Read it and weep

February 23rd, 2009 · < mtheo >

Eric Felten has a splendid piece on the abhorrent farce of an “all-star quartet” going through the motions at the inauguration last month. I find it pretty dang hard to maintain any respect for these eminent folks, but my distress isn’t going to make a dent in the cash that just keeps rolling in.

Now available at kusf-archives.com…

February 23rd, 2009 · < mtheo >

Classics without walls has joined the estimable roster of programs archived at the estimable kusf-archives.com. Whether the show itself is estimable is known only to you. Check out the variety of KUSF New Music programming as well as a sampling of cultural shows, all characterized by a high degree of nift.

Playlist #879: 2009-02-16

February 16th, 2009 · < Renée >
Michael Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore (excerpts) (1612)
New London Consort / Philip Pickett cond (L’Oiseau Lyre 153566)
John Adams: Phrygian Gates (1977)
John Novacek pf (Nonesuch 79699)

John Adams: Road Movies (1995)
Leila Josefowicz vn / John Novacek pf (Nonesuch 79699)

Michael Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore (excerpts) (1612)
New London Consort / Philip Pickett cond (L’Oiseau Lyre 153566)

Playlist #877: 2009-02-02

February 3rd, 2009 · < mtheo & renée >
Gustav Charpentier: Depuis le jour, from Louise (1899)
Leontyne Price sop / RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra / Francesco Molinari-Pradelli cond (Aria, RCA 6587-2-RC)
Aaron Copland: Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra, with harp and piano (1947-1948)
Stanley Drucker cl / New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein cond (Deutsche Grammophon 183588)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and fugue no. 1 in C major BWV 870, from The Well-tempered clavier, book 2 (1738)
Keith Jarrett hp (ECM 1433/3 847 936-2)
Arnold Schönberg: Gurre-Lieder: “Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf zur Kraht” (1900/1911)
Chor des NDR Hamburg / Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks / Operachor der Stültischen Bühnen Frankfurt a.M. / Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt / Eliahu Inbal cond (PCM/Denon 81757 9066 2)
Fritz Kreisler: Praeludium and allegro in the style of Pugnani (1910)
William Primrose va / Franz Rupp pf (Pearl GEMM 9253)
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata no. 4, F sharp minor, op. 30 (1903)
Robert Taub pf (Harmonia Mundi 90011)

Playlist #876: 2009-01-26

January 26th, 2009 · < mtheo >
Johannes Brahms: Sonata for violoncello and piano in F major, op. 99 (1886)
Jacqueline DuPr vc / Daniel Barenboim pf (EMI CDM 7 63298 2, rec. 1968)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for pianoforte solo in A-flat major, op.110 (1822)
Bruce Hungerford pf (Vanguard VCS 10055, rec. 1969)

Playlist #874: 2009-01-12

January 12th, 2009 · < Renée >
John Field: Nocturne no. 2 in C minor (1812)
John O’Conor pf (Telarc CD-80199)
John Harbison: Oboe concerto (1990-91)
William Bennett ob / San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt cond (London 443 346-2)
Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber symphony no. 2 (1906/1939)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / John/dt>
Craig Randal Johnson pf (Tonttu)
Toru Takemitsu: From me flows what you call time (1990)
BBC Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Davis cond (BBC Music Magazine v. 2, no. 11)
Igor Stravinsky: Suite from l’histoire du soldat (1920)
Strata (James Stern vn / Nathan Williams cl / Audrey Andrist pf (Arizona University Recordings 3097)
Einojuhani Rautavaara:Pelimannit (Fiddlers), op. 1 (1953)
Craig Randal Johnson (Tonttu)

Playlist #872: 2008-12-29

December 29th, 2008 · < Renée >
Christian Lindberg: Of blood so red (Av blod sa rott)
Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Christian Lindberg cond (BIS-CD-1658)
Johannes Brahms: Violin sonata no. 2 in A major, op. 100
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg vn / Cecile Licad pf (EMI 7-49410- 2)
Bill Evans: Re: person I knew and time remembered
Kronos Quartet (David Harrington vn / John Sherba vn / Hank Dutt va / Joan Jeanrenaud vc) (Landmark 1510-2)

Playlist #870: 2008-12-15

December 15th, 2008 · < mtheo >
John Field: Nocturne no. 2 in C minor (1812)
John O’Conor pf (Telarc CD-80199)
John Harbison: Oboe concerto (1990-91)
William Bennett ob / San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt cond (London 443 346-2)
Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber symphony no. 2 (1906/1939)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / John Mauceri cond (London 448 619-2)
John Field: Nocturne no. 1 in E-flat major (1812)
John O’Conor pf (Telarc CD-80199)

Playlist #866: 2008-11-17

November 17th, 2008 · < Renée >
Henry Wolff: Ascension of the subtle body
Henry Wolff tin’sha bells / Nancy Hennings singing bowl, thilbu (Celestial Harmonies 13027-2)
Peter Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, op. 70
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Gerard Korsten cond (Deutsche Grammophon D 110467)
Jake Heggie: Winter Roses: Three Songs
Frederica von Stade ms / Jake Heggie pf (Flesh and Stone, Songs of Jake Heggie) (Classical Action)
John Cage: Ryoanji
Jeffrey Krieger elec vc (CRI 750)

Playlist #865: 2008-11-10

November 10th, 2008 · < mtheo & renée >
Ursula Mamlock: From my garden (1983)
Roger Zahab vn (Truemedia D93317)
Aram Khachaturian: Trio (1932)
Strata (James Stern va / Nathan Williams cl / Audrey Andrist pf) (Arizona University Recordings 3097)
Henry Cowell: Three works for piano: Aeolian Harp (1923) / The Banshee 1925) / The Lilt of the Reel (1925)
Henry Cowell pf (CRI 750)
Harry Partch: Ulysses at the edge of the world (1960)
The Gate Five Ensemble of the University of Illinois (CRI 750)
Egon Wellesz: Symphony no. 7, op. 102 (1968)
Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien / Gottfried Rabi cond (cpo/ORF 999 808-2)