Articles by Year: La Folia, 2010.
Independently wealthy Gouvy wrote amiable, conservative symphonies while the rest of France dallied with operas and ballets. As one would expect, he had more successes in Germany.
As a sometime electroacoustic practitioner, I listened to this set as other than as critic. While all composers are critics, the obverse is not necessarily true — a discussion for another day.
Well before Rota hit his stride as film scorer, he wrote two symphonies in the late 1930s, sparkling quasi-Romantic works in traditional four-movement design.
I visited Christian Marclay’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum and was charmed by the older work and annoyed by the new.
A Winterreise with tenor and period piano arouses my interest (hinting at Schubert’s own recital for his friends?).
Played in keeping with the epoch, Casals renders Blasco de Nebra’s unexpected dissonance and striking rhythms as the more exciting.
I’m happy to find the Italian early-music label Symphonia back in the marketplace. Here’s a glance at a Biber release (inessential but lots of fun), with others to follow.