A man named Shayne Barker, writer and director of the future-classic indie film The Comic Book Lady, had a big influence on me when I was an impressionable young man.
Digression: Someone recently said that their favorite classical music labels are the "indie labels," just ratcheting up the pretention. On the one hand we lament that more people donít like classical music, but then we go out of our way to humiliate anyone who approaches it with less than perfect knowledge
Updated May-10-2011 at 02:17 by science
I've just finished listening to the "coffee" cantata, a little delight, especially as I must be numbered among the addicts.
On the whole I've been fairly depressed lately. All kinds of things, but probably not the kinds of things I should reveal online. Anyway, the music has been here for me. Last night, had a bad night in most ways, but then in the middle of it I took the time
Unfortunately I had a lot of work to do today, so wasn't able to do any focused listening, but I did have some good stuff in the background.
Of course I didn't listen to the whole thing; today it was the Orgelbuchlein. That means I'm about half way through the box. I think the Orgelbuchlein may be a little more approachable that some of the other stuff I've heard so far.
A lot of fine music there, some of it new to me, such as Debussy's sonata for flute, viola and harp - which I particularly liked, along with Ravel's piano trio and Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis.
I wasn't expecting much because I'd been nonplussed (this is the first time I've used this word, let
Updated May-01-2011 at 18:30 by science
My big discovery today was Stravinsky's transcription for piano of 3 movements of his ballet Petrushka, as played by Pollini.
The rest of the disk is interesting, but the Stravinsky is mind-blowing. I loved it.
But the most fun I had today was listening to Boulez conduct Varese.