Sunday, May 11, 2014



May 3, 2014
Les contes d'Hoffmann - Offenbach - Seattle Opera
McCaw Hall, Seattle

Nested tales in nested tales and musical numbers in musical numbers tell of people within people. It is all clever and ironic and sentimental and fun, but too slippery to care much about.


May 4, 2014
La Damnation de Faust (parts 3 and 4) - Berlioz - Orchestra & Chorus of Rome Opera, Georges Pretre, Nicolia Gedda, Marilyn Horne, Roger Soyer, Dimiter Petkov

Mount Adams 1977
There is a moment in John Huston's film of Under The Volcano when we see Albert Finney's face pass through more expressions than frames can capture. When Berlioz really gets down to business we enter this realm. Each word, each note, is a dramatic movement. Nothing ends where it started.

May 6, 2014
Variations on an Original Theme op. 21 #1 - Brahms - Julius Katchen

Burial by contrapuntal intricacy, forth from which we emerge transfigured.

Selections from Tannhäuser - Wagner - Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

An elaborate bait and switch routine. Surely that issue we were addressing has been resolved? But we're kidding ourselves. We've just moved on.

May 8, 2014
Symphony in C minor (#1) - Bruckner - Staatskapelle Dresden, Eugen Jochum

The matter of this symphony is its own metrical framework. Overlapping groups of squares in multiple time scales ought be rigid and stiff, but instead they build to a critical mass and curve back around. We have been seen.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

May 5, 2014
Banned Rehearsal 858 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt, Neal  Kosály-Meyer


May 31, 2014 - 8:30 PM
Your Mother Should Know - Highdive, Seattle
with Ancient Warlocks, Tom price Desert Classic, On the Ground, and Ian Grunfeld

 June 27, 2014 - 8 PM
Banned Rehearsal Celebrates 30 Years of Noise
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

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