Walt Mundkowsky

Walt Mundkowsky was born 1944 in San Antonio, TX. As a teenager, he had a dachshund named after Hugo Wolf. Extensive writings on film (cf. his “Cinema Obscura” column in Home Theater, 1995-2001). He favors the mine-shaft approach to music listening — in-depth exploration of tiny, unrelated areas. A resident of Beverly Hills, he has lived in basements in Denver, London and Stockholm, and may very well do so again.

Dowland’s Lachrimæ 1604: Update

Savall’s disc last appeared a decade ago in a five-CD Astrée brick called pieces for the viols.

Dowland’s Lachrimæ 1604: Update

Savall’s disc last appeared a decade ago in a five-CD Astrée brick called pieces for the viols.

Charlie Haden

Bassist Charlie Haden passed away in Los Angeles on July 11, 2014, aged 76.

Charlie Haden

Bassist Charlie Haden passed away in Los Angeles on July 11, 2014, aged 76.

James Erber’s The “Traces” Cycle

My entry into this rewarding series came via a scenario I always enjoy – a highly evolved structure is interrogated, at first through hesitations and “mistakes,” and eventually falls apart.

James Erber’s The “Traces” Cycle

My entry into this rewarding series came via a scenario I always enjoy – a highly evolved structure is interrogated, at first through hesitations and “mistakes,” and eventually falls apart.

Lying down with Stax phones 2.

Stephen Whittington’s title must refer to Satie’s musique d’ameublement and Eno’s Music for Airports, but he turns them inside out – an exploration of inner states.

Lying down with Stax phones 2.

Stephen Whittington’s title must refer to Satie’s musique d’ameublement and Eno’s Music for Airports, but he turns them inside out – an exploration of inner states.

Lying down with Stax phones 1.

“Already in bed, lying on my back and wearing headphones” is my standard listening mode, hence my interest.

Lying down with Stax phones 1.

“Already in bed, lying on my back and wearing headphones” is my standard listening mode, hence my interest.

Jürgen Jürgens’ Trauer-Ode

Another important reissue (out 6-25-13) involves Bach’s powerful Trauer-Ode.

Jürgen Jürgens’ Trauer-Ode

Another important reissue (out 6-25-13) involves Bach’s powerful Trauer-Ode.

Gunar Letzbor’s early Biber

I’m happy to welcome this Biber program (inessential but lots of fun) back into circulation.

Gunar Letzbor’s early Biber

I’m happy to welcome this Biber program (inessential but lots of fun) back into circulation.

Charles Rosen’s Goldbergs

Even with 217 other Goldbergs in the catalog, I’m glad Charles Rosen’s is back (as of Sept. 24).

Charles Rosen’s Goldbergs

Even with 217 other Goldbergs in the catalog, I’m glad Charles Rosen’s is back (as of Sept. 24).

Seven more last words

Gidon Kremer’s Seven Last Words, 32 years ago and little remembered, ends this survey.

Seven more last words

Gidon Kremer’s Seven Last Words, 32 years ago and little remembered, ends this survey.

Seven Last Words,
seven quartets

Some have downgraded the string quartet version as a mere reduction of the string parts in Haydn’s orchestral score of the previous year, but many of us want to hear it precisely this way.

Seven Last Words,
seven quartets

Some have downgraded the string quartet version as a mere reduction of the string parts in Haydn’s orchestral score of the previous year, but many of us want to hear it precisely this way.