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Going Places
Catch of the day #28, revisited (February 4, 2018)

February 8, 2018

Our selections, in order:

"Niagara," a track by Third Coast Percussion from their suite Paddle to the Sea on their album of that name (Cedille).

"During peak daytime tourist hours," Wikipedia informs us, "more than six million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water goes over the crest of the falls every minute." The music ­­here burbles along with the joyous resonance and ping of steel drums in a subway station. I loved it, however spectacularly it fails to live up to its title.


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On Maui, budding virtuosi reach for the stars
Steps to Parnassus

February 6, 2018

The life so short, the craft so long to learn.

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Vivaldi rediscovered, Vienna revitalized
A look back at Catch of the Day #27 (January 28, 2018)

January 30, 2018

The landmark recording project known as the Vivaldi Edition is approaching completion. Its purpose is to establish an audio archive of the complete autograph scores from the composer's personal library, a priceless resource now on permanent deposit at the Biblioteca Nazionale in Turin, Italy. For centuries, all but a handful of the prolific master's scores (notably his dozen-plus operas) were unknown, even to baroque specialists. Thanks in great part to the Vivaldi Edition, the tide has begun to turn.

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A stellar second act from the double threat whose name is Q
The world premiere of Qurrat Ann Kadwani's rape drama Intrusion

January 22, 2018

Imagine. Enlightenment and education in American have done their work. For 20 years rape has been unknown—gone, like polio. Out of the blue, a victim shows up battered in an emergency room.

Such is the Utopian, #MeToo premise of the taut new play Intrusion, by Qurrat Ann Kadwani, who also plays all eight characters, none of whom is the victim. Her theme could hardly be timelier, yet Kadwani has much more to add to current conversation than an extra blast of the prevalent sound and fury. Exhaustively researched, artfully assembled, and acted to perfection, her script traces the repercussions of sexual assault across the web of society at large.

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From Los Angeles, another stab at Young Caesar
Now hear Lou Harrison's once-outré magnum opus

January 17, 2018

Young Caesar, by the American maverick Lou Harrison, stands at a considerable remove from the operatic canon, more a cult curiosity than a viable candidate even for the fringe repertory. All hail, then, to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for partnering with the LA New Music Group, the fresh-minted MacArthur Award Fellow Yuval Sharon, and Sharon's experimental opera company The Industry, to stage Young Caesar at Walt Disney Hall last June, alas for one night only. The good news today is that a digital recording is to be released on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Google Play on February 2.

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