Archive for March, 2008

Playlist #831: 2008-03-17

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
Osvaldo Golijov: Oración lucimí
Matt Haimovitz vc / John McLaughlin gtr (Oxingale 800658200728, Goulash!)
Ned Rorem: Cello concerto (2002)
Wen-Sinn Yang vc / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / José Serebrier cond (Naxos 8.559315)
Zoltán Kodály: Cello sonata, op. 4 (1910)
Elemér Lavotha vc / Kerstin Aberg pf (BIS-CD-172)

Bob Dylan: All along the watchtower (1967)
Tom Landa and the Paperboys (Red House Records 154, A nod to Bob)

“Parsifal” at the Bastille

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008


a stage-consecrating festival play in three acts

Music and Libretto by Richard Wagner

Paris Opera at Bastille
Performance of 17 March 2008

Musical Direction: Hartmut Hänchen
Mise en Scène: Krzysztof “Buy-a vowel” Warlikowski
Sets and Costumes: Malgorzata Szczesniak
Lighting: Felice Ross
Video: Denis Gueguin

Director: Miron Hakenbeck
Choral Director: Winfried Maczewski

A New Production

Gurnemanz: Franz Joseph Selig
Kundry: Waltraud Meier
Amfortas: Alexander Marco-Buhrmester
Parsifal: Stig Anderson (for Christopher Ventris)
Titurel: Victor von Halem
Orchestra and Choruses of the Paris Opera

an account by KEN QUANDT

Like the Grail, this is an opera that only feeds the watcher who delights in the good. As such it should be less popular than it is, but the music is so beautiful it will never disappear from the repertoire. Thus, it presents a challenge to music lovers and opera lovers: Find the good.

Playlist #830: 2008-03-10

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
Arthur Honegger: Danse de la chevre (Dance of the goat) (1921)
Laurel Zucker fl (Cantilena Records, Inflorescence – music for solo flute)

Arthur Honegger: Horace victorieux – symphonie mimeé pour orchestre (1921)
Michel Plasson cond / Orchestre du Capitole de Toulose (Deutsche Grammophone D135384)
Alfred Schnittke: String quartet no. 3 (1983)
Kronos Quartet (David Harrington vn, John Sherba vn / Hank Dutt va / Joan Jeanrenaud vc) (Nonesuch 79500-2)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and fugue no. 5 in D major BWV 874, from The well-tempered clavier, book 2 (1722)
Angela Hewitt pf (Hyperion CDS4429/4)
Laurel Zucker: Homage to Jimi Hendrix (2002)
Laurel Zucker fl (Cantilena Records, Inflorescence – music for solo flute

Playlist #829: 2008-03-03

Sunday, March 9th, 2008
Maurice Ravel: À la manière de Borodine / In the style of Borodine
Soyeon Lee pf (Concert Artists Guild)
Maurice Ravel: À la manière de Chabrier / In the style of Chabrier
Soyeon Lee pf (Concert Artists Guild)
David Diamond: Elegy in memory of Maurice Ravel
Orchestra of St. Luke’s / John Adams cond (Nonesuch 979249-2)
Somei Satoh: Homa
String Ensemble Endless / Kyoko Sato sop / Toshiyuki Uzuka cond (New Albion 056)
John Zorn: Spillane: (excerpt)
John Zorn asx cl / Albert Collins voc egtr / John Lurie, Ohta Hiromi voc / David Hofstra tba db / Wayne Horvitz pf kbds / Bill Frisell, Robert Quine egtr / Bobby Previte dms perc / Ronald Shannon Jackson dms / Christian Marclay ttbls / The Kronos Quartet (David Harrington, John Sherba vn / Hank Dutt vla / Joan Jeanrenaud vc) (Elektra/Nonesuch
Somei Satoh: Toward the Night
String Ensemble Endless / Toshiyuki Uzuka cond (New Albion 056)