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Sampson / Blaze / Blumenstock / McGegan / PBO @ Zankel Hall

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My review of last Thursday's concert is now live at Classical Source. John Boyden's essay on what works in the UK when it comes to managing orchestras is also well worth a read.

 

Signs and Portents

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I urge you to read Sara Robinson's May 2 blog post at Orcinus. Both Sara and Orcinus überblogger David Neiwert – author of the must-read new book "The Eliminationists" – have done an extraordinary job of reporting and analyzing the rise of violent right-wing rhetoric and action.

 

Greenwald explains the Beltway Press Rules on Torture

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Salon's Glenn Greenwald gets it. In an early morning blog post, the legal analyst and press critic spells out three rules of the Beltway elite that are shaping the so-called media "coverage" of torture:

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On the CD Player: Sensational Grainger

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Lincolnshire Posy: Music for Band by Percy Grainger

Wow. Just plain wow. Out of left field comes one of the best classical CDs of the year — an all-Percy Grainger program.

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Obama Exposes Medieval Practices of Bush Jr.'s Regime

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I weigh in on the publication of the notorious Bush Jr. "torture memos" at APJ.

 

Vintage "Hojotoho!"

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In his latest blog post, the incomparable Alan Rich sings the praises of some substantial Wagner recordings from the 78 era (and a few recent DVD releases). I have to echo his enthusiasm for both the hair-raising prewar Die Walküre Akt I with a dream cast conducted by Bruno Walter and Ward Marston's stunning new transfers of Victor Records' scenes from Siegfried recorded in the 1930s The former, issued on a single EMI Références CD, is no longer available but does turn up on Amazon and ebay from time to time; the latter, released on Naxos, is easily obtainable from numerous overseas mail order sources.
 

Alfred Deller Never Gets Old

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Over the past couple of years, I've been working with Musical Concepts' Todd Landor and Greg Barbero…

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Another One Bites the Dust: Nocturne

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Word has reached this side of the Atlantic that French indie label Nocturne has ceased to be. Their eclectic mix…

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Mälkki/Ensemble ACJW @ Zankel

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My review of this uneven concert is now live at Classical Source.

 

Fear and Loathing in Philly Redux

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Via Jessica Duchen's indispensible blog (and just why haven't you bookmarked it yet?) comes a link to this Guardian article on the woes that have befallen the Philadelphia Orchestra and its institutional support system. It should be added…

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"Step Away from the Brahms Slowly…"

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Boulez/CSO @ Carnegie Hall

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The "wall of sound" is back! Read my review at Classical Source.

 


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