William Gass was an unheralded master. I was always fond of the breadth and scope of his essays, not so much his fiction. “Habitations of the Word” was one of his finest collections among several equally imposing.
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- Telemann and Diabelli Variations. Then-Bergh’s playing is grand but the recording is too tinny for my tastes. #wp #classicalrecordings #classicalcdcollection
- CPE Bach always wrote beautifully for the flute, and this disc won’t disappoint. Can’t go wrong with this Phoenix Edition CD. #wp #classicalcdcollection
- Schubert & Brahms found at the library — I found this delightful CD at the public library for $1. In addition to two Schubert songs, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serling accompany Brahms’ “Lieberslieder.” Sony’s Essential Classics are always a good buy. #wp #Schubert #Brahms
- Into the Wild – a student gave me this VW bus keychain today. She said it reminded her of Chris McCandless. We just finished reading Into the Wild, and students are now working on their projects. #wp #intothewild
- Most critics did not like Barenboim’s recordings of Beethoven’s thirty two piano sonatas when they were first released, finding fault with the extreme tempos, but I find them spontaneous and scintillating. There’s nothing I like more in music than a bit of thoughtful provocation, and there’s plenty of that here. I get a big thrill from these performances although they would not be my first choice. There are moments when they are not well played, the pianist walking some extreme edge, passages not well articulated, as if what Beethoven wrote on the page meant little to the pianist. Yet, despite the wrong rhythms and the glossed-over details, these recordings are appealing, and I will gladly place them next to my treasured Brendel and Giles. #wp #classicalmusic