Need a break from America 2020?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major (K. 467); Lucerne Festival Orchestra (Herbert von Karajan, 1908-1989, cond.) with Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950, piano), live, Switzerland (Lucerne), 1950
a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)
The undisguised brutality of our time is weighing heavily on us.
—Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), letter to Oskar Pfister, 1/27/20, two days after his daughter Sophie died of Spanish flu
like nobody else
His sound-world seems just right for these strange times—beautiful and solemn in equal measure.
Arvo Pärt (1935-), Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (Tõnu Kaljuste, cond.), live (Fratres, 1:30-; Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, 13:49-; Adam’s Lament, 22:10-; Salve Regina, 45:40-; Te Deum, 59:30-), Germany (Hamburg), 2/18/20*
yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.
*ECM Records founder/producer Manfred Eicher (1943-), who has long championed Pärt’s music, joins the others onstage at the end.
Maybe, in these dark times, someone is creating something wonderful, somewhere.
Bela Bartok (1881-1945), Concerto for Orchestra (1943, rev. 1945); Orchestra of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar (Nicolás Pasquet, cond.), live, Germany (Weimar), 2011
Happy Fourth of July!
Professor Longhair (1918-1980), “Big Chief,” live, Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival), 1973
Charles Ives (1874-1954), A Symphony: New England Holidays, Third Movt. (“The Fourth of July”); GSW Orchestra (Orlando Cela, cond.; Alex Blake, guest cond.), live
Tommy Jarrell (1901-1985), “Let Me Fall,” live, North Carolina (Mount Airy), 1983
This I bumped into last night. One-word review: Wow!
Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012), . . . towards a pure land (2005); Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Matthias Pintscher (direction), live, Paris, 2016
The Earth has many keys –
—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 895, draft (Franklin)