1955 Goldberg’s session: Glenn Gould—The Goldberg Variations—Complete Unreleased Recording Sesssions June, 1955. The master release, again, is easy enough … Continue reading Play It Again, Glenn
In the course of a year, I listen to more jazz on record and hear more classical music in the concert hall. That’s a matter of circumstances; I would prefer that were reversed, but there are few opportunities for me to write about live jazz, and jazz venues are generally unwelcoming to the those without … Continue reading 2016 Classical Releases—The Last Word
The depth and range of 2016 reissues and archival releases was not as great as previous that of previous, years (especially 2015), but there were a small handful of such releases this year that were of rare quality and importance. The most notable was Decca’s release of their Mozart 225 complete edition of his works. … Continue reading Best Reanimations 2016
52 of the best new releases of the year
No composer is as loved for all the wrong reasons than Erik Satie.
Another year in which classical music didn’t die, was not dying, was not suffering, etc, just like every other year. I attended easily over 100 classical music performances, spanning music from the Renaissance to something like last Thursday, and listened to over 200 recordings that were issued just this year—and one important caveat is that … Continue reading Best Classical Recordings 2015
(For the season, and my Winter Fundraiser, I'm reposting some old favorites.) The complete Einstein on the Beach in the production seen at BAM in 2012. You're welcome. One Two Three Four One Two Three Four Five Six One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight [These are the days my friends these are the … Continue reading Einstein On The Beach
Beethoven's 3rd Symphony, the "Eroica," premiered the night of April 7, 1805. And thus began Romanticism, with what sounds, still, like cannon fire. If the Classic style of Vienna presents the composers thoughts on music in the form of a Haydn Sonata or a Mozart Serenade, the Romantic style presents the composers thoughts … Continue reading The Artist, Hero