The High Hat year-end supplement is up. My review of news in the concert music world is here.


And to all. . .

a happy holiday seaon. Posting will be sporadic, if that, while I am traveling over the next ten days visiting family.


The Beginning of Things

A recording of the Alazan Trio performance of The Beginning of Things (2006, piano trio) is posted on my page at Classical Lounge. They did a fine job on the piece, especially considering it was the first performance.


Elliott Carter

Today is Elliott Carter's 98th birthday. I posted on his birthday in 2004 and in 2005. Matthew Guerrieri's list of recipes named for composers includes this:

Eggs Carter: Break an egg into a pan with a multitude of other ingredients, and place on the stove. Continually and simultaneously vary both the temperature and the cooking time. The dish is done when the aggregate intervals of the other ingredients allegorically crush the individuality of the egg.


Links and Listening

Scott Spiegelberg links to an online music dictionary maintained by Virginia Tech.

Matthew Guerrieri on the value of whimsy, magic, and serious lightness in literature and music.


Max Levinson, piano. Music by Brahms, Schumann, Schoenberg, and Kirchner.

The Lanier Trio. Music by Stephen Paulus.

Michael Boriskin, piano. Music by Lou Harrison.

Andrzej Wasowski, piano. Chopin, Mazurkas.

Dallas Symphony/Andrew Litton. Ives, Symphonies 1 and 4, Central Park in the Dark.

Bonus Tracks:

A compilation of seventies soul and R&B, featuring, among others, The Spinners, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and Al Green.