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A New Year, a new age?
Revisiting our first Catch of the Day of 2021

January 9, 2021

On the tenth day of Christmas—that would be January 3—we set a high bar for the year ahead (can eleven lords a-leaping be far behind?). Check out the playlist on Apple Music.

Top picks

Charles Ives: Complete Symphonies (Deutsche Grammophon 2020)

Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel

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In dulci jubilo, or, Year-end Catches of the Day (part 2)
Revisiting Catch of the Day (December 27, 2020)

December 30, 2020

Herewith my comments on our final show of the year. The playlist is available on Apple music.

Top picks

E pluribus unum (Navona 2020)

Liza Stepanova, piano

  • Gabriela Lena Frank, Karnavalito No. 1
  • Lera Auerbach, Images from Childhood, No. 5, An Old Photograph from the Grandparents' Childhood

A wide-ranging program of Americana with which we are insufficiently familiar. The Frank is dense, rumbling, anarchic; the Auerbach touches the misty chord of a music box or perhaps the Sugar Plum Fairy. Liza Stepanova enters both composers' worlds as if born to them.

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The Singing Guitar (Delos 2020)

Conspirare; Craig Hella Johnson, music director

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In dulci jubilo, or, Year-end Catches of the Day (part 1)
Our December 6 show, revisited

December 30, 2020

Heedless of the holidays, we cast a wide net in our final shows of the year and brought in a very mixed haul. This post covers our tracks for December 6; the playlist is available on Apple Music. Our selections for December 27 are the subject of my next post, which is imminent. Stay tuned!

A clean sweep--top picks all...

Voices in the Wilderness (Bright Shiny Things 2020)

Elizabeth Bates, Clifton Massey, Nils Neubert, Steven Hrycelak; Christon Dylan Herbert, music director

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Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura, "In Love and Song"
In Vienna, a new exhibition showcases husband-and-wife stars of opera and operetta on both sides of the Atlantic

December 5, 2020  •  Air Mail

He, a tenor, was a baker's son from a Polish mining town. She, a coloratura soprano, hailed from glittering Budapest. His stock-in-trade was grand opera. She specialized in the light variety. Box-office darlings both, Jan Kiepura and Marta Eggerth met on a German soundstage as co-stars in the musical My Heart Calls You (1934) and married two years later.

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Bounty - A very lucky Catch of the Day
The November 29 show, revisited

December 1, 2020

Sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you really get lucky. This was one of those days.

The playlist is archived at Apple Music https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/kmno-cod-20-1129/pl.u-EdAVVK3sNy0q1

Top picks

Rachmaninoff & Barber Cello Sonatas (Delos 2020)

Jonah Kim, cello; Sean Kennard, piano

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