Archive for December, 2007

Raching the Night

Friday, December 28th, 2007

  After hearing this music in concert three times in a row by three different performers from three different countries, I thought I might never want to hear it again. But, nah…it’s still awesome. Rachmaninoff‘s recording of the first movement of his second piano concerto, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever: Moderato (1st […]

Morning Child

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

  Just started listening to this song by 4hero. It’s a retro early Donna Summers-esque song. On the EP, there’s also a remix by Daddy G of Massive Attack. Probably worth a listen. Morning Child (Radio Edit) – 4hero  

The Favorite Music of 2007

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Okay, end of the year time right? I only do top 8s, not 10s…sorry. Also, I’m probably forgetting some great ones that I’ll regret not mentioning. Oh well, here goes: Favorite albums 1. Strawberry Jam – Animal Collective A beautiful, weird, and challenging work. It connects to some primal musical language that has been lost […]

The Importance of New Music: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Modern Classical Music

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

  The question on everyone’s lips (at least those attuned to culture in LA) is how conductor Gustavo Dudamel is going to change the landscape of the city, its orchestra, and the classical music world in general. It seems that here is someone who has a unique opportunity to be a uniter. He has a […]

Rejected Beauty

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

  Not all Oscar-winners are created equal. Take Gabriel Yared. He’s done tons of work in Europe, but because of Anthony Minghella, Gabriel has crossed over and worked in Hollywood. It certainly helps that his first film with Minghella, The English Patient, not only won best picture, but it won Gabriel an Oscar for best original […]