I’ve been working on my click-bait headlines. How am I doing, UpWorthIt?
Okay, emotional manipulation aside, there are many ways you could spend $31. You could buy this crow bar…this Himalayan Salt Lamp which is also an air-purifier (huh?)…two of these Runny Nose Shower Gel Dispensers, one for your shower and another for the kids’ shower, I suppose.
Coincidence that they both involve the music of Igor Stravinsky? (To the millennials, that’s iGor.) Probably not.
The first is this unassuming-looking release from Steinway & Sons. Yes, the piano makers now have a record label.
Everything on this album is excellent, so I’ll draw your attention to three more of my favorite moments:
- the Sonata from 1924, which sounds like it could be from 1724 and written by a fellow whose middle name is Sebastian.
- the Etudes, which predate The Firebird. You know, from before he got famous.
- the all-too-brief Sketches of a Sonata, from just a couple years before Stravinsky died. About 30 seconds of what-if, from Stravinsky’s LA years.
Jenny Lin: Stravinsky Solo Piano Works is out 2.25.14. You should buy it. You’re welcome.
Here’s the other recording you should buy:
In fact, everything about this Rite by The Bad Plus is badass. At first, you think to yourself, Oh, they can’t possibly pull that off, but then you keep listening and realize that you are totally hearing a recording of them pulling it off–like for real–and here they are, reconvincing you of everything you’ve always known about the explosive innovations of the original Rite and when it all comes crashing to a chaotic halt half an hour later, you think to yourself: Holy shit. So that’s what it felt like to hear The Rite for the first time back when it was new.
And here you are, hearing it like new, 101 years later. You lucky bastard.
The Rite of Spring, by The Bad Plus, is out 3.25.14. You should buy it. You’re welcome.