Saturday, August 2, 2014



July 27, 2014
Die Walküre Act 1 -  Wagner - Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Karl Böhm
Longmire - Mt. Rainier National Park

Slowly unpeeling layers of, and then suddenly springing, a deeply wrought trap.

Quartet in G minor Op. 25 - Brahms, Eastman Quartet

Four answers four. Two answers two. One answers one, until it all flies apart. But even the flying apart is answered up to down, left to right.

On another topic - the well-known orchestration of this piece by Schoenberg has been offered as an example of what Brahms could have done had he been a coloristic orchestrator. But I think Brahms's piano quartet version demonstrates that he was exactly that all along.
Les Saisons - Tchaikovsky - Ramzi Yassa

Ramzi Yassa
Fascinating little pieces for solo piano, carved with the exactness of a Chopin Mazurka, but ingenuous as Album für die Jugend.

July 29, 2014
Symphony in A (Original Fassung) - Bruckner - Staatskapelle Dresden, Eugen Jochum
A symphony of leftovers, scraps. The unfitted fragments of ever and anon hung from a wire in bare space.

July 31, 2014
Variations Symphoniques - Franck - Orchestre Philharmonique De Liege, Paul Strauss, Aldo Ciccolini
An economy of balance attended with all the fussiness that Bach applied to keeping his voices in order.
2 Impromptus a la Mazur Op. 7 - Scriabin - Michael Ponti
Stepwise motion a la Escher.
Jungfrun I Tornet - Sibelius - Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neemi Järvi, Erland Hagegard, Jorma Hynninen, Tone Kruse, The Gothenburg Concert Hall Choir, Gunno Palmquist
Avon, Montana - 1988
Among other things this little one-act opera traces a path through 19th century operatic posturing, from Rossini through Verdi to Tchaikovsky.
Les trois valses distinguées du précieux dégoûté - Satie - Frank Glazer
All hat and no cattle.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

July 27, 2014
Silvertone 140727 - Keith Eisenbrey

A short improvisation on an electric hollow-body guitar.

July 28, 2014
Banned Rehearsal 866 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt

Once again, on the porch in the cool of evening, making very little sounds.

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