Saturday, November 21, 2015

Isn't this the sofa where your Booker Prize winner bled to death?

Has anyone read this? Given the cold-blooded ease with which I cast off books half-read (or less) these days, should I abandon whatever I'm in the middle of now?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

indian summer

Among the Yay! things from the present administration of Glimmerglass can be counted the restoration of its opera broadcasts. We may be mulling cider today, and roasting squash to heat the Republic, but we'll have July and August from the speakers.

Today's Macbeth boasts Eric Owens and Melody Moore, both in role debuts, and you can catch it at 1pm ET on WQXR or at 2pm on KUAT, plus a bunch of other places. (Check their schedules, though, I'm not sure how old this list is.)

Melody Moore, Eric Owens/photo Karli Cadel

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Borg Cube Vignette

My boss, who has a sideline in the CD/vinyl aftermarket, brings in a box for me to pick through of CDs he hasn't been able to unload anywhere else. "They're not worth anything," sez he. One stack of twenty-five CDs later: Mahler, Janáček, Sibelius, Duruflé...Hanson Conducts Hanson (with a sticker that says "Tranquil" on it. It really isn't)... Havergal Brian, ffs... One entitled "East German Revolution" from 1990 that is all Bach cantatas (not secular ones) done by the Gewandhaus under Masur, with a big DDR flag plastered across the cover -- even if it sucks, it can't not be awesome... And a cartoon soundtrack by Dmitri Shostakovich. Srsly. I'm pretty sure they're worth something.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Peter Gelb moderates a panel discussion with director William Kentridge and the principle cast members of the Met's upcoming Lulu

Saturday, October 24, 2015

continuously variable transmission

If the object of having a car stereo is to regale the residents of every intersection with (the bassline of) your playlist, sometimes only a hybrid makes this even remotely possible. Anyway this seems to be the only thing on my road playlist these days. All Rens'wijk shall bow before the awesomeness of this theorbo accompaniment...

Oh hey look, spotify thinks I might also like this. Let's find out!

Friday, October 23, 2015

sundry items

BayStaats livestreams its Ariadne this afternoon at 2pm ET, with Amber Wagner, Brenda Rae, and Alice Coote, right here.

The BSO's barnburning Elektra, with Christine Goerke in the title role, should be archived here sometime this week. You all should give it a listen.

And BBC 3 has Sarah Connolly's recital (or goodly bits thereof, anyway) from last May's Göttingen Festival.