Bart Scribner worked in libraries, banks and publishing until he preferred not to. After squats in public buildings, he now gets paid for it — as caretaker of an abandoned power station deemed too costly to go online. Only a lighthouse would be preferable.
Formed in 1922 as the Moscow Conservatory Quartet, the Beethoven got its permanent name in 1931 along with recognition as the top Soviet quartet — seven years before Shostakovich wrote his first.
Simpson (c. 1605-1669) is recalled as the primary booster of divisions, a method for extemporizing variations over a ground bass.
When Alex (a Ukrainian thrift-shop owner) hands me a Shostakovich CD, I pay attention; he knows his stuff.
While new it went largely ignored; Webster had moved to Europe before it came out, and his style was in eclipse.