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  1. An all-classical day

    by , Apr-29-2011 at 18:17
    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.



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  2. Schubert's Goethe songs

    by , Apr-28-2011 at 18:11
    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 ...
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  3. Bach vs. Aegatis Byrjun

    by , Apr-27-2011 at 17:11
    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.

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  4. The past few days

    by , Apr-26-2011 at 17:57
    Well, I took a few days off, which I guess will be the norm. I'd like to catch up a bit.

    First, I've been reading Paul Johnson's A History of the American People. I'm going to finish so that I can say that I did, but my advice to you is not to start. It's mediocre, at best. Go straight to the excellent books by Penguin and the Oxford U Press. Start with Alan Taylor's American Colonies. Great, great book. You will thank me!

    Among my recent discoveries (this means that ...

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  5. Yesterday's Music II: Classical

    by , Apr-21-2011 at 05:29
    I finished listening to Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brazileiras.



    It's not bad, it might be the music I enjoyed most yesterday. It certainly has some drama and beauty. But, for its time, it is very conservative.

    This was the first time I listened to it, and I should do so several more times before I say anything else.

    I don't believe, however, that this recording ...
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