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

The Worst Classical Album Covers Of All Time. Ever. Really. (part 2)

Last week I shared with you a few of my favorite terrible album covers and I promised you more. Assuming you have sufficiently recovered from the first batch, let’s dive into part two. Appropriate album cover or the stuff of nightmares? Liszt Concertos … field of wheat. I get it. (I don’t) Maybe the photo … Continue reading The Worst Classical Album Covers Of All Time. Ever. Really. (part 2)

The Worst Classical Album Covers of All Time. Ever. Really. (part 1)

Recently I received a copy of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s latest CD, The Greatest Video Game Music, in the mail. The cover art features a soldier in full military garb playing a flaming cello against the backdrop of a vast war-torn wasteland. The inside photo is equally disturbing. This got us thinking. There are plenty … Continue reading The Worst Classical Album Covers of All Time. Ever. Really. (part 1)

“Fast is Good, Loud is Better”

They’re the cool kids of the chamber music scene.  In fact, the last time I saw the Calder Quartet in concert they were performing with the indie band The Airborne Toxic Event at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  That show opened with the Calders playing the second movement of the Ravel String Quartet to hundreds of … Continue reading “Fast is Good, Loud is Better”