Got 10 Bucks? Want Sibelius Symphonies?

Hat tip to Nico Muhly of all people for this one. The other day he tweeted: As a huge fan of the Osmo Vänskä cycle of Sibelius symphonies with the Lahti Symphony recorded in 1996-97, I checked the link. "Like free," turns out to be $9.99, but I see Muhly's point. Less than 10 bucks … Continue reading Got 10 Bucks? Want Sibelius Symphonies?

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You Must Hear This: A Human-Ape Hybrid & Drowning Witches

Two very different recordings came out this week that I highly recommend. I previously wrote about both of them for The Music Issue of the very cool lit-quarterly The Aviary. More of my summer music picks are posted there, as well as those of such writerly folks as Amy Gerstler, Katy Henriksen, Mathias Svalina, and … Continue reading You Must Hear This: A Human-Ape Hybrid & Drowning Witches

Beethoven is not Enough…Apparently

Growing up, when my sister and I would fight, my mother would trot out the old adage, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." So when this bizarre and inexplicable recording of the Beethoven 9th Symphony + narration landed on my desk a couple of weeks ago, my first … Continue reading Beethoven is not Enough…Apparently

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

I remember the first time I heard about "9 Beet Stretch". Sound artist Leif Inge took a recording of Beethoven's 9th Symphony and stretched to last 24 hours, with no change in pitch. That's a 70 minute symphony stretched out to 1,680 minutes. 9 Beet Stretch was featured on an episode of RadioLab all about … Continue reading Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

We Have Cover Art

The LA Philharmonic announced today its world premiere recording of the recently-discovered Prologue to the unfinished opera Orango, by Dmitri Shostakovich, will be released June 19th. The live recording also features conductor laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen leading a searing performance of the Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 from the same concert earlier this season. Also today, Deutsche … Continue reading We Have Cover Art

A Name You Probably Can’t Pronounce But Should Know Anyway: Valgeir Sigurðsson

Fans of Björk will know the name Valgeir Sigurðsson. The Icelandic record producer and composer has been her engineer since 1998. But Sigurðsson is far from a one-trick pony. He's worked with Radiohead's Thom Yorke, film director Lars Von Trier, the Kronos Quartet, and Feist. (By the way, his name isn't that unpronounceable.) Next week, two … Continue reading A Name You Probably Can’t Pronounce But Should Know Anyway: Valgeir Sigurðsson