Sunday, April 2, 2017


One of the benefits of spring cleaning: opening boxes of tapes untouched for years. One of the benefits of Judicious Old Technology Retention: you still have something to play them on.

From an Independent review of a 2003 Proms Concert: "If Christine Brewer, Mark Wigglesworth and the London Philharmonic shrank the Royal Albert Hall to the size of the Wigmore a fortnight ago in Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder, von Otter, Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre turned it into a smoky, film noir, torch-song dive of the kind that probably ceased to exist in the mid 1950s."

A smoky dive where the dance band plays Rameau and the torch song is Scherza infida...

and for the record,

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