Why we don’t do end-of-year lists

We don’t listen to everything. How could we possibly even deign to determine what might be the best of the year if we haven’t heard all of it?

Why we don’t do end-of-year lists

We don’t listen to everything. How could we possibly even deign to determine what might be the best of the year if we haven’t heard all of it?

Used Bin Troll Tweets O.

At least it’s good to see more Bacewicz on record.

Used Bin Troll Tweets O.

At least it’s good to see more Bacewicz on record.

String Theory 15: Piano Trios, Quartets and Quintets, etc.

This two-CD set’s anchor is the big Piano Quintet, whose music went missing after initial performances. The autograph score was delivered anonymously to the Schnabel archive in 2001 and this is its first recording. At three movements spanning 55 minutes, it’s a monster.

String Theory 15: Piano Trios, Quartets and Quintets, etc.

This two-CD set’s anchor is the big Piano Quintet, whose music went missing after initial performances. The autograph score was delivered anonymously to the Schnabel archive in 2001 and this is its first recording. At three movements spanning 55 minutes, it’s a monster.

String Theory 14: 28 Quartets, etc.

The 1918 quartet titled Rosengaardsspil arranges Classical and Romantic gestures like appliques on faded wallpaper. Langgaard dashed off the Italian Scherzo in 30 minutes on the morning of October 21, 1950.

String Theory 14: 28 Quartets, etc.

The 1918 quartet titled Rosengaardsspil arranges Classical and Romantic gestures like appliques on faded wallpaper. Langgaard dashed off the Italian Scherzo in 30 minutes on the morning of October 21, 1950.

Musica somnambulistica

Late Feldman is an experience at any tempo.

Musica somnambulistica

Late Feldman is an experience at any tempo.

Fresh Ferrari

Whether new or old, any Luc Ferrari is by nature fresh. Finally we have a book in English, and accessible releases of the films he worked on. His legacy continues through his widow Brunhild Ferrari and others.

Fresh Ferrari

Whether new or old, any Luc Ferrari is by nature fresh. Finally we have a book in English, and accessible releases of the films he worked on. His legacy continues through his widow Brunhild Ferrari and others.

String Theory 13: 19 Quartets, etc.

As a collection, Cage’s string quartets permit an ensemble to explore different ways of collaborating. Here the Bozzinis demonstrate their impressive range, playing together, apart and indifferently.

String Theory 13: 19 Quartets, etc.

As a collection, Cage’s string quartets permit an ensemble to explore different ways of collaborating. Here the Bozzinis demonstrate their impressive range, playing together, apart and indifferently.

Armchair Operas and Amusements 11.

Perhaps we can call Luci mie traditrici Sciarrino’s most popular opera. It is unquestionably comprehensible and absorbing, not just because it takes inspiration from Don Carlo Gesualdo’s sordid crime.

Armchair Operas and Amusements 11.

Perhaps we can call Luci mie traditrici Sciarrino’s most popular opera. It is unquestionably comprehensible and absorbing, not just because it takes inspiration from Don Carlo Gesualdo’s sordid crime.

Snapshots:
Serenity, Perturbed – Aribert Reimann

Nacht-Räume is neither song nor song-cycle. Indeed, it is mostly not a vocal composition at all.

Snapshots:
Serenity, Perturbed – Aribert Reimann

Nacht-Räume is neither song nor song-cycle. Indeed, it is mostly not a vocal composition at all.

Review: Farinelli and the King

As a castrati historian and enthusiast, I’m intrigued by all things related to the male treble voice, past and present. So to discover that Claire van Kampen had written a play based partially on the life of the most famous castrato was to be euphoric indeed.

Review: Farinelli and the King

As a castrati historian and enthusiast, I’m intrigued by all things related to the male treble voice, past and present. So to discover that Claire van Kampen had written a play based partially on the life of the most famous castrato was to be euphoric indeed.