#190 – Sinfonietta by Leoš Janáček, Leon Botstein and The American Symphony Orchestra

I became aware of this piece because it was featured in the Haruki Murakami novel, 1Q84.  If you’ve never read any Murakami, I would highly recommend giving him a shot.  There are few literary minds that way his does, while interweaving iconic bits of world culture that almost become characters themselves.  If that wasn’t a random enough way to come to a piece of music, the way I discovered Murakami himself is even more random.  In college, I worked as an assistant to an extremely talented classical music engineer and producer.  We frequently did sessions in random buildings on the Harvard University campus.  On one such session, we had built our mobile control room in a basement room that served as a common room of sorts.  There was a small, free library in the corner in which I came across a copy of A Wild Sheep Chase.  Such an inspiring story, I know. 

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