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.

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.

Schoeck’s Notturno, a survey

Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck wrote his five-movement Notturno, Op. 47, between 1931 and 1933 for low voice and string quartet. Texts are by Gottfried Keller and Nikolaus Lenau.

Schoeck’s Notturno, a survey

Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck wrote his five-movement Notturno, Op. 47, between 1931 and 1933 for low voice and string quartet. Texts are by Gottfried Keller and Nikolaus Lenau.

Album Tweets 10.

I feared for my gear.

Album Tweets 10.

I feared for my gear.

Neuburger’s live Barraqué Sonate

I like the idea of a gifted non-specialist tackling the vast Barraqué Sonate at barely 24 – the age Barraqué was when he finished it.

Neuburger’s live Barraqué Sonate

I like the idea of a gifted non-specialist tackling the vast Barraqué Sonate at barely 24 – the age Barraqué was when he finished it.

Schnittke’s Fourth Quartet

Composed in 1986 (Russia) or 1989 (West Berlin) – there’s some disagreement – Schnittke’s Fourth Quartet ranks high among his post-1985 oeuvre.

Schnittke’s Fourth Quartet

Composed in 1986 (Russia) or 1989 (West Berlin) – there’s some disagreement – Schnittke’s Fourth Quartet ranks high among his post-1985 oeuvre.

Violin Duos 1: Nono

This updates my survey of Nono’s “Hay que caminar„ soñando; the intervening nine years have seen only two additions.

Violin Duos 1: Nono

This updates my survey of Nono’s “Hay que caminar„ soñando; the intervening nine years have seen only two additions.

Dowland’s Lachrimae 1604

Dart’s pioneering recording of Dowland’s 21 consort pieces deserves better than a lowly CD-R, but I’m still glad to have it.

Dowland’s Lachrimae 1604

Dart’s pioneering recording of Dowland’s 21 consort pieces deserves better than a lowly CD-R, but I’m still glad to have it.

Recordings Revisited 3.

In the wake of Art Lange’s knowing words on Ellington, I’d like to commend a curious trio session, taped on 9-17-62 with bop titans Charlie Mingus and Max Roach.

Recordings Revisited 3.

In the wake of Art Lange’s knowing words on Ellington, I’d like to commend a curious trio session, taped on 9-17-62 with bop titans Charlie Mingus and Max Roach.

The Thirty-Three: Beth Levin

Linking the Diabelli Variations to the Goldbergs began with Diabelli himself, but I could find only 15 pianists who’ve recorded both, never mind how successfully. Levin joins the clan1 on her second Centaur release.

The Thirty-Three: Beth Levin

Linking the Diabelli Variations to the Goldbergs began with Diabelli himself, but I could find only 15 pianists who’ve recorded both, never mind how successfully. Levin joins the clan1 on her second Centaur release.

Bruckner’s Mass No. 2

Layton and his recording team get proportions in the Mass as right as anyone’s.

Bruckner’s Mass No. 2

Layton and his recording team get proportions in the Mass as right as anyone’s.