American Mavericks is in full swing here in New York City. I have some mixed feelings about Monday's San Francisco Symphony concert -- I'm not sure what John Adams was thinking when he made Absolute Jest, and it's hard to square Jessye Norman's substantial career with a performance of John Cage's Song Books -- the … Continue reading Maverick Media
We Americans may not know much about history, but we love it nonetheless. Without a basis in facts, that love boils down to the same messy, insoluble arguments people have about things they like. History becomes nothng more than a matter of competing tastes -- some of the major genres are The Founding Fathers, the … Continue reading We're An American Band
Because it was a good year, another Baker's Dozen ...
The San Francisco Symphony has released their penultimate recording in MTT's Mahler cycle, which is so far the finest cycle I know - albeit expensive. For this recording of Das Lied, MTT uses two male singers, Stuart Skelton and Thomas Hampson. Skelton is superb, as good as I've heard in this piece, which is extraordinarily … Continue reading Mahler Songs