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Hiatus

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I'm taking two months off from blogging to launch a big project. It probably won't be a total hiatus, but expect only sparse posting. You'll see what I'm up to the day after Labor Day.

 

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, 1925-2012

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He was a giant of the music world, and a particularly important figure in Germany's postwar era. There's a terrific biography/obituary at The Telegraph. EMI's new SACD release sporting high-definition transfer of his four groundbreaking early HMV LPs of Schubert lieder with the incomparable Gerald Moore arrived at my office last week; these are among the most important classical recordings of the postwar era.

 

High Definition Recording Gets Higher

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I've just attend an impressive demonstration of some "3D" recordings given by German producer Werner Drabinghaus. The playback system

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Classical Music Biz to MIDEM: "You are dead to us..."

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Okay, so perhaps I exaggerate, but...

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Lucerne Festival Shake-Up: Mahler Out, Mozart and Beethoven In

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I'm hugely disappointed:

Change of program:
LUCERNE FESTIVAL hereby announces that on 8 August as well as on 10 and 11 August, Claudio Abbado will conduct Beethoven's Incidental music to "Egmont" and Mozart's Requiem. For artistic reasons, this program replaces the originally scheduled Eighth Symphony by Gustav Mahler.

I had been planning to attend what was to be the culmination of Abbado's Lucerne Mahler symphony cycle. Interesting that as of the hour of this post lucernefestival.ch seems to be having technical problems (style sheets and javascript are offline). I will post more information as soon as I know more.

 

The Grand Unified Media File Solution -- Well, the One I Prefer

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Audiophiles who delve into the world of computer audio have hundreds of software tools from which to choose for organizing and playing their libraries, but I've found none to compare to...

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Prof. Vicari Was Far Too Gentlemanly

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Professor Andrea Vicari was clear and diplomatic in a letter to the editor published a few days ago in the Guardian. Vicari was replying to a suggestion from Guardian writer that musicians play without pay for the honor of being associated with the games.

I would have been a bit less polite...

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Lost Dog and Englishman (plus Italian and Hungarian)

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Following an underwhelming concert last Thursday, I was beginning to think I was getting too cynical for concertgoing.

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Returning Soon

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I've been a wee bit sidetracked. Blogging resumes the first week of April, and will include at least a new/recent release roundup.

 

Major Artistic Breakthrough

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I hope the Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic look into this, not only for the potential savings but a solution to numerous troubling aesthetic and interpretive issues (although I'd advise the management of the NYPhil to avoid trying that last setting for both liability reasons and high repair costs). Hat tip: David Atkins.

 

… and yes, I'm enjoying every note…

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Saturday night listening: Hans Werner Henze's too-rarely-performed opera "Elegy for Young Lovers". I know, it's light listening as usual. An old college friend reminded me earlier today that I would often assert that "music should be rigorous"; that sentiment has changed little in 30-plus years.

The Henze recording features Lisa Saffer (she can sing anything, and I mean anything), Roderick Kennedy, a stunningly good supporting cast, and the Schoenberg Ensemble conducted by the much-underrated Reinbert de Leeuw. It's part of a 27-disc set documenting Schoenberg Ensemble recordings of 20th century music issued about five years ago by Dutch indie Et'Cetera. The performances are consistently excellent.

 


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