#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 aContinue reading “#190 – Sinfonietta by Leoš Janáček, Leon Botstein and The American Symphony Orchestra”

#146 – Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen and The Fibonacci Sequence

Watching tonight’s debate was both demoralizing and humiliating for our entire nation.  I wanted to listen to something that encapsulates those feelings and I ended up going pretty dark with it.  Messiaen wrote this quartet while he was in a German prisoner of war camp in 1940.  It was first performed in the camp forContinue reading “#146 – Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen and The Fibonacci Sequence”

#142 – Villa-Lobos: Guitar Works by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Sonja Prunnbauer

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to some classical guitar and when I started considering the options, I kept coming across the name Villa-Lobos, the great Brazilian composer and guitarist.  While his full orchestral works are fantastic, I always like a good solo guitar piece.  Early in my audio career, I recorded a lotContinue reading “#142 – Villa-Lobos: Guitar Works by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Sonja Prunnbauer”

#85 – Mishima by Philip Glass and Maki Namekawa

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to pick a classical album.  The first job I had in pro audio was working for some classical recording engineers in Boston while I was in college.  I literally fell into the opportunity when I sat next to the right person at a wedding that I hadn’tContinue reading “#85 – Mishima by Philip Glass and Maki Namekawa”