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 17:30 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.
I didn't get to listen to much music today, but one thing I did hear is Fischer-Dieskau singing Schubert's Goethe songs.
The highlight of that disk is the best "Erlkonig" I've ever heard. It's so good, it might be the single best performance that I've heard of any song.
My other accomplishment in the musical realm was that I finally finished uploading
What I did today was listen to Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. Lord, that is long! I think I will never again listen to both books all the way through in a single day. Music shouldn't be that much work.
And so with relief I turned to my first Sigur Ros album, Agaetis Byrjun. There are some diguts and smigguls in there, but that's about right.