RIP, Chuck Berry

It's unlike me, but I've let the entire weekend go by without tribute a fallen legend.  I got the word early Saturday evening that the great Chuck Berry has passed on, age 90.  I remember last year the internet was on fire regarding David Bowie and Prince.  Say what you will, those guys would have … Continue reading RIP, Chuck Berry

DSO – Brahms 2

Another lazy Sunday, and another trip to the Dallas Symphony.  Hard to beat that.  The program was as follows: JAAP VAN ZWEDEN conducts ALEXANDER KERR violin PROKOFIEV - Concerto No. 1 in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 19 BRAHMS - Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 As much as I love to delve … Continue reading DSO – Brahms 2

The Carmina Burana: Songs from Benediktbeuern, 3rd Edition by Tariq William Marshall

This book was an absolute joy. I've been fascinated with the Carmina Burana for a good portion of my life, but it was only in recent years that I've been able to better appreciate the idea of the work above and beyond Carl Orff's interpretation.  Since discovering the origin and some of the lyrics in … Continue reading The Carmina Burana: Songs from Benediktbeuern, 3rd Edition by Tariq William Marshall

Stephen Fry’s Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music by Stephen Fry with Tim Lihoreau

When it comes to Stephen Fry, I consider myself a fan of his work.  I love his dry wit, and I tend to stay pretty much in awe of his towering intellect.  I won't say I agree with him on everything, but I'm typically impressed by his ability to at least sway me to consideration … Continue reading Stephen Fry’s Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music by Stephen Fry with Tim Lihoreau

DSO – Rachmaninoff + Rachmaninoff

Another great concert last night from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  This one's appropriately called "Rachmaninoff + Rachmaninoff."  Here's the lineup, cribbed from the DSO's program: Hans Graf conducts Garrick Ohlsson piano RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 4 RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 1 Rachmaninoff's large and ambitious First Symphony incorporates music of the Russian Orthodox Church.  Garrick Ohlsson's … Continue reading DSO – Rachmaninoff + Rachmaninoff